– Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest Marvel movie and the movie we’ve been waiting all summer for. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord is originally from Earth but has lived in space for many years. After stealing a sought after object that Ronan the Accuser was after, Peter is forced to join up with a band of outlaws to save the galaxy and protect Earth. This features Groot, the one sentence repeating tree and Rocket Racoon, a talking gun-toting raccoon. It’s probably the strangest of the Marvel movies so far with most people having little knowledge of the characters. But this is meant to introduce the “cosmic” side of Marvel more than just Thor and already has amazing reviews. In fact, a sequel by the same writer and director has already been announced for 2017.
– Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Directed by James Gunn. Rated PG-13.
– Hercules is the other Hercules based movie of the year, but apparently suffers from very bad marketing. Starring the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the trailers (and even some descriptions of the film) make it sound like it follows the more traditional story of Hercules being the son of Zeus and performing the 12 labors. However, the shots of him doing the 12 labors are in the first 5 minutes of the film and are tall tales told by a relative with nothing that the trailer says actually taking place. Instead he joins mercenaries to defeat a warlord in the aid of a seemingly nice King.
– Stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, and John Hurt. Directed by Brett Ratner. Rated PG-13.
– Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to last years Planes, which is a spin-off of the Pixar series Cars but is in fact made by Disney. This one starts off a little depressing considering the last movie. The star of the last movie, Dusty finds out that there is something wrong with his engine and is forced to quit racing. Instead he joins a fire & rescue team, where they have to bond together to battle a big wildfire in a national park.
– Stars Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, and Dale Dye. Directed by Roberts Gannaway. Rated PG.
– Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the only movie out this week. It’s the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the reboot prequel to the original Planet of the Apes. Ten years after a “simian flu” wiped out most of humanity, a community of humans and a community of apes face misunderstandings and then begin a war that threatens them both. It looks to be a mix of an end of the world dystopia and a war dystopia.
– Stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keri Russell, and Judy Greer . Directed by Matt Reeves. Rated PG-13.
Note: Movies this week come out on Wednesday instead of Friday due to the Independence Day holiday.
– The newest movie from Melissa McCarthy is Tammy. Tammy’s life is a mess, but things go from bad to worse when she wrecks her car, is fired from her job, and finds her husband with another woman. With her drunk grandmother on a trip to Niagara Falls, things continue to go wrong as they have misadventures while Tammy is trying to put her life together.
– Stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone. Rated R.
– Tranformers: Age of Extinction aka Transformers 4 is the newest in the Transformers franchise. This is the one that had a man throw an air conditioner at Michael Bay in Hong Kong. Luckily this one features a whole new cast of human characters. Taking place four years after the last movie, with much of Chicago destroyed, and the Transformers on both sides are being hunted down. Optimus Prime is discovered by a man who was going to scrap a Semi for parts and the family get wrapped up in the new Autobot struggle.
– Stars Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, TJ Miller, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammer. Directed by Michael Bay. Rated PG-13.
– Think Like a Man Too is the sequel to the 2012 movie Think Like a Man. The original was based on a book by Steve Harvey, but I have no idea if this sequel is. The gang from the first movie is gathered together in Vegas for the wedding of Candace and Michael. Both groups get into trouble when their parties before the wedding gets out of control on top of other drama hitting the group as many of the relationships are tested.
– Stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gabrielle Union, and Kevin Hart. Directed by Tim Story. Rated PG-13.
– How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to How to Train Your Dragon and takes place five years after the first movie. Everyone has matured and Hiccup is being pressured into becoming the new Chief of Burk. When they find that there is a new dragon threat, they also find that Hiccup’s mother isn’t dead and is a dragon trainer herself. The story however is completely original from the books and I’m not sure if the movie has any real connection to the TV series that has been airing on Cartoon Network.
– Stars Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, America Ferrera, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Dean DeBlois. Rated PG.
– Edge of Tomorrow is based on the Japanese novel All You Need is Kill about alien “Mimics” that invade earth. Occasionally a human is able to hijack one of their powers by reliving the same day over and over again whenever they die. Tom Cruise is a cowardly soldier this happens to, and he is instructed by Emily Blunt’ character, a woman famous for defeating the aliens in a big battle where she had access to the same power. Basically think of this as Groundhog Day with fighting and you get the general jist of the movie.
– Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Piven. Directed by Doug Liman. Rated PG-13.
– Maleficent is the re-imagining of the villain of Sleeping Beauty by Disney in an effort to turn her into an anti-hero. It seems to be that they made her have a tragic past as an excuse for her behavior instead of making her one of the few truly evil villains that Disney has. It really is a shame because Angelina Jolie really is one of the few people to pull of the appropriate look. Also despite what it looks like in the trailers, this is still rated PG.
– Stars Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Directed by Robert Stromberg. Rated PG.