10 summer films NOT about superheroes

05:00 AM, Apr 22, 2013

Jennifer Coolidge, left, as Miss Elizabeth Charming, James Callis as Colonel Andrews, Keri Russell as Jane Hayes, JJ Feild as Mr. Henry Nobley, Georgia King as Lady Amelia Heartwright and Ricky Whittle as Captain George East in a scene from 'Austenland.' Giles Keyte Sony Pictures Classics/


Written By by Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY

Summer cinema isn’t just super feats and sci-fi mayhem. Just as last year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel blossomed at the box office opposite a behemoth like The Avengers, so too does a fresh crop of counter-programming contenders have a chance at attracting older ticket buyers. The fun starts Friday with the opening of The Big Wedding, starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton.

USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna gives a sampling of other suggested titles for the young-at-heart moviegoer.

• Love Is All You Need (out May 3). In this Danish comedy, a widowed father of the groom (Pierce Brosnan) becomes entangled with the cancer survivor mother of the bride.

• The Great Gatsby (May 10). A Baz Luhrmann-ized version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel means loud music, big emotions and eye-popping pizzazz.

• Populaire (May 17). This French confection blends a frothy Doris Day-like romantic comedy with Hitchcockian suspense when a secretary puts her lightning-fast typing skills to the test in a country-wide competition.

• Before Midnight (May 24). The intoxicating affair that began with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset continues between a French woman (Julie Delpy) and an American (Ethan Hawke), now in their 40s.

Now You See Me (May 31). An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) enlists the skills of a magic debunker (Morgan Freeman) to halt a gang of illusionists from pulling off bank heists during their act.

• Unfinished Song (June 21). A curmudgeonly Londoner (Terence Stamp) joins an unconventional local choir to please his ailing wife (Vanessa Redgrave).

RED 2 (July 19). Retired CIA assassins are called back to duty again, with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins taking charge.

• Blue Jasmine (July 26). Woody Allen goes to San Francisco in this tale about an emotional crisis and a stylish New York housewife. Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett star.

• Austenland (Aug. 16). A Pride and Prejudice fanatic (Keri Russell) heads to a Jane Austen theme park hoping to find her own Mr. Darcy.

• Haute Cuisine (Aug. 16). Foodies will salivate over this French film set in the ’80s and based on the relationship between President Francois Mitterrand and his personal chef.