1. “Jurassic World” June 12

The long anticipated addition to Steven Spielberg’s dino-horror franchise took cinemas by storm last weekend and shows no signs of slowing down. Among its many accolades, the film has become the highest grossing opening weekend of all time. Fresh off his turn in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt capably leads a likeable ensemble — including Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D’Onofrio — against a violent, genetic-hybrid dinosaur. While some have taken umbrage with certain plot points, such as Pratt’s character taming velociraptors, the movie has done something amazing in bringing old school monsters back to the big screen.

 

 

2. “Ted 2” – June 26

While the original “Ted” may have recycled some old material and voices from “Family Guy,” it proved that Seth MacFarlane has a unique ability to bring adult comedy to the big screen. The friendship between John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) provides a sentimental pathos upon which the drug and fart jokes will be laid.

 

Channing Tatum and another cast member in a scene from "Magic Mike."

Many thought “Magic Mike” was simply based on perfectly chiseled actors, but the sequel proves that a true story lies beyond the abdominal cuts.(trailers.apple.com)

3. “Magic Mike: XXL” – July 1

“Magic Mike” genuinely surprised most moviegoers back in 2012. Most who went to see the film did so based on the promise of six-pack abs and ample hip gyration. While the film had its fair share of male stripping, it also featured an earnest story about sacrifice and the dark side of the modern American dream. Although the ending of the original didn’t exactly leave much room for a sequel, there’s always room for Channing Tatum’s celebration of the male form.

 

4. “Ant-Man” – July 17

Ant-Man may have helped found the Avengers in the comic book universe, so it makes sense for Marvel Studios to have waited to bring him to the big screen. Judging from the trailer alone, this project represents one of their riskier moves thus far. From the very nature of the titular hero’s bug-themed powers to the casting of typically comedic Paul Rudd, Marvel has chosen to go against the grain when it comes to expectations of a superhero movie. Perhaps that’s a good thing, though, considering the ever-increasing threat of superhero fatigue in cinemas. If their success with the comedy-laden “Guardians of the Galaxy” is any indication, however, we have little to worry about.

 

 

5. “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” – July 31

After numerous ups and downs, the “Mission Impossible” franchise finally found its footing with “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” back in 2011. Tom Cruise returns as super-spy Ethan Hunt for the fifth time in nearly two decades along with Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg. Their mission: to hunt The Syndicate, an organization specifically trained to hunt Ethan and his colleagues. This film promises to uphold the series’ longstanding tradition of one-upping its predecessor’s stunts. Hanging from a ceiling may have been enough to excite audiences 20 years ago, but now, Tom Cruise is seen hanging onto the side of an ascending airplane. Did we mention he actually performed that stunt?

 

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