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Top Ten Movies to Watch this Summer

Evan Slead ’16 & Ellie Wells ’18 / Emertainment Monthly Film Editors

Summer time means backyard barbecues, beach romps, and the movies! The beginning of 2015 has already brought some amazing work on the big screen, most notably being Mad Max: Fury Road. With summer just unfolding its heated embrace, here’s a list of the current and soon to hit theaters picks for the summer of 2015 from the Emertainment Monthly Film Editors.

June

June 12

Jurassic World

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in Jurassic World. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

“The park is open”. A simple yet completely fitting teaser for the latest installment to the Jurassic Park franchise. A romp through the world of dinosaurs complete with joy and terror is what is bringing audiences to the seats this summer. Chris Pratt headlining the film doesn’t hurt either; just how does he train those raptors?

June 19

Inside Out

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

The latest in Pixar’s line-up centers around the emotions of a girl named Riley, specifically, Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness, as they all try to help guide her through her every day life. Having already received rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, it’s a must see in the summer movie line-up.

July 

July 1

Magic Mike XXL

Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum and Adam Rodriguez in Magic Mike XXL. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.
Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum and Adam Rodriguez in Magic Mike XXL. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

In this sequel to the original hit, Channing Tatum returns as the titular Magic Mike. Three years after the events of the original film, Mike must shepherd a group of fellow strippers to Myrtle Beach for a huge performance. Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello co-star.

Terminator: Genysis

Arnold Scwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.
Arnold Scwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

With a series full of time travel and unexplored alternate timelines, the Terminator franchise was in need of a refresh. Instead of completely starting over, the franchise is taking another stab at its heavy hitter, T2. Sarah Conner doesn’t need protection this time around, Arnold is already back and ready for whatever terror the future Skynet sends.

July 17

Ant-Man

Paul Rudd in Ant Man. Photo Credit: Marvel Studios.
Paul Rudd in Ant Man. Photo Credit: Marvel Studios.

Could this be another Guardians of the Galaxy-style curveball for Marvel? Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the title hero learning to fight crime on a microscopic level. The approach here seems to be humor with some tongue in cheek fun, so it may just be what the super hero fans need during the summer heat.

Trainwreck

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

Trainwreck showcases writer-star Amy Schumer as a “modern chick who does what she wants.” She’s happy with her life, including her no-strings-attached approach to romance. But when she meets a doctor (Bill Hader) who she actually begins to fall for, she wonders if maybe she’d been going about things the wrong way.

July 24

Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company.
Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Already a film with whispers of Oscar recognition in its future, Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. Gyllenhaal has transformed his body yet again for the role of a boxer in need of severe anger management. After his wife is killed in an accident, it’s up to him to win back his title and fight for the last thing remaining of his wife: their daughter.

Paper Towns

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in Paper Towns. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.
Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in Paper Towns. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

After the enormous success of The Fault in Our Stars comes the second adaptation of one of John Green’s novels. One night, a girl named Margo disappears from her quiet suburban life, and Quentin the next-door neighbor (who has had a crush on her since they were children) sets off to find her. Cara Delvingine and Nat Wolf co-star.

July 31

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.
Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

With the mega success of Brad Birds Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, this upcoming Rogue Nation has a great deal to live up to. Once again starring Tom Cruise, the trailer teases Ethan Hunt hanging for dear life onto an airplane already in the sky. Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg also return to provide the support that Cruise may not need but definitely helps make the overall package much more appealing.

August

August 7 

The Fantastic Four

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

The story of comic book history’s most enduring superhero teams receives a fresh retooling from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan star as younger versions of the comic book characters as they learn to use their powers. Alongside is Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom, a friend turned arch nemesis of the team; it’s sure to be an exciting entry into the superhero genre.

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