End-of-summer blues can be remedied by the likes of Spock, Potter and Sandra Bullock films

It’s the time of year that all students dread: the end of summer and the start of another year of school. Once the true studying begins, that means very little time to play. So before we jump back into the deep end of the textbooks, you might want to take some time to see some of the top movies of the summer while you still can.

The best movie of the summer had to be “Star Trek.” It had plenty of action and special effects to whet the appetite that craves explosions in film this time of year. It also manages to very cleverly reinvent the franchise that many have known and loved for years. Yet it is still accessible to viewers who know nothing of the original characters or television series. In addition, with a truly clever plot twist it managed to create an alternate universe that can mess with all sorts of character and plot developments without once stepping on the toes of the canon fandom that has come before.

Throw in some great acting from a stellar cast, especially Zachary Quinto (“Heroes”) as an updated version of Spock that sends chills down one’s spine, plus the unexpected inclusion of humor that makes this script sing and you’re in for a riveting two-hour ride. Don’t lament its loss in theaters just yet either, for it isn’t gone from the big screens here in town. It will soon be playing at Bear’s Tooth, so it’s not too late to catch it.

The next best film to hit the screen in the last few months has got to be “The Proposal.” Yeah, sure it’s a chick flick, but it is perhaps one of the funniest movies to come along in recent memory. Why? Because it has the added bonus of being set in Alaska. There are plenty of jokes that the locals will just guffaw over and surprisingly none at our expense. Because for once, a comedy set in our home state actually attempts to get it right (even if it was filmed on the East coast), going so far as to include some local merchandise on the screen like Alaskan Amber and some Wildberry products.

Plus the comedic timing of both Sandra Bullock (“Premonition”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Definitely, Maybe”) is downright brilliant. They both capture the rhythm of the sarcastic wit that is so popular these days and work incredibly well together on the screen.

And if you’re interested in 3D animated films, the greatest one that has come out this summer is Pixar’s “Up.” It’s astonishing to discover that a grumpy old man can actually be an endearing main character, especially in a “children’s” film. Yet the film is funny, touching and has plenty of other surprises, including a fantastic sense of humor that will have the entire audience laughing (young and old alike). Then of course there is the amazing artistry that went into the film and the incredibly technology of the 3D work that will leave viewers gasping on more than one occasion. This is definitely not one to be missed.

Finally, if you’re looking to enjoy one of the longer epics on the screen this summer, you can’t go wrong with either “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” or “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” While the first one seemed to run a bit long and made viewers a tad bit fidgety, it had plenty of explosions, special effects, and fun new characters to compensate. And while the latter had some incredibly dark and emotionally wrenching content to deal with, it too balanced itself out with plenty of enjoyable humor and beautiful visuals that make it a work of art.

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In the end, time is short and responsibilities will soon be upon us. What better way to enjoy the time that is left than to catch a few enjoyable films on the big screen before it is too late?