Tower’s guide to cinema: must-see movies of summer 2015

Jurassic World

Fifteen years after its blockbuster predecessor Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Colin Trevorrow, will hit international box offices on June 12. Starring Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and Judy Greer, this summer action movie follows two brothers who are visiting a Jurassic theme park in which the main attraction is genetically engineered dinosaurs. Danger arises when Jurassic World tries to add a new attraction that ends up threatening the park’s entire operation. This sequel is a must-see for action-movie fans and Jurassic Park nostalgics alike.

 

Graphic: Keri Zhang

Graphic: Keri Zhang

DOPE

In Rick Fumiwaya’s film DOPE, scheduled for release on June 19, Malcolm, a young student in the ghetto of Irvine, California, is your average high school overachiever. Life in a tough neighbourhood is not easy, especially for someone like Malcolm, until he and his friends get invited to the party of the year. The party, in combination with the questionable decisions made by Malcolm and company, leads the teens through a series of antics that have them in comically troubling situations. A classic coming of age story with a twist, DOPE is humorous, nearly controversial, and will surely be an exceptional watch for any high school student.

 

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest film, The Look of Silence, a sequel to his critically acclaimed 2012 documentary about the Indonesian killings of 1965–1966, The Act of Killing, tackles the same bloody purge in a new lens. This time, he follows Adi, an optometrist who decides to confront the men who murdered his brother during the killings. The murderers he interviews are all people who have been reintegrated into society; he learns that many of those who participated in the killings are now neighbors, teachers, and even friends in the community. This emotional powerhouse of a documentary is a dark and arresting piece of filmmaking that follows the heartbreak of a man and the tortured history of his country. The Look of Silence will be released on July 25.

 

A Pigeon Sat on a Bench and Reflected on Existence

Graphic: Keri Zhang

The third and final film of Roy Andersson’s Living trilogy, A Pigeon Sat on a Bench and Reflected on Existence, is an experimental look at human behavior through hilarious comic sketches. The plot tying all these absurd sketches together is simple enough: Jonathan and Sam, traveling practical joke salesmen, wander from place to place trying to sell their wares. What makes the film so irresistible is the intransibility of the film itself, the meaninglessness of it all. To think about the film is to make it more confusing, but it is this absurdness that makes the film so fun and engaging. This movie is not for everyone, but it will certainly be a treat for both those who love to overanalyze films and those who want to watch mindless fun. A Pigeon Sat on a Bench and Reflected on Existence was released on June 3.

 

Ant-Man

Ant-Man’s origin story, for the purposes of this movie, seems to be much more militaristic than that of the comic books in which he was introduced. His suit seems to have been designed with military use specifically in mind and his powers now include super strength to go along with his super (small) size. While some might find this lack of faith to the original terrifying, it makes the new Ant-Man look a heck of a lot cooler than the old one. For one, the action in this movie looks amazing, featuring punches both large and small in scale and awesome fighting ants. Our Ant-Man is Scott Lang, a reformed—or, perhaps more accurately, reforming—criminal using Hank Pym’s inventions to, quoting the inventor himself, “break into a place and steal some stuff.” The “place” and “stuff” in question seem to belong to a nefarious-looking businessman played by House of Cards’ Corey Stoll who acts as Ant-Man’s supervillain. And, most excitingly, Ant-Man will feature a cameo from Thomas the Tank Engine. If you’re looking for an action movie this summer, Ant-Man looks to be an excellent movie that will continue Marvel’s tradition of producing superb films based on its comic book characters.

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