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2009 Summer Movie Preview

The Big Summer Releases of 2009

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The summer of 2009 looks to be the best summer movie season in years. Kicking off with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, May thru August will be the hottest months of the year outside and inside of theaters. Miss just one weekend and you'll miss something big.

Here's a sneak peek at the biggies, listed in release date order.

1. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

The cast of Wolverine
© 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 1, 2009

Hugh Jackman returns as the steely-clawed mutant in this origin story. Audiences are let in on Wolverine's past, and his complex relationship with Victor Creed is analyzed. 20th Century Fox promises lots of action - and lots of new and familiar mutants - in this latest addition to the popular X-Men film series.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Reynolds

2. 'Star Trek'

The cast of Star Trek
© Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 8, 2009

Director JJ Abrams is at the helm of this revamped, revitalized look at the Star Trek franchise. The faces we all associate with the series are replaced by a new young cast as the U.S.S. Enterprise sets off on its maiden voyage. A fiery, rebellious James T Kirk teams up with his bitter rival, the ever-logical Spock, to boldly go where no man - or woman - has ever gone before.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Eric Bana

3. 'Angels and Demons'

Tom Hanks in Angels and Demons
© Columbia Pictures
Release Date: May 15, 2009

Tom Hanks returns as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon in this second film of the Da Vinci Code series. This time around Langdon discovers evidence that the Illuminati - a top secret organization that wants to topple the Catholic Church - is active once again after decades and decades of being deep undercover. Langdon is the Vatican's only hope as he traces clues that lead him around the world in an effort to stop the Illuminati before it's too late.

Starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor and Armin Mueller-Stahl

4. 'Terminator Salvation'

Christian Bale and Sam Worthington in Terminator Salvation
© Warner Bros Pictures
Release Date: May 21, 2009

The fourth film of the series gets back to the gritty, violent tone of the original film. It's now 2018 and humans are struggling for survival in a world overrun by Skynet and its Terminator army. John Connor, leader of the resistance, is forced into a position in which he has to trust a stranger who may be from the past - or could be from the future - in order to stand off Skynet's final assault on the remaining human population of Earth.

Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin

5. 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'

Ben Stiller and Amy Adams in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
© 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 22, 2009

Ben Stiller's back as the night watchman who witnesses strange and miraculous behavior after the museum doors shut in this sequel to the 2006 blockbuster hit Night at the Museum. The action moves to the Smithsonian where Amelia Earhart, Napoleon, Ivan the Terrible, and Ka Mun Rah come alive along with a bunch of returning characters from the first Museum movie. And an interesting sidenote: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is the first film to shoot inside the Smithsonian.

Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, and Owen Wilson

6. 'Up'

A scene from Up
© Disney/Pixar
Release Date: May 29, 2009

Pixar's latest animated family-friendly film finds a grumpy old man going on the adventure of a lifetime. Carl Fredricksen ties balloons to his house and floats away to South America. Unfortunately, Carl does so having no idea 9 year old Russell is along for the ride until it's too late to do anything about it.

Featuring the voices of Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer

7. 'Land of the Lost'

Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride in Land of the Lost
© Universal Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 2009

Sleestaks, dinosaurs and other creatures are alive and well and living in the Land of the Lost. Based on the classic '70s TV series, Land of the Lost finds scientist Rick Marshall, his research assistant Holly, and a wisecracking survivalist lost in a prehistoric world with only Chaka, an ape-like creature, as their ally.

Starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel

8. 'The Hangover'

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in The Hangover
© Warner Bros Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 2009

Three guys accompany their good buddy on a trip to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? But what if you can't remember anything that happened and you wake up having no idea why there's a tiger in your hotel room or how you came to be in possession of a baby? And what do you do if you've lost the groom-to-be and have no clue as to where to start looking? That's The Hangover.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis

9. 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3'

John Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
© Columbia Pictures
Release Date: June 12, 2009

Walter Garber, a New York subway dispatcher, is in for the longest day of his life when a ruthless criminal named Ryder takes over one of his trains. Threatening to kill off the passengers one at a time if his ransom demand isn't met, Garber must figure out how to stop Ryder before any of the innocent passengers pays the ultimate price.

Starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta

10. 'Year One'

Jack Black and Michael Cera in Year One
© Columbia Pictures
Release Date: June 19, 2009

Year One takes place in...you guessed it...year one. Two guys who couldn't be bigger losers - no matter what century they exist in - are forced out of their village and have to survive against all odds.

Starring Jack Black and Michael Cera


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