Entertainment

Our must-see flicks for the summer

By Andie Linker and Sam Kelly
Walter Payton

Spring and summer weekends are coming soon to a theater near you. But who can afford to see more than a couple movies every month? OK, we’re not talking about the time you paid to see that “Harry Potter” movie three times in one week.

We rounded up the summer’s hottest flicks, did our research and made the tough choices for you.

MAY

› “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (May 2)
› “Walk of Shame” (May 2)
› “Chef” (May 9)
› “Neighbors” (May 9)
 GO SEE: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

This movie’s 2012 predecessor was incredibly successful, which means “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has big shoes to fill. However, there’s no doubt that Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield can handle the pressure. It will also be interesting to see how their real-life relationship, which began on the set of the first movie, translates to the big screen. The first movie had amazing effects and action, and the sequel is sure to outshine it. Plus, you can count on the “Spider-Man” legacy to thrive in exciting new ways. Guaranteed awesome.

› “Godzilla” (May 16)
› “Million Dollar Arm” (May 16)
› “Blended” (May 23)
› “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23)
 GO SEE: “Million Dollar Arm”

With all of the buzz surrounding “X-Men” and “Godzilla,” “Million Dollar Arm” has been waiting in the shadows. The plot follows the story of JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a baseball scout on the verge of losing his career, as he helps two young men from India train to play Major League Baseball. The trailer promises the perfect mix of humor and drama with a dash of romance. You won’t have to fight the crowds to see this feel good movie.

June

› “Edge of Tomorrow” (June 6)
› “The Fault in Our Stars” (June 6)
› “22 Jump Street” (June 13)
› “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (June 13)
 GO SEE: “The Fault in Our Stars”

Based on the insanely popular young adult novel by John Green, this movie is already surrounded by buzz. Add the pressure from fans to get the story right, and filmmakers had their work cut out for them. Breakout stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play the lead roles and have already received rave reviews for their parts in “Divergent,” another book-to-movie success. The “TFiOS” trailer alone already has made many fans cry, so we’re dying to see the finished product. Plus, Green worked closely with filmmakers to ensure the movie stayed true to his work. “The Fault in Our Stars” faces high expectations, but it’s destined for success.

› “Think Like a Man Too” (June 20)
› “Jersey Boys” (June 20)
› “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (June 27)
› “They Came Together” (June 27)
 GO SEE: “They Came Together”

This movie is the underdog of the group, but we have a feeling it will win over audiences. “They Came Together,” which stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, is a parody of popular romantic comedies. The flick premiered at Sundance Film Festival and has already received thumbs-up reviews. Poehler’s sarcastic humor promises laughs, while Rudd’s charming personality should keep the film grounded. We’re betting this movie outshines its big-budget competition.

July

› “Deliver Us from Evil” (July 2)
› “Earth to Echo” (July 2)
› “Tammy” (July 2)
› “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (July 11)
 GO SEE: “Deliver Us from Evil”

At first glance, one would think “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the obvious choice here. A popular franchise, talking monkeys and a cameo by James Franco: What else could you ask for? “Deliver Us from Evil” at first appears to be a corny horror movie, but upon closer inspection you’ll realize why it’s worth seeing. Director Scott Derrickson has already proven himself worthy with scary movies such as “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Add Eric Bana to the mix (he plays a cop targeted by the devil), and this movie gets better. Oh, and Joel McHale plays Bana’s no-nonsense partner. How could you pass this up?

› “The Purge: Anarchy” (July 18)
› “Jupiter Ascending” (July 18)
› “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” (July 25)
› “Step Up: All In” (July 25)
 GO SEE: “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”

No one should pretend that “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” is going to be a beautiful, Oscar-nominated movie. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be exactly what you’d expect: a crappy, effects-driven action flick in which Dwayne Johnson yells and beats up people a lot. But what’s wrong with that? There’s definitely a place for over-the-top gladiator movies in our world. And let’s be honest, no one asked for another “Step Up” movie.

August

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (August 1st)
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (August 8th)
“The Expendables 3” (August 15th)
“The Giver” (August 15th)
GO SEE: “The Giver”

This one is the “sentimental pick.” Who hasn’t read this book for an English class? It’s the one you dreaded reading at first but ended up loving. And although you probably haven’t thought about “The Giver” since then, this movie is sure to make you feel all nostalgic. Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes all have roles, so even if the story gets a little dull, you can expect a stellar cast.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (August 22nd)
“November Man” (August 27th)
“Jane Got a Gun” (August 29th)
“The Loft” (August 29th)

GO SEE: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
We know what you’re thinking — “Sin City” isn’t for everyone, but allow us to explain why we’re so excited about this one. Directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have an incredible track record with flicks like “300” and the original “Sin City.” This sequel promises to pack a punch. Returning cast members include Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Alba; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin join the crew. You can look forward to seeing raw emotion and acting prowess on top of the usual sex, drugs and violence you’re used to from “Sin City.” Don’t be fooled — this isn’t a crappy action flick.

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