Flicks to check out this summer

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Zac Efron stars in the summer 2014 comedy movie “Neighbors”

By Kelsey Cardace

Beat the heat and grab some popcorn because this summer some of the year’s most anticipated movies will hit theaters. With action-packed plots and tear-jerking twists, these movies are not to be missed.

“The Fault In Our Stars,” based on John Green’s bestselling novel, opens June 6. This romantic comedy and drama stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort; it tells the story of Hazel, a girl touched by cancer with limited time left to live.

Her world turns around when she meets Augustus at a cancer support group, and their love story follows an unexpected turn of events that culminates with asurprising ending.

“I read the book in a day and I probably will cry for 18 hours after [the movie],” senior math major Taylor Kinsella said.

Lia Collen, a freshman communication major, agrees. “The book is really sad so I feel like the movie is going to be emotional too,” Collen said.

“22 Jump Street”, the sequel to the 2012 comedy “21 Jump Street,” will hit theaters June 13. Freshman neurobiology and physiology major Brett Stark anxiously awaits its debut.

“I’m really excited since ‘21 Jump Street’ was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have hilarious chemistry,” Stark said.

After busting a high school synthetic drug outbreak in the first movie, the police duo will now go undercover to investigate a fraternity crime ring at a local college. To fit in, they participate in all forms of campus life, from going to class to joining the football team.

“The movie takes place in college this time so we can probably relate to all of it,” Stark said.

Similarly, Zac Efron fans will be pleased to see him May 9 in the comedy “Neighbors,” where he leads a local fraternity that moves in next door to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, a young couple with a new baby.

For students looking for a thrill, several action movie series will be coming out with their newest additions.

“I’m pretty excited for Spider-Man. I’m a big fan of the series,” freshman biological engineering major Kevin Reid said.

Peter Parker will swing back into theaters May 2 in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

In this sequel, Peter Parker must protect New York City when he encounters new villains, including Jamie Foxx’s character Electro, who are all connected by the mysterious company OsCorp.This is not the average superhero movie, however, which is a big reason Reid enjoys the series.

“I think it did a good job of breaking the mold of a superhero movie the first go-around,” Reid said.

The X-Men series will continue with its latest addition, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and the Transformers series will soon release its fourth movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

Prepare to laugh, cry, cry from laughing, or be stuck on the edge of your seat because these summer flicks will not disappoint.

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