Summer Movie Releases: May 2014

May usually marks the kick-off to the blockbuster movie season, and the astounding success of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier has audiences ready for summer, even if the weather isn’t complying.

This coming summer we’ve got more superheroes than I can handle (past and future versions), giant monsters, fairy tales, westerns and raunchy comedies rivaling to take our movie money. Here’s some of what’s slated for release in May 2014…

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The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2)

The Spiderman films have provided more “family friendly” superhero fare, with big time action and spectacle that summer audiences expect. Even if it was unnecessary, The Amazing Spiderman was a fun, if forgettable flick. This installment features Electro, played by a bright blue Jamie Foxx, and an introduction to Oscorp baddie Harry Osbourne. Andrew Garfield is a really great and funny Peter Parker (I really can’t stand Tobey Maguire’s cry-baby face), and here’s hoping that Emma Stone gets a little bit more to do as Gwen Stacey the second time around.

Too many badguys? Maybe.    Campy visuals? Yes.   Was the reboot necessary? Probably Not.    Will it make a lot of money? Most likely.   Spiderman is a box office wonder that appeals to adults and kids alike. My spidey sense is tingling that this sequel will be a messy but fun time at the movies.

 

Neighbors (May 9)

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Seth Rogen and crew consistently make me laugh out loud – and Neighbors looks like it could continue that streak.

Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and Zac Efron’s abs.

 

Chef (May 9)

In Chef, Jon Favreau plays Carl Casper, a chef who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise.

As a self-professed food enthusiast, I’m so excited for this film. Jon Favreau toured restaurants and met with world class chefs to “research” this film for an authentic foodie experience.  You’ll most likely leave the theatre starving!

 

Godzilla (May 16)

Remakes are a summer movie staple. Godzilla is back to wreak havoc on unsuspecting skyscrapers.

While we all know the premise of Godzilla, the top notch cast, including Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and the interesting Government conspiracy plot line may be fresh enough to make it a monster of at the box office.

 

Million Dollar Arm (May 16)

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Lake Bell (In A World) and Alan Arkin. I love sports movies. Can’t wait to see it.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

If you’ve read my blog, seen my twitter feed or had any interaction with me since ComicCon of last year…then you know…. I am a little too excited for this movie. The cast includes an impressive mix of the original X-Men and X-Men: First Class cast: Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult are back; with the addition of Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters and Fan Bing Bing. It looks epic. It looks amazing. It looks like it’s going to be a blockbuster.

 

Blended (May 23)

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are starring in their third film together – which looks like a mix of Just Go With It and Grown Ups.

I just want to know who’s letting Sandler make this same film over and over again.

 

Maleficent (May 30)

Maleficent is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, in which a vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess. In this version, we learn more about the so-called villain of the tale.

The film looks gorgeous, but may turn out to be as bland as Snow White and the Huntsman. Hoping for a little more Wicked and a little less Disney.

 

A Million Ways To Die In The West (May 30)

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane  has pulled together an amazing and diverse cast for A Million Ways to Die In The West. MacFarlane plays a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town (Charlize Theron), he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

It looks a little like a series of one-off variety show skits – but should be good for a few laughs.

 

May will kick-off the summer movie season, setting the stage for more bromantic comedies (22 Jump Street), Robots (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and  teen drama (The Fault In Our Stars). I’m ready for summer!

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