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We rounded up 10 buzz-worthy films to watch this season, including an unexpected super hero (Paul Rudd–no joke) and a cult-classic remake (hint: the Griswold's are heading back to Walley World) that are worth their salt, preferably on popcorn.
Trainwreck | July 17
We’re all aboard Amy Schumer’s big screen debut in the most-anticipated comedy of the summer. Directed by comedy god Judd Apatow (creator of Girls, Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and written by said leading lady (though “lady” isn’t usually associated with the volcano-mouth genius of Inside Amy Schumer), laughs are inevitable with SNL sidekicks Bill Hader and Vanessa Bayer. Oh, did we mention there’s a cameo by LeBron James? Let’s see how he shares this talent-filled court.
Jurassic World | June 12
More like Jurassic Pratt. The loveable and still uncommonly relatable Chris Pratt (forever goofball Andy from Parks and Recreation) plays the heroic animal expert in the mega franchise’s latest installment. Dinos that escape in a theme park? Sounds familiar. But genetically engineered dinosaurs that are bigger, scarier and just down-right bitchy? Ummm, good luck with that. We’ll just stick with the box office, where ticket sales continue to roar soar.
Mr. Holmes | July 17
The world’s most-famous detective is back. As an aging Sherlock Holmes (Lord of the Rings’ Ian McKellen) nears the end of his life in 1947, he seeks the unexpected help of his housekeeper’s son to revisit one unsolved case that led to his retirement. Poignant, heartfelt yet still enchanted with mystery, the search for a summer period piece is closed.
Ant-Man | July 17
Money grows on trees when Marvel and theaters meet for a play date in the summer. But Paul Rudd as a super hero? We’ll take it. Dressed in an ant suit that make’s him shrink in size yet grow in strength, this unexpected super hero sprinkles funny one-liners throughout intense action scenes where he saves the world–ladedadeda. It also doesn’t hurt that Rudd and Adam McKay (writer of Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers) co-wrote the screenplay.
Magic Mike XXL | July 1
Call the babysitter, grab the girls and cue the sirens–the Kings of Tampa are BACK. This time around, Mike (Channing Tatum) comes out of retirement and the boys head to a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for one last epic performance (at least until Magic Mike 3.) Is it hot in here?
Fantastic Four | August 7
New kids are on the Marvel block. You know the drill: four young outsiders teleport to an alternative universe, acquire unusual powers, and–yes–save the Earth. But with a younger cast consisting of wisecracking Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Whiplash) and freckled-face favorite Kate Mara (House of Cards), Marvel’s longest-running super hero team was overdue for this facelift.
Inside Out | June 19
This heartfelt, family-friendly film about the emotional roller coaster of growing up is far from the headaches of actual adolescence. Eleven-year-old Riley’s brain is filled with emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). As Riley moves across the country with her family, said emotions are in full swing as she navigates big changes. Both the young and young-at-heart will have only one emotion when viewing–delight!
Ted 2 | June 26
Talking teddy bear, take two. From the brainchild of Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, comes the equally irreverent sequel where a now-married Ted has to prove he’s a human in the eyes of law in order to adopt a baby. With the help of best buddy John (Mark Wahlberg), a young lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) plus a civil rights attorney played by non other than Morgan Freeman (Yasss), the foulmouthed franchise continues to release R-rated laughs.
Mission: Impossible–Rouge Nation | July 31
Ethan Hunt (i.e., Tom Cruise) is back for the fifth installment of the world’s favorite spy-thriller franchise Mission: Impossible. What’s on the agenda? A highly skilled operative called Syndicate releases a series of terrorist attacks to create a new order and take down the International Monetary Fund. Help. Paging Ethan to save the day on the most impossible mission to date. We’re betting 5 for 5 for Tom.
Editor’s Pick: Vacation | July 29
The Griswold’s are back. Grown-up Rusty (Ed Helms) takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and sons on a cross-country trip to–you guessed it–Walley World to relive his epic childhood vacation from 30 years ago. With cameos from Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, plus a visit with sister Audrey (Leslie Mann) and an erotic encounter with her stud-muffin husband (Chris Hemsworth), this cringe-worthy, laugh-out-loud road trip puts a new spin on the cult-classic. Must. See.