Top five films to get excited about this summer

This summer, you're going to have to wean yourself off Netflix, because there are some truly brilliant films about to hit a cinema screen near you.

You might have already heard praise from across the pond for the film adaptation of best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars (it's easily beaten Tom Cruise's action film Edge of Tomorrow at the US box office, making $48.2m (£28.7m).

But there's also the remarkable coming-of-age drama Boyhood, which was filmed over the last 12 years, and the frank comedy Obvious Child, which challenges the average rom-com by tackling the sensitive topic of abortion.

Take a look at the five films the Stylist team can't wait to see this summer.

The Fault in Our Stars

Adapted from John Green's best-selling novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars has received the thumbs up from critics as the tearjerker your don't have to cry about in secret. We guarantee everyone in the audience will have a tissue in their hand.

It sees two teenage cancer sufferers, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who meet at a cancer support group. But a devastating disease is not the only thing they have in common - they both share an acerbic wit and a disdain for the conventional, making for a wise, funny, and heartbreaking film.

Release date: June 12th

Before I go to sleep

Nicole Kidman plays a woman who, due to a past trauma, wakes up every day remembering nothing. The British film - which also stars Colin Firth and has been shot in London and Surrey - is based on the hit novel of the same name by S. J. Watson, which became a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Watson has said, "[Nicole] totally embodies what I thought Christine should be".

"The heart of the book, the soul of the book, is still there," said Watson. "The first time I saw Nicole and Colin playing quite a dramatic scene I was incredibly moved to see it acted so convincingly and quite shocked in a way I really wasn’t expecting".

Release date: 5 September


This coming-of-age drama has been filmed over the last twelve years, which means you can see protagonist Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, grow from the age of seven to eighteen on-screen.

Reviewers have hailed it as a remarkable piece of cinema and applauded it's documentary-esq and down-to-earth quality. By touching on very large themes of family and growing up, it's impossible not to think about your own child-to-adolescent journey as you watch it.

Release date: 11 July


This post-apocalyptic, sci-fi drama stars Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans as some of the last survivors of a failed global warming experiments that kills off most of the planet. They're on board a train, the Snowpiercer, that travels around the globe where the poor and the rich are constantly at odds.

If you're thinking the plot sounds a little absurd, don't let that put you off - it's brilliantly executed and the dystopian world on the train is utterly convincing. If that's not enough to convince you to buy you tickets, Swinton delivers a very haunting character with lines such as: "Know your place. Accept your place. Be a shoe".

Release date: 22 June at Edinburgh international film festival. General release to be announced.

Obvious child

This isn't your average rom-com. In fact, critics at Sundance Film Festival praised the film for it's unconventional approach to genre, tackling the sensitive topic of abortion when the lead character, aspiring comedian Donna Stern, accidentally falls pregnant. The film is refreshing, frank and hilarious. Book a date for you and your girlfriends right away.

Release date: 29 August

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