Top 5 Must-See Summer 2014 Movies

Alaysia Smith
Staff Writer

Comedy

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum rejoin forces for the sequel to “21 Jump Street” (2012).
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum rejoin forces for the sequel to “21 Jump Street” (2012).

“22 Jump Street”

Here’s a comedy that will have you laughing out loud. “22 Jump Street”, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is the sequel to the 2012 film “21 Jump Street”. It stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Greg Jenko and Morton Schmidt, two cops who go undercover as college students to discover the whereabouts of a drug that’s going around the campus.

It explores the personalities of our two main characters while keeping the smart, playful comedic atmosphere from the first movie. Tatum and Hill do work well off each other. If a heartfelt, hilarious comedy is what you’re in the mood for, then this movie fits the bill.

Action/Adventure

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth installment of the Michael Bay directed “Transformer” series.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth installment of the Michael Bay directed “Transformer” series.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

The fourth installment to the Transformers franchise, directed by Michael Bay, is specifically made for the fans. Five years later after the last film, Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg, is an inventor who gets tangled up in helping the Autobots fight against the Creators, and old alien robotic species, who are bent on destroying the Earth. This film introduces a new kind of Autobots, the Dinobots.

While this film was given negative reviews by critics, it was a commercial success. It doesn’t bring anything new to the franchise yet this is an action driven film that delivers plenty of awesome effects. If you’ve seen and adored the first three movies then you’ll want to see this one.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was one of the many blockbusters that hit theaters this summer.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was one of the many blockbusters that hit theaters this summer.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

This is a definite must see if you haven’t already. This movie lives up to its 2011 predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, and then some.

With the fall of the human race at hand due to a virus, the genetically enhanced chimpanzees, led by Caesar, live a peaceful life in the forest. When a group of human survivors want to use the dame in the forest to generate electricity, both races are tested to trust each other. Will they be able to cooperate or will war break loose? This film was both critically acclaimed and a financial success. Its story, acting, and performance capture animation are remarkable and balances the emotion and action perfectly. This film leaves the viewer unable to wait for the third installment.

Superheroes

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is directed by James Gunn and is a breath of fresh air for the superhero movie genre.

The film focuses on the main character Peter Quil, played by Chris Pratt, a half human, half alien who is kidnapped and raised by thieves. When he steals a magical orb, Ronan the Accuser, the villain, will stop at nothing to take it from him. Quill assembles a team to protect the galaxy: superhuman warrior Drax the Destroyer, tree humanoid Groot, alien Gamora, and the genetically engineered mercenary raccoon Rocket.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is more comical and lighthearted than most Marvel movies, which makes it more original than most. This film is for anyone who wants just the right blend of zany action and comic relief, a thrilling plot, and wonderful visual effects.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” swept the box office charts making over $72 million on its opening weekend.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” swept the box office charts making over $72 million on its opening weekend.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Here’s another movie targeted just for the fans. This film serves as a reboot the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” franchise and utilizes live action with CGI.
It takes place in New York City where reporter April O’Neal, played by Megan Fox, wants to find the top story. She discovers four crime fighting turtle brothers that live in the sewers: leader Leonardo, brainy Donatello, hot head Raphael, and comical Michelangelo. Together they try to solve the mystery of the mutating Ooze and stop Shredder, the villain who wants to take over the city.

This film may have been a financial success, but as far as critics are concerned they were not pleased. While the acting is bearable and the villain’s master plan is ridiculously stupid, what shines through is the relationship between the brothers and the second half of the movie that’s filled entertaining action sequences. Whether if you’re a fan of the TMNT comic book/cartoon or not, this movie will either please or disappoint in more ways than one.