The 2013 summer movie season will feature a slew — that's right, a "slew" — of huge movies that in my opinion can only be fully enjoyed with a trip to the theater. While it's nice to sit in your living room and watch a movie on Blu-Ray or DVD, the theater's big screen, and stellar surround sound takes the whole movie watching experience to another level that you can't get at home. Here are six I'm looking most forward to this year.

Iron Man 3

I've already told my wife that with or without her, I will see this movie opening weekend. Now, I never read comic books as a kid. My knowledge of the superhero universe comes from the comics that were turned into weekday afternoon and Saturday morning cartoon shows. Truth be told, while I was familiar with the Iron Man character, I really didn't know his whole story until the release of the first film a few years ago. Since then, he's become my favorite of all the superheros. He's witty and he creates some ridiculous gadgets, while still being a somewhat vulnerable guy dealing with his own demons. A point that apparently will be the focal point of the new film.

Plot (Courtesy, "...“Iron Man 3” pits brash-­‐but-­‐brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?"

Release Date: May 3rd


Star Trek: Into Darkness

When it comes to outer space themed action films, I've always leaned a little more Star Wars than Star Trek, however I did enjoy the "reboot" a few years ago with Chris Pine taking over the role of Tiberius James Kirk made oh-so-famous by the one and only William Shattner. The sequel seems to take a bit of a darker turn as the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against an enemy who may have their number.

Plot (Courtesy, The Film "When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."

Release Date: May 17th


Monsters University

Here's the thing, I am a dude, so clearly I have a thing for action movies. Being a dude also means I have the mentality of a 12-year old, so when I see a new animated movie coming out, I get as excited as my kids to see it.

Disney made two brilliant moves several years ago. The first being a partnership with Pixar, followed by the subsequent purchase of said movie maker; the second being the incorporation of jokes and references only adults will understand. With all due respect to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White (all of which were ahead of their time), the combination of mind-blowing computer animation and witty humor makes taking the kids to see a movie less of a chore and something the whole family can enjoy.

One of the better films they've put out in recent years is Monsters, Inc. It's was a unique storyline, coupled with tremendously detailed animation. We have it on DVD at our house and I'm always amazed at how good the animation is. Watch it again and pay close attention to Sully's fur. Every little strand of hair little flows with every move he makes. Amazing.

Plot (Courtesy, "Long before they were lurking in closets for a living, Mike and Sulley were just two Scaring majors at Monsters University, dreaming of the day they would make children shriek in terror. When their heated competition to be the most fearsome in their class gets out of hand, however, Mike and Sulley find themselves ejected from the prestigious Scare Program, and they are forced to seek the aid of their oddball friends in order to get their education back on track."

Release Date: June 21st


Despicable Me 2

The Disney / Pixar partnership stepped up the game for the other animated movie makers. Dreamworks jumped in shortly thereafter with Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon among others. One of their bigger hits (and one of my personal favorites) was the original Despicable Me. Steve Carell as the lovable villian-turned-good-guy Gru, in my opinion, is one of the better animated characters in recent memory.

Plot: The exact plot for this sequel has been difficult to find. However, based off the trailer above, it seems that Gru has embraced his new life as a good guy and adoptive father to three orphaned girls when he's recruited by a secret organization whose job is to seek out and capture the world's most notorious villains. Kristen Wiig and Al Pacino join the cast.

Release Date: July 3rd


The Wolverine

Notice a theme here? Before Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, there was The X-Men, it's subsequent sequels, and most recently the 2011 prequel, X-Men: First Class (which also has a sequel in the works, confused yet?). The only "X-Man" to receive his own stand alone feature has been everyone's favorite, Wolverine. The first of which was met with mix reviews. What makes him so popular? Uh, hello? He has steel claws that protrude from the back of his hands! Tell me that wouldn't come in handy on a camping trip or when the waiter forgets to bring you a knife for your steak.

Plot (Courtesy, 20th Century Fox via "Based on the celebrated comic book arc, 'The Wolverine' finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed."

Release Date: July 26th



As I mentioned earlier, Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorite Disney / Pixar films. However, there is one that rates a bit higher, and that's the original Cars (although I was disappointed in the sequel). While Planes wasn't made by Pixar (DisneyToon Studios is responsible this time), and it isn't Cars, and the trailer above really doesn't tell us much about the plot, AND it stars Dane Cook, who you could argue has stretched his 15 minutes of fame into a multiple year career somehow, I like the look of this movie. Again, the attention to detail given to the characters from the movement of their eyes to how the sunlight shines off their metal exteriors amazes me. It's definitely one the family and I will see in the theaters.

Plot (Courtesy, "...Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), [has] dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar."

Release Date: August 9th


Of seeing all these films or any of the others being released this summer won't be cheap. Fortunately for you, we have a chance for you to score enough movie tickets for you and your family to see one, new 2013 summer blockbuster each week all summer long!