10 movies to watch this summer

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Now that summer is finally here, we all finally have time to watch the movies we’ve been squealing over for so long! Even if you’re busy with an internship or summer class, there’s still more time over the weekend to go to the movies than during a regular semester. Here are the Clog’s recommendations for movie hopping, summer 2013 style:

1. Iron Man 3. Already released, this is sure to be some good entertainment. Are superheroes like millionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark the most complex of characters? Not really, but watching buildings blow up and Miss Pepper Pots being a badass with a super suit means you don’t need a complex superhero character to have a good time. Bring on our favorite Avenger!

2. The Great Gatsby. Though being a classic literature buff would probably make you appreciate (or roll your eyes at) this book-turned-blockbuster, from what we’ve heard it’s not necessary to enjoy this film adaptation. After all, there are huge party scenes, clothing-throwing extravaganzas, car accidents and Oscar-snuffed and brooding Leonardo DiCaprio. ‘Nough said, right?

3. Star Trek: Into Darkness. May the force be with you. Just kidding, we know that’s Star Wars and not a line from the invincible Captain James T. Kirk. And let’s not forget his best bro and first officer Spock. Whether or not you’re a sci-fi enthusiast, this should be a good watch. There’ll be plenty of action for the adventure-inclined and plenty of Chris Pine for those interested in some serious summer eye-candy.

4. The Hangover Part III (May 23). You don’t have long to wait if you’re a fan of drunken Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. You’d think this group of guys couldn’t get into anymore substance-induced trouble after two movies, but director Todd Phillips begs to differ. Sit tight for the final round of shenanigans as the “Hangover” trilogy comes to an end.

5. Fast and Furious 6 (May 24). Speaking of series, here’s one that’s just starting out. Oh wait, that was five movies ago. If you’re still crazy about cars after five installments of this series, though, here is yet another one to get your engines roaring. Have fun with scenes of roads gear-shifting!

6. Man of Steel (June 14th). Yet another superhero to fill your summer with action! If you’re a fan of the Dark Knight trilogy, then this is probably for you, as this superhero adaptation also hails Christopher Nolan as its producer. Whether or not you’re a huge fan of the original kryptonite-hating Clark Kent, everyone wishes they could fly. Seeing as this is as close as most of us will get, why not watch a couple of hours of it?

7. Monster’s University (June 21). We’ve already referenced this multiple times, but let us reiterate how important it is for all Berkeley students to go see Pixar’s sequel to our favorite monsters movie! Not only is part of the campus based on ours (how cool is that?), but MU is where Mike and Sully began their lovable monster bromance. Find out what it’s like taking the Monster’s Aptitude Test instead of our boring human SATs and how Professional Scaring is as a major! 

8. World War Z (June 21). Recognize the title? You may have read the book of the same name by Max Brooks already. If you’re over werewolves and vampires, or are one of the fatalists planning for the zombie apocalypse, this movie is exactly your speed. Who said a country would start the next world war? It’s obviously going to be the walking dead. Maybe you can pick up some tips on how to deal with them from Brad Pitt, obviously the film’s hero.

9. Despicable Me 2 (July 3). There are a lot of action-packed movies on this list, but take consider taking a break for some animated fun. For those of us missing Steve Carell’s presence on the recently finished show “The Office” (a moment of silence for the end of an era would be appropriate here), we can hear his voice as the lovable villain-turned-daddy Gru. We may be college students, but we’re not too old for good ol’ animated awesome.

10. The Wolverine (July 26). Okay, we’re backtracking now. After you’ve taken your PG kiddie breaks, settle down for some more comic book action. As if Hugh Jackman wasn’t in enough X-Men films (five if you include his cameo in ‘X-Men: First Class’), here’s a sixth reprisal of his attached-knife-wielding mutant role. It should round off your cinematic summer experience quite nicely before heading back to school.

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