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4 Must Watch Shows This Summer

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Summer TV shows are back in full force and the choices are endless. We are currently in a television Golden Age, where the number of quality TV programs is at an all time high. What shows will you watch this summer? Here’s a short list to help you get started!

1. Orange is the New Black
7-8 OITNB PosterThe second season of OITNB was released in full on Netflix on June 6th, so you may already be caught up on this one, but for those of you who aren’t: there’s no better time than now! The show was a breakout hit after its first season was released in July 2013 and fans of the show eagerly waited for Season 2. The show, set in a minimum-security women’s prison in New York State, has received critical acclaim as well as positive viewer reception. Plus, there’s lots of awards’ season talk around the show and its cast as we get closer to the Emmy’s this August, so put this one at the top of your list.

2. True Blood
7-8 true blood posterThis HBO hit returned for its 7th and final season on June 22nd. If you haven’t watched the show before and you have an HBO Go account, all of the episodes are available online for you to watch at your leisure. For the final season, they amped up the drama and the stakes (pun intended) are higher than ever. Who will make it out alive? Tune in to find out.

3. Pretty Little Liars
7-8 pretty little liars posterThis ABC Family breakout hit debuted in June 2008 and has gained a loyal following ever since. The drama centers on a group of four friends who start receiving anonymous, threatening messages a year after their friend Alison goes missing. The show came back for its 5th season on June 10th and with Alison back in town, craziness ensues. If you’re not already watching this show, it’s time to start!

4. The Leftovers
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Another HBO creation, this brand new show just premiered on June 29th. The show, from the co-creator of Lost, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The show is set in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York three years after a “Rapture” that caused 2% of the world’s population to disappear without a trace. The show has received positive reviews and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and Christopher Eccleston. And yes, it is the same Christopher Eccleston who played the Ninth Doctor on Doctor Who!

 

Summer 2014 Blockbuster Sequels

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PSST…Let us know by 6/17  in the comments which summer blockbuster sequels you are most looking forward to to be entered for a chance to win $20 to the movies!

With stars like Channing Tatum, Jessica Alba and Mark Wahlberg heating up the big screen this summer, it is shaping up to be the summer of movie sequels. Whether you are into comedies, thrillers or animated movies, we’ve got all the details (without spoilers!) on this summer’s biggest sequels. Don’t forget to catch up on your favorite movie franchises before going to see the newest installments, especially for titles like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which haven’t seen a new release in the franchise since 2011.

So kick back with a bucket of popcorn and your favorite candy and enjoy the show!

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22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 13th
Sequel to: 21 Jump Street
Genre: Action, Comedy
Rating: R

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back at it again when they go undercover as undergrads at a local college to investigate a new drug that has taken over the campus. With no new leads, the two end up on a spring break trip to Mexico and shenanigans ensue.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2
Release Date: June 13th
Sequel to: How to Train Your Dragon
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Rating: PG

The friendship of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they discover a secret ice cave full of wild dragons. The two find themselves in a battle in which the outcome will determine the future of both men and dragons alike.

transformers age of extinctionTransformers: Age of Extinction
Release Date: June 27th
Sequel to: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Director Michael Bay continues the franchise with its fourth installment. Set four years after the epic Chicago battle in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a mechanic stumbles upon an old Autobot and his findings cause quite a stir with the government who want nothing more than to wipe out all the Transformers for good. Autobot favorites Optimus Prime and Bumblebee return along with a number of new characters, including Grimlock, a mechanical T-Rex.

dawn of planet of the apesDawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 11th
Sequel to: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The continuation of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes picks up a decade later with Caesar calling the shots as the leader of a large population of genetically-evolved apes. The apes struggle against the humans who have survived for the right to become Earth’s most dominant species.

planesPlanes: Fire & Rescue
Release Date: July 18th
Sequel to: Planes
Genre: Animation, Family
Rating: PG

In the second installment of Disney’s Planes, air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again so he switches careers and becomes an aerial firefighter. Dusty teams up with a fire and rescue helicopter and his team to battle a massive wildfire.

the purgeThe Purge: Anarchy
Release Date: July 18th
Sequel to: The Purge
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rating: R

Due to escalating crime rates and overcrowded prisons, this sequel is set in a world where for one night a year all criminal activity, including murder, is legal. Most citizens barricade themselves inside their homes before nightfall to avoid the dangers of the night, however one couple finds themselves caught out after dark after their car breaks down on the highway.

the expendables 3The Expendables 3
Release Date: August 15th
Sequel to: The Expendables 2
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating: Not Yet Rated

With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger (just to name a few!) starring in this film, it is sure to be an action-packed thrill ride. Mel Gibson plays Stonebanks, an arms dealer who has set out to end The Expendables once and for all.

sin citySin City: A Dame To Kill For
Release Date: August 22nd
Sequel to: Sin City
Genre: Action, Crime
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Frank Miller’s famous graphic novel Sin City heads back to the big screen for the third movie in this crime thriller starring Jessica Alba and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

PSST…Let us know by 6/17  in the comments which summer blockbuster sequels you are most looking forward to to be entered for a chance to win $20 to the movies!

