Movies for a Hot Wet American Summer

This summer is actually looking pretty good for movies, if you look past the fact that “summer” didn’t start at the beginning of May. All descriptions are from IMDB since, you know, they (mostly) aren’t out yet. These aren’t the only ones on the list that we want to see. Leave your recommendations in the comments.

Damsels in Distress

A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

Lola Versus

Dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola* enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman.

*Greta Gerwig needs to be in more movies, people!

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Faced with her father’s fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We want to see more snappy Emma Stone.

Snow White and the Huntsman

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen*.

*We hear that Charlize Theron is a force as the Queen.


A team of explorers* discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

*May or may not involve Sigourney Weaver.

The Dark Knight Rises

Eight years after Batman* took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

*growl growl growl. That’s how Batman sounds when he’s asking if you miss Heath Ledger.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Three magazine employees* head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

*April AKA Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Rec is in this. Win!


Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Your Sister’s Sister

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family’s island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack’s drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris’ sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

The Queen of Versailles

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple who live in a 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles, built on the success of the time-share industry.

Chicken with Plums

Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die. Eight days later, he does. This is the story of his last week of life, where we see flashbacks and flash forwards of his previous life and his children’s futures. We also see appearances of a nude Sophia Loren as well as the angel of death, Azarel. As we see his life, we realize exactly why he chose to end it and the profundity of this choice.

The Campaign

Two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.

Premium Rush

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist* throughout the city.

*JGL is the star of this, so it can’t go wrong.

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