Summer movie preview

Ah, yes: summer. That time when a sunburn becomes almost inevitable, the temperature cooks you like a New York strip, and Calvin Harris meets women and their relationship goes downhill. Summer is also the time for the first big movie season (the other one being Oscar season). As usual, there are a number of promising and petrifying films that will come around the bend, so let’s kick things off accordingly!

TO SEE:

“Pitch Perfect 2:” The Bella Tones are back, and things are still as wacky as ever. With a slew of new songs to sing, the Green Bay Packers popping up (sorry not sorry, Bears fans) and Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, you know this movie will promise a good time. Also, Anna Kendrick. Can’t go wrong with her.

“Entourage:” The HBO show won a good number of awards, especially for Jeremy Piven’s performance as the movie agent Ari Gold, inspired by Ari Emanuel, Rahm’s brother. Considering how well the show did in its initial run, it’ll be interesting to see how the movie fares. Also, Piven won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his performance. Is an Oscar nod next?

“Inside Out:” After a young girl named Riley moves from the Midwest to San Francisco, the emotions that control how she handles the world are thrown for a loop when their leaders Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) are lost inside Riley’s mind and the remaining emotions are left to fend for themselves. With an all-star cast including SNL alum Bill Hader, Daily Show contributor Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling, this colorful Pixar release should help the studio regain its footing after its stumbles as of late.

“Minions:” Let’s be honest—if there’s one thing everyone loves about the “Despicable Me” series, it’s the minions. The yellow, odd-looking creatures of various sizes and eye numbers are back, and this time around, three of them (Kevin, Bob and Stuart) set out to find themselves a new master. Fortunately, an all-star cast including Sandra Bullock as the villainess Scarlet Overkill help flesh out the story. If you love “Despicable Me,” chances are you’ll at least like this one.

“Trainwreck:” Amy (Amy Schumer) lives life without any relationship commitment whatsoever. However, when she gets assigned to do a story on a sports doctor (Bill Hader) and falls for him, her world gets turned upside down. Schumer has become one of the most promising female comedians through her show “Inside Amy Schumer” and other venues, and “Trainwreck” might be her breakthrough in film. With Judd Apatow directing and LeBron James also acting, this could be the big summer comedy this year.

NOT TO SEE:

“Poltergeist:” I know Hollywood is addicted to remaking movies to no end, but is a remake of the horror flick from the 80s really necessary?

“Jurassic World:” I’m thrilled that Chris Pratt is a big star right now because he was so good in “Parks and Recreation.” However, the third Jurassic Park movie had a mixed reception, so what would make this film any more promising?

“Ted 2:” Seth MacFarlane, what are you still doing here?

“Terminator Genisys:” So, it looks like Schwarzenegger is returning to movies for real after his eight year stint as the Governor of California. That said, another Terminator movie?

“Pixels:” Lo and behold, another Adam Sandler movie.  And with Kevin James to boot. Internet, you know what to do.

And that concludes our summer movie preview. Stay cool, and see you at the movies!

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