2015 summer movie preview

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Headline: 2015 summer movie preview

By George Hyde

gchyde@thenorthernlight.org

 

It’s that time of year; seniors graduating, flowers blooming, and summer blockbusters exploding. As per usual, there are many big movies coming out in the summer months, but there are five in particular that are worth checking out.

 

“AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”

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Release Date: May 1

This one’s a no-brainer. Directed by the man, the myth and the legend, Joss Whedon, “Age of Ultron” continues the stories of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and the rest. Marvel’s films have been nothing short of stupendous since the last “Avengers” film came out back in 2012, and with Whedon at the helm, “Ultron” should be no exception.

 

“TOMORROWLAND”

Release Date: May 22

“Tomorrowland” may seem like another Disney Park attraction cash-grab, until one takes into account the director: Brad Bird, the man behind phenomenal works like “The Iron Giant” and “The Incredibles.” With any luck, “Tomorrowland” should be no exception, and the trailer promises a futuristic world full of adventure. With actors like George Clooney and Hugh Laurie under Bird’s direction, “Tomorrowland” should be a treat.

 

“TERMINATOR: GENISYS”

Release Date: July 1

The trailer may have induced a lot of groans, especially after the disasters “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “Terminator: Salvation.” However, the story for “Genisys” seems like an interesting take on the franchise’s time-travel mechanics, with an alternate Sarah Connor taking some initiative and rescuing the male lead for once. Plus, it’s directed by Alan “Thor: The Dark World” Taylor, so hopefully he can bring some of Marvel’s likable charm to a franchise that desperately needs it.

“PIXELS”
Release Date: July 24

It’s an odd turn for director Chris Columbus, who directed “Home Alone” and the first two “Harry Potter” films, but this collaboration with Happy Madison could be intriguing. An adaptation of the short film of the same name, “Pixels” is about a group of retro-gaming fanatics on a quest to prevent video-game character monsters from destroying the world. It’s an odd premise, but with Columbus’ direction, it could work well.

 

“THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.”

Release Date: August 14

This one is a biased choice, because I’m already a huge fan of director Guy Ritchie’s work, from “Snatch” to the recent “Sherlock Holmes” films. This time, he’s directing a cheesy spy thriller along the lines of the recent “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based on an old TV show. Ritchie has a style that is all his own, and seeing it applied to an old school spy movie is like a dream come true. Plus, it has a cast that is just as British as it needs to be for a good spy movie to work.