2014 Summer Preview

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By Sandra Krairisideja

It’s Memorial Day weekend and summer is here. This post is a work in progress but represents the movies that hold some interest for me in the next three months. And if the unpredictable heat wave in May was a preview of things to come, it’s just one more excuse to head to the multiplex.

May 23

– Blended

The third romantic comedy collaboration between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, directed by Frank Coraci, who helmed “The Wedding Singer.”

– Cold in July (limited)

– The Love Punch (limited)

– Words and Pictures (limited)

– X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 30

A Million Ways to Die in the West

A star-studded comedy set in the Old West with Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarland, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The Grand Seduction (limited)

A quirky Canadian comedy in the vein of “The Man Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain.” In an effort to saving their economically challenged town, the residents of the small fishing village pull out all the stops to impress a big city doctor to relocate there, which will pave the way for a new petrochemical plant and more jobs.

Lucky Them (limited)

Toni Collette plays a veteran rock journalist who has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric, amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

Maleficent (3D/2D theaters)

In this live-action movie, Angelina Jolie and her impossible high cheekbones tell the story behind the evil fairy Maleficient and her reason for cursing Princess Aurora, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty.

Night Moves (limited)

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning play young environmental activists intent on blowing up a dam to prove a point. Peter Sarsgaard plays an ex-marine who helps execute the plan.

We Are The Best! (limited)

Three friends decide to form an all-girl punk band despite having no musical instruments or talent. The film is based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson and directed by her husband, Lukas.

June 6

– Edge of Tomorrow (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

– The Fault in Our Stars

– Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (limited)

– Trust Me (limited)

June 13

– 22 Jump Street

– Hellion (limited)

– How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

– Lullaby (limited)

– The Rover (NY, LA; expands: June 20)

June 20

– Code Black (limited)

– Jersey Boys

– Think Like a Man Too

– Third Person (limited)

– Venus in Fur (limited)

 June 27

– Begin Again (NY, LA; limited: July 2; expansion: July 11)

– Snowpiercer (limited)

– They Came Together (limited)

– Transformers: Age of Extinction (2D theaters and IMAX)

July 2

– Tammy

July 4

– Life Itself

A documentary about the life and career of film critic Roger Ebert from director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) and Steven Zaillian (“Moneyball”). I could barely get through the trailer without my eyes tearing up. I find it fitting that James directed the film as I distinctly remember watching an episode of “Siskel & Ebert” where the film was reviewed and championed by Ebert.

July 11

– A Long Way Down (limited)

– And So It Goes

– Boyhood (limited)

– Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

– Rage (limited)

July 18

– I Origins (limited)

– Jupiter Ascending (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

– Planes: Fire & Rescue (3D/2D theaters)

– Wish I Was Here (NY, LA; expansions: July 25 & Aug. 1)

July 25

– A Most Wanted Man (limited)

– Good People (limited)

– Happy Christmas (limited)

– Hercules

– Magic in the Moonlight (limited)

– Sex Tape

A comedy from director Jake Kasdan with the very improbable plot involving a couple’s sex tape being shared across iPads that were given to friends and colleagues at Christmas. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star as the couple who must retrieve every last iPad they gave as gifts before their video is discovered. Segel also co-wrote the script with Kasdan and Kate Angelo.

– Very Good Girls (limited)

Aug. 1

– Get on Up

– Guardians of the Galaxy (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

– What If (NY, LA)

Aug. 8

– The Hundred-Foot Journey

– Lucy

– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

– The Two Faces of January (limited)

Aug. 13

– Let’s Be Cops

Aug. 15

– The Expendables 3

– The Giver

– Life After Beth

– The One I Love (limited)

– The Trip to Italy (limited)

Aug. 22

– Frank (limited)

– Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

– If I Stay

– Love is Strange (limited)

– When the Game Stands Tall

Aug. 29

– Life of Crime (limited)

– The Loft

– One Chance (limited)

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