These five films highlight the summer movie season

Tom Richardson, Staff writer

People always seem to know what kind of movies trip their trigger, but during the summer movie season, it’s hard to narrow it down to the “must-see” titles. Here is a list of five films to look forward to this summer, that many others are also highly anticipated. These are five different films, from five different genres, so that no one feels left out. So enjoy the sun, enjoy the tropical punch at the beach, and enjoy some of these promising summer movie titles.

“X-men: Days of Future Past” (Superhero film): May 23

Director Bryan Singer has returned to the X-Men film franchise, with “X2: X-Men United,” being his last effort for the series. In this installment, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sends his modern-day consciousness to his younger-self’s body in the past, to prevent a colony of Sentinel robots from creating doom for both the human and mutant race. X-Men characters, old and new, will all gather together in this film. Matthew Vaughn (director of “X-Men: First Class”) is also involved, as a co-writer.

“Maleficent” (Fantasy film): May 30

The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is about to have a whole new perspective. In “Maleficent,” viewers get to see the story play out from the villain’s point of view, to both better understand the villain’s motivations, and to show that sometimes the “good” characters in stories are not always good people. The character of Maleficent will be played by Angelina Jolie.  Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, & Sharlto Copley are also cast in the film.

“Edge of Tomorrow” (War film): June 6

From director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), comes a futuristic war story, which is based on the manga graphic novel “All You Need Is Kill.” Tom Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, and he is stuck in a time loop, on the last day of a big futuristic war. This loop will keep continuing, until his team wins this war. He meets up with another soldier played by Emily Blunt, who is also experiencing this time loop, and she will help out with their team’s victory.

“Jersey Boys” (Drama): June 20

Clint Eastwood (“The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”) is about to take the directing chair once again to tell the true-life story of how the iconic music group The Four Seasons came to be. The film will have elements of a musical to better represent that it is about a group of musicians. The film will also show the group’s downfalls during their music career. Christopher Walken is cast in the film.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (Sci-Fi): Aug 1

Marvel Studios is about to embark on an outer space adventure for their next Marvel Cinematic Universe film. In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a space pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) must track down some intergalactic artifacts before they get into the wrong hands. On his journey, he teams up with other space warriors named Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel).