Summer movie guide: Bring on the blockbusters

The summer of 2012 is here, noisily ushered in with the record-breaking bow of “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon’s loopy superhero summit meeting.

We’re talking about the summer season in film, of course. Although “film” is an outmoded term; we will be experiencing this summer digitally, as we will experience most movies in the future — in case you hadn’t heard, actually seeing a picture on film has grown increasingly rare, and digitally shot and projected movies will be completely dominant a year from now.

Many of the movies of summer ‘12 appear not merely digital in process but digital in spirit: fantasies, superheroes, action flicks, computer-generated cartoons. It’s a season of bright, shiny objects perfectly calibrated for digital gloss.

There are a few stray exceptions. Something tells me they will be overshadowed by caped crusaders (yes, Batman and Spider-Man are back for their periodic turns), but we’ll keep an eye out for the offbeat items as we sift through the titles of summer.

As usual, these dates and titles could change. So here it comes: blockbuster season. Adjust your 3-D glasses, suspend disbelief, and get pixilated, people.

Click here for photos, capsules and premiere dates of all the movies coming to theaters this summer.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Lucasfilm
                                Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend of all-time

The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Most Read