15 must-see movies hitting cinemas this summer

Published by Stephen McIlkenny

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Ah, Summer. A time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the great outdoors in the baking hot sunshine.

Hold on though. This is the UK. That’s not going to happen. So instead, why not join us in taking a look at the hottest films coming to cinemas in the coming weeks and months? From Hollywood blockbusters to outrageous comedy, WOW247 has got you covered.

Godzilla

Who’s in it?

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen

When’s it out?

May 15

What should we expect?

Cloverfield meets awesome. A reboot aided by incredible special effects, with plenty of action and destruction.

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This really shouldn’t be a hard sell. It’s a huge lizard destroying stuff while humans try and find other reasons for it not to be giant lizard, before finally accepting it is a giant lizard. Which destroys stuff… a  lot.

It’ll be good then?

Hell yeah. We claim to want stunning visual art and sublime story lines, but you cannot really beat a huge monster leveling cities on a big screen now, can you?

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Who’s in it?

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

When’s it Out?

May 22

What should we expect?

A stunning follow-up to the well-received X-Men: First Class, with lots of twists and turns.

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Following the classic comic book arc, the time travel plot sees Wolverine travelling back to stop the rise of machines set to eradicate mutants once and for all. This drastic action forces the characters from the original X-Men trilogy to unite with their younger selves, so they can change the past to save their future.

It’ll be good then?

With X-Men and X2 director Brian Singer back at the helm, we think this has win written all over it. The ensemble cast is incredible, and with the comic book story to follow we think this could prove a winning combination once more for Singer.

Maleficent

Who’s in it?

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning

When’s it out?

May 28

What should we expect?

A frightening fairy tale reinterpreted by Disney.

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Angelina Jolie stars as the legendary Disney villainess in a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, presented from the untold perspective of Maleficent: “the mistress of all evil”.

It’ll be good then?

Following on from the success of Frozen, Disney certainly seems to be flavour of the month. Everything it touches is turning to gold at the moment ,and we can’t see why this won’t continue that winning formula.

A Million Ways to Die in The West

Who’s in it?

Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried

When’s it out?

May 30

What should we expect?

Laughter, and lots of it. Written by the creator of Family Guy and Ted, we think it’ll be hilarious.

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Seth Macfarlane writes, produces and stars in this crude comedy set in the days of the Old West. Our ‘hero’ loses his girlfriend by refusing to duel, but he soon falls for the girl of the West’s most infamous outlaw.

It’ll be good then?

It certainly should if the trailer is anything to go by. You can expect lots of vulgar laughs and outrageous outbursts. A straight-faced Liam Neeson may also make this one of the comedy hits of the year.

Edge of Tomorrow

Who’s in it?

Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

When’s it out?

May 30

What should we expect?

An all-out action blockbuster in the shape of a classic Humans v Aliens battle for survival.

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Tom Cruise stars as a soldier who killed in action during the final fight for earth, only to find himself starting over in a time loop to repeat the same mission. Each time he learns more about how to defeat the aliens, before being killed and starting over once more.

It’ll be good then? 

It’s a tough call. The story certainly has promise, not to mention the cast. We just hope the scenario doesn’t get too repetitive.

22 Jump Street

Who’s in it?

Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

When’s it out?

June 6

What should we expect?

The exact same outrageous comedy as 21 Jump Street - but this time, in college.

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The Jump Street crew are back to infiltrate a university that is selling a deadly drug. Everybody’s favourite undercover cops must pretend to be college kids by drinking, dossing and indulging just as much as all the other students.

It’ll be good then?

Most probably. Although it is virtually the same plot and style as the first film, we think there’ll be enough entertaining scenarios to make it a worthwhile watch.

Jersey Boys

Who’s in it?

John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken

When’s it out?

June 20

What should we expect?

Nothing you have ever seen Clint Eastwood direct before. He’s adapting a hit musical with dark overtones and a captivating story.

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The film tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons growing up and performing in Jersey. With influence from gangsters and a determination to make it as a band, this is the true life tale of one of America’s finest rock n roll groups.

It’ll be good then?

You’d bank on it. The theatrical cast, critical acclaimed director and story itself should make it a summer hit. If the feelgood songs don’t hook you, the murkier story line may well do.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Who’s in it?

