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Must-See Movies of Summer 2014

Updated on May 22, 2014

Earth to Echo

Release Date: July 2, 2014

This film follows three best buds, Alex, Tuck and Munch, all living in a neighborhood on the cusp of a highway construction project set to destroy their homes. The boys are savoring their last moments together before move-out day when a bizarre signal is sent to each of their phones. In one last adventure, the friends become determined to investigate the mysterious text messages. reminiscent of ET, the boys discover a secret that could alter not only the construction project, but their lives forever.



Release Date: June 6, 2014

This horror film stars American Horror Story Actress, Taissa Farmiga, as Anna. She is a troubled teenage girl suspected of attempted homicide of her three classmates. One man who can enter people's memories is put to the challenge. He must uncover the secrets of her past to determine the origins of Anna's act of violence.

Wish I Was Here

Release Date: July 18, 2014

This star studded cast features Jim Parsons, Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene, Joey King and finally Zach Braff as the main character, Aidan Bloom. He is a down-on-his luck father who decides to home school his children when his father must stop paying for their private school education. Through these school lessons, Aidan is able to find his own identity with the help of his family.


Begin Again

Release Date: July 4, 2014

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo must rethink their lives in this comedy examining the power of love during times of trouble. Knightley plays Greta, a singer-songwriter whose boyfriend, played by Adam Levine, has just left her to pursue his own music career. Ruffalo stars as music business executive recently fired from his job. The two form relationship in the madness of New York.

The Maze Runner

Release Date: September 19, 2014

Based on the book by James Dashner, this film stars Dylan O'Brien as the main lead, Thomas. The boy finds himself entrapped in a maze with a group of other boys. Having no recollection of their past lives, the group must gather clues from the maze to find an escape route back home.


Step Up: All In

Release Date: July 25, 2014

The fifth movie in the Step Up franchise involves all characters from the past several movies. These dancers congregate in the infamous Las Vegas and compete for a win that could ultimately change their lives forever. Starring Alyson Stoner, Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan, this movie will not disspaoint the loyal Step Up fans.

Into the Storm

Release Date: August 8, 2014

This action-thriller will have audiences remembering the 1996 classic Twister, involving a group of wild storm chasers and researchers in Oklahoma. Into the Storm follows a younger group of explorers, specifically high schoolers, who decide to document the aftermath of a destructive tornado.


Get On Up

Release Date: August 1, 2014

James Brown has stolen the hearts of many as a prominent founder of soul and funk music. This biographical film stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown who rises up from poverty to become a music and dance sensation. This inspirational film is also set to star Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.


Release Date: July 11, 2014

This highly anticipated film has been twelve years in the making. It is the first of it's kind to follow the same actor through adolescence. Richard Linklater began filming when Ellar Coltrane, the actor who plays Mason, was just 7 and filming wrapped up when the star was 19. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette also star as Mason's divorced parents who see their child through childhood and onto adulthood.



Release Date: August 8, 2014

Scarlett Johansson is the leading lady in this action-thriller film. Lucy is captured by the mob in this futuristic society and is forced to become a drug mule.When the drugs leak into her system, she transforms into a superhuman - able to overcome her captors with the help of her mentor, plasyed by Morgan Freeman.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Release Date: June 13, 2014

In this animated sequel, Hiccup and Toothless join together to travel the world, discovering new territories and a whole world of dragons along the way. Their journey leads them to a magical ice cave home to a multitude of dragons and the Dragon Rider. The pair must fight together to stand up for justice and keep the peace in the world of dragons.

And So It Goes

Release Date: July 11, 2014

This romantic comedy stars Michael Douglas as the ignorant, obnoxious real estate agent and Diane Keaton as his gentle neighbor. When he is left with his estranged son's daughter, played by Sterling Jerins, he must turn to his neighbor for help.


Edge of Tomorrow

Release Date: June 6, 2014

In this sci-film reminiscent of Groundhog Day, Tom Cruise plays Cage, a military officer sent to fight invading aliens. Cage is quickly killed but soon finds himself in a time-loop - a time-loop that results in his death everyday. Cage must built his power and skills to avoid death as it is the only way out of this fight.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Release Date: June 27, 2014

This is the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise and picks up where the others have left off - with humanity in need of help.Mark Wahlberg stars as an automobile mechanic who, with the help of his daughter played by Nicola Peltz, discovers the secret to destroying both the Autobots and Decepticons.


