It’s that time of year again where many people go to the movies and escape reality. The summer movie season has officially started and these highly anticipated movies are all what people are talking about and are counting down to the day of its release.
‘MAD MAX: FURY ROAD’ (MAY 15)
George Miller returns to direct the latest installment in the “Mad Max” series and Tom Hardy fills in the shoes of Mel Gibson playing Max Rockatansky. Max comes across a woman named Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is on the run from Immortan Joe and his gang because she took a resource of his that can mother the next generation as told. With Max’s knowledge of the desert, he and Furiosa must travel across the desert and escape the madness of their foes. It’s been 30 years since the last installment “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome,” which fans felt was a disappointment. This movie is shaping up to be a breath of fresh air and hoping to revive the famous post-apocalyptic series.
‘PITCH PERFECT 2’ (MAY 15)
The Barden Bellas return on the big screen after the first film was a surprise hit that no one expected. This time around the Bellas have their reputation status ruined after a disastrous performance at Lincoln Center. To help regain their reputation and status the Bellas compete in an international a capella competition that no American team has won before. Elizabeth Banks who plays the a capella competition commentator takes helm as the director of the sequel and it has high hopes to recapture the charm of that the first film had.
‘TOMORROWLAND’ (MAY 22)
Brad Bird, the director of films such as “The Incredibles” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” takes you on an adventure loosely based off the famous attraction at Disneyland. A young girl named Casey (Britt Robertson) runs into Frank (George Clooney), an inventor, who travel on a journey to travel to a place that exists in their imaginations and they discover secrets that are not in the real world. Visually stunning it looks to be a great family flick worth checking out.
‘JURASSIC WORLD’ (JUNE 12)
Set 20 years after the events of “Jurassic Park,” Isla Nubar has now created a theme park called “Jurassic World,” a vision by John Hammond, the creator of “Jurassic Park.” It sees many tourists a day, but things go astray when a cross-species dinosaur breaks loose and is a lot more advanced in many ways possible. Velociraptor trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) must track down this beast to help put it down before it terrorizes the tourists. Director Colin Trevorrow looks to create a new vision on the series while maintaining the roots that Steven Spielberg introduced us to.
‘TERMINATOR GENYSIS’ (JULY 3)
John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), from the Terminator (Arnold Schwartzenegger). But as Kyle arrives, he notices something is off as Sarah is able to defend herself better and has been accompanied by the Terminator hoping to stop Judgement Day. But things get messy as the T-1000 comes in to stop them as well as a human/cyborg hybrid and Sarah, Kyle and the Terminator must fight their way to hopefully stop Skynet. With Arnold returning as the Terminator and looking to start a whole new timeline many are curious to see how well this film will turn out.
‘MINIONS’ (JULY 10)
Before the banana-loving Minions worked for Gru they were actually having trouble keeping a boss to serve. So Kevin, Bob and Stuart set out on a journey to find a boss that they can serve for a while and they set out to villain-con to compete to become the henchmen to supervillain Scarlet Overkill (Voiced by Sandra Bullock). It’s clear the Minions don’t speak English but audiences can understand exactly what they’re saying and this is one animated feature that shouldn’t be skipped.
‘ANT-MAN’ (JULY 16)
Marvel’s famous shrinking superhero was originally supposed to be written and directed by Edgar Wright but due to creative differences had to back out of the project and was replaced by Peyton Reed. But that doesn’t mean it lost all the hype as it’s looking to shape up to be a fun film. Con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) gets taken under the wing of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who trains Scott to pull off the greatest heist to help save the world using his Ant-Man technology. But Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) plans to use this for other purposes and use it against Scott and Hank and they must put a stop to him as well.
‘MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROUGE NATION’ (JULY 31)
The IMF agency comes under attack by group of unknown assassins called “The Syndicate” that kill to order. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team face their most impossible mission yet, to prove that the Syndicate exists and bring it down any means necessary. The “Mission: Impossible” film series has been notorious for having different directors with each movie giving them a different style. This time around Christopher McQuarrie, who recently directed Cruise in “Jack Reacher,” now takes directorial duties in this latest installment and is looking to be an action packed thrill ride.
‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ (AUG. 7)
Director Josh Trank, who directed “Chronicle” takes on Marvel’s famous team of superheroes and gives it a new spin. Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), Susan Storm (Kate Mara) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) get transported into a different universe where something happens that alters their bodies giving them superpowers. With their newfound abilities not only must they live with it, but they must put a stop to the evil Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell), who plans to wreak havoc on the Earth. After the disappointment of the last two Fantastic Four movies this one takes a whole new approach and is looking to be a promising adaptation of the quartet of heroes.