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Summer 2014 - My most anticipated films - Part 2 (May through August)

Updated on April 24, 2014

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.

Which of my ten choices are you most anxious to see?

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      3 years ago

      I can't belveie I've been going for years without knowing that.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Call me corny, but I do love a good Godzilla movie! Looks like this summer offers lots of interesting blockbusters for the movie goers.

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernie Ment 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I don't even bother with 3-D most of the time these days. I just enjoy seeing blockbusters on the big screen, though. Larger than life action deserves a larger than life screen. :-)

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      That's true about the big screen. But my wife saw the 3D Captain America the other day and said the 3D did nothing for her - everything still looked like it was on the screen. I don't think that 3D works on everyone...if it were me I'd want my money back. :-)

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernie Ment 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I couldn't agree with you more, Alastar! I actually still love the old rubber suit versions, though. But I am absolutely looking forward to this version coming up in May

      Tsadjatko, I know what you mean about the popcorn and soda. I will be there every week thorughout the summer, though, and if my budget requires me to forego the popcorn, then so be it. There are some movies that just HAVE to be seen on the big screen. And most of the ones I listed fall into that category. Glad you both enjoyed the list!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      WOW, you are right this will be an awesome summer,

      but not for me. I just can't see spending $15 - $20 per person for a ticket and refreshments (I can't watch a movie in the theater without a drink and refillable popcorn).

      But I'm good because there are so many movies I have forgone seeing over recent years I won't even catch up with these by the time they are on TV. So much more comfortable watching at home for a fraction of the price and all the wholesale priced refreshments I want. :-)

      So I'll save this review until they are on TV, netflix, roku or maybe even Pay Per View (if Direct TV sends me coupons for PPV) and thanks for the great summary of trailers!

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      Alastar Packer 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are some good 'coming soons', dig your style of reviewing, Bernie. Im a waiting on Godzilla the most, it deserves to be done right for a change.


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