Movie Season Heats Up

Students Anticipate New Summer Films

Priscilla Ng

Staff Writer

With the school year winding down, the summer movie season begins and blockbusters will soon be hitting local theaters.      

The summer releases this year offer a wide variety for moviegoers, from action movies to book adaptations to comedies.

“There’s actually a couple of movies I want to see this summer, like The Fault in Our Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Tammy, and many others,” senior Sanjana Naik said. “I feel like there are a lot more choices this year that aren’t just the typical summer action movie.”

One trend this year are children’s movies, or what Entertainment Weekly calls “Kids’ Classics Rebooted”; this includes movies like Maleficent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“I really want to see How To Train Your Dragon 2,” senior Cindy Peng said. “The first movie was really cute. I kind of got a Despicable Me vibe from it.”

The summer movie season will also include many comedies, such as A Million Ways to Die in the West and Think Like a Man Too.

 A cutout of Hiccup and Toothless, advertising How to Train Your Dragon 2, hangs from the ceiling of the Century Theaters in Pacific Commons. The movie features actors Jonah Hill, Kristin Wiig, and Kit Harrington. It will be released June 13, 2014.
A cutout of Hiccup and Toothless, advertising How to Train Your Dragon 2, hangs from the ceiling of the Century Theaters in Pacific Commons. The movie features actors Jonah Hill, Kristin Wiig, and Kit Harrington. It will be released June 13, 2014.

“I’m definitely going to go see 22 Jump Street,” senior Lena Yen said. “Mostly because of Channing Tatum, but also because 21 Jump Street was actually pretty funny.”

Of course, the summer would not be complete without the traditional action blockbuster films, like Transformers: Age of Extinction or Edge of Tomorrow.

“Top of my to-watch list this summer is Lucy, the movie with Scarlett Johannson as the lead,” senior Lucia Szeto said. “I really like the concept. I feel like it’s interesting and unique and not something that’s been done a million times before.”

Anticipated releases this summer include many sequels, from recently made movies to those from almost a decade ago.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is finally coming out this summer,” junior Clement Ng said. “I have been waiting for this sequel ever since the first movie came out in 2005. I like that the film wasn’t just a simple action movie, but also had other elements like film noir.”

Regardless of taste in movie genres, the movie theater is a popular and fun hangout spot for many students.

“Even though tickets can be a bit pricey nowadays, I always enjoy going to the movies with friends,” Naik said. “Even if we have different movies we want to watch, there is always an option that satisfies everyone’s interests.”

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