I am sure some of you made plans to take on the summer sun in a remote tropical destination to enjoy what the warm season has to offer. If most of you are stuck next to your pool because the pink piggy already received the hammer treatment at the beginning of January, fear not, there are more than enough summer blockbusters to keep us entertained! From Comic book heroes taking on more villains than they can handle, to undercover cops, fraternity house pranksters, giant monsters and robots…. summer 2014 has it all!
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release Date: May 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was officially released on Friday, May 2. Is there any better way to kick of the summer in the U.S with our favorite neighbourhood spidey taking on the fiercest bunch of villains he has ever faced on the big screen? Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man will have to face-off against Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx takes on the role as the main villain Electro, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, and B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are back to reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectively.
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“We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.” “It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.”
Release Date: May 9
“Neighbors” reminds me of the raunchy comedies we were not allowed to watch when we were kids. The naughty red band trailers released for the pic is promising a high stakes comedy with a laugh a minute script filled with pranks and all sort of fraternity house shenanigans. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and newborn baby move in next door to a fraternity house led by Zac Efron. Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are in supporting roles to assist Efron to make their new neigbors feel very unwelcome in the neigborhood.
“Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).”
Release Date: May 16
Arguably the most anticipated movie of 2014, “Godzilla” is on a path to destroy more than just a city. We expect the enormous beast to storm theatres with a huge bang, breaking records on the way! Helmer Gareth Edwards is promising to restore the Kaiju’s reputation by retelling the story that explains the origins of the fierce monster by making a reference to the first “Godzilla” released back in 1954. Edwards seems to have a firm grip on what fans are expecting after Roland Emmerich’s failed attempt at remaking “Godzilla” back in 1998. Aaron Johnson portrays Ford, a Military Soldier responsible for tracking down and attempting to kill the beast. Elizabeth Olsen takes on the role as Ford’s wife and “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston will be the scientist. They are also supported by Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and with David Strathairn.
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“An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence”
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release Date: May 23
Based on X-Men #141 and 142, Director Bryan Singer’s $200 million venture looks really amazing! The seventh installment in the franchise will see our band of heroes taking on an alternate future while being hunted by Bolivar Trask’s Sentinels. Can the X-Men change the past in order to secure a better future? James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are back as the young Professor X and Magneto with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen portraying their older versions respectively. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique, Halle Berry as Storm, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
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“The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.”
Release Date: May 30
Maleficent releases her supernatural powers in the retelling of the classic tale, as she summons evil creatures from the dark forest to take on the king’s successor in battle. Betrayed by the king, Maleficent’s pure-heart turns to stone as the bitter and angry villainous sorceress sets out to destroy his kingdom. “Pan’s Labyrinth” visual effects expert Robert Stromberg serves behind the lens for the first time. Angelina Jolie takes on the role as the titular character; she is supported by Elle Fanning, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple and Peter Capaldi.
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“A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.”
Edge of Tomorrow
Release Date: June 6
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The Groundhog Day-esque action film stars Tom Cruise on a “suicide mission” as he gets killed each time as he “re-spawns”. “Edge of Tomorrow” is based on the Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka”. The Sci-Fi action thriller tells the story of Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), a demoted Lt. Col. who is sent in to a slaughter battle that will see him dead within minutes after taking down an Alien with him. Now stuck in a loop since the direct physical contact with the alien (also known as Mimics), Cruise finds it difficult to evade the scenarios that takes him to his grave. Cruise’s Bill Cage is a complete whimp that requires the help of Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to fight the hostile alien race. The pic also stars Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, and Franz Drameh.
“The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.”
22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 13
Under cover cops Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are back in the follow-up to 2012’s 21 Jump Street”. The two jokers set out to shake down a local college while investigating a crime ring within a fraternity. They get derailed again by recapturing their youth and all the mischief that goes along with it. The original comedy, co-starring Brie Larson and Dave Franco, earned over $200 million at the box office. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman and Rob Riggle are all back reprising their respective roles. Phil Lord and Chris Miller also return as directors for the college humor cop comedy.