If I Stay

Release Date: August 22, 2014

If I Stay is based on the novel by Gayle Forman which follows the day of a teenage girl, Mia Hall, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who must make a life-changing decision. In one instant her life is changed when her and her family gets in a tragic car accident, killing Mia's entire family. Stuck in a coma, Mia must decide whether she wants to join them in the after-life or stay on Earth, with the love of her life and her future of music.

22 Jump Street

Release Date: June 13, 2014

In this sequel, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum move into the college scene when they go under-cover for their second time. Tatum's character develops a friendship with a fellow football teammate, while Hill's character becomes involved with the art majors. College is the ultimate test for these two detectives.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: July 11, 2014

In this sequel directed by Matt Reeves, fifteen years have passed and genetically evolved apes have become rampant and remain threatened by the small number of human survivors. While at first peace between the two seems possible it becomes short-lived as war breaks out. Who will be claimed the victor?



Release Date: July 25, 2014

Dwayne Johnson plays Hercules, the Green demigod who has endured the twelve labors and is now a sword-for-hire. His life becomes in jeopardy when the King of Thrace along with his daughter need his help to defeat a threatening warlord. The cast also includes Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes.

Jupiter Ascending

Release Date: July 18, 2014

In this sci-fi film, Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star as Jupiter and Caine, a duo who must face their destinies. Caine arrives from outer space and Jupiter transforms from cleaning lady to controller of the universe. She must avoid assassination by the Queen and begin her destiny to succeed the Queen's throne.



Release Date: May 23, 2014

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star as two single parents whose blind date goes awry. Little do they know, both of them are staying in the same resort alongside their families. A renewed relationship blossoms as the two release not only how much their kids need each other but how much they need each other.


Release Date: July 2, 2014

Melissa McCarthy plays the title role in this comedy directed by Ben Falcone. Tammy loses her job and finds her self on a road trip with her drunken grandmother played by Susan Sarandon. The two find themselves in hysterical situations during their cross country travels.

The Fault in Our Stars

Release Date: June 6, 2014

Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel Grace, the book-loving girl who's battling cancer. Group therapy is a bore until she runs into Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. While Hazel tries to protect Gus from her disease and therefore, herself, true love takes over and their friendship develops into so much more. The pair must battle the troubles of first-love and ultimately the tragedy of loss. Based on the book by John Green, this love-story will have the audience in both laughs and tears.


A Walk Among the Tombstones

Release Date: September 19, 2014

In this crime drama a former NYPD cop, played by Liam Neeson, finds himself alone when his wife is kidnapped in New York City. He is soon hired by a drug dealer, played by Dan Stevens, and sent to find his wife.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Release Date: November 21, 2014

In the third installment of this sci-fi series, Katniss must face the rebellion at home. Her district has been destroyed and the nation is rallying around her for support as her partner, Peeta, is trapped in the capital. Based on the series by Suzanne Collins, this highly anticipated film will be the first in the set of the Hunger Games conclusion.

The Giver

Release Date: August 15, 2014

In this sci-fi film based on the book by Louis Lowry, Jonas lives in a world without war pain or suffering. Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, must learn of the true pain and emotion from an elderly man. The film also stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.


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    • alyssagoesgreen profile imageAUTHOR

      Alyssa S 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is a treasure chest of information that I will refer to through the summer.

      Thanks to Jo Goldsmith for linking this list hub in her May Gold Awards as a most worthy nomination.

      I am most excited about the Planet of the Apes flick and the James Brown show...they are on my 'must see movies' list for sure!

      Great detail and research in this...beautiful work!

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      Jo B 

      5 years ago from USA

      Definite intrigued by: Earth To Echo, Wish I Was Here, And So It Goes, Hercules, Blended, Tammy (only intrigued because I love Melissa McCarthy but have been very underwhelmed by some of her movies), The Fault in Our Stars.

      I definitely want to see:

      Anna, Begin Again, The Mazer Runner, Lucy, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Edge of Tomorrow (even though it has Tom Cruise the story intrigues me more than enough to actually see it and Emily Blunt is a plus :) ), If I Stay, Mockingjay and Jupiter Ascending. :)

      Nice reminder list and well done! :)

    • alyssagoesgreen profile imageAUTHOR

      Alyssa S 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks! It definitely looks like a funny one, kinda reminds me of Identity Thief.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Awesome! I am so looking forward to the Melissa McCarthy movie especially.


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