Going to the Movies this Summer? Read This.

 

We go to the movies a whole freaking lot. In fact, I’d venture to say that going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do. Something about sitting in a dark theater, experiencing something spectacular, surrounded by strangers really just screams TOTALLY WORTH $12! I love that for that two hours, all of my attention is focused solely on taking it all in. It’s a welcome escape.

And so, of the 11 movies currently playing at my local theater, I’ve seen 5. Told ya, I love the movies.

Let it also be known that I would be the worlds worst movie critic. Why, you ask? Because I enjoy almost every movie I see (you guys, I saw Gigli in theaters and I didn’t hate it. Glitter too.) and I nearly always walk out of the theater happy and satisfied with the experience.

Check out the reviews of what I’ve seen recently. Spoiler: I liked them all.

Summer 2014 Movies

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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N and I saw this the Thursday night it came out, 10pm showing. If there’s one thing that celebrates being young and childless, it’s seeing a late night movie on a week night. Every once in a while, I just love it.

So the movie. Let’s kick this off my mentioning that of the semi-crowded theater, I was one of maybe a dozen women. All. Dudes. So it’s probably a dude movie. I saw X-Men: First Class just a few weeks ago for the first time and really loved it (is J.Law bad in anything? Ah, nope).

This movie had a really interesting plot. Who thinks of this stuff? Anything with time travel really gets me going so sending Wolverine back in time to convince the young version of his friends to change the future really sold me. Mind = Blown. I loved this.

I should also note that I’ve never seen any other X-Men movies except the one (none of the originals with Hallie Berry etc. and none of the Wolverine movies) and this movie was still good and still made sense.

N’s Review: Strongest movie we’ve seen so far this season. Interesting concept. Characters were really fleshed out. Favorite movie thus far.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Godzilla

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A spectacular summer blockbuster. The graphics were phenomenal. Cool and terrifying storyline of a dormant monster causing a nuclear meltdown. Lacked character development but I was so busy being amazed that I didn’t really notice. Also, Elizabeth Olsen is in this which somehow I didn’t realize.

N’s Review: Exactly what you expect it to be, a big monster movie. They increased the tension during the movie by only showing Godzilla a limited amount. Human characters were pretty bland but it didn’t detract from the movie too much.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Neighbors

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If you enjoy physical humor, you’ll probably like this movie. The chemistry between Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen is believable and charming (I know, surprised me too). Zac Efron has his shirt off a lot (round of applause). This had definite funny moments. And a couple horrifying moments (ahem, I was not expecting any breastfeeding jokes and the one that was there was horrifying. Mom’s out there, um, can that happen?!).

N’s Review: Good but not great. Relied on slap stick and awkward comedy too much.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

The Amazing Spider-man 2

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I absolutely adored The Amazing Spider-man so I was beyond excited to see The Amazing Spider-man 2. The storyline is a bit different from the Toby McGuire version of the early 00’s, with Gwen Stacy playing a major role. I love that they play in to the romance plot line and give the mushy audience members (like myself) something to awww over. Andrew Garfield is so damn loveable as the always conflicted, emotional guy.

I do think that having two different villain situations going on was a bit distracting. They should have picked one and developed it more. All that was worth it for a little Gwen and Peter romance. Although I can’t help but resent Gwen Stacy a little. After all she’s a big part of the reason I got bangs.

Semi-SPOILER alert: THAT ENDING?! Slayed me.

N’s Review: Good when I saw it but forgettable after the fact. I liked that they stayed true to the original comic story.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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I really enjoyed the first Captain America movie and am a big fan of all of the Marvel movies. I liked this movie. Anytime you make the Nazi’s (well, Hydra, a fictional sub-group of the Nazi’s) the bad guys, it’s something audiences can get behind immediately. Scarlett Johansson kind of rubs me the wrong way in this role but the villain was pretty solid and the graphics were spot on.

N’s Review: Good but not noteworthy. Kind of blurs together with the other comic book superhero movies. I liked the villain and the characters.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Summer Movie Preview – i.e. Movies I Won’t Miss

June 6, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars – I cry over the trailer every time I watch it (approximately every 3 days). Bringing tissues and will be seeing it the day it comes out. I’m bracing myself for the sweet pain of this movie. Break my heart, John Green. I love you for it.

The Edge of Tomorrow – I love sci-fi. I don’t love Tom Cruise. I think Emily Blunt will make up for that. Plus – aliens!

June 13, 2014

22 Jump Street – I had very low expectations going in to 21 Jump Street and was BLOWN AWAY by how effing hilarious it was. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in a movie. Now they’re off to college? Can’t wait.

June 27, 2014

Begin Again – This flick starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo looks sweet. There’s a 0% chance I’ll be able to convince N to see it with me so I’ll probably fly solo.

July 25, 2014

Lucy – What if you had the capacity to use your entire brain? ScarJo kicks some butt.

Sex Tape – Jason Segal with Cameron Diaz. Try not to laugh during this trailer. I dare you. What is the cloud!? Where is it!? <- N and I have had this exact conversation.

Happy Christmas – Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham? Together? In a movie? Sign me up. Plus it’s from the director of Drinking Buddies, which I loved.

August 1, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy – Another sure to be gem from the Marvel universe. I have no idea what this is about but there is a raccoon superhero. Hell. Yes.

What if – Daniel Radcliff and Adam Driver. From the minute long clip I saw, it looks hipster and charming.

August 8, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – N will force me to see this. I will undoubtably complain a bit (probably because my Mom never let us watch this as kids because it was “too violent”) and then love it anyway.