“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Release Date: June 27
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Some might say it’s a good thing that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is set with an all new human cast, with the exclusion of Shia LaBeouf who apparently lost his mind recently. The Mark Wahlberg starrer is the fourth installment in the franchise and the start to a brand new trilogy. Grimlock is the main feature in the upcoming pic, a robot that is “150 feet long from tail to nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons.” Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager discovers that a hunk of junk in his shed is actually Optimus Prime, and brings the bot back from the dead. Soon after the discovery, Cade and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) is visited by unwelcome guests who is not prepared to leave without the leader of the Autobots. Dinobots will be making their debut on the big screen while many sites rumored that they’ll be aiding the Autobots in the battle against the government agent Harold Attinger and Decepticon bounty hunter Lockdown.
Check out the First ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Teaser, we get to see Dinobots for the first time!
“Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared,” “Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.”
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 11
The apes are not just caged animals anymore with Caesar as their leader in a world that sees the sequel take place ten years after the first events. “Simian Flu” is wiping out the human race as Caesar and his army prepare to defend their ground. Representatives from a cluster of survivors reach out to contact Caesar as their civilization continues to fall. Caesar is now a father, husband and leader of a growing ape nation. Will he sacrifice the safety of his group and family to extend a hand, and will his army emerge as Earth’s dominant species? “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves is serving behind the lens, starring Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Judy Greer.
“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”
Release Date: July 18
Coming from the sci-fi masterminds Lana and Andy Wachowski who gave us “The Matrix”, “Jupiter Ascending” stars Channing Tatum who portrays Caine, a genetically engineered killer sent to eliminate earth-born princess portrayed by Mila Kunis. Tatum is sent by the Queen of the Universe to kill an unknown and seemingly harmless janitor (Kunis), who is destined to rule the universe. Tatum and Kunis is supported by Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and James D’Arcy among other stars. “Jupiter Ascending” also marks the Wachowski’s first original story directed to be released in 3D.
“Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.”
Release Date: July 25
Fans of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kellan Lutz will be aware of the two Hercules movies facing off in 2014. GeekShizzle predicted that one of the flicks starring the buff stars will stand out as the victor, and the other one will likely tank completely. Who wants to see two Hercules movies in the space of a couple of months anyway? As it turns out, Lutz Hercules tanked horribly at the box office grossing $56,7Million worldwide on a reported budget of $70 Million to produce. This leaves us with Johnson’s “Hercules” that looks absolutely jaw-dropping based on the first trailer. Written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, the flick is based on a graphic novel of the same name. The fearless warrior and his five faithful companions set out to defeat a savage warlord. The pic also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Askel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie.
“Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.”
Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Date: August 1
Marvel’s underdog of superhero teams will set out to amaze moviegoers this year. The first trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy” feature the band of (anti-)heroes who is best described by Zoe Saldana as “the thieves, the bounty hunters, and the neglected”. The trailer really looks eye-popping with a healthy dose of humor, action and adventure. A bounty hunt gone wrong puts our group of heroes in harm’s way as they battle to save the Galaxy. The film stars Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord).
“From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the blanace. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. “
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release Date: August 8
The larger than life reincarnations of our favorite green mutated heroes may have left most viewers extremely sceptical at first, but the official trailer is convincing enough to win over diehard fans. The upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot looks like an action “comic book” flick most geeks will enjoy. The remake is based on a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Pete Ploszek plays Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello. William Fichtner takes on the role as the villainous Shredder. Last but not least, Megan Fox will play April.
“The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Release Date: August 22
Director Robert Rodriguez and graphic novel creator Frank Miller are back with the hotly anticipated sequel to 2005’s “Sin City”. The second installment will feature parts of the stories newly written by Miller specifically for the motion picture. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” will feature material that takes place before, during, and after certain events depicted in its predecessor. Taking nearly 10 years to complete, the sequel is based on the “Dame to Kill For” graphic novel by Frank Miller which features four segments. The most curious of the segments is the continuation to Bruce Willis’ Hartigan and Jessica Alba’s Nancy story. Just how exactly will Hartigan be brought back to life to continue his journey? Willis and Alba are supported by Mickey Rourke, Eva Green (the dame), Josh Brolin and Dennis Haysber to name a few.
“Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.”