Five summer films cure vacation boredom

Hello, movie fans! This is senior Hayden Mace from, bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews. It was a busy summer for me so I wasn’t able to get to as many movies as I would’ve liked, but I did make it to enough to put together my Top Five 2011 Summer Movie list.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger:

Captain America: The First Avenger – Trailer

There were some solid laughs and decent character development. There wasn’t as much action as I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing, but it left for a lot of “down time” that wasn’t used effectively. At the end of the day, it was a solid summer movie, and I was entertained throughout. I was overly excited to see it, but felt slightly let down. Score: 8.2/10

4. X-Men: First Class:

X-Men: First Class Movie – Trailer

As a Marvel fan, it was cool to see how relationships were formed and how things came about in this X-Men prequel. I thought what really put this movie ahead of Captain America was the actors. Michael Fassbender as Erik/Magneto stole the show. His character was dark and he played it to perfection. At the end of the day, it’s much better than some of the other X-Men movies. Score: 8.5/10

3. Midnight in Paris:

Midnight In Paris Movie – Trailer

It was complex, yet simple. It was a deep movie that had layer on top of layer, yet the messages felt so clear. At the end of the day, the cast did a great job. It beat my expectations. Now I know what it means to see a Woody Allen film, and his films aren’t for everyone. Score: 8.9/10

2. Harry Potter:

\”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ -  Trailer

I’m not a Harry Potter nerd, but I can say that I enjoyed the movie. It was, however, hard to like it to the fullest after reading the incredible ending in the book. At the end of the day, it was a roller coaster of emotions and a great conclusion to more than a decade of magic for millions of people. It was a great story with awesome action and a lovable cast. Score: 9.3/10

1. Crazy Stupid Love:

Crazy Stupid Love – Trailer

It was clever, emotional and, above all, real. The cast highlighted this movie. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and even Kevin Bacon, along with the rest of the characters, were incredibly believable. At the end of the day, it’s in my Top-Five movies right now. It’s well-developed and powerful. I saw it for a second time and liked it even more. It’s a great movie.Score: 9.5/10.

Summer “hits” I missed out on were Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Help, Super 8, Cowboys and Aliens, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids.

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