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We all look forward to summer after a long, cold, bleak winter. Some of us are actually quite desperate for it, really. Here come the days of lounging and lazying around on a hot, sunny day, going to our beautiful Ontario beaches, planning barbecues, enjoying concerts and live music under the stars, yes…but those of us who absolutely love movies also look forward to the big summer blockbusters. And 2015 is NOT disappointing when it comes to big budget, big sound, explosions and destruction galore. But there are also some really quirky comedies, some dramas and a couple of family flicks (who are we kidding, grown ups LOVE family movies nowadays) that are sure to keep you fully entertained as the summer winds down and to give you some respite from all those days of too much sun and barbecue/ice cream indulgence. Here are some of the movies that we thought you, dear Alma Latina readers, should watch this summer.

Of course you knew we’d start off this list with Jurassic World, right? Out in theatres already, that’s probably the biggest blockbuster not just of the summer, but of the year. You guys remember the first one, right? Scientists, kids, a mad greedy entrepreneur and yes, dinosaurs, all trapped in an island. You were on the edge of your seat the entire time and this time around it’s no different. Steven Spielberg captures, once again, the rollercoaster of emotions and non-stop jolts and thrills the original Jurassic Park brought to audiences. “Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (last year’s action breakout star Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.”

 

Loosely inspired by Disney’s EPCOT theme park, this futuristic film stars George Clooney as a disillusioned genius inventor, Hugh Laurie, a young science enthusiast, played by Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy. “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by Brad Bird and Lost writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Bird, Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.” This one’s also out in theatres already.

 

The fifth instalment of the franchise, Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation, finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) fighting a new and very likely his most dangerous enemy yet: The Syndicate, a newly emerged network of highly skilled operatives who seek world domination through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. “Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.” Directed by long-time Tom Cruise collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow, The Tourist, Jack Reacher and writer of The Usual Suspects). Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation is out in theatres on July 31st.

 

Director Josh Trank will try to make the Fantastic Four’s movie franchise reboot (out in theatres this coming August 7th) a successful one, with a brand new and relatively unknown young cast– something that just doesn’t seem to happen for this Marvel team of superheroes. Will this be the one to break the curse? We’ll find out on August 7th, when this highly awaited version comes out in theatres.

 

This seems to be the summer of Marvel comics, doesn’t it? Another big blockbuster Marvel superhero, Ant-Man (in theatres July 15), gets a chance to win audiences on the big screen. Paul Rudd gets a chance to play a superhero on this one. “With the ability to shrink in size but grow in strength, a con man (Paul Rudd) must help his mentor (Michael Douglas) protect the secret of his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.” It’s also a superhero directorial debut for Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up, Bring It On). We’ll see how this one goes.

 

Pixar hardly ever gets it wrong, does it? And this one is an original work…will it be as successful as all their previous original offerings? This one’s already out in theatres and it’s pretty much stealing Jurassic World’s thunder with a cast of…emotions?! The voiceover cast is as good as they come: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. Pixar can’t go wrong with this one. After all, kids and better yet, adult kids just love these computer animated flicks, don’t we?

 

Minions. Do I even need to say more? Just show me where to pay to see these lovely animated creatures and off I go. Oh, and the icing on the cake? Sandra Bullock. Yes, thank you. Also voiced by Allison Janney (Mom) Jon Hamm (Mad Men) Michael Keaton and Steve Cougan. In theatres July 10.

 

The summer of 2015 hasn’t forgotten about you, VideoGame lovers. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox. “As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.” In theatres July 24.

 

I know she’s not a Marvel superhero. By she is “My” superhero. And a lot of people’s superhero as well. Love Amy Schumer. Trainwreck’s written by Amy herself and directed by Judd Appatow (Bridesmaids), so you know it’s going to be hilarious. Also starring Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton Colin Quinn and LeBron James. Yes, THAT Lebron James. In theatres July 17.

 

Another hilarious odd-ball comedy in the form of “Masterminds” comes to the big screen this summer. Based on real live events (the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina), this heist comedy film stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson, so you know some hilarious and crazy antics are happening on this one. In theatres August 19.

 

If it stars Chris Hemsworth, then I’m watching it. But this is also directed by Ron Howard, so I think everyone should and will watch this one. Based on real life events, “Crewmen  of a 19th-century New England whaler (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) face a harrowing battle for survival after an attack by a giant whale destroys their vessel and casts them adrift on the open sea.” The movie is based on “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, written by Nathaniel Philbrick. This same incident also inspired Hermann Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick. Its original summer released has, however, been pushed to the end of the year. Nevertheless, be on the lookout for this one.

 

And because we already took the kids to see some good wholesome movies and we now have to wait until December to watch Chris Hemsworth in “In the Heart of the Sea”, then why not mitigate the wait with some Magic Mike, right? The highly anticipated sequel comes to theatres in just a few days (July 1st, Canada Day). Ladies, check your brains at the door. The Kings of Tampa (Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodríguez and Gabriel Iglesias) travel to Myrtle Beach for a–what else– stripper convention.