The summer action movie season is fast approaching. And with it comes a lot of sci-fi, some super hot mutants, lots of guns and car crashes and a bit of baseball. Even though I love chick flicks, I still enjoy sci-fi and action movies, especially when they feature eye candy like Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman.
Sports, Super Heroes and Mutants
X-Men: Days of Future Past
First on my list is the follow up to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director, Bryan Singer brings back the younger versions of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). There is trouble in the world of mutants.
To prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants, Wolverine is sent into the past to try and change history. Also starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and Peter Dinklage. Release Date: May 23, 2014
Million Dollar Arm
Jon Hamm sheds him Don Draper persona to star in this baseball true story. In Million Dollar Arm Hamm plays a sports agent who heads to India to find the next big baseball star. With an unconventional strategy he recruits Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Also starring Aasif Mandvi (Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire). Release Date: May 16, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton star in this futuristic sci-fi movie. In it Cruise is a soldier fighting in a war with aliens in a kind of Groundhog Day time loop, where he lives the last day in the battle over and over again. Based on the novel All You Need Is Kill.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Director Michael Bay brings us yet another Transformers movie. This time with Mark Wahlberg in the driver’s seat (sorry Shia LaBouf). He stars as an automobile mechanic who soon finds out that the car that turns into a gigantic Decepticon needs more than an oil change. Release Date: June 27, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Andy Serkis is back in the digital monkey suit as Caesar in this sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes where he leads a growing nation of genetically mutated apes in a battle against humans to determine who will be the dominant species on Earth. Also starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Release Date: July 18, 2014
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is Hercules, the Greek demigod. Need I say more? Directed by Brett Ratner and starring John Hurt, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. Release Date: July 25, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel brings the comic book series to the big screen. I can barely keep up with the X-Men, Iron Man and Thor universes, so I am entirely lost in this galaxy. Even so, I will probably check it out just to see Bradley Cooper playing a raccoon. Chris Pratt leads this band of intergalactic misfits, which also stars Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana. Release Date: August 1, 2014
Men With Guns
Denzel Washington plays a former black ops commando who comes out of retirement to rescue a young girl from Russian gangsters. [I thought he already made this movie with Dakota Fanning] Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Release Date: TBA
The Expendables 3
The Expendables team is back together again. That’s right, Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Bandera and a couple of other muscular old guys are coms face-to-face with Mel Gibson. that is bound to result in at least 3 car crashes, 2 explosions and countless guns ablazin’.
Needless to say the man in you life is going to want to see this one. Also starring Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, and Harrison Ford. Release Date: August 15, 2014
I’m curious to know how Bryan Cranston went from Breaking Bad and a hit show on Broadway to staring in this latest version of Godzilla. Also starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe. Release Date: May 16, 2014
Boys will Be Boys & Other Goofy Male Humor
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Seth MacFarlane directs and stars in this western comedy with Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried. Knowing Seth [no, I don’t know him personally] the movie will have its share of crude jokes and be wickedly funny.
22 Jump Street
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are finally out of high school. Now they are deep undercover at the local college. If you enjoyed them in 21 Jump Street, you’ll love this one. But I still prefer the old TV series with Johnny Depp.
The Maze Runner
Based on the best selling series of books by James Dashner, The Maze Runner centers on a group of boys who must escape a massive maze to survive. Did I mention the monsters that live in the maze too? Sounds a bit like the boys version of The Hunger Games. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario. Release Date: September 19, 2014.