Coming to a theater near you

By Scott Davis

There seems to be something for everyone this summer at the multiplex, as some of the year’s most anticipated films finally hit the big screen.

Every year for the last seven years, Marvel has released a movie on the opening weekend of May, which seems to always kick off the summer movie season.

This year was no exception: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was released in U.S. theaters May 2. The movie received some critical backlash, but the film has made over $675 million at the worldwide box office through its first month of release.

Over the next couple of weeks audiences were treated to the hard R-rated comedy “Neighbors,” the monster flick “Godzilla” and some time-traveling mutants in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. All three films received very positive reviews and have done some fantastic business at the box office through their first couple weeks of release.

Moving into June, audiences can certainly expect a big month, as it is filled with sequels such as “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, “22 Jump Street”, “Think Like a Man Too” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

All of these films look to do solid business at the box office, but a surprise summer hit could be “The Fault in Our Stars”. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film looks to take advantage of both the enormous fan base and the lack of romantic movies in the summer months.

Oakland University cinema studies major Taylor Mandziara is a fan of those romantic movies.

“’The Fault in Our Stars’ just looks good and I am a sucker for love stories,” he said. “‘Begin Again’ is also a love story, and it has Adam Levine.”

July brings some interesting summer flair to movie-goers as there are some risky projects being released. “Jupiter Ascending”,”The Purge: Anarchy”, “Hercules” and “Lucy” are all slated for release.

Ian Montgomery, also a cinema studies major at OU, is especially fascinated by “Lucy“.

“The hype surrounding “Lucy” has me intrigued,” he said. “I’m not sure what to make of it yet. Luc Besson’s films are always interesting even when they don’t hit the mark.”

The one July movie that has potential to be a hit is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, which is a sequel to the very well-received “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” The trailer and posters for the film have the internet buzzing as the movie looks to up the ante with crazier ape-action scenes.

Unlike most years where things might cool down in the month of August, the last month of the summer movie season offers a lot of movie choices.

Leading the charge is the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Guardians of the Galaxy”.The internet has been eagerly awaiting this James Gunn-directed superhero flick as it looks more colorful, funny and boldly different than any other superhero movie we have seen in recent memory.

August also has “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “The Expendables 3” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, which all look like wild cards at this point. An interesting movie to look out for is “Get On Up,” which is directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed “The Help”. “The Help” not only became a box office smash in August 2011 but was also nominated for four Academy Awards.

We’re already a month into the summer movie season, and it certainly does not look like it will be cooling down anytime soon. From big summer tent-poles, to teen romances and even some wildcards, it looks like there is something for everyone this summer at the cinema.