Will Summer’s Biggest Success Be a “Sleeper” Hit?


Memorial Day Weekend is over, it’s officially okay to wear white. Yay! Unfortunately, most of this summer’s blockbusters have come out already, leaving us little to look forward to at the movies. Boo! Four biggies, including Terminator Salvation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Angels & Demons, and Star Trek: The IMAX Experience (which was AMAZING) have already been released, and, although franchise faves Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are yet to come, we think this summer’s biggest success story might come in the form of a smaller film (at least relatively speaking… think of those super-sized budgets).

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Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Christian Bale and Billy Crudup (excited yet?) will star together in Public Enemies, which opens July 1. This period drama chronicles the FBI’s attempts to take down the notorious ’30s gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd; it promises much gunfight and bloodshed. Yes.

Woody Allen, New York City’s favorite neurotic, finally returns to his hometown in his latest film, Whatever Works. This one stars Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, and received decent reviews when it opened this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Some are saying the film is Allen’s best in ten years. Maybe they were just sick of Scarlett Johansson too.

Finally, there is Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which will be his first feature since Death Proof (a much underrated film, in our opinion) in 2007. Basterds, which opens in August, will star Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Samuel L. Jackson in an action adventure plot set in Nazi-occupied France. Tarantino and Nazis. Need we say more?

Side note: No summer movie since 1999 has made it onto this list of All-Time Biggest Summer Blockbusters. Do you think any of the above stand a chance?