Summer Movie Preview: 14 Films We’re Excited About & 8 That Will Probably Suck

By April 18, 2014

The “summer movie season” as a part of the movie calendar has practically lost all meaning over the past few years. There once was a time in which potential blockbusters would only open during the summer months, but with Zack Snyder’s 300 making some serious money in March of 2007 and the Fast & Furious films often debuting in April to huge opening weekends, “summer” seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year. Some might argue that we’re already in the thick of it with Captain America: The Winter Soldier kicking things off for us this year, but regardless of when the season begins, there are a handful of movies coming out in the next few months that we wanted to highlight here and to see if you’re as excited about them as we are. First up, let’s take a look at the movies that we think we’re actually going to like:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd)


I wasn’t too impressed with the concept of this movie, but after seeing about 30 minutes of the film and hearing director Marc Webb speak about what he’s trying to do with this second entry in his take on the Spidey franchise, I’m definitely interested in checking this one out. Hey, it’s gotta be better than The Amazing Spider-Man, right?

Neighbors (May 9th)


I’ve heard nothing but hilarious things about this film so far. I’m more of a Zac Efron fan than you might expect (he’s been really good in a handful of small roles), and the idea of him and Dave Franco taking on Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne seems too great to screw up.

Godzilla (May 16th)


Bryan mother effing Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more great actors in a Godzilla film from the guy who made Monsters? Sign me up.

A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 20th)


I tend to think Seth MacFarlane catches a little too much crap from people online these days, and “Family Guy” still has its moments. Sure, it’s not as great as it once was, but I’m happy MacFarlane is branching out into other things, like the excellent “Cosmos,” Ted, and now this.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23rd)


I’m going to try to put the recent allegations filed against director Bryan Singer out of my mind and enjoy this for the awesome X-Men film it looks to be.

Edge of Tomorrow (June 6th)


I love time travel stories, and I’m a big fan of both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity, being behind the camera doesn’t hurt, either. I don’t know if this is going to be a great movie, but it certainly has potential.

The Fault in Our Stars (June 6th)

A romantic high school cancer drama? Yes, I’ll put it on this part of the list because of the excellent Shailene Woodley (check out The Spectacular Now if you really want to see her act), and the fact that this was written by the (500) Days of Summer guys.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13th)


I unexpectedly loved the first film, and I think in many respects, it was able to out-Avatar Avatar. The visual effects were stunning, and the way they were able to capture the sensation of flight was extraordinary. Here’s hoping they can recapture some of the magic this time around.

The Rover (June 13th)


Yes, a Robert Pattinson movie looks awesome. I’m just as surprised as you are. But seriously, this looks like a dark, bold film and if it’s half as good as the trailers make it out to be, I’m guessing this could end up on a lot of “best of” lists when 2014 comes to an end.

Jersey Boys (June 20th)


Clint Eastwood directing a musical kind of seems nuts on paper, but that trailer doesn’t look half bad. It has to be a step up from Eastwood’s recent directorial output. Remember J. Edgar? Yikes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th)


Rise of the Planet of the Apes was another unexpected surprise, and that actually ended up being one of the best big budget films of its year. Fingers crossed this sequel lives up to the hype.

I Origins (July 18th)


This one looks far more intellectual than your typical “summer movie,” and that’s why we have high hopes for it. It’s unique premise and captivating visual style is enough to pull us in and get us hooked, so let’s hope it’s as good as the early buzz indicates.

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)


For diehard comic book movie fans, there may be no more anticipated film for the rest of the year than Guardians of the Galaxy. For everyone else? Well, we’ll see.

Lucy (August 8th)


Action maven Luc Besson has produced some stinkers in the past few years – Taken 2, I’m looking directly at you – but this action flick with Scarlett Johansson leading might be just what he needs to turn things around.

And now are eight moves that will probably end up sucking. You’ll likely disagree with some of these choices, so sound off in the comments and let me know how crazy I am below.

The Other Woman (April 25th)

Sorry Kate Upton, even your (admittedly impressive) cleavage – which these filmmakers are blatantly using to try to pull in a male audience – isn’t enough to get me to sit through another Cameron Diaz comedy.

Blended (May 23rd)


I’ve ranted about Adam Sandler movies on this site before, so I’ll keep this short: basically, I think Sandler is pandering to the lowest common denominator here and making movies that are so dumb, they’re actually insulting. The worst part? He’s shown multiple times that he’s capable of doing interesting things, but he refuses in favor of taking big paydays and traveling around the world with his friends to make this crap. On one hand it’s hard to blame him, but on the other, it’s incredibly disappointing to witness.

Maleficent (May 30th)


Another fairy tale film told with a dark perspective? No thanks. Even though Jolie certainly looks the part, I’m going to skip this one.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27th)


Look, I liked Transformers: Dark of the Moon a lot more than many other critics out there, but even I think the concept of Dinobots in a grounded, “realistic” universe is a bit too much. This movie is just going to be a giant game of “count the American flags.” Watch that trailer and tell me I’m wrong.

Tammy (July 2nd)


Can we please put Melissa McCarthy in an ensemble comedy? She’s getting too overexposed, and it may be just me, but after Identity Thief, I don’t have any desire to see her lead a comedy for quite some time.

Jupiter Ascending (July 18th)


I really want this movie to be good. Cloud Atlas was my favorite film of 2012, and I really love the Wachowskis. But I just have a bad feeling about this one.

Hercules (July 25th)


I love The Rock. He’s one of my favorite entertainers working in any industry today. But The Rock as Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner? Forgive me if I don’t get too excited about this one. As with all of these films, I’d love to be proven wrong and end up loving it, but if I had to make a prediction about whether or not this is going to be good, I wouldn’t bet the house on Dwayne Johnson this time.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8th)


I loved the TMNT as much as the next kid who grew up in the ’90s, but this just doesn’t look good, guys. It’s dark and gritty, and although that’s more in line with the original comics, that’s not the iconic version of the Turtles, and I think this whole project has been pretty much screwed from day one.

Which movies are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below!

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.