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June movies: fairy tales to male strippers

My, time flies. It seems like yesterday that I wrote an article on May films and it is June already. "The Avengers" captivated the movie world in May, while "Battleship" was a disappointment. Meanwhile, the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp quirky "Dark Shadows" was a mild success in the, if you will, shadow of "The Avengers." Let's see what June holds.

"Snow White and the Huntsman" - The film is a new take on the famous fairy tale, but more adult. The cast is great - with stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth.

"Prometheus" - This one of the summer's most anticipated films. It's an outer space adventure where space explorers find themselves in a battle for survival of the Earth's people. Naomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba appear.

"Rock of Ages" - Based on the play of the same name, a boy and girl fall in love against the backdrop of 1980s rock and roll. Will it be a better movie than the play as, say, "Chicago" was? Or will opening it up into a movie not work? Julianne Hough and Russell Brand star with...Tom Cruise!

"Brave" - There's always an animated film for both adults and children in June. This one is about a princess who causes problems for her kingdom at first. Will she be able to make it all right? The betting here is, yes. The voices are Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" - I know presidents make far less than athletes or entertainers, but to take a part-time job as a vampire hunter while being president is a little much. At any rate, that's the premise for this twist on history. It sounds oddly interesting. Well, vampires are all the rage anyway. Thank goodness for a movie finally, with a colon in the title. What would summer at the movies be without one?

"Magic Mike" - Matinee idol, Channing Tatum, plays a male stripper who helps a younger dancer to learn the (ahem) tricks of the trade. This guilty pleasure sure seems like fun. Will there be some trouble between the two? I don't think the plot matters to the female viewers. With Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Olivia Munn.

Enjoy the summer hits and misses!

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