With summer right around the corner, studios are releasing some of the biggest, most entertaining blockbusters of the year. Some of this summer’s most anticipated movies include superhero blockbusters, musicals, and animated films. Here are a few fun movies that you won’t want to miss:
1.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, you’ll want to check out Mark Webb’s reboot of the franchise. Starring Andrew Garfield in the titular role, the plot centers around Spider-Man battling both Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). The film also depicts the struggle between his desire to be with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and the promise he made to her father to protect her. Although most reviewers criticized the film for being too convoluted, they praised Garfield and Stone’s natural chemistry. (The pair are also a couple in real life.) If you enjoy action-packed superhero films, you’ll want to watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which came out on May 2.
2.) The Fault in Our Stars
Based on the book of the same name, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a coming-of-age movie about two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. Balancing hope and heartbreak masterfully, the drama stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The stars were on the May cover of Entertainment Weekly with the caption “How the greatest romance story of the decade made it to the big screen.” If you’re interested in a heartfelt drama, this is the perfect option for you. The film comes out on June 6.
3.) How to Train Your Dragon 2
If your kids enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon, they will adore the sequel. In this film, an older Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is eager to prove himself worthy of his Viking ancestors by fighting for peace in his kingdom. Alongside his trusty dragon, Toothless, he must protect the kingdom. The film comes out on June 13. If you’ve been wanting to take your kids to the movies this summer, this is a safe bet.
4.) The Giver
Based on the 1993 children’s book by Louis Lowry, the film takes place in a seemingly tranquil world devoid of war, suffering, pain, or choice. When protagonist Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is 12 years old, he is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. He meets with an old man, The Giver (Jeff Bridges) who tells him about the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal and innocent community. Jonas is then faced with a choice: should he remain in the fragile village, or leave in order to live an authentic life? Rolling Stone reported that pop star Taylor Swift has a role in the film, along with Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes. If you enjoy dystopian films, you’ll want to watch The Giver, which hits theaters on August 15.
5.) Million Dollar Arm
This inspirational sports drama follows a desperate sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who is determined to find the next great baseball pitcher. While watching cricket one evening on television, he comes up with an unconventional idea: why not scout cricket players? Although everyone thinks he’s a madman, JB heads to India to find a pitcher. He launches a nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm,” where 40,000 contestants compete for the chance to win. Two 18-year-olds, Rinku and Dinesh, are crowned the winners. JB brings them back to America to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) in an effort to get the boys signed to a major league team. In December, PEOPLE magazine reported that Jon Hamm and the rest of the crew had gone to India in order to film the movie. Directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and The Real Girl”) comes out on May 16. If you enjoy sports films, you’ll want to watch Million Dollar Arm.