Editor’s must-see summer movies

It’s about to be one heck of a summer at the movies in 2015. By my estimate, there are 25 – yes you read that correctly, 25 – must-see films this summer. Beginning May 1, I will be seeing a movie every weekend for the rest of summer, maybe even two on occasion. So, balance your money accordingly. I won’t go too in-depth into all of them, but I will list my top nine must-see films.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

What a way to kick off the summer movie season. In what possibly may be the biggest movie of the few years, the hype is big and so are my expectations. The gang is back and they look better than ever. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens May 1.

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

I have not seen any of the previous “Mad Max” films with Mel Gibson, but this one sure looks like all kinds of post-apocalyptic crazy. I’m not sure what to expect, but the trailer mesmerizes me. “Mad Max: Fury Road” opens May 15.


Melissa McCarthy as an undercover spy? Yeah, I’m in. Some people are not a fan of her films, but I cannot say no. Add Allison Janney to the mix and I’ll probably watch it twice. “Spy” opens June 5.

“Jurassic World”

I have maybe the highest hopes for this film more than any others opening this summer. Though I’m cautiously optimistic, I have faith Chris Pratt can bring this series back to life. “Jurassic World” opens June 12.

“Ted 2”

I have such a special place in my heart for this foul-mouthed teddy bear. The first movie will be hard to follow, but I’m anxious to see what Seth McFarlane has up his sleeve. “Ted 2” opens June 26.

“Magic Mike XXL

Grab your towels all interested parties, it’s about to get real hot before the Fourth of July. Channing Tatum and the guys are turning up the heat, and this time they’re taking their show on the road. “Magic Mike XXL” opens July 1.

“Ant Man”

I may have the highest hopes for “Jurassic World,” but I have the highest expectations for this film. The world of Ant Man is new to me and, while I have full confidence in Marvel, I’m on the fence with this one. That being said, it’s sure to garner much attention, and I’m ready to see what it has to offer. “Ant Man” opens July 17.


I am so excited that Amy Schumer decided to write a movie. She is comedy gold and one of the best comics out there, in my opinion. This film looks to be incredibly funny and sweet at the same time. “Trainwreck” opens July 17.

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Tom Cruise knows what he’s doing when it comes to action movies. The last installment in this series was terrific, but this one may just top it. All I can say is, watch the trailer to see just how good it looks to be. “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opens July 31.

Also check out:

“Hot Pursuit” – May 8

“Pitch Perfect 2” – May 15

“Poltergeist” – May 22

“Tommorrowland”- May 22

“Aloha” – May 29

“San Andreas” – May 29

“Insidious: Chapter 3” – June 5

“Inside Out” – June 19

“Minions” – July 10

“Stanford Prison Experiment” – July 17

“Pan” – July 24

“Paper Towns” – July 24

“Southpaw” – July 24

“Fantastic Four” – August 7

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” – August 14

“Straight Outta Compton” – August 14