If there is a limit to the amount of fun in the sun you and your family can take, movie theatres are the perfect way to keep everyone entertained and cool. The summer movie season is chock full of blockbusters, animated fare, sequels, reboots, adaptations and remakes.
Jurassic World – June 12
OK, so the Jurassic Park series isn’t quite a history or science class, but Jurassic World, the first film taking us back to the dinosaur theme park in more than a decade, looks like it’ll be a darker, more action-packed adventure film about an experiment gone awry. Jurassic World picks up where Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park left off, choosing (wisely) to pretend the second and third films in the series didn’t happen.
Read a full review of Jurassic World at Common Sense Media on June 12th.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – June 12
Does this sound familiar? A teenage boy meets and befriends a girl with cancer; adapted from the young-adult novel of the same name (author Jesse Andrews), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is slated to be this year’s Fault in Our Stars. Bring tissues. The film has already received rave reviews at the festivals where it has been screened so far this year.
Read a full review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl at Common Sense Media on June 12th.
Inside Out – June 19
A return to form for Pixar, Inside Out is the first film by the iconic animation studio since the tepidly received Monsters University in 2013, unusual for the troupe used to releasing a tentpole film almost every summer this decade (Brave, Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3). Moving to a new town takes a toll on Riley’s emotions (anger, disgust, fear, sadness and joy), as Inside Out examines how one’s psyche can be affected by big life changes.
Read a full review of Inside Out at Common Sense Media on June 19th.
Minions – July 10
The best part of those Despicable Me films was the cute little yellow minions and, on July 10, you can see them in a movie of their own. In Minions, three of them look for a new master to serve at an international convention of super villains (where else?) where they are recruited by Scarlett Overkill and her inventor husband Herb (voiced by Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm). The minions may not have a catchphrase, or even speak English, but their film is slated to be one of the most popular of the summer.
Read a full review of Minions at Common Sense Media on July 10th.
Paper Towns – July 24
Another of John Green’s popular young-adult novels is getting the big-screen treatment (and with the success and acclaim of last year’s Fault in Our Stars adaptation, Green’s Looking for Alaska is in the early stages of development). Paper Towns follows a young man on a road trip to find a missing neighbourhood girl he befriended the night before she disappeared. She leaves small clues behind, and he’s on a mission to follow them to her.
Read a full review of Paper Towns at Common Sense Media on July 24th.
Ant-Man – July 17
Fantastic Four – Aug. 7
Superhero movies are a staple of the summer movie season. This summer’s already seen the release of the second Avengers film, and now fans will also be treated to the first film version of Ant-Man, which will chronicle the tiny hero’s origin story with Paul Rudd in the titular role. And you’re probably wondering: Wait, didn’t we just see the Fantastic Four origin story on the big screen this decade? You would be absolutely right, but that won’t stop this Aug. 7 reboot.