Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 Summer Movie Scorecard / Predictions

Need a simple 2014 summer movie guide. Here it is! This summer offers familiar franchises, exciting action pics, and risk taking fare. Moviegoers will definitely get their share of dragons and similar non-winged scaly monsters at the forefront of numerous action-filled headliners. Comedy, romance, drama, and even a comedy-western ensure variety. It's also looking light on animated films, but not on quality.

This year I'm listing the summer films chronologically with my comments. I already have a couple summer movies I have seen, so those two have a grade at the end of their short review instead of a release date. Enjoy!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (B)
Surprising emotion, especially at the end, with fantastic effects...still like the first two Raimi-made films better though.

Mom's Night Out (B+)
Family comedy fest where you won't feel any shame for laughing.

Neighbors (May 8)
Generations clash but plot feels a siphon from Grown Ups 2.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (May 8)
Animation middle ground here not to be overlooked, but hard to measure up to the live action classics.

Chef (May 9)
Jon Favreau showcase his filmmaking and cuisine talents with an amazing supporting cast.

Godzilla (May 16)
Realistic over camp approach, Watanbe, and I guess there is some type of big monster. So excited. Earliest show possible.

Million Dollar Arm (May 16)
Another true story sports adaptation from Disney...and it should be good.

X-Men Days of Future Past (May 23)
Epic superhero mash-up beyond even The Avengers with Lawrence to thank for the box office boost.

Blended (May 23)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their third romantic comedy with kids in the mix.

The Love Punch (May 23)
Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan team up for an international hit.

Maleficent (May 30)
Angelina Jolie showcase expands the Disney universe, but is it overload?

A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
Raunch in the wild west could be the next Blazing Saddles.

The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)
Romance primed for a huge impact because of it's popular and high quality book adaptation.

Obvious Child (June 6)
Comediane Jenny Slate tries to hit stardom like Aubry Plaza tried last summer with The To Do List.

The Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Sci-fi has always been kind to Cruise, though I feel Blunt gave us a great glimpse of her great action future in Looper.

How to Train Your Dragon (June 13)
Sequel can soar thanks to solid establishing original.

22 Jump Street (June 13)
Raunchy action series above the norm thanks to the Lord-Miller filmmaking team.

Jersey Boys (June 20)
Clint Eastwood directs the adapted R-rated musical.

Third Person (June 20)
Star-filled Paul Haggis drama pushes creative narrative even further.

Think Like a Man Too (June 20)
Can Kevin Hart carry a seemingly unnecessary comedy sequel?

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
Mark Wahlberg a great lead for the next installment as the special effects keep getting better.

They Came Together (June 27)
Reunited comedy cast that could refine (and reignite) the romantic comedy genre.

Jimi: All is by My Side (June 2014)
John Ridley follows 12 Years a Slave with this Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000.

Deliver Us From Evil (July 2)
Horror thrills get a crime fighting / investigative spin.

Earth to Echo (July 2)
Family friendly sci-fi tries to "phone in" some extraterrestrial appeal.

Tammy (July 2)
Raunchy family-themed comedy likely to keep Melissa McCarthey's box office win streak going.

Begin Again (July 4)
Filmmaker John Carney creates box office magic again in the music realm with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
Quality reboot that does not depend on the stars. Can Andy Serkis finally get a highly deserved Oscar nomination here?

And So It Goes (July 11)
Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in this romantic comedy.

Planes: Fire and Rescue (July 18)
Disney animated feature shifts from the racing focus into one of the best potential educational opportunities as well as entertainment.

Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
Wachowski filmmaking team hits the sci-fi realm with two popular lead actors, but can they chase away the constant Matrix expectations?

The Purge: Anarchy (July 18)
Take a successful (but morbid) concept as far as possible...or to LA.

Hercules (July 25)
A definite passion project for Dwayne Johnson after supporting so many hits.

A Most Wanted Man (July 25)
Promising John le Carré's 2008 novel book adaptation starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Magic in the Moonlight (July 25)
Woody Allen is on an unbelievable roll and continues his European settings with the French Riviera.

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
Audiences get to see what's on the other side of the portal shown in The Avengers. A huge risk, but with Marvel's coffers - why not?

Get On Up (August 1)
James Brown biopic makes Chadwick Boseman a star.

Lucy (August 8)
Always excited for Luc Besson, but why would maximizing human potential be so inhuman?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8)
Saw the first two in the theaters and the recent reboot went nowhere, but my nostalgia will give this more realistic one a chance.

Into the Storm (August 8)
This student-made tornado documentary could be a Cloverfield-like sleeper hit.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (August 8)
Helen Mirren stars in another promising book adaptation (Richard C. Morais) of a cooking culture clash in rural France.

Let's Be Cops (August 13)
TV's New Girl stars impersonate law enforcement with maximized content.

The Expendables 3 (August 15)
Bruce Willis is out? Plenty more actions stars to fit the bill plus the new rivalry from past teammate...played by Mel Gibson!

As Above, So Below (August 15)
Horror and archeology combine in Paris?

The Giver (August 15)
Another best-selling book adaptation with great audience potential.

Sin City: A Dame to Die For (August 22)
Long awaited sequel adds 3D to the striking visual style and content approach that inspired several imitating noir films.

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