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Hot Summer Movies

By Owyn Cooper in Arts & Culture

Summers are hot and sweaty. A great way to beat the heat is to hide in the dark and air-conditioned movie theaters that are scattered across Boulder. Here are some big movies to check out this summer!


“Jurassic World” - June 12

Starring Chris Pratt, this sequel of a sequel of a sequel of “Jurassic Park” takes place 22 years after the events of the first movie. Pratt plays a park worker who researches the velociraptors in the new Jurassic World, and must save the park after a hybrid dinosaur runs rampant. Expected to be filled with dramatic dinos and a ton of CG, this looks like the perfect film to watch when you don’t really feel like thinking in the climbing temperatures.

“Inside Out” - June 19

This animated comedy, starring a multitude of big names (like Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling), is about a young girl named Riley who has sentient emotions who help her make decisions and react to things, especially her new move to San Francisco. With a touching message and cute jokes, this movie will be perfect if you ever need a kid-friendly movie for siblings or if you just need a good “aww.”

Honorable Mentions: “Ted 2,” “Insidious: Chapter 3,” and “Max.”


“Magic Mike XXL” - July 1

Kick off the hottest month with one with one of the hottest casts of the year. Three years after the first movie, most of the main cast reunites to go to a stripping convention in Florida. But let’s be real, you don’t really care about the plot of this movie (I can almost guarantee the writers didn’t.) If you’re into this sort of thing, feel free to watch the movie, even though it won’t help you cool off.

“Paper Towns” - July 24

In another John Green book coming to the big screens, “Paper Towns” follows the adventures of Quentin “Q,” played by Nat Wolff who was in the “The Fault in Our Stars,” and his irrepressible need to chase after his long-time crush, Margo Roth, played by Cara Delevingne. Staring a massive revenge plot and featuring a cast of quirky characters going on a road trip, this movie looks like quite the ride. Do all the “nerdfighters” a favor, and read the book first.

Honorable Mentions: “Amy,” “Smosh: The Movie,”  and “Southpaw.”


“Fantastic Four” - August 7

Even though it is another in recent string of all-too-soon reboots of major Marvel franchises (cough cough Spider-Man), “Fantastic Four” does look like it’ll be a better than the original 2005 adaptation of the comic series. With a better focus on the characters and a more diverse cast, this seems like the story the Fantastic Four deserve, even though it’s not based on a singular issue of the series. If you like Marvel action films, you should definitely check this one out.

“Sinister 2” - August 21

Everyone needs a good summer scare, even if it is a horror sequel. “Sinister 2” takes place directly after the events of the first movie. Following a similar plot, the new owners of the house must try to survive the creepy demon-thing that haunted the first film. If you need an excuse to stay inside, get a group of friends together and watch “Sinister” then go to the movies to watch its sequel for a fun and scary double feature.

Honorable Mentions: “Ricki and the Flash,” “Trainwreck,” and “Regression.”

Disclaimer: You may think these movie suggestions are terrible, but that’s just the state of film right now.

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