When the sun goes down this summer season, the silver screen lights up with action, romance, and comedy. Summertime must-see movies include sequels, film adaptations, and brand new characters to keep you entertained all season long. Take a look at the upcoming crop of blockbusters.
The Fault in Our Stars
Young adult readers will rejoice at this film adaptation of John Green’s 2012 novel by the same name. It follows the extraordinary love story of a teenage girl living with cancer who falls for a boy from her support group. Together they embark on a journey of unforgettable romance, enjoying their youth in the face of heartbreaking illness. Starring Shailene Woodley and Willem Dafoe.
Release date: June 6, 2014
22 Jump Street
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back in the sequel to the 2012 film, 21 Jump Street. Police officers Jenko and Schmidt are recruited to go back undercover, this time as college students, to bust up a drug ring. The action comedy follows the thrills, hijinks, and laughs as this unlikely duo teams up once again.
Release date: June 13, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Bring the kids along for the second installment of the epic trilogy, following 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon. The 3D, animated story continues the adventures of Viking boy Hiccup, who is now a young adult, and his good friend, fire-breathing dragon Toothless, as they fight to protect peace. Starring the memorable voices of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Kristin Wiig.
Release date: June 13, 2014
The hit Broadway show gets a makeover in this film adaption. Based on the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys follows four kids from New Jersey who sang their way to mega-stardom in the 1960s. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this stage-to-screen musical will have you humming rock ‘n roll classics like “Rag Doll,” “Sherry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” for weeks to come.
Release date: June 20, 2014
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Michael Bay’s box office sensations are back with the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. Starring Mark Wahlberg and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the story picks up four years after the Chicago invasion. Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots are once again fighting a war of good versus evil.
Release date: June 27, 2014
Written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, this is sure to be a fun summertime comedy. Directed by Falcone and starring McCarthy as Tammy and Susan Sarandon as her grandmother, this laugh-out-loud film finds grandmother and granddaughter on an unconventional buddy road-trip. Strap in for adventure and loads of laughs.
Release date: July 2, 2014
This Irish black comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a small-town priest in Sligo, Ireland. Father James (Gleeson) is a good man troubled by mysterious forces of evil at play as he deals with his parishioners’ many, often comedic problems. Calvary has already received rave reviews after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
Release date: August 1, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The beloved 80s and 90s franchise gets a reboot in this live-action film. Crime-fighting turtles Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo return, along with their martial arts sensei, Splinter. Starring Megan Fox as April O’Neil.
Release date: August 8, 2014
From animated flicks for the whole family to heart-stopping thrillers, this summer’s must-see hits will keep you laughing, crying, and entertained well into the fall.
– By Lana Evans, Editor