With every summer season comes too many movie releases to count. You are almost always guaranteed explosive action blockbusters a plenty, but sometimes some quirky indies and comedies sneak in for some attention. Without further ado, our most anticipated summer releases for this year:
Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1st
After a strong opening with the first Avengers film, Age of Ultron seemed bound destined to succeed. A slew of fully created characters, each with their own fan base, gather once again to save the world from certain destruction. But with tiresome tactics for an over-complicated plot, Age of Ultron was the first disappointment of the season.
Poltergeist (Reboot) - May 22nd
In terms of horror film remakes, Poltergeist was a weird decision for movie executives. The original is a cult classic with iconic moments that practically represent the horror genre. We are always fans of anything Sam Rockwell does, but after the seemingly revealing trailer, we’re not too sure.
Jurassic World - June 12th
Another fourth installment in an iconic series, this time Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park gets the treatment. The second and third films where dinosaurs once again walk the earth left something to be desired and never quite matched the original. This year’s Jurassic World promises to be rife with CGI, a serious deterrent, but lucky for us they chose Chris Pratt to star in the film.
Ant-man - July 17th
Marvel has been a bit on the downswing for Archon Cinema Reviews. But, we heart Paul Rudd so we are really hoping that Ant-Man can redeem the studio. Based on the trailer, we aren’t too sure, but we are optimists.
Southpaw - July 24th
Seemingly suffering from one of the most revealing trailers, Southpaw has something we can’t put our finger on. The acting seems guaranteed to be dynamic, especially from the young newcomer playing Gyllenhaal’s daughter. We are giving Southpaw a chance and hope we aren’t wrong.
Mad Max: Fury Road - May 15th
When we first heard of fourth installment for the Mad Max franchise, we were skeptical. Ten years in the making, but with its originator George Miller at the helm, we were hopeful. Then, radio silence, time went by without a peep of new information except that Mel Gibson would not be involved. Then a thunderous and exhilarating trailer was released and our anticipation reached the point of no return. How could a film with such high expectations not be destined for failure? We watched it twice, and we still don’t understand it – except that it is a resounding 10, our Mad Max: Fury Road review.
Insidious 3 - June 5th
The release of the first Insidious horror film in 2010 left us excited and trembling. Then James Wan and Leigh Whannell decided to make a sequel that blew our socks off. Watching it in theaters on opening night with a packed audience of scared adults was an experience we hope to relive with Insidious 3. Admittedly, we are a bit nervous that Insidious 3 might take a dip in comparison to its predecessors, especially since James Wan will not be actively behind the film. Nonetheless, we hope for the best but mentally prepare for the worst.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - June 12th
Summers may not be known for indie dramas, but that is okay. Say what you will about quirky teenage films about cancer, but the adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel is sure to be good. With every bit of information we get about this movie, from its cast to its talented director, the more excited we are for June! Oh yeah, did we mention it won at Sundance?
Trainwreck - July 17th
We’ve been on the Bill Hader fan train (yes, that is the actual name of the railway, look it up!) for awhile. Amy Schumer’s star has skyrocketed the past year and her shorts have been making us laugh consistently. With her writing the screenplay for Trainwreck and Judd Apatow directing, we are stoked. The more we see of the film, through trailers and extended scenes, the more excited we get!
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation July 31st
Seriously, have you seen the plane stunt that Tom Cruise did, sorta. Say what you will of the star’s public persona, but the MI franchise featuring Ethan Hunt has consistently delivered story and action four times. Rogue Nation is the fifth in the series, and we are ready to get a popcorn and enjoy the blockbuster.
Straight Outta Compton - August 14th
Any rap aficionados should be ready for the NWA group’s story to finally make it to the big screen. Claiming to capture the pop culture relevance as well as these well known men’s stories – only seeing it will make you believe it.
Pitch Perfect 2 - May 15th
Pitch Perfect was the endearing hit no one saw coming. Hilarious and relevant, it managed to please women and men alike in a revolutionary way. With such a hit, it was inevitable for a sequel to follow. And while we don’t think it will come close to the original, we think Pitch Perfect 2 will make for an enjoyable movie experience.
Entourage - June 3rd
Entourage was a moment in television history that you missed only if you lived under a rock. Though we never actually watched the show, its feverish fan base leaves us intrigued. Its extended trailer divulges every celebrity cameo and virtually every plot point – so we hope its makers realize that if the film disappoints then prospective viewers of the series will be decidedly put off.
Inside Out - June 19th
We might be biased because of our adoration for Pixar films, but we don’t even care. With each film released by the animation studios (paying no mind to the Cars blunder), we rediscover our innocence, wonder and enchantment of our childhood. Little creatures that make up our emotions when you are a kid? Your imagination astounds us John Lasseter, be still our hearts with Inside Out!
The Stanford Prison Experiment - July 17th
Based off the famed psychology experiment of the 1970’s the explored the role of prisoner versus guard through subversive simulation. Anyone who has ever heard of the study can’t help but be intrigued and curious about the toll on the participants. The fact that an independent film decided to adapt the story is exciting. But with Ezra Miller to boot? We can’t wait to see it!
Fantastic Four - August 7th
We were never all that impressed by the original Fantastic Four, with the exception of the charismatic Chris Evans, of course. So when we heard about the reboot, we figured “Why not? Fair game!” Seems bound to be what the original had in potential.