6 Movies You Should Check Out This Summer
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6 Movies You Should Check Out This Summer

Summer blockbusters are everything.

As finals quickly approach, summer is on the mind and summer brings summer blockbusters (AKA the fun movies). With Hollywood bringing reboots, sequels, original stories, and adaptations to the big screen, summer is looking pretty great on the movie scene.

To kick off the excitement, here's a handful of movies to look forward to this upcoming summer.

1. Baywatch


Release Date: May 25, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
The released summary describes Baywatch as a movie following two very different lifeguards (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron) who uncover criminal activity that threatens the future of the bay.

This movie gives off the same vibes that 21 Jump Street did. Will this movie be remembered as a cinematic masterpiece? No, but it seems like good, old-fashioned, action-packed fun.

2. All Eyez On Me


Release Date: June 16, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
This movie explores the life of the ever iconic artist Tupac Shakur, showing his rise to stardom and controversial time with Death Row Records. This movie will be released on what would be Tupac's 46th birthday.

This movie is for anyone who likes dramas or biopics, but also someone who is genuinely interested in music, especially Tupac's rise in the music industry.

3. Rough Night

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
Ten years after college, a group of friends decide to get together to celebrate one of their friend's bachelorette party weekend. However, hard partying goes south when they accidentally kill a male stripper.

This movie is a remake of Very Bad Things but gender-swapped so there's some new elements that can be introduced. Not only that but it stars two iconic comedians, Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), making this feel like the female Hangover.

4. Baby Driver


Release Date: June 28, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
This movie is probably one of the most unique movies about a getaway driver in recent years. The movie stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young getaway driver who uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best getaway driver. This all changes when he meets the girl of his dreams and decides this is the time to quit, but when crime boss Kevin Spacey coerces him back into the game, Baby has to face the music after a failed heist.

This movie actually had a soft premiere at SXSW 2017 and gathered a pretty positive reception. The movie isn't just an action film, it's got the classic crime film vibe with some comedic scenes to make it the perfect summer movie.

5. Spider-Man Homecoming


Release Date: July 5, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
Now, I know we are all tired of watching Uncle Ben die at this point, but this movie is coming from a new angle. Peter Parker, fresh off his experience with the Avengers, must learn how to balance his superhero persona and school, now with his new mentor, Tony Stark. However, Peter becomes distracted with being Spider-Man and is eventually put to the test as a hero against the Vulture.

This movie gives off Breakfast Club vibes in a superhero universe. Unlike previous Spider-Man adaptations, this one feels the most balanced in being both Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


Release Date: July 21, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
For any sci-fi fan out there, this is the movie you should be ready to watch. This movie is based on the popular French comic series Valerian and Laurerline. You might be thinking to yourself that you have never heard of this comic series. Well, this comic series has had some heavy influence on such films as The Fifth Element and of course, the Star Wars franchise.

Without giving too many spoilers, special operatives, Valerian and Laureline are given the task to check on Alpha, a city that has the information of thousands of civilizations, but a dark force becomes present.

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Mind-Blowing Documentaries to Watch High

Because without this guide, you'll spend all night just deciding what to watch.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Be prepared to get royally mind-fucked with this docuseries. In Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you all over the universe to discuss scientific phenomena new and old. Created by Seth MacFarlane, and a follow up to the 80's series with Carl Sagan, this docuseries will spark weeks worth of debate amongst you and your smoke circle about everything from aliens to black holes. A must-watch.

Chelsea Does Drugs
By far the best part is when Chelsea Handler is in Peru, because holy shit. No, literally. She does a drug so strong that she actually shits her pants while also puking. The drug is called ayahuasca, and it caused Chelsea and her friends to cry because they were reliving some deep emotional shit. Ayahuasca is known for making people discover their life's purpose and meaning, or realize revelations about the universe as we know it. The real challenge is watching it high without planning a trip to Peru yourself, or at least Googling how much it would cost to sip some of that tea.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This is for all the homies out there who suffer from Severe Munchies Syndrome. You will step into the world of Jiro, apparently the best sushi chef in the world, and watch him meticulously craft the world's most perfect sushi dishes. It's about more than just sushi, it's about a man's dedication to his work. And good luck not ordering sushi after this, by the way.

