What to see this Summer movie season

What to see this Summer movie season
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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 4:45pm

"Amazing Spider-Man 2"

“Amazing Spider-Man 2,” just swung (yes the obvious spider pun) into theaters and has officially kicked off the Summer Blockbuster season. The Summer Blockbuster season lasts from the beginning of May until mid-August. It’s the time when all the long awaited epic movies are released, and this year is no different.
 

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Release Date: Currently in theaters

Rated: PG-13

"The Neighbors"

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in the new comedy about an ever growing battle between neighbors. Rogen and his wife, played by Rose Byrne, attempt to adapt to their new lives as parents. Their transition into becoming parents is quickly interrupted when a college fraternity, led by Efron, moves in next door. Pranks and other unmentionable elements are unleashed as the new couple square off in a battle of wits against the college frat. It’s basically “Project X: Neighbors Revenge.”

Release Date: May 9

Rated: R

"Godzilla"

We are graced with the rebirth of “Godzilla.” on May 16. Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla,” puts the most famous movie monster up against scientifically enhanced creatures that attempt to destroy human life as we know it. At this time, very little is known about the film. The trailers have shown little glimpses of the films title character, but when it comes to the film itself, the only thing that is certain is the presence of mass chaos and destruction. Despite there being very little known about this film one thing is for sure, it still will be better than 1998’s version starring Matthew Broderick.

Release Date: May 16

Rated: PG-13

 

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

This film, much like “The Avengers,” unites the world’s most well known superheroes in a way that’s never been done before. “Days of Future Past” takes place several years after the events of “X-Men: Last Stand.” All mutants are being hunted and wiped out by the ever evolving “Sentinels,” a type of mechanical soldier designed to destroy mutants. The team calls on the help of Wolverine to go back in the past to convince their younger selves to unite and change the course of history. This film not only stars the original X-Men cast such as Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen, but also those from the recent X-Men film, “First Class,” such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. This film has the heavy task of combining these two different X-Men worlds but let’s face it, anything will be better than “Wolverine Origins.”

Release Date: May 23

Rated: PG-13

 

"Maleficent"

“Maleficent” tells the story of Disney’s 1959 cartoon classic “Sleeping Beauty,” but from the villain’s point of view. Starring Angelina Jolie, this film tells the untold story of Maleficent, the witch from “Sleeping Beauty.” Before she was an evil witch, Maleficent was a young, pure-hearted girl who lives in a forest kingdom. One day she is betrayed and her heart begins to turn to stone. She then puts a curse on a newborn baby, who later becomes Sleeping Beauty. To be honest, I’m not too sure what the premise of “Sleeping Beauty,” is but from early screenings of the film, it’s clear to say that any fan of Disney’s cartoon classic is sure to love this film.

Release Date: May 30

Rated: PG

"Edge of Tomorrow"

Starring the acting master of science-fiction movies, Tom Cruise, “Edge of Tomorrow” takes us into the future, where the human race is fighting to survive an alien invasion. Cruise’s character “obtains” one of the aliens powers shortly before he, himself, is killed in combat. He is then thrown into a time loop, much like “Groundhog Day,” and is forced to fight and die again and again until he is able to find a way to stop the human race’s ultimate doom. To be honest, concepts like these can become extremely repetitive and rarely work on the big screen. However, Cruise knows his way around a Sci-Fi film, so “Edge of Tomorrow” has potential.

Release Date: June 6

Rated: PG-13

"22 Jump Street"

2012’s “21 Jump Street” was a surprise hit-comedy, and highlighted the fact that Channing Tatum can actually be funny as opposed to dancing shirtless all the time. So, why not make a sequel? “22 Jump Street” picks up where the last one left off. Much like the first film, Tatum and Jonah Hill are called to go undercover at a local college to discover who the supplier is of a dangerous drug on campus. The premise is much like the first film, so the biggest trouble for this new installment will be setting it apart from its predecessor.

Release Date: June 13

Rated: R

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise takes place several years after the events in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Very little is actually known about the plot of the film, other than the fact that there are a lot of explosions and moments only Michael Bay can provide. What is known about the film is that the government is attempting to use transformer technology, which causes the Autobots to come out of hiding. Also, as the title suggests, there are dinosaurs involved in some way. Several people criticize Bay’s directing of the previous two films, but with an all-new cast led by Mark Wahlberg, “Age of Extinction” is sure to be an explosive and epic film.

Release Date: June 27

Rated: Not rated yet

 

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

What can be said that isn’t already known about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? You have teenage ninjas, who happen to be mutant turtles, what’s not to get? Well, the gang story is getting a reboot by none other then Michael Bay himself. The first live action films since their 90s trilogy, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” tells the story of how the turtles came to be, and how they must rise to stop the mysterious and merciless villain Shredder. From the trailers this film looks like it’s going to be extremely heavy in CGI. The rubber suits in the 90s weren’t ideal, but they looked so darn cool that they should’ve at least been used somehow. Despite those concerns it’ll neat to see the Leonard, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo on the big screen again.

Release Date: August 8

Rated: Not rated yet

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

“Dawn,” picks up a decade from when “Rise of the Planet Apes” left off and continues the story of how Earth became overtaken by apes. Caesar, who was the main primate in the previous film, is threatened by a group of human survivors, following a virus outbreak which destroyed half the Earth’s human population. Caesar calls upon his army of ever growing intellectual apes to square off in a battle to the death against the remaining humans.

Release Date: July 11

Rated: Not rated yet

"Jupiter Ascending"

The Wachowski siblings return, yet again, to their roots of telling original science-fiction stories. This time they recruit the talents of Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Sean Bean (who will more than likely die) to bring to life their new film, “Jupiter Ascending.” An average girls world is turned upside down when a soldier from a distant world travels to Earth in hopes to find her. Her life is then thrown into chaos when the Queen of the Universe’s assassins target her. She then must travel the universe to not only stop the Queen’s reign, but also fulfill her destiny.

Release Date: July 18

Rated: Not rated yet

"Guardians of the Galaxy"

Continuing the expansion of the Marvel universe, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of the most anticipated films of the summer. A human space adventurer becomes the target of a galaxy wide bounty hunt after he steals a mysterious orb. He then calls upon the help of his band of “Han Solo” type misfits to not only help defend himself against the bounty hunters hot off his trail, but to also defeat the villain Ronan who looks to use the orb to destroy the galaxy. This film tells about one of the lesser known superhero groups in the Marvel World, but it will almost act as a bridge between the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” film and every expanding superhero world.

Release Date: August 1

Rated: Not rated yet
 

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