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The ten essential films for summer 2013

Calendars at the ready: make sure you don't miss these movies

Before Midnight

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back for the third instalment of their walking-and-talking love story. It’s 18 years since the first film, ‘Before Sunrise’, and this time we find the on-off lovers on a sunny Greek island.

UK release date: June 21

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The Bling Ring

Blimey, Hermione! What would Ron say? Emma Watson has kept a lowish profile since Harry Potter. Not any more. In Sofia Coppola’s new film, Watson plays a bad girl – one member of a real-life gang who broke into the homes of celebs sych as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

UK release date: July 5

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Pacific Rim

Fanboy hero Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) is back behind the camera for the first time since 2008’s ‘Hellboy II’ for this epic sci-fi-cum-monster movie. It tells a tale of giant beasts fighting giant robots, so expect it to be loud. And crunchy.

UK release date: July 12

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Monsters University

Twelve years after ‘Monsters, Inc.’ comes this long-awaited prequel to the Disney Pixar favourite. It’s set ten years before the original and drops in on the colourful critters during their college days. John Goodman and Billy Crystal return as the voices of Sulley and one-eyed Mike. But after disappointments like ‘Brave’ and ‘Cars 2’, can Pixar raise its game?

UK release date: July 12

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Kick-Ass 2

Hit Girl – the C-word spewing, baddy-splattering mini-superheroine played by Chloë Moretz – is the big draw here. This comic-book sequel finds her all grown-up and starting high school (ah, bless).

UK release date: July 19

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The World’s End

This is the third film from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg – the team behind ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’. It’s another genre-teasing Brit comedy, this time featuring a bunch of blokes (including Martin Freeman and Pegg himself) who embark on a pub crawl during the apocalypse.

UK release date: July 19

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Steve Coogan has finally got round to making a movie based on Norwich’s finest DJ. The story is rumoured to take place entirely in and around Norfolk, and to involve Partridge’s latest employer, North Norfolk Digital, being taken over by a global corporation.

UK release date: August 9

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Jurassic Park 3D

It’s 20 years since Steven Spielberg scared the jeepers out of audiences with lifelike dinos roaming around a wildlife park created by a billionaire philanthropist and a team of crazy genetic scientists. Now the film’s being re-released with the one element that was obviously missing first time round – 3D!

UK release date: August 23

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One Direction: This is Us

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind McDonald’s doc ‘Super Size Me’ – what crusade is his new film taking us on? Er, none. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at boy crooners One Direction. Spurlock is promising ‘lovely emotional moments’ and ‘more shirtless moments than you can imagine’.

UK release date: August 29

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How will 2013 compare to the best blockbuster years?

May to September is when Hollywood is at its brash, brilliant best, but for every ‘Dark Knight’ there’s a ‘Batman & Robin’ and while Hollywood can average a fat wallet year in, year out, some summer movies aren’t always fully deserving of the cash they rake in. Using our unique formula, we’ve ranked the ten best years since 1980 for summer blockbusters. Be prepared for some surprises.

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No Elysium, no Despicable Me 2, no The Lone Ranger, no Wolverine... yet you add the One Direction movie? Come on guys...


I don't think it's possible for this NOT to be as brilliant as the first one!


Advertise as ten essential films then only choose 9? Include the Simon Cowell pension pot that is the 1D film but no room for Despicable Me 2? Poor.