Summer Movie Preview: Must-See Movies of 2014

Summer is the best season, don’t you think? Going to the beach, laying out by the pool, biking, hiking, spending your days outside soaking up the sun. But after a long day in the sun, what’s better than cooling off inside and enjoying a few laughs? After a day of sun and fun, head over to your local movie theater and check out one of the summer’s hottest movies.

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Our summer movie season kicked off May 2 with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” where we saw our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) battle Electro (Jamie Foxx).

“Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron hit theaters on May 9. Brought to you by the directors of “This is the End”, “Neighbors” is sure to keep you laughing. A fraternity moves in next door to a young couple with a newborn baby. Struggling to leave their carefree lives behind them, Mac and Kelly party with the fraternity boys. Once Kelly and Mac leave, the party continues and the music gets louder. Kelly and Mac try to be cool and ask the boys to keep it down, but when that doesn’t work, they get the cops involved – the one thing the fraternity asked the couple not to do. After the couple calls the police on the fraternity, a prank war is begun. The pranks and the parties only get bigger from there, and hilarity ensues.

“God’s Pocket” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was also released on May 9. This movie is based on the 1980s novel of the same name by Pete Dexter. Mickey Scarpato’s (Hoffman) step-son is killed in a construction “accident” and Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. The boy’s mother demands to know the truth and Mickey finds himself in a bad situation. It is the story of hapless drunks, construction workers, and a washed-up newspaper columnist. This film is one of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final movies.

Sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India to recruit talented Indian cricket players to play major league baseball in “Million Dollar Arm”, released on May 10. In the film, Bernstein produces a reality show competition to find his next baseball superstar. Most of the players don’t know anything about baseball, but have a natural pitching talent. Will this unconventional recruiting scheme save JB Bernstein’s career?

Get ready for these summer blockbusters coming your way:

“Maleficent” – May 30: Disney goes dark with the untold story of a favorite villain, Maleficent. In this film we revisit the villain from Disney’s 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty”. Starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, a vindictive fairy who curses an infant princess only to realize that the young girl may be the only one who can restore peace in the land. Jolie’s daughter (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt) plays 5-year-old Aurora.

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” – May 30: Seth McFarlane (creator of “Family Guy” and co-creator of “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show”) is the writer, director, producer, and star of this comedy. MacFarlane is a cowardly sheep farmer who falls for a mysterious new woman in town (Charlize Theron). He puts his courage to the test when her gun-slinging husband (Liam Neeson) announces his arrival in town. The film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sara Silverman.

“The Fault in Our Stars” – June 6: Based on John Green’s bestselling novel, “The Fault in Our Stars” is the love story of two teenagers who fall in love at a cancer support group.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” – June 13: Loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, this 3D computer-animated action fantasy film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Kristen Wiig. It is the second film in the trilogy, and features Hiccup and his friends as young adults.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” – June 27: The fourth installment of the Transformers series stars Mark Wahlberg. The film takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago (from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”). This is the first of the Transformers movies to feature an entirely new cast. However, our favorite Autobots – including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will make a return to battle the Decepticons.

“Tammy” – July 2:  Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars as Tammy, a woman who not only lost her job, but also found out that her husband has been unfaithful. After hitting rock bottom (and trying to steal pies from a fast food restaurant), Tammy hits the road with her hard-drinking grandmother bound for Niagara Falls.

“The Giver” – August 15: Based on the 1993 popular young adult novel by Lois Lowry, “The Giver” is set in a dystopian community – the perfect society without war, pain, or suffering. One boy, Jonas, (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to learn from an elderly man, The Giver, about true pain and pleasure. As the society’s “Receiver or Memory” he must not share his knowledge, but bear the burden of knowing things that no one else can know. Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, and Jeff Bridges all star in this film.

Other movies to check out this summer:
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” – May 23
“Edge of Tomorrow” – June 6
“22 Jump Street” – June 13
“Earth to Echo” – July 2
“Begin Again” – July 4
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” – July 11
“Hercules” – July 25
“Guardian of the Galaxy” – August 1
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – August 8
“Lucy” – August 8
“The Loft” – August 29