8 Must-See Summer Flicks

Usually I don’t get too excited about summer blockbusters but this year’s crop might just change my mind. So butter up your popcorn and grab your Red Vines, here are the eight summer movies I’ll be heading to the theater to see over the next few months:

The Bling Ring – Now in theaters

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The latest from “Marie Antoinette” director and cultural visionary Sofia Coppola, this flashy film follows the true story of the 2009 Hollywood Hills burglaries. Added bonus: Emma Watson plays the groups’ nefarious leader.

Despicable Me 2 – In theaters July 3

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The adorable sequel to the 2010 children’s movie, this is the animated flick of the summer that I can’t wait to see. Agnes is by far my favorite of the pint-sized characters and you can never have enough of the minions.

The Kings of Summer – Now in theaters

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I’m a sucker for Nick Offerman, plain and simple. So when I discovered that he plays the father of one of this film’s protagonists it immediately shot to the top of my list. Not to mention that, as the kid who always threatened to run away, this film seems like a perfect summer adventure to escape into.

Much Ado About Nothing – Now in theaters

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Joss Whedon’s adaptation of this Shakespearian classic brings the perfect splash of culture and history to the summer film scene. Shot in black and white and performed in Iambic pentameter, I can’t wait to see this updated classic.

Before Midnight – Now in theaters

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I literally shrieked when I found out that there would be a third film following the romantic serendipity of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters. My middle and high school years were peppered with viewings of “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset,” the first two films in this series, and I can only hope that the latest installment will be just as whimsical and heartbreakingly realistic as the two before.

Violet and Daisy – Now in theaters

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Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan as hired assassins. Need I say more?

Stuck in Love

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My token rom-com of the summer, this movie seems heartwarming and hopeful that, no matter your age, love is always a possibility.

The To-Do List – In theaters July 26

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From the preview, this raunchy comedy looks like the girl version of “Super Bad” and I couldn’t be more excited. Aubrey Plaza is flawless and I can’t wait for her to team up with Alia Shawkat of “Arrested Development” fame – easily two of the funniest comedians of the next generation.

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