Must See Movies During Thanksgiving Break

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hunger-games-catching-fire-poster-usaWith the holiday season quickly approaching and Thanksgiving break right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to check out the latest Hollywood hits. Time off of school provides the perfect opportunity to go watch those must see movies you’ve been dying to see, but just haven’t had time.Here’s my list of the three best movies to check out while on Thanksgiving break.      

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- November 22

This is the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy. I HIGHLY recommend watching the first one if you haven’t seen it. I also recommend reading the books on your time off of school. The series has a fascinating storyline, set in the future post-apocalyptic nation Panem in North America. The country is divided into different districts, all under the political control of the Capitol. The Capitol established the Hunger Games as a way to remind the citizens of the districts of the Dark Days (75 years before the events in the books/movies).

Catching Fire starts with Katniss Everdeen  (Jennifer Lawrence)’s return after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games. President Snow is unhappy with Katniss and fellow winner Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) for breaking the rules, allowing both of them to win. The 75th Hunger Games mark what is known as the Quarter Quell, with a special set of rules. This year’s participants are selected from previous Hunger Game winners.

I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the books, but this story and competition is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Katniss once again outwits the Capitol, causing President Snow to become even angrier with her.

Delivery Man- November 22

Delivery Man is Vince Vaughn’s latest flick, so it’s sure to keep you laughing throughout the whole movie. Vaughn stars at David Wozniak, a man who just found out he has fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. He is faced with the decision of whether or not to reveal his identity when 142 file a lawsuit for him to do so.

What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s actually a remake of Director Ken Scott’s 2011 French Canadian film, Starbuck. “Starbuck” is the sperm donor alias that Vaughn’s character went by.

Homefront- November 29

Homefront stars Jason Statham and James Franco in this action thriller written by Sylvester Stallone (Rocky). Statham plays a former DEA agent who moves to a small town with his daughter to get away from everything. An incident occurs on the playground at school where another student bullies her. Obviously trained by her father, the girl physically retaliates and knocks the kid down. His parents show up at the school, furious about what the girl did to their son. His father (James Franco), who goes by “Gator,” begins to taunt the family.

He snoops around in their house when they’re not home and discovers Statham’s character was an undercover DEA agent. This upsets him even more because he is the leader of a meth-production gang in town.

The rest of the film looks like it’ll live up to true Stallone and Statham action. Lots of fighting, guns and threats. What else could you want?

While these three films are obviously not the only ones coming out during this time, they’re ones that I definitely plan on going to see. What must see movies are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Not Your Typical College Movie

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Somehow, the subject of college doesn’t seem like it would translate well to a kid’s movie. Sure, college is great, but many activities that happen on campus aren’t exactly PG, especially those conducted by fraternities.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

However, Monsters University is yet another Pixar gem, a film that entertains both kids and older audiences alike. The film is not a sequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc. but a prequel, telling Mike and Sully’s story before they were friends. They enter school as enemies and rivals, but they must form an unlikely friendship in order to earn their degrees.

First and foremost, I loved the college setting, and I think that any current or former student can find humor in the jokes. The filmmakers nailed college life while still keeping it appropriate for kids. That said, the humor isn’t only targeted at a younger audience. It’s an ageless sort of humor, and I saw people of all ages in the theater. In fact, there were far more adults than children, and they were all laughing.

The voice cast is particularly excellent, with many of the main character’s remaining unchanged. The numerous newcomers are also excellent, including such big names as Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, and Aubrey Plaza. This impeccable voice talent allows for some great gags that may not have been so amusing if not delivered by veteran actors. Plus, they all were cast perfectly––Charlie Day in particular.

True, Monsters University is not as innovative as its predecessor. It may lack some of the laughs and some of the surprises that made the first Monsters film so wonderful. But don’t get me wrong––it’s by no means a boring film. Monsters University is a cute, lighthearted way to return to school on your summer break, and I highly recommend it.

View the final Monser’s University trailer here. And go see the movie! You won’t regret it.

Iron Man 3 Entertains, Surprises

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Iron Man 3

There’s no better way to start a summer movie season than with a Marvel superhero film.

The third installment of the Iron Man franchise and the seventh in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 3 picks up where The Avengers left off, focusing on billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his battle with an international terrorist, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and a ruthless businessman, Aldritch Killian (Guy Pearce). I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much from this one; Iron Man 2 was decent but nothing special, and director Jon Favreau was dropped in favor of Shane Black, who’s only other directing credit is 2005’s Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

Robert Downey Jr. delivers yet another excellent turn as Tony Stark, filled with the same charming arrogance we’ve come to know and love. This is his fourth time playing the role, and yet it seems like the first. Credit goes to Downey Jr., but also to Black and co-writer Drew Pearce. They present us with a Tony Stark who has doubts and anxieties stemming from his experiences in The Avengers; a very interesting new spin on a now familiar superhero. I loved the decision to link the films with more than just a few off-hand references. Instead, the events of The Avengers actually affect our hero’s behavior in a tangible way.

My favorite part of Iron Man 3 was definitely Ben Kingsley’s performance. He positively steals the show as the The Mandarin, Iron Man’s best known nemesis from the comic books. Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle also provide solid support.

If you’re in the mood for actions, humor, and more than a few surprises, go see Iron Man 3. You won’t be disappointed! Watch the trailer now.