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Summer Movie Preview: Volume 1 - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

Summer Movie Preview: Volume 1

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 pm

May 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

There are lots and lots of rumors floating around behind the scenes of this sequel. Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his love, Gwen. Spidey faces a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx). It looks good, but if the current Captain America is any indication, it seems people are super-heroed out.

Walk of Shame

An aspiring news anchor (Elizabeth Banks) wakes in an unfamiliar bed after a wild night of partying and receives a phone call telling her that if she can get to the TV studio in time, a coveted job is hers. Antics ensue.

May 9

Neighbors

If you remember the 1981 Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi film, no need to worry about comparisons. We’ll call this version 'inspired by' the original. Here, Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne play new parents living a quiet life when a fraternity, helmed by Zac Efron, moves in next door. I hate to jump the gun here, but it actually looks funny.

May 16

Godzilla

Hmm...I’m not sure what this one’s about.

Million Dollar Arm

Jon Hamm is helming this family-friendly Disney project about a down-on-his-luck sports agent who goes to India in search of cricket players to pitch in major league baseball. This has Mighty Ducks money written all over it.

May 23

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Why, God? Why?

Blended

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in this wholesome comedy about blended families. Great news: My time machine works. It’s 1992.

May 30

Maleficent

To call this film hotly anticipated has to be the understatement of the summer. On top of being annoyingly gorgeous, hard-working and charitable, Angelina Jolie also manages her career beautifully. Here, she plays the much-maligned title character in the Sleeping Beauty saga.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Considering this movie stars some of my favorite actors (Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron), it looks surprisingly bad. The comedy follows MacFarlane’s character, a timid sheep farmer who chickens out of a gunfight. I do not have a good feeling about this one.

June 6

The Edge of Tomorrow

Take Source Code and Looper. Mash them up. Remove Jake Gyllenhaal and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Add Tom Cruise and a $100-million budget...and voila! You have the biggest box-office bomb of 2014. Also, the title sounds like a '60s soap opera.

The Fault in Our Stars

Shailene Woodley continues her meteoric rise; this time, playing a teen surviving cancer.

June 13

22 Jump Street

At least Channing Tatum had the good sense to sign on for this hotly unanticipated sequel, and avoid Vin Diesel’s mistake.

June 27

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Please let the title refer to this franchise.

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