What to Do When Skies Aren’t Blue…

What to do when a stormy forecast clouds big plans for a beautiful Cape May County day? When in doubt, an afternoon at the movies is a classic choice, and the summer of 2012 promises highly anticipated new releases.

The Amazing Spider-Man is set to tell an untold chapter of the Peter Parker story and premieres everywhere in 3D on July 3rd. The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb and its screenplay is adapted from a story by James Vanderbilt based on the original Marvel Comic Book. Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, acts as Peter’s first high school crush and struggles with her feelings and Peter’s secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he sets out to solve the mystery to his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

Pixar fans anxiously await the premiere of Ice Age: Continental Drift, the newest installment of the Ice Age saga in which Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. This iceberg will set sail on the film’s July 13th premiere date. Scrat’s pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences. Their continent is set adrift and Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon the greatest adventure of all. Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny and the herd encounters a menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Just seven days later, Batman fans’ countless questions will be answered with the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. How will the story of the silent crusader conclude in the wake of his exile and Joker actor Heath Ledger’s death? At the July 20th premiere, the Dark Knight returns to answer this question. “A fire will rise” as the legend ends.

On August 3rd, Jason Bourne fans will be introduced to a new hero played by Jeremy Renner whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three “Bourne” films in the premiere of The Bourne Legacy.

On August 17th, America’s favorite team of mercenaries is “Back For War” in The Expendables 2. In the sequel, Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be a quick and easy job, but when one of their men is murdered, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Catch your favorite of these new releases at one of Cape May County’s several theatres such as Frank Theatres Rio Stadium 12 on Route 9 in Rio Grande; Frank Theatres Harbor 5 on 96th St. in Stone Harbor ; or Frank Theatres Moorlyn Stadium 5 Theatre on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.

For a twist, try live theatre on a rainy evening, and take in a play performance at the East Lynne Theater Company. Consult the performance schedule for the world premiere of “The Poe Mysteries” or have a laugh at the company’s performance of the marketing satire “It Pays to Advertise”. Travel back in time with East Lynne’s showings of classic silent films with organ accompaniment.

Make it dinner and a show with Cape May Stage and treat yourself to an early evening dinner at one of Cape May’s finest dining rooms and then tickets to an 8 p.m. performance. God of Carnage, featured by the company until August 3rd, is a 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play is a “comedy of manners” about the complicated responsibilities of parenthood. Hilariously uncivilized, this play is guaranteed to cure a case of rainy day boredom.

By Megan Kummer