We've already seen Mad Max Fury Road, so why bother with the rest of the summer movie season? Furiosa and Doof Warrior shredding sick notes in a desert wasteland is as good as it gets. Right?
Wrong. Or, maybe? The summer has just begun, so who knows what masterpiece the season has yet to deliver. Check out Inverse's select summer movie guide below to help you choose how to spend your next few weekends.
Jurassic World (June 12)
Yes, it’s hard to get excited for this movie. Chris Pratt is fine, dinosaurs tearing shit up is fine, but there’s just something missing. But who can say no to dinosaur destruction in 3D? Just go with friends and have fun.
Inside Out (June 19)
When it comes to family animated movies Pixar is in a different league, but they might have been usurped by Disney Animation who did gangbusters with Frozen and Big Hero 6. But Pixar could reclaim the throne with Inside Out, and the reviews out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival have been nothing but positive.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12)
A little more indie than the rest of the movies on this list, this sentimental comedy-drama looks like the perfect date night selection. It also stars America’s hero, Nick Offerman, in a supporting role. It’s practically a patriotic duty to see Nick Offerman in everything.
Big Game (June 26)
Not only is this movie about the President of the United States going missing in the Finnish wilderness and rescues himself (with the help of a teenage survivalist), but it stars SAMUEL L. JACKSON AS THE PRESIDENT. That sound you hear is you buying your ticket on Fandango.
Terminator: Genesys (July 1)
Releasing a Schwarzenegger movie for the 4th of July weekend is a guaranteed box office hit. Releasing a Schwarzenegger movie where he fights another Schwarzenegger is overkill. Yes, you have already planned on seeing this, there's no question. Doesn’t matter how bad it might look, it has your crush Daenerys blowing things up. Sold.
Trainwreck (July 17)
Amy Schumer and producer Judd Apatow are going to destroy everything you think about romantic comedies. And who knew Lebron James and John Cena could be hilarious? Never thought I’d ever live to see a day where I think John Cena having an orgasm is hilarious. And yet here we are.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (July 31)
Hollywood's sprinter Tom Cruise was strapped to a REAL airplane FOR REAL in that stunt. You know which one. Get totally stressed out and watch it in IMAX, which is cheaper than a ticket to Six Flags.
Ant-Man (July 14)
Remember last year when Guardians of the Galaxy looked like garbage because no one cared about who they were before, and it ended up becoming the movie of the summer? Don’t make that mistake again.
The Fantastic Four (August 7)
Yet another too-soon reboot of a franchise only the most die-hard of die hard comic fans like? And it's not even being made by Marvel? Groan.
But The Fantastic Four is taking on a different, straighter tone and appears more focused than the previous two films. The earlier movies just couldn’t get over showing off Mr. Fantastic STRETCHING. Finally, we can move on.
Straight Outta Compton (August 14)
Straight Outta Compton is going to be incredible for many reasons. But the best is that you’ll hear “Fuck tha Police” booming in surround sound and juxtaposed against the decadence of the late ‘80s hip-hop scene. This was the last time dangerous music was actually dangerous.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (August 14)
Anyone who actually remembers the original The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series are too busy being fed mulched foods in retirement homes to care about the new movie. But Guy Ritchie is sitting on the director's chair of this sexy adaptation that looks like it's got swagger and class. Expect dudes to imitate the sharp looks of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer when this flick comes out.
American Ultra (August 21)
Spy comedies are becoming way more common, but Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who is actually a sleeper agent and can wreck suckers with a spoon? And Kristen Stewart, a good actress, showing more emotion than just "mildly distressed"? The Adventureland gang rides again! Yes please.
Ricki and the Flash (August 7)
Meryl Streep is a national treasure and deserves the barrels of Oscars she has been awarded. But isn’t it nice to see her with her hair down for once? (And seriously, look at that hair.) That isn’t to say she’s phoning it in for Ricki and the Flash, but it’s a decidedly not Oscar-bait picture. Which means it's going to be fun.