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

When’s it out?

July 4

What should we expect?

A family-friendly adventure with Vikings and dragons.

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Five years on, a lot has changed on the island of Berk – with Vikings and dragons getting on famously. However, Hiccup and his friends face an adventure of a lifetime to maintain the peace as a battle threatens to destroy the peace.

It’ll be good then?

The jury’s out. Often animated sequels don’t live up to the first, especially when you’re taking about such an original script as How to Train Your Dragon. Let’s just say we’re optimistic.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Who’s in it?

Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz

When’s it out?

July 10

What should we expect?

The same action-fueled storyline chaos as all Michael Bay films, with massive robot fighting and prolonged combat scenes. Oh, and dinosaur transformers this time!

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This Transformers film is a reboot of sorts, with Wahlberg replacing Shia LeBeouf. Taking place four years after the events of the last film, Wahlberg’s mechanic finds an Autobot by accident after buying a truck for scrap parts.

It’ll be good then?

Like all Transformers films we can’t promise the storyline will be gripping or even cohesive, but the special effects will be as eye-catching as ever. It’ll be interesting to see where this ‘reboot’ of sorts goes.

Boyhood

Who’s in it?

Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke

When’s it out?

June 11

What should we expect

A totally unique coming-of-age movie shot over 12 years – starring the same young actor as his character moves from childhood to adulthood.

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The film follows the life of a boy as he grows up, charting his journey through school and the highs and lows of adolescence. Boyhood also closely examines his relationship with his parents, who are divorced along the way.

It’ll be good then?

As this is a first in cinema history no one really knows how it will pan out, but one thing is for sure: you should check it out and see for yourself.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Who’s in it?

Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis

When’s it out?

July 17

What should we expect?

All sorts of monkey business. Special effects are set to stun as man and ape go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy.

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Following a deadly virus that eliminated a vast number of the human population, genetically enhanced apes led by hero Caesar must choose to either live peacefully with the remaining humans, or go to war and eliminate the species once and for all.

It’ll be good then?

Quite possibly. Although James Franco and Freida Pinto aren’t back from Rise, we expect this to be the most brutal and gripping instalment in the Planet of the Apes franchise yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Who’s in it?

Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel

When’s it out?

August 1

What should we expect?

Another supremely fun ensemble Marvel outing, complete with loads of weird aliens, plenty of gags and a fair dose of rip-roaring action.

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An American pilot is forced to unite with a bunch of space-faring misfits after stealing an object from the villainous Ronan. When the true powers of the mcguffin are revealed, these Guardians must unite to defend and protect the Galaxy.

It’ll be good then?

The casting looks spot-on and director James Gunn has proven himself an excellent director of both comedy and action. It really could be The Avengers in space.

The Inbetweeners 2

Who’s in it?

Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, James Buckley

When’s it out? 

August 6

What should we expect?

A whole lot of mocking for those who take the bus, and another feature-length does of hilarity and cringing as the boys go down under to Australia.

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Having previously broken box office records with their disastrous trip to Malia, the pussay patrol are now off backbacking to Oz, in an ill-fated adventure that will feature “kangaroos…and possibly koalas”.

It’ll be good then?

Fingers crossed: it should be brilliant. Actor Joe Thomas has said the sequel is funnier than the first. Though we find that almost impossible to imagine, we hope it’s true.

The Expendables 3

Who’s in it?

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas

When’s it out?

August 15

What should we expect?

All out action from the first minute to the last. Exactly the same thing as Expendables 1 and 2.

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Hollywood’s ageing action stars show the young ‘uns how it is done – with the ludicrous cast even more name-packed than before.

It’ll be good then?

Depends how you define ‘good’. If you want a cheesy self-aware slice of hokum, fill your boots. Arthouse fans probably needn’t apply.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Who’s in it?

Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Eva Green

When’s it out?

August 29

What should we expect?

Blood, gore and violence in black and white, as Frank Miller’s graphic vision returns in a long-awaited follow up to the 2005 masterclass.

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With many of the same cast returning and some exciting new faces to boot, this ultra-slick noir thriller looks set to adopt the same stunning aesthetic and style that made the first film such a hit.

It’ll be good then?

Here’s hoping. It certainly looks the part – and with more Marv on the way, who wouldn’t be excited?

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