Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 8, 2014
Summer movie lineup features comedies and super heroes

Despite the gloom outside, it really is summer.

According to movie theaters, anyway.

And can I just say, whoever decides when to release all these is dumb. Scheduling two movies I want to review for the same weekend four times? That’s just mean.

May 9

“Neighbors”

Rated R

Seth Rogan and Zach Efron are at odds in this comedy about a young couple that moves into a house, only to find that it is next door to a fraternity.

May 16

“Godzilla”

Rated PG-13

This reboot of “Godzilla” looks sketchy in so many ways. I feel like people keep trying to make “Godzilla” a serious thing. It’s a giant lizard that eats cities. Again: Giant lizard eats cities. But this time, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe somehow got recruited, so who knows. It could be good.

“Million Dollar Arm”

Rated PG

Jon Hamm turns talent scout in this sports movie from Disney about recruiting cricket players from India for Major League Baseball. Look for cultural shock and life lessons about teamwork and family.

May 23

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Rated PG-13

Aside from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Days of Future Past” is probably the first big summer movie. This has been teased a la “The Avengers” with clips after “The Wolverine” and “Spider-Man 2,” so you know it’s a big deal.

“Blended”

Rated PG-13

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have teamed up for a third rom-com (the next generation of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?) in this comedy about single parents who go on a date and hate each other but get stuck on the same island resort together; sparks fly.

May 30

“Maleficent”

Rated PG

I never thought I would say I was really excited for anything Angelina Jolie was in, but I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to this one. The eight-time Most Beautiful Woman as The Evil Queen from “Sleeping Beauty”? Inspired casting! No, but seriously, this looks good.

“A Million Ways to Die
in the West”

Rated R

I don’t think it’s a stretch to suspect that anything with Seth MacFarlane in it will probably be a little crude, but at the same time, this movie, about a cowardly sheep farmer who has to gain courage to win and keep a woman, also has Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson in it. It just might be funny enough to distract from MacFarlane, who also directs.

June 6

“Edge of Tomorrow”

Rated PG-13

I know this is really just “Groundhog Day” meets “Halo,” and Tom Cruise is…Tom Cruise, but I kind of want to see this real bad. Cruise is a military officer who’s never seen a day of battle until all the aliens come, and then he is promptly killed, only to come back with Emily Blunt and repeat the day again until he gets it right.

“The Fault in Our Stars”

Rated PG-13

Adapted from the best-selling book by John Green, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (both of “Divergent”) star in this tear-jerker about teenagers with cancer falling in love.

June 13

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Rated PG

In this sequel to the 2010 hit, Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, must battle in a war against the vicious Drago to save the future of both men and dragons.

June 27

“Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”

Rated PG-13

The first thing I thought when I saw this trailer was, “Another ‘Transformers’?” The second thing was, “How the heck did they rope Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci into this?” It could be surprisingly awesome. Stranger things have happened. Just because I can’t think of any right now doesn’t mean they haven’t happened.

July 2

“Earth to Echo”

Rated PG

A bunch of teens start receiving mysterious messages on their cell phones. I haven’t found out a whole lot about this movie, which could be good or bad, but Wikipedia predicts it will be another “found footage” flick.

July 11

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Not yet rated

A sequel to the 2011 prequel of the originals from the 1960s and ’70s. In this installment, we see Andy Serkis’ Caesar preside over the fall of human civilization.

July 18

“Jupiter Ascending”

Not yet rated

I’m not usually jonesing to watch shows with Channing Tatum in them, but this one, about Mila Kunis being swept from her menial life on Earth to embrace her fate in outer space, looks really cool.

“Planes: Fire and Rescue”

Rated PG

This is technically a sequel to last summer’s “Planes,” but it kind of feels like the original — which kind of felt like “Cars” only in the air — was made solely to provide the base for this second installment. Former crop-dusting racing plane Dusty discovers he can’t race anymore, and embraces a new career in protecting a national park from wildfires.

July 25

“Hercules”

Not yet rated

I know there’s already been a Hercules movie this year (Kellen Lutz’ “Hercules: The Legend Begins”), but aside from Kevin Sorbo, has there been anyone born in the world of modern cinema more suited to play the demi-god than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? I guess we’ll find out on July 25.

August 1

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Not yet rated

Look, as much as I want to make fun of a superhero team that includes a talking alien tree and a raccoon, this kind of looks like it could be really good.

August 8

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Not yet rated

This live-action reboot of the beloved heroes in a half shell has made the Turtles older and edgier, and has Megan Fox as April O’Neil. I’m trying really hard not to hate everything about this movie three months in advance.

August 15

“The Giver”

Not yet rated

This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and one of the stories that stuck with me the most. Obviously, no movie can come close to Lois Lowry’s Newbery-winning book, but I’m excited to see if this comes close.

August 22

“If I Stay”

Not yet rated

Another movie based on a book, “If I Stay” is about a promising cellist (Chloe Grace Moretz) involved in a serious car crash that kills the rest of her family and leaves her comatose, making her decide whether to join them in death or survive without them.

lchristensen@tooeletranscript.com

 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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