Lights, Camera, Action: a look at this summer’s movies

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With Paper Towns, Minions, Terminator Genisys and Ant-Man being released, this summer is going to be a big summer for movies. HiLite reporters highlight the expectations they have for  some of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

 

Paper Towns (July 24)

imagesGushing over John Green  novels, especially Paper Towns, is nothing new for readers who appreciate the typical plot of “boy has a crush on the next-door neighbor, but is confined to the wretched walls of the ‘friend zone.’” The film adaptation of “Paper Towns,” centers around the coming-of-age storyline of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen’s (Nat Wolff) crush on his childhood best friend Margo Roth Spiegelman, (Cara Delevingne) a popular but peculiar girl who later goes missing. In his journey to find the girl whom he continues to have feelings for even after they have grown distant from each other, he realizes that Margo is not the flawless girl he believes her to be. Fortunately, this film adaptation will have a silver lining due to its practically perfect casting. By having Delevingne and Wolff as the two main lead, both new fans and old of John Green can agree on fawning over the film’s casting. From Delevingne’s A-plus eyebrows and quirky sense of humor to Wolff’s past acting, we will able to appreciate the plot a little more once “Paper Towns” comes to theaters on July 24.

Terminator Genisys  (July 1)

The Terminator “will be back” for the fifth time when “Terminator Genisys” will be released July 1. With the first “Terminator” films released in 1984, this movie series has been around for more than 30 years, once again raising the question: “What could possibly be wrong this time?” A case of bad luck must run in the family if Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to be called in again to assist and protect John and his mother Sarah Connor (Jason and Emilia Clarke).  In “Terminator Genisys,” John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet the highly advanced synthetic intelligence behind the attack against the endangered human race, orders his lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to travel back into time to 1984 to protect Sarah from a Terminator assassin that seeks to kill her. In order to prevent any unexpected and life-altering changes in the future, Reese, Sarah and her allied guardian, the Terminator (Schwarzenegger), must eliminate the Terminator enemies sent by Skynet. Although this film franchise has remained popular over the years, the plot of needing Schwarzenegger’s character to bless the humans with his presence and combat skills is repeatedly used.

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Minions (July 10)

Fans of the “Despicable Me” series get ready, because on July 10, “Minions” is set to make its debut in theaters. The movie is centered on three cute, cuddly minions named Kevin, Stuart and Bob. These three minions leave their home in Antarctica after falling into a state of depression due to a lack of a master to command them, as all of their previous masters, such as Genghis Khan and Dracula, were destroyed accidently by the minions. Their new master turns out to be the world’s first female supervillain, Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. Together with her husband Herb Overkill, voiced by Jon Hamm, Scarlet wishes to fulfill the classic supervillain dream of dominating the world. With the success of the first two movies in the “Despicable Me” franchise, it is not difficult to predict that the “Minions” will retain the same lovable comedy that the series is known for. The trailer itself speaks for the series as a whole, showcasing just how adoraScreen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.50.58 PMble and hilarious the minions can and will be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ant-Man (July 17)

Set to hit theaters on July 17, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” features a superhero with some very unlikely powers. Former criminal Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.52.56 PMScott
Lang, (Paul Rudd) used to be a classic thief, breaking into homes and stealing. However, he is recruited by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), to take over the legacy of a superhero named Ant-Man, a role that was formerly held by Pym. The name does not just come with bragging rights though, it comes with special powers of its own. It is meant to shrink the wearer down to the size of an ant, allowing them to achieve some of the skills that ants have, such as super strength speed. Add those abilities onto the fact that Ant-Man is very small, and you have the most compact superhero of all time. Due to the success of past Marvel movies, it is not hard to predict that “Ant-Man” will make a big splash in the box office, despite its name. With clever advertising and a trailer full of comedy and action, it is hard to see “Ant-Man” doing poorly in any way, shape or form—even in ant form.

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