All you need to know about what movies are coming out this summer from May through June. This list includes all kinds of movies from blockbuster hits, horror, British period-pieces, comedies, and movies that look like they’ll sink on opening weekends. Click on the link to see the trailer!
Avengers: Age of Ultron (out now)
The Avengers are back! When Tony Stark’s peacekeeping machine changes its mind toward doom and destruction, America calls on the superheroes to save them again.
Why you should watch it: The first movie was awesome; it contained humor and drama, and we saw a lot of good character interaction from these superheroes. This sequel looks darker and intense. It’ll be interesting to see how the Avengers interact with each other a few years after battling Loki in New York.
Far From the Madding Crowd (out now)
A young woman in Victorian England captures the hearts of three suitors; a farmer, sergeant, and rich bachelor are all beguiled by her headstrong nature. Will she choose any of the three?
Why you should watch it: Carey Mulligan is the star and as a versatile actress has showed off how well she can act. This movie is a period piece (one of my favorite genres!) and a classic love story by Tom Hardy. Far From the Maddening Crowd is a true love story that takes a deep look at human nature and passion.
Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15)
Max is a captive who frees himself from becoming enslaved and partners with a woman to safety while followed by a gang of loons. In a post-apocalyptic world, every day is followed by a fight to the death.
Why you should watch it: Mad Max looks like an intense action movie with fast cars designed to kill with weaponry attached and crazy people driving them. Based on the trailer, it looks like the type of movie made for the big screen and won’t be as impressive watching on DVD at home.
Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
After proving that girl a capella groups are cool in the first movie, the Barden Bellas have gained enough popularity to perform at the Lincoln Center. But when an embarrassing moment degrades their cool status, they enter an international singing competition that hasn’t been won by an American group before to show everyone what they’re made of.
Why you should watch it: The first movie was surprisingly great with bits of humor sprinkled throughout for all viewers (guys and girls) to laugh at. This sequel has high expectations to be just as enjoyable a movie as the first. With international a capella groups fighting to win a singing competition, it will be fun to see what countries are represented.
Slow West (May 15)
A young Scottish man emigrates to America to find his true love. He meets a sharp-shooting traveler along the way who protects him on his journey west. Bounty hunters follow behind as they look for a man and woman worth $2000.
Why you should watch it: It’s a wild west movie in the 1800s starring Michael Fassbender. The Western film genre is not often portrayed and in the past few years have ranged from an unsuccessful Disney attempt (The Lone Ranger) to satire (A Million Ways to Die in the West). Yet Slow West has the potential to rise above and be entertaining.
Poltergeist (May 22)
A family moves into a new home but discovers that it’s full of evil spirits. Their youngest daughter is kidnapped without explanation and the parents must find a way to get her back while fighting these forces in their home.
Why you should watch it: It looks terrifying. I haven’t seen the original Poltergeist but as a remake in 2015 it’s bound to be good with our advanced technology. The graphics alone look shockingly real based on the trailer.
Tomorrowland (May 22)
A teenager finds that she is transported into another world when she picks up a pin. She traces the pin to an inventor and the two embark on a mission to save their reality from an alternate universe.
Why you should watch it: Tomorrowland doesn’t look like your average Disney movie made primarily for kids. It’s a sci-fi thriller that could be fun to watch for all audiences.
San Andreas (May 29)
A massive earthquake in California causes destruction up and down the coast, sinking California into the earth. A rescue-chopper pilot fights his way across the state to find his daughter before it’s too late.
Why you should watch it: It’s another doom and gloom destruction movie but looks like it’ll be entertaining. Plus there’s an added anxiety that East coasters will feel the next shock and maybe cause some destruction there!
Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5)
Taking us back to a time before the Lambert family needs help, medium Elise Rainier tries to help a teenage girl trapped in the “other world”. A spirit has latched on to the girl’s soul and won’t let go.
Why you should watch it: It looks pretty scary and after two already great Insidious movies, the third should be promising. While it looks like the budget was increased to make the movie, I’m hoping it won’t disappoint by trying too hard to be a scary movie.
Jurassic World (June 12)
Jurassic Park is back in business with a new, genetically-altered dinosaur to attract more visitors. The park is bigger and badder than last time but people still keep coming back.
Why you should watch it: It looks overdone but it’s got to be entertaining. Who doesn’t love holding their breath in their seats to hide from dinosaurs? Plus watching these dinosaurs on screen can be awing since they’re no longer here to walk the earth and bother us.
Inside Out (June 19)
Introducing the emotions joy, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust, as they fight for the control of a young girl’s mind when she moves into a new home. When Joy and Sadness get lost in her memory bank, the other emotions try to keep a normal routine without causing too much mayhem.
Why you should watch it: Pixar has made what looks to be a heart-warming story of how sometimes emotions can get the best of us. It’s a cute movie personifying emotions and how they can make us feel over certain events in our lives.
Ted 2 (June 26)
Ted wants to get married, have kids, and live as close to normal of a life he can manage. Getting married? Easy, but when the state doesn’t recognize you as a human being to have children, Ted fights the law to be seen as “human”.
Why you should watch it: It looks entertaining and among the raunchy humor, has a meaningful moment trying to legalize a teddy bear as human so he can be treated equally.