Harry Potter, Wolverine, Star Trek, Transformers and Terminator lead an action-packed summer
By Geoff Berkshire and Matt Pais, Metromix
In case you haven't heard, the movies are hot again. The box office hits have been flowing at a steady pace all year long and that's got Hollywood more excited than ever for a summer that's brimming over with proven concepts and big stars.
There's at least one sequel a month from May through August (three alone in May: "Terminator: Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Da Vinci Code" follow-up "Angels & Demons"; plus prequel "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and a rebooted "Star Trek").
Also, major stars like Johnny Depp ("Public Enemies"), Will Ferrell ("Land of the Lost") and Denzel Washington ("The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"); major directors like Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds"), Judd Apatow ("Funny People") and Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock"); and plenty of options for fans of romantic comedies ("The Proposal," "The Ugly Truth," "(500) Days of Summer," "Paper Heart") and horror ("Drag Me to Hell," "Orphan," "H2: Halloween 2" and "Final Destination: Death Trip 3D").