It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s almost summertime, but more importantly, it’s Summer Blockbuster time. The time of year where Hollywood feeds us expensive films filled with explosions, robots, action heroes, and yellow creatures that make weird noises.
While I love a great action film in the summer, I also really enjoy the summer air, particularly in the evening. So for those you don’t want to spend three hours inside a theatre, or just want to enjoy the summer atmosphere, I present to you the drive-in movie theatre. Drive-in theatres are becoming increasingly more rare, but the Cumberland Drive-In Theater still shows the summer blockbusters (in-fact two blockbusters for the price of one) every weekend. Cumberland Drive-In Theatre is one of the few hundred theatres remaining in the U.S. and was ranked in the “11 Surviving Drive-In Theaters That Are Worth a Road Trip” from Yahoo Travel.

While I can’t promise all of these movies will be shown at the drive-in, these are my picks for the movies you should see under the stars this summer.

1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
The sequel to the record-breaking 2012 Avengers movie, following the success of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. The Age of Ultron will likely be the highest-grossing film of the summer, which means everyone will be talking about it. The Avengers is sure to have it all…the destruction from Hulk, the charm and wit of Tony Stark, and the action from Thor and Captain America. Marvel continues to release compelling stories with fun characters and a film perfect to enjoy under the summer sky.

2. Jurassic World (June 12)
While the first Jurassic Park came out 22 years ago and the series remained dormant after Jurassic Park III in 2001, the dinosaurs are back and hungrier than ever. Chris Pratt leads the charge against these genetically-modified dino-monsters to save the Isla Nublar Island. Another great time to enjoy the drive-ins with the family.

3. Minions (July 10)
These yellow creatures stole the spotlight in both Despicable Me films and are now the focus of their own feature, back again to cause chaos and earn our adoration. The Minions will be fun for the entire family, even the “jaded, uninterested in cartoons” member of your group.

4. Inside Out (June 19)
I’ll admit that I’m not always one for cartoon, kid-based movies, but I recently came across the trailer for this and found the two-minute clip incredibly funny. Inside Out follows the voices and emotions in our head, including Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, all characters in the movie. The cast is also phenomenal, which includes SNL alums Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and comedians Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. Another film that I think the entire family will really enjoy.

5. San Andreas (May 29)
San Andreas is seemingly another action film, based off of an earthquake that rattles California. It has your almost typical summer blockbuster explosions and disaster feel, but one thing makes this film different and that’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson is one of America’s most beloved and believable action heroes. If anything, I’m seeing this for the incredible imagery and Dwayne Johnson. This should be a fun summer movie, nonetheless.

6. Ant Man (July 17)
Yes, it might be difficult to imagine this summer’s newest superhero is called Ant Man and stars Paul Rudd, but it’s true. As part of the Marvel’s takeover of summer blockbusters from now until 2030, Ant Man promises to offer action and comedy for the family to enjoy on a mid-July evening.

7. Terminator: Genisys (July 1)
When the Arnold says “I’ll be back”, he sure means it…over 30 years after from the first Terminator film. Terminator: Genisys is sure to be a futuristic action adventure, with robots, evil villains, the Governator blowing things up. Look for the film in the beginning of July.


You can find what’s playing each weekend here (usually updated every Monday).