Zachary FR Anderson’s summer watch list

Orignally posted on saccityexpress.com on May 28, 2015

The final day of City College’s 2014-2015 academic year was marked by Commencement Day on May 20. Students have more free time during the weekdays to travel, work and watch movies. The Express’ Zachary FR Anderson has compiled a list of 10 movies that are perfect for summer recess:

  • “Tomorrowland”: Disney fans should be excited for this sci-fi flick starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”), the film will take place in a futuristic place located between time and space called Tomorrowland. Release date: May 22.
  • “Aloha”: Fans of Cameron Crowe (director of “Jerry Maguire” and “Say Anything…”) won’t be the only ones entertained by this tropical Rom-Com starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Aside from Crowe’s 2005 flop “Elizabethtown,” he has been consistent in making movies that audiences and critics alike adore. With a stellar cast and envious location in Hawaii, “Aloha” is a great way to begin the summer movie season. Release date: May 29.
  • “Entourage”: Vinnie Chase and the boys are back. The hit HBO show finds itself on the big screen, featuring fan favorites, such as the wrath of super-agent Ari Gold and celebrity cameos (Kelsey Grammer, Russell Wilson and more). Fans of the original HBO show will most certainly be entertained by this film. Release date: June 3.
  • “Jurassic World”: Prepare for childhood nostalgia with a 21st-century twist. The island from “Jurassic Park” has now become a fully functional theme park, not unlike SeaWorld. Starring Chris Pratt as the head of park security, the movie will feature general summer fun complete with velociraptors and a new dinosaur. Release date: June 12.
  • “Live from New York!”: “Saturday Night Live” is an American institution. If you’ve read the book of the same name and have been watching the show your entire life, then go see this documentary. Release date: June 12.
  • “The Tribe”: Perhaps foreign films are more your taste. This Ukrainian film is the story of a school for the deaf where everyone communicates through sign language. The trailer states that there is neither spoken dialogue nor subtitles. The story is told through pure emotion and body language. Release date: June 17.
  • “Inside Out”: Pixar comes back to original content with “Inside Out.” The movie is about a young girl named Riley and the emotions she struggles with in adjusting to moving to a new place. The emotions are voiced by Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Lewis Black (Anger), Bill Hader (Fear) and Mindy Kaling (Disgust). Directed by “Up” director Pete Docter, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for those looking for a great family film. Release date: June 19.
  • “Pixels”: Adam Sandler stars in a Chris Columbus-directed comedy in which aliens use 1980s video game-inspired technology to take over earth. Sure, Sandler has starred in more misses than hits lately, but maybe this will be his redemption. Release date: July 24.
  • “Southpaw”: If Sandler films aren’t your thing, perhaps a gritty sports drama is. Jake Gyllenhaal bulks up to play an animal-like palooka in Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw.” After his wife (Rachel McAdams) dies in a terrible accident, boxer Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) loses custody of his daughter because of his destructive behavior. It is up to him to redeem himself in what looks like the role of Gyllenhaal’s lifetime. Release date: July 24.
  • “Straight Outta Compton”: Rap fanatics have been waiting for this movie. “Straight Outta Compton” is the story of the infamous group N.W.A., which included legends Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Easy-E. Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. — who will be playing the role of a young Cube — is the spitting image of his father. Release date: Aug. 15

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