Drive-ins and movie theatres are practically made for summer vacation. And while we still may be wiping our eyes from seeing “The Fault in Our Stars” for the third time, there are plenty of other movies to check out this summer.
Here are five upcoming flicks that are sure to keep you interested.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
If you’re looking for a mix of suspense, action, science fiction and emotion, look no further than this installment of the Planet of the Apes series. This version is the eighth Planet of the Apes movie since the original was released in 1968, but only the second in the current series — the third will hit theatres in 2016.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept behind Planet of the Apes, it’s simple. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes — the first movie in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the franchise — one ape, Caesar, gains human-like intelligence as a result of lab testing.
Caesar gets a hold of the gaseous drug that enhances brain power, gives it to other apes in the lab and escapes with them into the forest to start their own civilization.
At the same time, a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up 10 years after these events.
Sex Tape (July 18)
Need a good laugh? Sex Tape has you covered. With rom-com veteran Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel of “How I Met Your Mother,” Sex Tape is sure to give you a funny break from reality.
The plot is fairly straightforward. Diaz and Segel, who play a married couple, make a sex tape to spice up their relationship. But panic ensues when the tape is accidentally released, leading them on a frantic search to track it down.
Lucy (July 25)
It’s about time that Scarlett Johansson takes the lead in an action movie. Although she was an incredible costar in the Avengers franchise, it’s exciting to see a movie that revolves around her character for a change.
Johansson plays the title character, Lucy, who is captured and forced to serve as a drug mule for a mob, carrying a package within her body.
When the package starts leaking, it allows Lucy to access more parts of her brain — the average human only uses 10 percent of their brain capacity — and develops superhuman powers.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
We’re not quite sure what to expect from Guardians of the Galaxy, with its promise of both action and comedy, but you can bet we’ll be at the premiere.
In this galactic adventure, half-human/half-alien Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, becomes the target of a manhunt after stealing an orb. To survive, he joins forces with a group of alien misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The film has recruited a host of strong celebrities, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close and plenty more.
With such a great cast, it’s safe to hope that the newest Marvel movie lives up to our expectations.
The Giver (August 15)
Book lovers rejoice! In August, the movie adaptation to Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel will hit theatres — with an all-star cast, no less. The film boasts stars such as Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and even Taylor Swift.
From the trailers, it seems to be a fairly faithful adaptation of the book. Without giving too much away, here’s the premise: Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites of Maleficent, lives in a utopian society, where everyone is perfect, healthy and organized.
However, once Jonas is assigned to become the “Receiver of Memory” and begins training under The Giver (Bridges), he learns that things aren’t all what they seem.
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