With Memorial Day only two weeks away it’s time to start thinking of the summer of 2014 movie previews. After one of the coldest winters on record, folks are looking forward to long days, warm (yes, very warm) nights, and a summer filled with action packed movies. The previews we have seen to date haven’t disappointed. The Amazing Spider Man 2 had an awesome opening weekend and is still going strong at the box office. But everyone knows that Memorial Day is when summer movie season really kicks off. Each summer we are met with plenty of blockbuster movies to choose from but not every movie has to be. Here is a preview of some of the highly anticipated movies coming out in the Summer of 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – The sixth installment of the popular X-Men series. This one will unite many X-Men characters, such as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Storm (Halle Berry), and Rogue (Anna Pacquin) as well as introduce new mutants, Qucksilver (Evan Peters) and Blink (Bingbing Fan) in a time traveling tell-all. Rated PG-13. Opens May 23rd.
Guardians of the Galaxy – This of this group as the anti-Avengers. Based on a Marvel comic, Guardians features an oddball group of misfits who team up to defeat evil. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper as an armed and dangerous raccoon (yes, you read that right). The movie is not yet rated. Opens August 1st.
Godzilla – After an abysmal remake in 1998, this latest reboot looks somewhat promising. Bryan Cranston takes over the starring role this time around. That name alone may be enough to get everyone to see the movie. Rated PG-13. Opens May 16th.
Transformers: Age of Extinction – This is Michael Bay’s fourth time at the helm of the hit series that turns ordinary vehicles into robots. Considering that it is a Bay movie you can expect plenty of explosions and action. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, and newcomer Nicola Peltz. The film is not yet rated. Opens June 27th.
Malificent – The long- awaited and highly anticipated backstory of Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie stars as the evil Queen who looks positively stunning and, well, evil. It’s a must see movie for the costumes alone. The film has a regular PG rating so it should be appropriate for all audiences. Opens May 30th.
The Fault in Our Stars – Based on the best selling novel by John Green, TFOS (as the fans call it) tells the tale of cancer stricken lovers, Hazel and Gus. The book has captured the hearts of teenagers and adults alike. We shall all float away on a river of our own tears. Bring plenty of tissues for this one. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Rated PG13. Opens June 6th.
A Million Ways to Die in the West – The trailer is slightly reminiscent of Blazing Saddles. Let’s call this Seth MacFarlane’s ode to the Wild West. If you were a fan of Ted then you will definitely enjoy this one. Written and starring MacFarlane and Charlize Theron. Rated R. Opens May 30th.
Boyhood – An unusual pick, but what promises to be a good one. Director Richard Linklater spent over 12 years making this “reel time” movie of a boy, Ellar Coltrane, from age 5 to 18. Also starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Rated R. Opens July 11th in select theaters.
The summer of 2014 movie preview may have missed the obvious, Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending, Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, but they cannot all be epic blockbusters. Do go see The Fault in Our Stars. A million plus teenage girls can’t be wrong.
By Mary Kay Love
Detroit Free Press