5 Movies of Summer

JOHANNES RUCKSTUHL previews your cinematic post-exam entertainment.

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Post-exam celebrations take many forms (notwithstanding certain activities at certain garden parties that shall remain unnamed) and their planning must be meticulous.

As luck would have it, Hollywood’s summer season is about to begin and, as always, there’s plenty of popcorn entertainment to be had. So why not have a close encounter of a cinematic kind to get your summer started?

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Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing

Released: 7th June

While putting the finishing touches on The Avengers, Joss Whedon spent twelve days at his house, secretly shooting another film of an entirely different nature. Admittedly, it’s arriving a little late for revision purposes, but this modern retelling of the bard’s comedy of two couples’ merry warring over love promises promises a new angle on the plot’s dark desires.

 

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Man of SteelMan of Steel

Released: 14th of June

Hold on to your pants over your tights! Superman returns (again) in the hands of Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder. The bespectacled Clark Kent discovers he’s endowed with special powers of strength and flight and must use these to help save the earth when extra-terrestrials lead by General Zod (Michael Shannon) invade.

 

 

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Bling RingThe Bling Ring

Released: 14th of June

Emma Watson continues to shed her good-girl image in Sofia Coppola’s new, true-story crime-drama revolving around a group of celeb-obsessed teenagers that satisfy their urges with high-profile break-ins. Like Spring Breakers with less James Franco, this group of girls made off more than $3 million of designer clothes and jewellery from various Hollywood actors.

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Monsters UniversityMonsters University

Released: 21st June

Some might decry Pixar abandoning its no-sequels-except-Toy-Story policy but it does mean we get to see more of our favourite one-eyed and furry monsters. This sequel takes place a decade before Monsters Inc. as unlikely heroes Mike and Sulley study for a major in scaring. Also keep an eye out for The Blue Umbrella the new short film that will be screened before the feature.

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World War ZWorld War Z

Released: 21st June

Post-exam relaxation might be the ideal time for catching up on some Walking Dead, but there’s also this, a very similar story of one man, well, Brad Pitt vs. zombie armies. This production has been in trouble, with several forced rewrites and various crew-member jumping ship. Nevertheless, director Marc Forster is keen to finally prove his action chops.