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It’s hard to believe we’re talking summer movies with the crazy weather we’ve been having lately but sunnier days are coming. Although we’ll probably be spending most of our time outdoors, a great family escape has always been to the movie theatre. I’m especially excited about Walt Disney Studio‘s summer movie releases this year.

Iron Man 3: Release Date May 3, 2013

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Synopsis: Marvel’s “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?

I am a huge Iron Man film fan. I’m really a comic book hero movie fan in general (good or bad). Thankfully the Iron Man films fall in the good category for me. I’m looking forward to the third film, hoping it lives up to my expectations.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (In Disney Digital 3DTM): Release Date June 21, 2013

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Synopsis: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural- born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

I must admit the title of the film, Monsters University, had me thinking this was a bunch of adults trying to relive a part of their youth through a film for kids. Thinking of it more as a step back from the original Monsters Inc, where the monsters learn their scarying skills at school, the premisis made more sence to me. Yes, I sometimes jump to conclusions. I’m curious to see if that’s the path the film follows.

The Lone Ranger: Release Date July 3, 2013

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Synopsis: From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humourous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Yes I watched episodes of The Lone Ranger when I was a kid. Does that date me? I’m not a big western-themed movie fan I do enjoy great action films. I have enjoyed Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonney Depp working together in past films so I bet this would be good.

Planes (in Disney Digital 3DTM): Release Date August 9, 2013

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Synopsis: From above the world of “Cars” comes Disney’s “Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a small-town plane with 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 naval aviator Skipper, who helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, 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. “Planes” takes off in theatres in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3DTM in select theatres.

We loved Cars, though the second Cars film seemed to step away from the warm-fuzzy character storyline of the first film. We still enjoyed Cars 2, it was just different. I can’t help but be curious if Planes will create the same connection, following the sentimental story of the original Cars.

Walt Disney films have always been a family favourite and I love that this sumemr’s flicks are so varied, especially as my kids are growing older and developing more sophisticated tastes. I think Iron Man 3 is my pick this summer. That being said, a great Disney animation is always fun. What film are you looking forward to this summer?

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

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