6. The Kings Of Summer
This unexpectedly funny coming of age comedy tells the story of three boys looking to escape the frustrations of life as a teenager. The film is one of two nostalgic films on this list that recall the tribulations of growing up and dealing with the fact you are not totally in control of the end result. The stand out performance goes to Moisés Arias (Hannah Montana, The Middle) who delivers a hilarious turn as one of the three friends, Biaggo.
7. Pacific Rim
Never has a blockbuster film been as polarizing as Pacific Rim. Compared to the likes of Godzilla (the disastrous remake), Transformers and Battleship, audiences were left unsure what to expect going into the film. However, for those who did go, they got to enjoy a fantastic ride of aliens versus robots and the charm of Charlie Day. Surprisingly, Pacific Rim did not get drowned in water like previous sea-focused flicks (Battleship, Waterworld). It managed to deliver a fresh take on the blockbuster mega-action film.
8. The To Do List
Aubrey Plaza’s first major role since breaking out on Parks And Recreation sees her trying to lose her virginity in a sex farce about graduating high school. The film is elevated by an ensemble cast that includes Rachel Bilson, Connie Britton, Donald Glover and Bill Hader. More on the film here.
9. The Way Way Back
This charming film from Community‘s Dean (Jim Rash) and Nat Faxon focuses on a young boy (Liam James) who is trapped with his family, including a philandering Steve Carell, on summer vacation. The charm here is the adult cast who each take turns stealing the spotlight as misguided adults who fail to see the pain in their own children. Combined with Kings, this film makes summer a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
10. You’re Next
If you love being scared, you’ll love watching this film about a family picked off by a team of masked murderers. Like The Strangers, the real fright is the idea of unknown villains torturing a home for seemingly no reason. Sharni Vinson steals the film as Erin, a relentless girlfriend bent on not dying.