Some days it’s just too hot to even think about going outside. On those days, spending a few hours in a nice air-conditioned movie theater is a perfect way to beat the heat, and avoid a nasty sunburn. This summer is bound to be filled with great movies, including a few much-anticipated sequels, some popular indie films gone-mainstream, and everything in between.
Here at StudyBlue, we’ve picked out a few “must-see” blockbusters that everyone will certainly be talking about. Tweet @StudyBlue and share your favorite summer movies with us! One lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.
1. Maleficent- May 30
Starring Angelina Jolie as the title character, Maleficent tells the backstory of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty‘s villainess. As if watching Angelina swoop around in ominous black robes wasn’t enough, the film also features Elle Fanning as Aurora and a Lana del Rey cover of “Once Upon a Dream” from Disney’s 1959 animated classic.
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2. A Million Ways to Die in the West- May 30
In this Western comedy, a cowardly sheep farmer played by Seth MacFarlane must learn courage from a mysterious new woman in town (Charlize Theron) and then put that courage to the test when her gunslinging husband (Liam Neeson) arrives seeking revenge. MacFarlane, who also wrote and directed the film, is joined by Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried.
3. The Fault in Our Stars- June 6
This romantic “dramedy,” based on the popular John Green novel of the same name, tells the story of a teenage couple (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort), both terminal cancer patients, who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.
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4. Edge of Tomorrow- June 6
This sci-fi thriller features all the hallmarks of a classic action film: a battle between humans and aliens, a little bit of time travel and, of course, Tom Cruise. Here, Cruise’s character is caught in a time loop and must relive his last day in battle in the war against the aliens. He is joined by co-star Emily Blunt as well as Bill Paxton.
5. 22 Jump Street- June 13
The much-awaited sequel to the 2012 hit brings back the beloved pair of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who have now made their way through high school (again) and are ready to go undercover once more, this time at a local college.
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6. How to Train Your Dragon 2- June 13
This animated sequel, set five years after the vikings and dragons have successfully been united, boasts voicework by a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Gerald Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett.
7. Jersey Boys- June 20
Based on the popular Broadway musical of the same name, Jersey Boys chronicles the rise to fame by the popular band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
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8. Transformers: Age of Extinction- June 20
Michael Bay’s action-packed Transformers series is back with its fourth installment. This time, a mechanic and his daughter (Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz) reignite a war between the Autobots and Decepticons.
9. Begin Again- July 4
Originally titled Can a Song Save Your Life? during its stint at the Sundance Film Festival, this romantic “dramedy” set to music is the love story of two singer-songwriters played by Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. John Carney, known for the popular 2006 movie-musical Once, directs.
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10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- July 11
This sequel picks up right where Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), a remake of the 1968 classic, left off. In this installment, Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads the apes while humans fight the threat of extinction from a devastating virus. The conflict escalates to the brink of a war that will determine who will become the Earth’s dominant species.
11. Hercules- July 25
Dwane “The Rock” Johnson brings the mythological hero Hercules to life in this film of epic proportions.
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12. Guardians of the Galaxy- August 1
This Marvel adaptation chronicles the exploits of a group of superheroes from throughout the solar system who protect the galaxy from invasion. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel as some of the protectors as well as a superhero racoon voiced by Bradley Cooper.
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- August 8
The Turtles are back! This time for a Michael-Bay-directed live action adventure that reveals how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came to be. Stars include Megan Fox and Will Arnett.
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14. The Giver- August 15
Based on the Lois Lowry novel, this dystopian drama features a seemingly perfect society and a boy that must learn both the true pain and pleasure of the real world from an elderly recluse. The star-studded cast includes Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
Also check out this cool graph of analyst Doug Creutz’ box office projections: “The Dirty Dozen: Summer Movie Preview”.