Cartel Land
This shit is intense as fuck so it's not for anyone who gets paranoid while high. That being said, hands-down the best documentary I've ever seen. The filmmakers make their way to the front lines of the Mexican drug war and show the vigilantes who are fighting back against people like El Chapo. Follow it up with Sicario, a film that centers on the United States' response to the drug war. It's equally as suspenseful and mind-blowing.

Reincarnated
This is a movie that every stoner has probably seen, so it's a no-brainer to include it on this list. Snoop Dogg smokes a lot of weed and takes you on a "spiritual journey." Basically required for anyone who likes smoking or Snoop, which is pretty much everyone, so I guess everyone should watch it.

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Crime Drama Films You Need to See in Your Lifetime: Part Two

Grab some popcorn and be prepared to witness some masterpieces.

Movies these days can be pretty predictable. Some genres, such as romantic comedies, are basically written with a formula.

Guy meets girl, some weird event happens, insert plot fluff, then happily ever after. Boring. They're entertaining to watch for sure, but few of them rarely have you on the edge of your seat.

That is not the case though, when it comes to a good crime drama. They have everything: romance, some dark comedic one liners, action, thrilling scenes, and some batshit plot twists that make your mind implode.

Below is a continuation of a list I have compiled of some of my favorite films in this genre; some of which are regarded worldwide as the best films of all time, and all of which are films that you must see at least once in your lifetime.

1. A Bronx Tale (1993)
The directorial debut of Robert De Niro, this film follows the life of an Italian-American teenager who lives in the Bronx during the 1960's. It depicts his struggle to overcome the racist mentality towards African Americans, to ignore the peer pressure of his friends to enter a life of crime, and to decide which of the two father figures in his life, his father (De Niro) or local Mafia boss, played by Chazz Palminteri, has his best interests at heart.

2. Dirty Harry (1971)
Are you feelin' lucky punk? This film was pivotal in this genre as it set the tone for many police films to come. Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, this movie tells the tale of a loose cannon SFPD Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Eastwood) and his quest to find a psychopath terrorizing San Francisco whose crimes are based upon the real life Zodiac Killer. This movie can be pretty disturbing at times, but nonetheless still a film you should watch if you like these movies.

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I first watched this movie when I was 14 and I was blown away by it. Directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, this film tells the story of an intelligent but quiet banker, Andy (Robbins), who is accused of the murder of his wife and her lover and is subsequently sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary though he claims to be innocent. This film was pivotal in launching Morgan Freeman's career, and is truly a masterpiece.

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie is absolutely iconic and is regarded as one of the best-written films of all time. Directed by the infamous Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman, this movie tells the story of the intersecting lives of L.A. mobsters and other criminals. The plot is not in chronological order, is highly original, and is a film that you absolutely have to watch at least once.

5. Witness (1985)
Another great film starring Harrison Ford. Directed by Peter Weir, this movie tells the story of a detective (Ford) who has to protect a young Amish boy that becomes a target after being the sole witness of a murder in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. Featuring a great music score and shots of the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, as well as some unexpected plot twists, this film is one of the best in the genre.

6. In The Line of Fire (1993)
This movie, directed by Wolfgang Peterson and starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, and Rene Russo, is a classic film. The story is about United States Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan's (Eastwood) attempt to track a disillusioned and psychotic former CIA agent (Malkovich) who threatens to assassinate the President of the United States. This film includes a bit of history as well, as Eastwood's character is the only remaining active agent from the detail assigned to President John F. Kennedy the day of his assassination in 1963, and implements his struggle to overcome his guilt from failing to protect the president as well as to regain credibility within the agency.

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Bridget Jones is Having a Baby (Video)

As if her life could get any more complicated.

