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Ten Summer Movies To Watch For

Godzilla (May 16)

The king of the monsters is back in the first Godzilla film to be made in 10 years. Sporting an updated look and more realistic approach, this Godzilla film is sure to be loud, intense and action-packed. Not only is he wrecking cities around the world, this time he has an enemy of his own size to face.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

The latest film in the long-running X-Men franchise is unique because it combines the cast from the original trilogy, as well as the cast from the pseudo-prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class (2011). This time around, the X-Men must team up with their worst enemies to stand up against a threat that aims to exterminate all mutants. The X-Men have saved the world multiple times, but can they save themselves?

Maleficent (May 30)

Angelina Jolie looks perfectly at home playing the delightfully evil Maleficent in this retelling of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The film is set up as an alternate view to the events that took place in Disney’s classic, as the story is told from Maleficent’s point of view. We will just have to wait to find out if Jolie’s performance lives up to the hype.

The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)

While the movie may come across as just another teen drama, it’s based on the best-selling novel by John Green that is actually really good despite seeming overly cliche. If you are tired of all the explosions and action from the blockbusters coming out this summer, take the time to see this film and let it rip your heart out and smash it to a million pieces.

22 Jump Street (June 13)

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are at it again, this time going undercover at a college to catch a new drug dealer. College is ridiculous enough already without these two running around having all sorts of hilarious misadventures. Ice Cube and Dave Franco also return for this sure-to-be-fun sequel. Not much else needs to be said about this movie to justify seeing it.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)

Hiccup and Toothless return in this sequel to the 2010 hit How to Train Your Dragon. Although dragons and vikings have been united, they face a mysterious threat as a new breed of dragons emerges. Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Mintz-Plasse round out the fantastic voice cast.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

The fourth installment of the Transformers series introduces many new characters as well as the ones from the original trilogy. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as the father of a blue collar family caught in the middle of the ongoing war between the Autobots and Decepticons. With Michael Bay in the director’s chair again, the movie is guaranteed to deliver on the action and spectacle.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)

Set ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this movie reveals how the leader of the apes, Caesar, and his troops face the remaining humans who survived the simian plague. With another amazing motion capture performance from Andy Serkis (Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kong from King Kong), this film will provide some great sci-fi action.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)

What will be the last Marvel Studios film before Avengers: Age of Ultron will also likely be Marvel’s most unorthodox movie yet. Taking place entirely off Earth and featuring a much more extraterrestrial cast of characters, the movie will definitely be an interesting change up from Marvel’s past flicks. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the trailer — that should be enough to convince you to see this.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug. 22)

After nearly ten years since the original Sin City film was released, Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Machete Kills) has finally completed the long anticipated sequel. Based off of Frank Miller’s graphic novels of the same name, the film’s unique visual style will surely pop off the screen with the addition of 3D. With almost all of the original cast returning, fans can expect this to be a not-so-mainstream comic book film.

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