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Summer movie preview 2014

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Now that another superhero movie has been unleashed on us in the form of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s safe to say that the summer movie season has begun. This is a little summary of what you can expect to be released in theaters over the next few months. Aside from comic book superheroes, this also means many, many sequels. X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, 22 Jump Street, The Purge: Anarchy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Expendables 3 are just some of the many sequels coming out. There are also remakes of old movie characters such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, and Hercules (the 2nd one this year alone). While I’m not too excited about any of these films, at least some like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Think Like a Man Too are sequels to pretty good films that normally wouldn’t even have a “part 2”. And hopefully Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will be as good as the original even though it’s taken 9 years to make a sequel.

You can also see the beautiful Angelina Jolie on screen for the first time in 4 years playing the “Sleeping Beauty” villain in Maleficent. And another silver screen beauty, Scarlett Johansson, will be kicking butt later this summer as Lucy. On a lighter note, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will be teaming up for the 3rd time in Blended. And if you’re one of the many white-trash people across the country who think Melissa McCarthy is hilarious, then you’re sure to like her being disgusting as usual in Tammy. Seth McFarlane, who brought us the very funny Ted, will be back starring in A Million Ways to Die in the West but I hope it’s funnier than the silly trailers indicate. There are a couple of dead singer bios coming out about Jimi Hendrix (Jimi: All Is by My Side) and James Brown (Get on Up). And because Marvel can’t get enough of feeding us more superheroes, they’ll be introducing us to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

But I always try to pick out the movies that sound the most intriguing. It’s tough to predict before seeing them (last year I thought After Earth had a lot of potential), but I try my best. This year I’d start with Edge of Tomorrow in which Tom Cruise plays a soldier in the middle of a war against aliens; he’s stuck in a time loop which helps him learn how to fight them better. For even more over-the-top sci-fi, I’m interested in Jupiter Ascending from the makers of The Matrix trilogy. The special effects alone should be worth it. Check out the trailer online. And for something totally different, there’s a movie 12 years in the making called Boyhood. The director filmed a boy from age 5 through 18 as the star of the movie so we can literally see him grow up throughout the film instead of needing makeup or new actors. It’s been getting great advanced reviews so far at various festivals. Otherwise, just go and check out Neighbors which is coming out this weekend since it’s funnier than probably any other movie you’ll see this year.