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Summer 2014 - My most anticipated films - Part 2 (May through August)
A Hot Summer Box Office
This will be one awesome summer at the theaters given what I've seen in previews st the theaters. When they plan things right, often they turn out wrong, but this time I think Hollywood might have the pulse of the moviegoing audiences. There are a couple of reboots, 3 more Marvel movies in the wake of the uber-successful Captain America sequel and the saga continues for three more mega franchises. Without further ado, I present my most anticipated summer blockbusters for 2014.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field
Amazing Spiderman 2
The anticipated sequel is set to break some box office records for the start of the summer season. This time Peter Parker takes on Electro and the Rhino in this supercharged superhero extravaganza and the first of three Marvel blockbusters slated for the summer.
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn
Okay, they've done this once before - that uberflop from 1998 starring uber geek Matthew Broderick featuring an uber stupid redesign of the monster and uber stupid people trying to stop it. But this time, they may have gotten it right. Everything I'm seeing in the trailer points that way anyhow. We'll have to wait and see.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Paquin, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Halle Berry
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Uniting members of the casts of the original trilogy along with members of X-Men: First Class, the story takes a temporal shift as the two groups try to end a war between mutants and humans before it can begin. Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two X-Men movies, returns to direct this installment.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Edge of Tomorrow
Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day. Tom Cruise stars in this futuristic tale about troops who die and are resurrected at the start of their adventure as they prepare to take on an invading alien species on Earth. This movie has 'popcorn' written all over it!
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Peter Cullen
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Okay, this may just be a guilty pleasure, but what the hey! It's SUMMER, right? Mark Wahlberg takes the place of Shia LeBeouf (and I couldn't be happier, although I'm not much of a Marky Mark fan either...) Besides, who doesn't love giant machines pounding other giant machines into submission?
Release Date: July 11, 2014
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The last installment, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was perhaps one of the best entires in this perennial series. While many would dismiss the Mark Wahlberg/Tim Burton entry, that movie still proved that this series has staying power. It remains to be seen how well this film is received to see if that holds true.
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon, Hounsou, John C. Reilly
Guardians of the Galaxy
I was a huge comic book fan when I was growing up and magazines that featured the Guardians of the Galaxy were always some of my favorites. The Guardians have changed somewhat over the years and this new group isn't the one I remember, but the concept intrigues me and the personalities are ripe with opportunity. Bring it on!
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Okay, I admit. I love the concept of this franchise. Four genetically enhanced turtles with the names of artistic Renaissance masters who can wield oriental armaments like nobody's business out to protect the unprotectable in society with the aid of an attractive female reporter and a rat with a Yoda-like attitude to train them. What's NOT to like?
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Expendables 3
What intrigued me most about this title is the addition of new cast members, including Harrision Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson. Plus, let's be real. With summer winding down, who doesn't want to see a good old fashioned butt-kickin' ammo fest!
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, Eva Green, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Lady Gaga, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a whole lot more!
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Nine years after the first installment, we finally get to see the sequel. The fact that they waited until the end of August to release it doesn't bode well, but then again, we've seen some really excellent movies at this time of year, too. Either way, it will be fun to revisit this dark and brooding franchise complete with all-star cast.
Others to look forward to...
Million Dollar Arm - May 16
Maleficent - May 30
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 13
Jersey Boys - June 20
Earth to Echo - July 2
Jupiter Ascending - July 18
Lucy - August 8
Check back for reviews on these and other summer movies over the coming months. And I'll have the final installment of my most anticipated 2014 films - the September through December edition - around the end of August.