Five movies to get excited about this summer

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Monster's University will be out June 21.

It’s summer once again and that means, besides days at the beach and no homework, lots of new movies come to theaters. If you are overwhelmed by the large number of different films and cannot pick which one to go see, this list has a variety of movies that are sure to entertain.

After Earth
After a catastrophic event on Earth, humanity has colonized a new planet. But on a mission trip, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) get stranded on Earth and are forced to survive on a planet that has only life which has evolved to kill humans until they can send for help. Even though the apocalyptic premise is not the most original nowadays, the idea of life on Earth adapting to specifically annihilate humans has not been seen before, so After Earth will definitely entice sci-fi viewers. After Earth comes to theaters May 31. Rated PG-13

Much Ado About Nothing
The most artsy movie on this list, Joss Whedon takes this Shakespearean classic with a twist. Whedon shot his version while taking an artistic break from The Avengers, the 2012 summer blockbuster he directed. His version of this tale has an aspect of Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet in that it uses Shakespeare’s original text but is set in modern times. This movie looks like a great watch not only for the fun tale of romance, but also for the cinematography. It was shot in 12 days, completely in black-and-white. Much Ado About Nothing comes to theaters June 7. Rated PG-13

Man of Steel
Another in a line of revisited superhero tales, Man of Steel retells the original story of Superman (Henry Cavill), America’s classic superhero. Clark Kent was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent and later became a journalist. Clark’s alter ego, Superman, becomes famous for saving the world. But will the world accept his differences or will everyone alienate him? That is the difference between this telling of Superman’s story and others. In many, Superman is widely recognized as a hero. But in the Man of Steel trailer, we see Clark being taken into custody by what is possibly the Department of Homeland Security. With a similar theme of not fitting in to past DC movies and a backstory that most are familiar with, Man of Steel certainly will draw a large audience. Man of Steel comes to theaters June 14. Rated PG-13

Monsters University
Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman), everyone’s favorite monsters, are coming back this summer with even more hilarity. This prequel takes us back to their college years, when Mike and Sully were in the same fraternity. Both are majoring in scaring and, even though we saw them in Monsters Inc. as best friends, form a rivalry that sprouts from their differences. This movie is sure to interest many who loved the first movie and want some more. Monsters University comes to theaters June 21. Rated G

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Three years after Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief came to theaters, the sequel is finally being released. Percy learns that he is a demigod in the first movie and also meets some friends: satyr Grover and fellow demigod Annabeth, daughter of Athena. In this movie, Annabeth and Percy set out on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, save Grover (as he was captured on his search for Pan, the god of rustic music) and save Camp Half-Blood. Like in the first movie, many obstacles come in their way such as angry Gods, fellow demigods and (of course) monsters. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will definitely interest fans of both Greek mythology and Rick Riordan’s original book series. The movie comes to theaters August 7. Not yet rated