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The Blue & Gray Press | February 22, 2018

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Must-see films for the upcoming summer

Must-see films for the upcoming summer

By DELLA HETHCOX

The spring semester is almost over and that can only mean one thing: summer and free time. Whether you are a graduating senior job searching or working a summer job, every student has time to take a break in the cool of a movie theater on a hot summer day.

Summer is a great time for movie theaters and this summer will prove to be an exceptional experience for audiences and the film industry alike.

Hollywood is bringing out summer blockbusters with sequels, revamped classics and lighthearted original films.

Celebrate the end of finals’ week with the premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1. Directed by Joss Whedon, the action packed film follows the adventures of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and an ensemble cast of Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner as they fight Ultron, played by James Spader, in an attempt to save the earth.

The followup to 2012’s hit a cappella film, “Pitch Perfect 2” hits theaters May 15. Starring the original cast (Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp) as well as newcomer Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) the Barden Bella’s head to a worldwide competition for the sing off of their lives.

Also arriving May 15 is “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the live action remake of the 1979 film. Fans have eagerly been anticipating since last summer. Starring Tom Hardy as the title character along with Charlize Theron as Furiosa, the two characters wander through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Hardy and Theron band together, despite their differences, to escape a fierce warlord and survive in the desert.

If you need a good summer romance, try “Aloha” out May 29, directed by Cameron Crowe (of “Jerry Maguire” and “Vanilla Sky” fame). Starring an A-list cast of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Rachel McAdams, watch as they tackle complicated relationships in beautiful Hawaii. Come for the romance, stay for the sunsets.

Need more tropical locations in your life? Relive the 1993 classic, “Jurassic Park” with the remake starring Chris Pratt in theaters June 12. No longer just a park, “Jurassic World” immerses the audience into a world overrun by dinosaurs, with Pratt as the hunter.

Pixar’s first film since “Monsters University” arrives June 19. Starring the vocal talents of comedians Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader “Inside Out” takes a non-traditional approach to tackling adolescent fears and anxieties.The film revolves around what goes on inside the head of 11 year old Riley Anderson as she moves across country and deals with unfamiliar territory.

Just like he promised, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. “Terminator Genisys” hits theaters July 1; watch as Schwarzenegger reprises his hit role and saves the world with the help of his fellow resistance fighters.

Plan ahead for your girls’ night because Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum and Elizabeth Banks star in the sequel to the fantastically popular “Magic Mike,” dancing into theaters July 1.

Another John Greene novel has been adapted for the big screen. If you enjoyed sobbing along with “The Fault in Our Stars,” you will love “Paper Towns.” Watch as Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Nat Wolff) and Margo Roth Speigelman (Cara Delevingne) navigate the complexities of young adult relationships in this classic coming of age tale. But make sure you take your own box of tissues to see this movie on July 24.

Superhero reboots continue arriving throughout the summer with “Ant-Man” on July 17, starring Paul Rudd, and “The Fantastic Four” on August 7, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.

Whatever your favorite genre, the theaters have you covered. Happy viewing and enjoy your summer.