Plenty of popcorn flicks and more underrated features are coming out this summer. Between nights around a bonfire and vacationing out of state, here are five movies to fill up that extra time.
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro
Release date: Aug. 1, 2014
Based on the Marvel superhero team of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” follows American pilot Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, pursued by the superhuman Ronan after he steals his coveted orb. Now on the run, Quill has to form an uneasy alliance with the galaxy’s most troubled misfits: Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Groot.
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright
Release date: July 25, 2014
In the midst of an international war on terror, Chechen Muslim Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin, “4 Days in May”) immigrates to Hamburg, Germany, where he is recruited by the alcoholic anti-terrorism ringleader Gunter Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman, “God’s Pocket”). But when Karpov is labeled as a militant jihadist, Hamburg intelligence head Dieter Mohr (Rainer Bock, “War Horse”) makes a plan to kidnap the man and find out what he knows.
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Release date: July 11, 2014
Shot from 2002 to 2014, “Boyhood” follows divorced couple Dad (Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”) and Mom (Patricia Arquette, “Vijay and I”) as they raise their son, Mason (Ellar Coltrane, “Fast Food Nation”).
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton
Release date: June 27, 2014
A failed experiment to stop global warming kills almost all life on Earth, except for the lucky few riding the globe-spanning train Snowpiercer. The train becomes its own world, developing a class system where things take an explosive turn.
Director: David Michod
Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson
Release date: June 13, 2014
After the bitterly hateful and violent former soldier Eric (Guy Pearce, “Iron Man 3”) is robbed of all of his possessions, he goes off on a hunt for the gang who stole everything from him. One gang member, Rey (Robert Pattinson, “Cosmopolis”), is left to die and Eric enlists his help.