I'm sure everyone is familiar with Bridget Jones, and her tumultuous relationship with Mr. Darcy. In her upcoming movie, Bridget Jones's Baby, Renee Zellweger plays Bridget Jones again. Except, instead of playing the heartbroken betch trying to move on from her ex, she is now playing a baby mama. Which should result in the funniest movie ever, possibly topping the OG Bridget Jones's Diary.

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Crime Drama Films You Need to See in Your Lifetime: Part One

Grab some popcorn and get ready to witness some masterpieces.

Movies these days can be pretty predictable. Some genres, such as romantic comedies, are basically written with a formula. Guy meets girl, some weird event happens, insert plot fluff, then happily ever after. BOOORING. They're entertaining to watch for sure, but few of them rarely have you on the edge of your seat.

That is definitely not the case, however, with a good crime drama. They have everything: romance, some dark comedic one liners, action, thrilling scenes, and some batshit plot twists that make your mind implode.

Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films in this genre; some of which are regarded worldwide as the best films of all time, and all of which are films that you must see at least once in your lifetime.

1. The Godfather (1972)
This film is the mother of all crime drama films. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, this film is ranked as the second greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute and stars acting heavyweights like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall.

Set in the time period of 1945 to 1955, this movie chronicles the lives of a powerful New York crime family, led by the "Godfather" Vito Corleone (Brando), while also documenting the metamorphosis of his son, Michael (Pacino), into a feared Mafia Boss. Masterfully written and meticulously directed, this film gets better each time you watch it.

2. The Pelican Brief (1993)
This movie is insane and so underrated. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on the novel by John Grisham, this film stars Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.

Roberts plays a law student who becomes a target of an assassin after she correctly guesses why two Supreme Court Justices were killed and by whose orders, and Washington plays a Washington Herald reporter who also becomes a target after assisting Roberts with her story. An intricate plot featuring some bone-chilling scenes, this movie is a must-see.

3. L.A. Confidential (1997)
This movie is probably my favorite and is also incredibly underrated. A tribute to Noir films, it holds a 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and tells the story of a group of LAPD officers in the 1950's.

Comprised of an incredibly complicated plot, the film features police corruption, Hollywood glamour, and an absolutely killer film score. Directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito, this movie is way too good to be ignored.

4. To Catch A Thief (1955)
This list would not be complete without including at least one Alfred Hitchcock movie. Featuring megastars such as Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, this film illustrates the life of a retired cat burglar who must clear his name after a new cat burglar begins to steal from the wealthiest families on the French Rivera.

This film encompasses romance, glamour, a noir aesthetic, comedy, thrilling action scenes, plot twists, and beautiful shots of the French Rivera. Truly a gem.

5. The Fugitive (1993)
Who doesn't love a film starring Harrison Ford? Based on a 1960's television show of the same name written by Roy Huggins and directed by Andrew Davis, Harrison Ford plays a well known and accomplished doctor, who is wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife and who subsequently escapes custody and sets out to clear his name.

Pursued by a team of U.S. Marshals led by Tommy Lee Jones, Ford's character struggles to evade capture and uncovers a plot to frame him that goes much deeper than he expected.


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New Spider-Man Trailer Finally Released

We've waited long enough.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting another form of action packed, sarcastic, youth fulfilling, cinematic genius. Who is the next person we will be following. Why of course, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Taking place after assisting Tony Stark to fighting Captain America and his crew in Civil War, 15-year-old Peter Parker is brought back home in New York to try and live life as a regular high school student. But now that Peter Parker considers himself a fellow Avenger, he wants to prove it. In between his school work, he begins to go out fighting crimes as his alter ego Spider-Man. But just like any other hero, you have a villain who tries to stop you because you're standing in their way.

Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Michael Keaton will be playing Adrian Toomes/Vulture. You will be introduced to a series of a new actors, along with other familiar faces.

In this teaser trailer, you might also find a little friend named Tony Stark who makes several appearances in this movie. That is quite a surprise. At this point, Peter Parker should be calling Tony Starl his fairy godfather.

Enjoy the new trailer.