Into the Storm – Twister 2! Okay not really. But the trailer for this is effing terrifying. No seriously, go watch it.

August 15, 2014

The Giver – Before the Hunger Games, before Divergent, there was The Giver. The original YA dystopian fiction. I think it’ll get a re-read before I see the movie. The movie trailer concerns me a bit because it looks like they basically borrowed props and graphics straight from the Hunger Games. Fingers crossed it sticks to the book.

So tell me, what are you excited to see this summer? What have you seen so far?

 

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  • Katie

    The best part about Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely going to be AMY POND!!

  • The Fault in Our Stars- I can’t. I mean, I can, because I will, but I can’t. See what I’m saying? I absolutely adored that book and cried through most of it. When I saw the trailer, I cried. THEN, I saw the EXTENDED trailer and really boo-hooed, which was embarassing because it was in the theater as a preview for The Other Woman (which was hilarious). Shailene Woodley can do no wrong. Love this post! Ben and I see a lot of movies too and Captain America left very little impression on me, which is unfortunate because Steve Rogers is freakin’ hot. X-Men, however, was amazing.

  • I can’t wait to see The Neighbors! I love Seth Rogen. And Judd Appatow is awesome. I love all his movies!

    I seriously can’t wait for Gone Girl and Fifty Shades (I know I know…..) but I think they come out next year. I am not a movie theater person. We have had passes to go see a movie in my purse for the past 2 years. I think we will go see The Neighbors this coming up weekend!!

  • I will definitely see the Fault in Our Stars as I just read the book. And I want to go see Malificent…looks awesome. And Angelina Jolie can pull off the crazy evil cheekbones.

  • I want to see Neighbors! I rarely go to the movies- is that weird? I prefer watching it at home when it’s on Netflix/DVD

  • Not a fan of seeing movies in the theater but do make exceptions for the action packed ones. We have the same taste in movies so I think I may have to drag the husband out to see a few of these. I have already heard great things about XMen so that one is a for sure.

    Cheers,
    Alyon

  • I’ve seen The Other Woman twice already hahaha – Leslie Mann is a charmer. I’m also someone who likes every movie I see – I even though that Kelly Clarkson movie she did after American Idol was adorable!

  • I’ve seen x men and neighbors. I liked x-men but it’s always kinda the same, ya know? Well maybe not since you haven’t seen the others. But it is entertaining for sure. I usually like movies too. neighbors was funny, not HILARIOUS but funny enough!

  • I am also the WORST movie critic ever because I pretty much like everything. Was I entertained? If so, then it was worth it. I cannot recall a movie that was SO bad that I felt like it was a waste of my time. ::shrug:: Maybe that’s just me.

    My husband and I definitely want to see Godzilla, and I am looking forward to The Giver. Lucy looks awesome, and while I didn’t love The Fault in Our Stars (I know, I am the only one in blogland who didn’t go crazy over the book) I will probably see it in theaters.

    True confession: Sometimes I’ll go to the movies JUST to eat the popcorn, haha.

  • I agree on Spiderman 2 ending. It was such a funny, cute show and then I wanted to cry! WHY?!?!

  • There is another Jump Street movie coming out?!?!?! This excites me! The first one was HILARIOUS! I learned about a lot of new movies in this post, so thanks for that!

  • Not gonna comment a lot because I pretty much am like you, love movies, happy escape, popcorn galore etc etc.

    THE GIVER IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE? [literally, as I wrote that, I realised I may have known that in my subconscious…] I red the book *so* long ago and was thinking of rereading it not so very long ago so I’m on to that! (after I finish my latest book – The Shock of the Fall, which I think you’ll love btw).

    Sxxx

  • Out of the three super movies that have come out recently, X-Men was by far my favorite as well. They did a good job with the story.

  • S S

    I am probably more excited than I should be about 22 Jump Street. I am avoiding The Fault in Our Stars like the plague though, because I know if I read/see it, I will ugly cry for the next 6 months.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  • I don’t go to the movies but my daughter was only saying when she was here that she would like to go and see the new X Men movie tomorrow night at the drive in

  • I am sad because I thought Neighbors was going to be so good but everyone is telling be different and obviously 73% isn’t great either. I too am the worst critic because I seem to like “almost” every movie I see. I still love going or watching them at home.

  • Yes, yes, and yes! I wanna see almost all of these. I used to go to the movies all the time but we’ve been slacking lately.
    Also, technically not a summer movie but This is Where I Leave You is a must-see I think.
    Oh, and I love imdb.com. Love it.

  • Dee

    I loved Captain America and X-Men, Spiderman not so much.
    I loved The Giver book and didn’t know there was a movie coming out! Definitely gonna watch it!

  • I AM a part-time movie critic and the only summer movies I’ve seen so far are Captain America and Maleficent. I feel like I’m failing!

  • We used to go to the movies all the time. Now, because of kids, we hardly ever go. Thank God for Netflix.

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  • I still need to wach all the movies you reviewed but I love watching dude films – I think it has something to do with my brother forcing me into it when I was younger and now I’m hooked!
    The movie I can’t wait to see though, has to be TFIOS and I’m going alone, I don’t know if the ugly tears will come and frankly I don’t want to share that moment with anyone lol

  • Katie

    I have yet to see any of these movies!!!

    I have seen The Other Woman and Maleficent. Totally recommend both!!! The Other Woman is good slapstick comedy. And Maleficent, oh my gosh, completely changed how I look at the story of Sleeping Beauty.

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