Upcoming movies project action-packed summer

By Ross Tanenbaum, Production Editor

Summer time is the time of year when some of the most anticipated movies are released. These movies tend to be the highest-grossing movies, as a lot of them are sequels, reboots or movies based off books.

With summer being the best time to catch new movies on the big screen, the Observer is here with a list of movies that you should see before school starts.

Movies that will make you laugh until you cry:

Neighbors, R

Released May 9

In this hilarious comedy, Mac Radner (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up) is a man who has recently moved into a new suburban home with his wife, Kelly Radner, (Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids) and their new baby. However, when Teddy Sanders, (Zac Efron, High School Musical) and his local college fraternity moves in next door, the couple worries about what will happen to their new, perfect lifestyle. After calling the cops on Teddy and his frat, the frat declares war on the family.

A Million Ways to Die in the West, R

Releasing May 30

In this cowboy comedy from the creative mind of Seth MacFarlane (Ted), MacFarlane plays Albert, a farmer who falls in love with the girl next door, Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult). He decides to prove his worth when her brother, Clinch (Liam Neeson, Taken), arrives into town.

22 Jump Street, R

Releasing June 13

Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) are back as two young cops who go undercover as teenagers. The two officers, Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) attempt to make another drug bust in the sequel, however, this time around, they are going to college.

Movies that will have you hanging off the edge of your seat:

Godzilla, PG-13

Released May 16

The famous monster finally makes its return to the big screen. As Godzilla returns, the world will have to defend itself against the gargantuan reptile. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) star in this brand new reboot of the classic film.

Transformers: Age of Extinction, PG-13

Releasing June 27

Optimus Prime and the Autobots try to save the world again in another sequel of the famous Michael Bay franchise. When Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg, The Departed) discovers his new truck is a Transformer, he becomes involved in yet another fight to save the planet.

Guardians of the Galaxy, PG-13

Releasing Aug. 1

Marvel brings a new superhero team out of the comic books and onto the big screen. Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) plays Peter Quill, an American pilot who joins an unlikely team of heroes as they try to stop a new foe and his villainous scheme.

Movies that will make you feel like a kid again:

Maleficent, PG

Releasing May 30

Based on the Walt Disney animated classic, Maleficent brings a dark twist to the famous movie. Angelina Jolie (Salt) plays the famous Disney villain Maleficent, who reveals a dark past behind her wicked ways. The new film will reveal the truth about what makes Maleficent so ominous and why she resides in the shadows.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, PG

Releasing June 13

DreamWorks is releasing a sequel to their hit movie about the conflict between vikings and dragons. The new movie will follow the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel, This is the End) and his trained dragon, Toothless. The story will take place five years after the events from the first movie. Dragons and vikings are now living together peacefully, but Hiccup discovers there may be something that will turn his world upside down.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NYR

Releasing Aug. 8

The four crime-fighting, pizza-loving super turtles will return to the big screen in this new, live-action movie. Based off the animated TV series, the movie will follow April O’Neill (Megan Fox, Transformers) as she meets the turtles and helps them fight crime in New York City.