Entertainment for the Summer

With the worry of finals and AP exams a distant memory, why not treat yourself to a little escapism in front of the silver screen? If you are looking for an action packed and hero driven movie, look no further than X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) or Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27). But if talking apes fighting humans for control of the earth is more your speed, then check out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11). Of course, if you are so over the whole male action hero thing then watch Lucy (August 8) starring Scarlett Johansson.
Summer blockbusters don’t have to be all about chase sequences and explosion, though. The Fault in Our Stars (June 6), a movie adaptation of John Green’s popular novel is making its way to a theater near you and with it the promise of tears. On the more experimental side is Richard Linklater’s latest film, Boyhood (July 11) which was filmed over the course of 12 years, from 2002 to 2013, and follows the life of a young boy from ages 6 to 18.
For the type of people who’d rather escape into a different world for longer than two hours, sometimes movies can’t quite cut it in terms of summer entertainment. Though most shows are on hiatus during this time, you can still find some hidden gems. Teen Wolf (June 23, MTV) is making its triumphant return after some major plot twists in the season 3 finale. Newcomers Penny Dreadful (Showtime) and Rosemary’s Baby (NBC) are partaking in the supernatural too, with the former looking to be a racier version of American Horror Story and the latter rebooting the classic psychological horror flick of the same name.
But if scares aren’t your thing, there’s always the returning Under the Dome (June 30, CBS) based on Stephen King’s novel about what happens to a small town riddled with secrets when a mysterious dome appears over them. For something grittier, try The Leftovers (June 29, HBO), a book adaptation on a novel of the same name by the co-creator of Lost set after a worldwide “rapture.”
Of course, you could always sit back and bask in the glory that will be Sharknado 2: The Second One.
No school the next day, no homework tying you down and nice weather makes summer the perfect time for concerts. Beyonce and Jay-Z On the Run tour (August 5, AT&T Park) would be ideal for most, but if the high price tag is a concern then turn to One Republic (June 6, Shoreline Amphitheatre) with guest band, The Script. Meanwhile Lady Gaga is bringing the costumes and theatrics of her ARTPOP Ball to her little monsters (June 3, SAP Center). Justin Timberlake is also heading to town with his 20/20 Experience tour (August 11, SAP Center), followed shortly thereafter by Bruno Mars (August 15, SAP Center).