Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel brings us an alternative to their other super-mainstream superhero movies with "Guardians of the Galaxy." They leave the traditional earth setting and take on a more whimsical band of heroes. This movie could end up a smash hit or quickly find itself a bust, but under Marvel's umbrella it has a lot of promise. Out August 1.
Scarlett Johansson stars as an action hero who was initially taken captive but starts to transform and outsmart her captors when exposed to an unknown drug. Though the premise is somewhat shaky, the action and Scarlett should make it an exciting watch. Out July 25.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
This sequel to the original "Sin City," which came out 9 years ago, is long overdue. Much of the cast is brought back, but many more are also added. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, and Eva Green are all tough and notorious characters that inhabit Sin City. The movie was shot in 3D so that you, too, can feel like you're in the city with them. This movie comes out August 22.
The Giver is an interesting tale of a small community set in the future. The community appears to be a utopia, but the main character starts to discover that something is wrong, and the utopia they live in isn't as ideal as it seems on the surface. This tale of discovery and adventure is surely one to think about, and definitely a good one to go see, coming out August 15.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Everyone should be familiar with TMNT on some level. The tv show and action figures and movies of the past were wildly popular with kids everywhere. This new version looks a lot darker and fitting with the theme of modern remakes of classic hits that a lot of movies have been taking lately. The 3D turtles have been shown to be a bit off-putting, however. This movie has a lot of similarities to the way Transformers was rebooted, and is even produced by Michael Bay and stars Megan Fox. It should be interesting to see how it comes out, in theaters August 8.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The second installment of the reboot series that surprised many in 2011, this movie comes from the same group of animators that made Avatar and the director of Cloverfield. After the apes have taken over earth, there are only a few survivors, and this movie chronicles their struggle. This movie comes out July 11.
This new "Hercules" is a revisionist take on the classic myth starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Hopefully he can pull it off and have his own star film with such a strong plot to work with. Releases on July 25.
The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge was not a huge hit last year but made a pretty big return for a low investment. Now with a bigger budget and an expanded premise in the world of "The Purge," there's a lot of room for this summer's version to be a big hit. "The Purge: Anarchy" comes out on July 18.
Get On Up
With the director of "The Help," Tate Taylor, and a star of "42," Chadwick Boseman, this looks to be a great biopic film around the life and story of James Brown. There have been a few films of this kind that have been very successful, such as "Walk the Line" about Johnny Cash, and James Brown is certainly interesting enough to keep you entertained. This movie comes out August 1.
This movie stands up as an intriguing dark comedy surrounding a good priest faced with sinister troubles from a member of his congregation. It originally was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and received much praise. It makes it's theater debut on August 1.