Summer movie preview: 8 movies we want to skip

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From the April 18, 2013 edition

Summer movie season tends to be as full of misses as hits. These movies have me feeling a little uneasy.

Iron Man 3” (May 3)

Coming off a disappointing sequel and an “Avengers” movie that showed Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark really shines in support, this one seems bound to be a let-down.

“The Hangover Part III” (May 24)

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. After a carbon-copy sequel, this feels pretty unnecessary. Hopefully, it will finally let Zach Galifianakis steal the show.

“After Earth” (June 7)

Father-son acting team Will and Jaden Smith star as a father-son team stranded on a futuristic Earth that has been abandoned by humans. Director M. Night Shyamalan is looking to reverse his recent skid. This doesn’t look to do the trick.

“The Bling Ring” (June 14)

I want to be hopeful about this real-life tale of teens who used the internet to rob celebrities’ homes, but writer-director Sofia Coppola has been on the decline since “Lost in Translation.” Emma Watson gives hope, though.

“Monsters University” (June 21)

It’s a troubling trend, as once-great Pixar seems more interested in sequel-izing its established brands (“Monsters, Inc.”) than giving us more new classics. What’s next? “Finding Dory”? Oh, yeah, that’s right …

“Grown Ups 2” (July 12)

We can’t have a summer without me hating on an Adam Sandler movie. In this case, it’s the sequel to his all-star collection of stars of lowest-common-denominator comedy.

“The Wolverine” (July 26)

I know they’re trying to go back and get the story of everyone’s favorite X-Man right this time, but I still remember that last “Wolverine” movie. Too soon, man. Too soon.

“Planes” (Aug. 9)

Inspired by the world of Pixar’s worst franchise (“Cars”), this Disney flick seems built to sell toys. Oh, and its lead character is voiced by (shudder) Dane Cook.