13 Must-See Films of the Summer

With Avengers: Age of Ultron leading the way for a movie packed summer, we show you 13 key movies that we can't wait for

Words by Helen Sanfey
May 5th, 2015

Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding crowd, out on the 1st of May, is based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. A story about Bathsheba Everdene who attracts three suitors from different backgrounds, explores the choices she makes in love and relationships and shows the obstacles a free spirited woman had to overcome in the days of Victorian. Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen this story is truly breathtaking.

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent takes a look at the life of Yves Saint Laurent from 1967 to 1976, at which time the designer was at the peak of his career. This film not only explores his fashion life but also his personal life. This film takes an in-depth look into how Yves coped with fame and fortune and how he saw the world. The film has been described as “well-made”, “bafflingly” and “sentimentally indulgent to the last”. It is sure to entertain all audiences and not just the fashionistas of the world. Released in theatres May 8th.

Mad Max: Fury Road

From director George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road is about the fearless road warrior who wanders the wasteland that once was earth, alone. He plans to survive in solitary, however, his intentions are rumbled when he is engulfed into a gang fleeing an enraged warlord. Mad Max (Tom Hardy) joins Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her gang of rebels in a furious road war to escape the wrath of the warlord, Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). If you like high speed car chases, violence and the post-apocalyptic fiction world then you are going to love the new installment to the Mad Max franchise out May 15th.

Pitch Perfect 2

Following on from the highly successful 2012 summer flick, Pitch Perfect, the all-girl accapella group The Barden Bellas are back. Putting on a disastrous show for the President of the United States, the Bellas are desperate to reclaim their great reputation. With this in mind they enter an international accapella competition in which an America group has never won. Directed, produced and also starring Elizabeth Banks this singing sequel released on May 15th is set to take audiences by storm.

Slow West

Set in the 19th century Slow West is about the quest for love enveloped in the setting of a classic American Western. A young, Scottish 16 year old boy Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travels to Colorado in search for the girl he fell in love with, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Completely unprepared for the cruel reality of the American Wild West he is stumbled upon by a traveler, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender). Silas accompanies Jay on his trail to find his love, whilst also being pursued by bounty hunters. Silas protects Jay concealing the fact that he is also a bounty hunter. Directed by Scotsman John Maclean this coming of age romance is set to deliver a combination of black comedy, violence and beautiful scenery. Out in theatres May 15th.

Maggie

When we think of zombie films we think of blood, violence and some really good theatrical make-up. The zombie genre in film is huge and there are many adaptations of the genre from horror to comedy. However, Maggie shows a different perspective, one that hasn’t been done before. One of a father’s unconditional love for his daughter who has been infected with the zombie virus. Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is slowly turning into a cannibalistic zombie while her father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) does everything in his power to save and protect her. Directed by Henry Hobson this post-apocalyptic thriller is said to deliver some incredibly powerful performances by both Breslin and Schwarzenegger. Out in cinemas July 17th 2015.

Jurassic World

Jurassic Park 3 was the last we had heard from the franchise in 2001. This summer we are being trusted back into the world of the Dinosaur with a new Jurassic World theme park. Isla Nublar, the island in which Jurassic Park was built, has created a contemporary attraction to perk new visitor’s interests. This ground breaking attraction has its downsides however, and it all beings to go horribly wrong. Directed by Colin Treverrow this highly anticipated action adventure movie is on its way to being the big sci-fi blockbuster of the summer.

Love & Mercy

A Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy explores the personal difficulties of The Beach Boys front man whilst trying to create his revolutionary pop masterpiece. Forming in 1961 The Beach Boys experienced huge success around the world, by the time the 1980’s hit Brian was a broken man under surveillance twenty four hours a day by a therapist who didn’t seem to have his best interests at heart. This film explores the voyage Brian took into despair. Directed by Bill Pohlad and starring Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack this film is a sorrowful story of a musical genius. Out in theatres June 5th.

Me and Earl and the dying girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a touching story about a young teenage girl who has been diagnosed with cancer. Greg Gains (Thomas Mann), a boy from her childhood is sent to her house to cheer her up, forced by his mother. They become close and Greg, along with his filmmaker friend Earl (RJ Cyler) decide to make a film about her for her. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, this tale of how young teenagers deal with cancer is said to be truly stunning. Out June 12th 2015.

Inside Out

A Disney Pixar creation Inside Out is about a young girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who has just moved to a new town. Her emotions, which are made up of Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are struggling to get to grips with this move. As a result the headquarters for her emotions descends into chaos as they all compete for control of her mind. A funny and sweet animation Inside Out is fun for all the family. Out in cinemas June 19th 2015.

Infinitely Polar Bear

A father suffering from bipolar disorder leaves the family home after a break down. Living in a half-way house Cameron (Mark Ruffalo) tries to keep a relationship going with his two young daughters. His wife Maggie (Zoe Salanda) gets the opportunity to go to business school in New York leaving Cameron to move back into the family home and take care of the girls alone on a daily basis. His two energetic daughters make this a difficult undertaking which leads to some funny, bizarre and overwhelming incidents. This film shows a funny side of an otherwise very serious illness and shows how children deal with a loved one who suffers from Bipolar. A biographical debut for director Maya Forbes Infinitely Polar Bear is in theatres June 19th 2015.

Masterminds

Directed by the Jared Hess, the genius behind such comedies as Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre Masterminds is based on true events. David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) an armored car driver and his co-worker Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wig) organise and elaborate bank heist that goes ends up going horribly wrong. A group of moron criminals manage to double cross David and make off with $17 million setting David up to take the fall for the robbery. Dodging the police and a comical hitman hired to kill David, he must try and turn the tables on the criminals who deceived him. Out the 7th of August 2015.

Minions

Minions began at the start of time, serving the most despicable masters. They loved having a master but keeping the master was proving a difficult task for them. When all the minions decrease into deep depression, it is up to three brave minions to restore faith and find a new evil master. Kevin, Stuart and Bob set off on a journey to Orlando to find the evil Scarlet Overkill who is the vilest of them all. However, all is not safe and they find themselves having to save all of minionkind. Out in cinemas July 10th 2015.

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