‘Tis the season for blockbuster movies. The scariest horror films, best action movies, and biggest remakes always seem to hit the screen in the summer. As you head home from SMU, stock up on popcorn and ICEEs and make sure to check out these films at your local theater.
Poltergeist, May 22
The horror blockbusters are lacking this season, with mainly sequels hitting the big screen, but this reboot caught our eye. Steven Spielberg’s 1982 horror gets an update starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, whose home and young daughter are being invaded by angry spirits.
Jurassic World, June 12
Did no one learn anything from the first three “Jurassic” movies? Twenty-two years after we first met Dr. Grant on Isla Nublar, Chris Pratt is taking us back to the questionable dinosaur amusement park. This time, though, to re-spark visitors’ interest, our friends at the Jurassic-themed park have tweaked DNA to create a whole new monster.
Minions, July 10
So cute they deserve their own prequel to “Despicable Me,” the spin-off follows the nonsense-spouting minions as they journey to find a new villainous master, Scarlet Overkill (voice of Sandra Bullock). Embrace your inner child and watch Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and the rest of the little yellow guys along their journey.
Trainwreck, July 17
Today’s queen of viral comedy is hitting the big screen. Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, and LeBron James round out this ragtag comedy directed by Judd Apatow. Schumer plays Amy, naturally, a writer who avoids serious romantic commitment whenever possible, until she realizes that she’s found a good guy she actually likes.
Paper Towns, July 24
For fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” and John Green’s bestselling novel, this coming of age movie is for the high school student in all of us. Follow a high school boy and his friends who try to find the missing girl next door, played by model Cara Delevingne.
Straight Outta Compton, August 14
Ice Cube said it first, “police think they have the authority to kill a minority.” The N.W.A. biopic is reaching theaters at a time when off-screen events like Ferguson and Baltimore have us discussing what has been festering in the U.S., much like what N.W.A. was handling with their controversial music in the 1980s.