Summer Movie Preview 2014: What's coming when

The Fresno BeeMay 1, 2014 

Here are some of the movies scheduled to open starting this weekend and through Labor Day.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Director: Marc Webb. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone. Story: Spidey tries to fix his love life while battling three villains. Potential: Summer film season starts with a web gem.


Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. Directors: Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre. Cast: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer. Story: Dorothy's called back for another adventure in Oz. Potential: Animated Oz tales have not done well at the box office.

Neighbors. Director: Nicholas Stoller. Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron. Story: Couple tries to deal with the wild fraternity house next door. Potential: Move to a different theater.

MAY 16

Godzilla. Director: Gareth Edwards. Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston. Story: World faces another building-destroying challenge by the lizard. Potential: Not a monster hit.

Million Dollar Arm. Director: Craig Gillespie. Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi. Story: Agent travels to India to find next great major league pitcher. Potential: Sweet enough to earn a few singles but no home run. MAY 23

Blended. Director: Frank Coraci. Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore. Story: Single parents with nothing in common vacation together. Potential: Would rather see 50 First Dates again.

X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director: Bryan Singer. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence. Story: X-Men must stop a future where mutants are hunted, killed. Potential: Bringing both casts together creates super tale.

MAY 30

Maleficent. Director: Robert Stromberg. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley. Story: Explores the untold story of Disney's iconic villain. Potential: Something wicked this way comes.

A Million Ways to Die in the West. Director: Seth MacFarlane. Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron. Story: Cowardly farmer turns to a gunslinger's wife for help. Potential: Will show how the West was fun.


Edge of Tomorrow. Director: Doug Liman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt. Story: Soldier keeps dying and facing same suicide mission. Potential: Should have called it Oblivion 2.

The Fault in Our Stars. Director: Josh Boone. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern. Story: Teens fall in love at a cancer support group. Potential: If fans of books come, it's a hit.


22 Jump Street. Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord. Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. Story: Officers go undercover at a local college. Potential: It won't Jump too high.

How to Train Your Dragon 2. Director: Dean DeBlois. Cast: Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson. Story: Hiccup and Toothless battle Drago. Potential: This Dragon's fire is not as hot but should still heat up theaters.


Jersey Boys. Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen. Story: Four young men come together to make beautiful music. Potential: Perfect harmony of great story, director.

Think Like a Man 2. Director: Tim Story. Cast: Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins. Story: Plans for romantic weekend go bad. Potential: Won't have first-time charms of original.


Transformers: Age of Extinction. Director: Michael Bay. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz. Story: Auto mechanic brings down Autobots and Decepticons. Potential: Franchise keeps changing shape enough to make money.


Tammy. Director: Ben Falcone. Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon. Story: Woman with no options goes on road trip. Potential: Didn't anyone see The Guilt Trip?


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Director: Matt Reeves. Cast: Andy Serkis, Keri Russell. Story: Simians continue plans to take over the world. Potential: Time for franchise to stop monkeying around.


Jupiter Ascending. Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski. Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis. Story: Woman born to do great things faces reality of being hunted. Potential: If chemistry is right, it'll be explosive.

Planes: Fire and Rescue. Director: Roberts Gannaway. Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen. Story: Air racer Dusty must help fight forest fire. Potential: Won't be surprise hit like Planes but will get off the ground.


Hercules. Director: Brett Ratner. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt. Story: Hercules faces more challenges after his 12 labors. Potential: Even Johnson can't muscle this to a big win.

Step Up All In. Director: Trish Sie. Cast: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan. Story: All-star dancers come together in Vegas. Potential: Will be out of step with big summer hits.

AUG. 1

Guardians of the Galaxy. Directors: James Gunn. Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana. Story: Heroic misfits discover the true power of the orb. Potential: Biggest gamble to date by Marvel.

AUG. 8

The Hundred Foot Journey. Director: Lasse Hallström. Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal. Story: Competing Indian restaurants battle in the south of France. Potential: Hard dish to sell during hot summer movie months.

Into the Storm. Director: Steven Quale. Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies. Story: Storm chasers face dangers to get the perfect photo. Potential: Spins like an update of Twister.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Director: Jonathan Liebesman. Cast: Will Arnett, Megan Fox. Story: Four genetically altered turtles fight crime, eat pizza. Potential: Cowabunga! Huge summer hit.

AUG. 15

The Expendables 3. Director: Patrick Hughes. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham. Story: Team faces former leader who became a ruthless arms dealer. Potential: Aging quickly, still has some kick.

AUG. 22

If I Stay. Director: R.J. Cutler. Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos. Story: Young woman must make biggest decision of her life. Potential: Should get bump from fans of the book.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson. Story: Man's hunted by the only woman he ever loved. Potential: Crowds will be small but enthusiastic.

AUG. 29

Jessabelle. Director: Kevin Greutert. Cast: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber. Story: Woman comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit. Potential: They don't always save the best for last.

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