Memorial Day long weekend is unofficially the beginning for summer movies. With that in mind, I thought today would be ideal to share the movies I’m looking forward to seeing the most this summer. While “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games” got an early start on Hollywood’s most lucrative season, there are still plenty of films left to check out.

Typically this time of year, big budget action movies and superhero flicks dominate the multiplexes, with a few comedies thrown in. This year is no different. Most of the ones I’m itching to see fall in those categories with a couple musicals included for good measure. I am gay after all. I’d lose my gay card if I wasn’t excited for a song and dance flick starring Whitney Houston.

However, with that said, there are always one or two surprises that manage to win audiences over even without a huge marketing campaign behind them. Remember “The Help” last year? Not only did it become a surprise blockbuster but also became a major force come awards season. I highly doubt any of my choices will be Oscar contenders (special effects and sound maybe), but I’m sure they’ll do boffo dollars. Find out which ten flicks have me revved up to hit the theaters this summer below.

My Ten Must-See Summer Movies

Snow White and The Huntsman

Opening Date: June 1, 2012

Cast: Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

Even though I’m not the biggest Kristin Stewart fan, I can’t wait to see this interpretation of the classic fairy tale. Based on trailer alone, it’s far superior to the other Snow White film released this year. It’s “Lord of the Rings” meets “Joan of Arc” meets “300″. Plus I love me some Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. Fingers crossed there’s a sex scene with the Evil Queen and The Huntsman ;)

Prometheus

Opening Date: June 8, 2012

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron.

Another film starring Charlize. Don’t worry, not every film in my Top 10 has Miss Theron in it. The film boasts a stellar cast and solid team behind the camera- Ridley Scott (Aliens) directing and Damon Lindelof (Lost) writing. Anything but an extraordinary cerebral sci-fi film will be a disappointment, IMHO.

Rock of Ages

Opening Date: June 15, 2012
Cast: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin.

What would a summer be without a big production musical? While the Broadway production wasn’t my favorite musical, I’m really looking forward to seeing this in the theaters. With Adam Shankman directing, a roster of iconic music and high-wattage stars on board, I’m sure this adaptation will entertain and have audiences singing in the aisles.

Magic Mike

Opening Date: June 29, 2012

Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer

Even with Tatum’s character being a struggling furniture designer and involved in a lame love story, wild horses couldn’t keep me away from this film. Watching Bomer, Tatum, Pettyfer and Manganiello strip on the big screen is worth the price of admission alone. I’ll be too busy fantasizing about them to pay attention to the awful plot.

Savages

Opening Date: July 6, 2012

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Aaron Johnson, Uma Thurman

Surprise. Not all my choices are action films or musicals. This crime-thriller directed by Oliver Stone should give my eyes a break from all the explosion-filled flicks this summer. Fun fact. Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast in Blake Lively’s role, but had to drop out due to “The Hunger Games”.

The Dark Knight Rises

Opening Date: July 20, 2012

Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard

Anne Hathaway in a catsuit and Tom Hardy shirtless. Enough said.

Total Recall

Opening Date: August 3, 2012

Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston.

Typically a remake of an already awesome film would cause me to vomit. But for some reason, I’m oddly optimistic this remake will kick ass. Who knows, by the end of the summer Colin Farrell might have audiences saying “Arnold Schwarzenegger who?”

The Bourne Legacy

Opening Date: August 3, 2012

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, David Strathairn

The Bourne films are one of my favorite franchises of all-time. Fingers crossed Jeremy Renner doesn’t eff it up. Thankfully, Renner isn’t playing the same character as Matt Damon’s. With familiar faces like Joan Allen popping up, the film should still have the same feel as the previous Bourne films. Here’s hoping.

Sparkle

Opening Date: August 17, 2012

Cast: Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter, Cee Lo Green, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Whitney Houston

Even before Whitney Houston’s untimely death, this was already marked on my summer viewing calender. With “Sparkle” now being her last film, there is no way I’m missing this. So far, the music that’s been released has been solid. It’s not “Dreamgirls”, but it has Houston.

The Expendables 2

Opening Date: August 17, 2012

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damne, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Even I’m surprised this is on my list. Maybe it’s the kid inside me who grew up watching these geriatric action stars kick ass back in the day that has me all excited. Because it’s certainly not the plot. I watched the first Expendables flick and while it wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t great either. But just like crack, I’m back for more. I believe my review included the following… “A throwback to 80s vigilante movies starring washed up 80s action stars with a vintage plot to match”.

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Movies You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough To See

On the flip side, these are two movies I wouldn’t be caught dead watching. While I love Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man” looks awful. There is absolutely no buzz for this film. Considering the ones starring Tobey Maguire did huge business, I’m shocked this super hero film is getting ignored.

How bad must a film be to get pushed back an entire year? “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was supposed to hit theaters on June 29, 2012 but was pushed back to March 29, 2013. The move was announced just a couple of weeks ago. The official reason… they needed the time to add 3D *cough* BS *cough*. Either way, whether it’s 2012, 2013 or 2014, I’m not buying a ticket for this flick ever.