As always, there are a slew of movies coming out this summer and this year, it’s looks like we’ve got everything: tearjerkers, comedies, action-packed blockbusters and a little horror. Here’s what we’re looking forward to feast our eyes on during the hot days to come. Lets begin!
10. The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars follows two teenagers who fall in love and are taken on an incredibly unique journey through life. Their relationship is a tad unconventional as Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is never without her oxygen tank and Gus gets help getting around with his prosthetic leg — the results of their respective cancerous ailments. Thanks to the hype over the John Green book of the same name, it’s like everyone and their dog is excited for this movie. It even has all the makings of being a sleeper-hit of the summer (Shailene! Teens in love! An Ed Sheeran song on the soundtrack!) and here’s to hoping they give out tissues at each and every screening.
In theatres June 6th
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
I mean, it has a raccoon and a talking tree so either you’re game for this latest Marvel film or…you’re not. Guardians of the Galaxy revolves around a team of misfits led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who find themselves the object of a manhunt from the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). The film also stars Karen Gillian, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. I have high hopes for this one and while the initial trailer is promising, it could go either way.
In theatres August 1st
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man is a very divisive film; a lot of people hate it, love it or think it’s completely unnecessary. I, for one, enjoyed the reboot and think Andrew Garfield is the Spider-Man Tobey McGuire failed to be. The original isn’t great but it succeeds on Garfield’s charisma presence and devotion to the role, not to mention his chemistry with off-screen girlfriend Emma Stone. Admittedly, this sequel seems a little bloated with the villains: Spidey faces Rhino (Paul Giamatti) Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). But here’s hoping it’s some summer fun.
In theatres May 2nd
7. Deliver Us From Evil
There’s nothing I love more than a big summer-blockbuster horror.
Deliver Us From Evil follows a New York City police officer (Eric Bana) who is investigating a series of odd crimes and joins forces with a priest to help combat the ongoing possessions that are happening. The trailer is basically a scary-as-hell scene from the film and Deliver Us From Evil has all the makings of being a great summer-horror blockbuster.
In theatres July 2nd
6. 22 Jump Street
This list is filled with sequels, yes, but the first ones were all so good it’s hard to not be excited for their follow ups. 21 Jump Street was a surprisingly massive hit in 2010; no one thought it was going to be as good or as successful as it was but it proved to not only be relevant and hilarious but also give reboots a good name. Now, I’m a little skeptical about this sequel as it seems like a rehash of the plot of the first (they find themselves in college this time) and the trailers haven’t done much for me thus far – but I still have faith.
In theatres June 13th
A young family watch their quiet neighbourhood get turned upside down when a fraternity moves next door. Seth Rogen. Zac Efron. Dave Franco. Frat comedy. What more do I need to say? It’s from the team who brought us This Is The End so it’s guaranteed to be funny and the early reviews are incredibly promising.
In theatres May 9th
4. How To Train Your Dragon 2
How To Train Your Dragon is considered one of the best-animated films in recent memory and was a big success for its studio, Dreamworks, both critically and financially. It’s sequel takes place five years after the first film starring Hiccup and his friends in their late teens. With Hiccup’s ever-growing curiosity, he discovers that a larger conflict between humans and dragons is brewing with him at the center of it all. I love, love, love the first film and can’t wait for this.
In theatres June 13th
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2010 hit film which, in turn, rebooted a franchise that was written off by many. Critics and audiences were surprised by the quality of Rise of the Planet of the Apes; it was a surprise hit with both audiences and critics. This one is basically apes versus the humans in an all out war, but this time Judy Greer and Keri Russell are thrown into the mix.
In theatres July 11th
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
It may not be getting the best press right now because of director Bryan Singer’s pressing legal issues, but I am still fairly excited for the latest instalment of the X-Men movie franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past sends Wolverine to the past in a desperate attempt to prevent a potentially disastrous event with help from the young mutants from the prequel X-Men: First Class. The First Class cast (Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence) joining forces with the OG X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan)? I’m there. Twice.
In theatres May 23rd
Who would have thought that the reboot/rehash/redo of Godzilla would be on everyone’s most anticipated list? Humanity’s existence is threatened when the most famous monster (sorry, King Kong) is pitted against earth’s own creatures. With an all-star cast (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston), expectations are high for this reboot. The trailers have all been “stop what you’re doing and watch this 100 times” good.
In theatres May 16th