Must-See Summer Movies 2013

This summer, there are a number of movies you’ve got to see. There is something relaxing about spending a hot afternoon lazing in the air-conditioning darkness and taking the time to watch a movie that you haven’t seen in a long time; or, even better, working your way through a list of classics you haven’t seen yet.

Whether you are muching on popcorn at the movie theatre or from the microwave, there are a number of must-see movies this summer that will have you at the edge of your seat, or weeping in the aisles.

1. The new Disney-Pixar flicks

You might be carting your kids to a matinee, or you might just be ready to enjoy the good-hearted humor that accompanies Disney-Pixar. No matter the reason, there are two absolutely precious new movies from these animators that are sure to leave you satisfied.

Check out Monster’s University for a good laugh that hearkens back to college years (or for college kids, a good joke with your floormates), and some heartwarming stories of friendship and perserverance. Despicable Me 2 is also a great movie for the kids: just as adorable as the first movie, this one has more minions, which always means more fun.

2. Movies for date night and beyond

Whether your choice for a date night is suspense, horror, or romantic comedy, there are a few great movies in theaters right now to suit your fancy. Check out Grown Ups 2 for great laughs with an all-star cast that includes Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock; and Pacific Rim for something more on the sci fi / fantasy suspense side of things. Also, there’s The Conjuring for something a bit scarier.

Here’s a selection of movies to watch at home.

1. Secondhand Lions

This movie is a favorite of many: a heartwarming, hilarious movie about two old uncles who spend the summer caring for their estranged great-nephew, this movie has action, a fantastical plot, African lions in Midwestern cornfields, and much more.

2. Crossroads

This movie features Britney Spears in her prime, which takes even the least pop-crazed fans back to the early 2000s. Spend some time reminiscing in the early part of this century with a road trip that features Britney, Anson Mount, and Zoe Saldana on a trek across the United States.

3. Sinister

This horror film came out last fall, and it is sufficiently terrifying. Turn out the lights, pull down the shades, and hunker down with a blanket and some popcorn, because you are in for a fright with this movie based on some left-behind home movies gone terribly, terribly wrong.

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