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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

10 Summer Movies Of 2014 To Watch For!


Come May 1 (and that is tomorrow!), the summer movie season will be officially unleashed in the cinemas everywhere. With so many summer movies to be choose from this coming May till the month of August, I have handpicked 10 summers movies listed in chronological order. Enjoy!


1. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (May 1)

Okay, the first AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reboot in 2012 wasn't exactly as good as I hoped for. And personally, I found that movie was too laboured with heavy-handed direction from Marc Webb. But fast forward to two years later, Marc Webb is back with a bigger-and-better sequel in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. I've seen it and the sequel blew me away. Suffice to say, Webb has improved a lot since the first movie. Read my full review HERE.

2. GODZILLA (May 15)

INDEPENDENCE DAY director Roland Emmerich has done it first in his big budget version of GODZILLA back in 1998. The result was a creative disaster that ultimately failed to launch a proposed franchise. Now in 2014, Warner Bros. took a huge gamble on Gareth Edwards, whose previous credit was the impressive low-budget monster movie, MONSTERS (2010) and granted him an estimated US$160 million to reboot GODZILLA. Judging by the trailers and previews so far, the new GODZILLA looks promising enough and best of all, this reboot will be featuring more than one monster fighting against each other!

3. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (May 22)

While it's kind of pity to see Matthew Vaughn chose not to return to the sequel of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011), fans will be relieved that the highly-anticipated X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is now back on Bryan Singer's hands (director for the first two X-MEN movies in 2000 and 2003). The most fascinating thing about this upcoming sequel is the storyline that combined the older version of X-MEN and the current version of X-MEN. With so many star-studded mutants (I mean, cast) left and right, expect this superhero sequel a huge hit at the box office worldwide.

4. EDGE OF TOMORROW (May 29)

Apart from Tom Cruise playing the lead role in this sci-fi extravaganza, EDGE OF TOMORROW also marks the return of THE BOURNE IDENTITY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH director Doug Liman in the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. Not to forget also is the intriguing GROUNDHOG DAY-like premise. Sounds like a whole lot of fun.

5. MALEFICENT (May 29)

Live-action version of any beloved fairy tale is actually nothing new. Last year alone, we already had two live-action versions of Snow White (MIRROR, MIRROR and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN). In MALEFICENT, Disney has taken their classic SLEEPING BEAUTY and tells the other side of the story by focusing on the villain (Angelina Jolie). That high concept premise alone is good enough to check out for the movie.

6. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (June 26)

For those who are already annoyed or tired with the presence of the neurotic Shia LaBeouf in the first three TRANSFORMERS movies will be relieved that this fourth installment is replaced by Mark Wahlberg instead. While I bet a lot of fans and viewers out there are expecting a fresh creative blood in the director's chair, Michael Bay returns for the fourth time anyway. Whatever it is, it's hard not to ignore TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. Apart from a new cast, the TRANSFORMERS franchise will be finally featured the fan-favourite Grimlock in this one!

7. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (July 10)

When Tim Burton first rebooted PLANET OF THE APES back in 2001, the movie was a creative failure that hardly stood a chance against the 1968 sci-fi classic. Then came 2011's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, a reboot/prequel which finally got the concept right and made it successful at the box office. Despite the absence of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director Rupert Wyatt, the much-anticipated sequel looks good in the hands of Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN). So far, the teaser trailer is impressive (including the soon-to-be iconic image of Caesar's -- voiced by Andy Serkis -- war-painted face) and the new cast (Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell) looks promising.

8. JUPITER ASCENDING (July 17)

The Wachowski siblings may have lost their creative mojos in SPEED RACER (2008) and to certain extent, CLOUD ATLAS (2012), but they look set to be back in a big way with their upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, JUPITER ASCENDING. From the trailers so far, JUPITER ASCENDING looks like a surefire hit in my book. After all, you just have to admire their creativity for coming up an original sci-fi concept of their own.

9. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (July 31)

The oddest Marvel movie of all since the studio first gained fame in 2008's IRON MAN. And that makes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY all the more curious-looking cinematic experience to be looked out for. With a line of eccentric cast featuring a gun-toting Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and a tree-like humanoid Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and a fun-filled adventure-like premise, this upcoming Marvel movie is going to be a surprise hit at the box office.

10. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (August 7)

When TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES first debuted the teaser trailer a month ago, the overall reception was decidedly mixed. There are number of peoples who complained the revamped turtle design -- especially their facial appearance -- which looked somewhat like Mike Myers' Shrek character. Regardless the outcome, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES property is too iconic to be ignored altogether. After the failed 2007 version of TMNT, I'm sure a lot of fans out there are expecting producer Michael Bay and BATTLE LOS ANGELES director Jonathan Liebesman will be working real hard to resurrect the once-lucrative franchise into a hot property all over again.

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