From Channing Tatum saving the President to Charlie Hunnam fighting to save the world from alien ‘bots to Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy making you laugh till it hurts—these top summer movies will send you on the hottest thrill ride of the year.

It’s that time of year when the big screen sizzles with movies, sending you on a fantastical thrill ride. With a slew of action movies on the horizon and a few comedies thrown in for good measure, this summer is shaping up to be a great season for moviegoing.

So what’s on the horizon? There are many movies not mentioned on this list, including many animated films, but these ten movies should be your guide to seeing the most buzzed-about films of the season.



WHITE HOUSE DOWN - More President in Peril drama! In this action-packed joy ride, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House. While there, a heavily armed paramilitary group overtakes the complex. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Tatum to the rescue, of course! (June 28)


THE HEAT - Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in one movie? Yes, please!
When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. (June 28)


THE LONE RANGER -Do you need any other reason than the fact that Johnny Depp is in this movie? I didn’t think so.
Johnny Depp is back on the big screen as the Native American spirit warrior Tonto, who recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—and how these two unlikely heroes came together to fight against greed and corruption. 
(July 5)


PACIFIC RIM – Set to launch Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam to A-list status, Pacific Rim is an alien robot vs. human action epic from mastermind director Guillermo Del Toro that has been touted as the most exciting blockbuster of the summer. So basically, don’t miss it!
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.  (July 12)


R.I.P.D. - A zombie-cop thriller can either go horribly wrong or be a surprise hit. But these two as partners is very intriguing indeed.
In R.I.P.D, two deceased cops, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, are dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. (July 19)


THE WOLVERINE – Who isn’t up for more Wolverine and Hugh Jackman on the big screen?
Out of his depth in an unknown world that is Japan, Wolverine, faces a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. (July 26) 















GUNS - Two guns may be too much but not two heroes.
In this action crime thriller, two operatives, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, from competing bureaus are forced on the run together after a heist gone wrong. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. (Aug. 2)


ELYSIUM - It’s up to Matt Damon to save us from our tragic world in this action thriller.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission that could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. (Aug. 9)


KICK-ASS 2 - The 2010 film about teenagers with superhero aspirations but no special superpowers, was a surprise hit. So are you ready for more?
After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. (Aug. 16)



THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES  - Based on a popular book series, this movie is set to become the next biggest supernatural saga.
When an ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. 
 (Aug. 23)




—Toni-Marie Ippolito


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