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Summer movie guide

The summer of 2015 is rapidly approaching. It is the perfect time of year to break out the suntan lotion, grab the lawn chairs and drive out to enjoy a beautiful day on the beach. Or, if you're like me, it's the time of year to stay balled up and alone in a pitch-black theater to check out some of the most anticipated movies of the year. So let's take a look at some of the biggest upcoming blockbusters that will be making an impact with audiences during the next four months, each ranked on a scale of 1 to 5.

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Mad Max franchise was once the definition of the "independent film." Starring Mel Gibson, the trilogy of films is considered a vital piece in starting the dystopian future genre of film. So it's okay to be both skeptical and excited for the newest addition, Mad Max: Fury Road. But with original trilogy director George Miller returning and a stellar cast headed by Tom Hardy, coupled with the incredible imagery we have been shown in the trailers, this looks like it will be one of the best movies the summer has to offer.

Release date: May 15 | Rated: R

Directed by: George Miller | Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect is considered a modern comedy classic and musical by many in the younger generation. I haven't seen the movie myself, but I can understand the appeal a movie like this might have. While the sequel bug makes this one seem a bit unnecessary, the entire cast is returning with a new plot involving the largest a cappella competition in the world, making it look as though this new installment may find the magic the original seemed to have.

Release date: May 15 | Rated: PG-13

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks | Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson


Poltergeist is exactly what it sounds like. The premise of the movie is about a ghost haunting a home, stroke of original genius right there (Not really). But it's also a remake of the beloved horror classic of the same name from 1982. While the cast assembled, including Indie darling Sam Rockwell and Mad Men alum Jared Harris, is impressive, the idea of a remake of a dated horror film seems like a waste of time for the production team and anyone who will end up watching the movie when it comes out.

Release date: May 22 | Rated PG-13

Directed by: Gil Kenan | Starring: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris

Jurassic World

Jurassic Park is considered one of the most revolutionary summer films since its release in 1994. The two sequels that followed never reached the impact or quality the original had. But we all love giving Hollywood second chances, or at least they think we do, and now we have the same movie as the first just with more people inside the park and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy hunting a big dinosaur. Needless to say: Sign me up!

Release date: June 12 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow | Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Ted 2

Comedy sequels don't have the best track record over the last few years, with The Hangover sequels and Horrible Bosses 2 leaving a horrible taste in audience's mouths. That being said, Ted 2 looks to bump that trend. With a pretty hysterical red-band trailer and the return of Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as the title character, as well as the inclusion of football legend Tom Brady (Yes, Tom Brady), it seems Ted 2 will be providing huge laughs during an already crowded summer.

Release date: June 26 | Rated: R

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane | Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Brady


The Marvel Cinematic Universe looks to make a second splash this summer with Ant-Man. Now, I know what you're thinking: Who and what is Ant-Man? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like, a man who can become the size of an ant. It sounds dumb, and it kind of is. But, like Ted 2, the newest trailer has given me confidence in what director Peyton Reed and actor Paul Rudd are doing with such an unknown comic book property.

Release date: June 17 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Peyton Reed | Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Terminator Genisys

The sequel bug strikes again! This time in the form of the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise. Yay! Arnold is back! Sweet! The girl from Game of Thrones is an awesome gun-toting Sarah Connor! So what? Coolish effects and a pretty good cast don't hide the fact that the trailers have been atrocious to say the least, spoiling a major plot point three months before the movie even comes out. It seems like this film will finally be the one to end this franchise for good.

Release date: July 1 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Alan Taylor | Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke

Paper Towns

John Green gets his second film adaptation to come out in two years, the first being The Fault in our Stars last summer. Paper Towns, about a young man connecting clues left by his friend for him to find her, doesn't have the appeal of a tear-jerker like Fault did, but as a fan of the book and several members of the cast, I feel like this will be the counter-programming that many people need during a summer full of dinosaurs, robots and explosions.

Release date: July 24 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Jake Schreier | Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The Tom Cruise and friends show is back. Returning as American James Bond equivalent Ethan Hunt, Cruise and his team try to take down a rogue group of spies trying to take down the IMF. Returning cast members Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner as well as newcomers like Alec Baldwin make the anticipation for this sequel even higher. Add an action spectacle that only Cruise can do and we have a recipe for a late summer popcorn fest.

Release date: July 31 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie | Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner

Fantastic Four

That brings us to the biggest wildcard of the summer, Josh Trank's adaptation of Fantastic Four. After the previous franchise was the definition of failure, Marvel hopes to reinvigorate the superhero foursome with a new cast and a new tone that leaves the total silliness of the previous films in the dust. Unfortunately, while the cast and director assembled are fine, none of the trailers or promotional material gives me confidence in the quality of the film. This is summarized in the fact that when the trailer came on in my screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the crowd began to boo the trailer loudly. That's never a good sign.

Release date: August 7 | Rated: NR

Directed by: Josh Trank | Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordon

Summer movie guide 05/13/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:16pm]
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