Summer Movie Releases: June 2014

May was a mixed month for summer blockbusters – with the overblown Amazing Spiderman 2, phenomenal X-Men: Days of Future Past, gigantic Godzilla and middling Maleficent.

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The flicks keep on coming this June – with more bromantic comedies, time travel, robots and teen angst than you can handle! Here’s some of the releases coming up this month!

Edge of Tomorrow  (June 7)

Tom Cruise knows his way around an action movie. Despite his weird off-screen antics, I genuinely like this weirdo, and his on-screen efforts are usually entertaining. In Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise plays Major William Cage (seriously?!), an officer who finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Think Groundhog Day meets Independence Day. The excellent Emily Blunt co-stars in what promises to be a RPG shoot-em-up escapade.

 

The Fault In Our Stars (June 7)

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…. Actually Shakespeare – according to my teenaged cousin – there is – it’s called The Fault In Our Stars
This teen drama is based on the book by John Green, in which two teenagers, Hazel (played by the lovely and talented Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort), share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. I think we’ve all been subjected to enough Nicolas Sparks to know where this is going – but – having made it half way through the book, it’s a wonderful story that may be worth a watch.

 

22 Jump Street (June 13)

Yo Bro…. grab your beer bong… we’re going to college.

21 Jump Street was an absolutely hilarious surprise. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube are back! I’m looking forward to the further exploits of Schmidt and Jenko as they go undercover again… this time as frat boys in the local college. Expect vulgarity, depravity and hilarity to ensue.

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)

There’s a definite lack of family-friendly films this summer – and How To Train Your Dragon 2 will most likely dominate the weekend box office. The first film was fun and adorable, and I expect that this mostly unnecessary sequel will be much of the same.

 

Think Like A Man Too (June 20)

Astonishingly, Tyler Perry has NOTHING to do with the success and subsequent sequel to Think Like A Man. All the couples are back (including the small and shrill Kevin Hart) for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. It looks as mediocre as the first … but it’ll make tons of money!

 

Jersey Boys (June 20)

For anyone who’s seen the musical – you know – it is amazing!! “The pageantry, the costumes… wow, what a musical”. It had me singing and dancing in the aisles (just like those horrible after-show street interviews tell you). Clint Eastwood directs a cast of unknowns in the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. There’s been very little publicity attached to this project – which worries me a little, but my love for the stage show will definitely get me out to the theater to see the film version.

 

Transformers: The Age of Extinction (June 27)

Shia LaBeouf is out – and Mark Wahlberg is in for the latest installment in the loud and CGI-heavy Transformers series. Wahlberg plays an automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them.  It’s a Michael Bay film – so expect EXPLOSIONS GALORE and patriotic cheerleading from scantily clad ladies…oh…and robots. Lots of robots.

 

Prepare for a wild and noisy June at the movies.

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