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The Dose: Ten movies to see this summer

The Dose: Ten movies to see this summer

The Dose: Ten movies to see this summer
June 12
01:40 2015

Matt Payne | Staff Writer

For many, summer means relaxing, spending time with friends and staying as far away from school as possible. In doing this, they often find themselves at the movies.

With a summer season packed with action, drama and comedy, there will be a movie for everyone looking to escape the summer heat.

Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15


Thirty years since the ”Mad Max” series last graced cinemas, original director George Miller is back with a fourth installment to the Australian franchise with an action-packed explosion of a movie. After bouts of cast shuffling and a failed 2003 production attempt, it’s nice to see this movie finally come to fruition.

Beautiful visuals, incredible characterization, and loads of fire make this movie hotter than any 100-degree plus day the state of Texas can dish out. The story follows Imperator Furiosa and Max Rockatansky through a ruthless gauntlet of a journey this side of the Wasteland.

Entourage – June 3

If you’re looking to be thoroughly star struck, this movie is definitely is up your alley. Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Bob Saget, Pharrell and George Takei are just some of the actors you’ll spot as cameos in the film.  Picking up where the HBO show left off, the film puts Vincent Chase and the rest of the crew back in action.

Fun fact: the show and film, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, is partially inspired by his own life, with characters based off of himself, his agent and more.

Insidious: Chapter 3 – June 5

Director James Wan is looking to present “Insidious: Chapter 3” in a way that makes it more reminiscent of the first installment, as opposed to the sequel. We’re likely to get a thorough exploration into the origins of The Further, providing for a solid back-story.

This prequel will lay the basis for why a haunted teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) is being targeted by a supernatural entity with the aid of a psychic by the name of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), before she experiences the insanity destined for her in the original film.

Jurassic World – June 12raptor-bikes

The only thing more exhilarating than being surrounded by velociraptors in a full-fledged version of John Hammond’s dinosaur theme park  is being surrounded by velociraptors on a motorcycle, it seems. Being Chris Pratt probably helps with that too.

Look forward to a progressively advanced Isla Nubar, set twenty-two years after the events of the original “Jurassic Park.”  Though the original film was full of practical effects and robotic dinos, expect this newest installment to be chockfull of computer-generated beasts.

Ted 2 – June 26

The original film manifested a partition between two groups of people: those who possess a firm boundary of raunchy humor tolerance, and those who have no such boundary. In 2012, “Ted” reflected how McFarlane brought the quips and tone of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” to the big screen.

Ant-Man – July 17

Meet Scott Lang. He’s unlike the typical Marvel superhero in many ways. Most obvious is his suit, which allows him to shrink down to the size of an ant. Lang is a master criminal who looks to steal the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym, it’s inventor, to save his daughter from an illness.

Paul Rudd leads an all-star cast lined with Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, and Marvel hopes this one sees the success of last summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Because hey, it looks like they can get away with anything now.

Paper Towns – July 24paper-towns-2-11ggv9d

John Green is the young adult fiction writer behind the wildly popular novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it. The popular novelist, YouTuber, and now behind-the-scenes contributor has stories which have proven themselves to be more than suitable for the silver screen.

“Paper Towns,” based off of another of John Green’s several bestsellers, is a romantic thriller starring Nat Wolff, returning from his supporting role in “The Fault in Our Stars.” The movie adaptations of Green’s novels are coming in stride, and if you’re looking for a heart-tugging adventure, your tickets now.

Pixels – July 24

This is a film for those with a soft spot for classic arcade games. The film explores the wrath of aggressive aliens who take the guise of classic video game characters like Pac-Mac and Donkey Kong because of video signals sent out to space misinterpreted as acts of war.

Though Kevin James and Adam Sandler have had their fair share of stinkers, this film’s concept has potential. Based on a 2010 short film of the same name, “Pixels” is going to be a family-fun ride through the arcade cabinet this summer.

Southpaw – July 24

Prepare to develop some real sympathy and inspiration for boxer Billy Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal in this emotional drama. Hope literally fights both his opponents and internal destructive behavior in an attempt to be reunited with his daughter after she is taken by protective services.

Originally starring and inspired by Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and his struggles, the movie was dropped by original producers DreamWorks and Mathers, and later adopted by The Weinstein Company. Look out for illusive whispers of Eminem’s rocky past in this film despite his absence.

Fantastic Four – August 7

Here’s hoping this movie adaption of the famed super-powered squad is better than Tim Story’s and 20th Century Fox’s attempts in 2005 and 2007, and with the enigmatic trailer in tandem with a spunky Kate Mara, this flick is looking to be a crowd-pleaser.

New director Josh Trank is promising to do justice to the legacy of the Fantastic Four, gleaning inspiration from the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comic book series, and said he feels the upcoming title contains elements of both sci-fi and horror. Flame on.

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