What to Watch – Summer 2014

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Summer is well underway and along with it comes a host of promising movies. Here is my list of what to look out for on the big screen in the next few months:

Edge of Tomorrow – 30th May

Yes, it’s Tom Cruise in another sci-fi action movie, which will inevitably pass us by without making too much noise. But dare I say this one looks rather exciting. Groundhog Day style, Edge of Tomorrow is about a soldier in the middle of a war fighting aliens, who finds himself in a time loop, repeating his last day of battle. Emily Blunt also features.

22 Jump Street – 6th June

Everyone’s favourite cop duo is back for another chaotic outing. Like most comedy sequels, the story line is exactly the same only this time, instead of going undercover as high school students; they’re going to college. Laughs a plenty guaranteed with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returning in the 80s television show remake.

Fruitvale Station – 6th June

Michael B Jordan, best known for his role in That Awkward Moment stars in the true story of Oscar Grant III. When a 22 year old decides upon his resolutions on New Years Eve of 2008, he discovers that may be trickier than he originally anticipated. Ryan Coogler directs this touching drama.

3 Days to Kill – 20th June

In his recent resurgence, Kevin Costner stars as a dying CIA agent, offered a drug, which could potentially save his life, provided he completes one last assignment. Charlie’s Angels’ director McG could do with a decent action movie on his CV.

The Art of the Steal – 20th June

Another crime caper is on the way with Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel all starring in The Art of the Steal. A former art thief decides to pull off one last heist, reassembling his old team, but conflict with his brother takes their plans in opposite directions.

Jersey Boys – 20th June

Jersey Boys is the musical biography of 1960s rock group, The Four Seasons. Four young men born and bred into difficult situations team up, and this film looks at their rise, their troubles, their conflicts and ultimately their musical success. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Chef – 25th June

Jon Favreau directs, writes and stars in this comedy about a chef who loses his restaurant job and decides to open his own food truck in order to show his talents. Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jnr and Scarlett Johansson complete an all-star cast for this tasteful comedy.

Transformers: Age of Extinction – 10th July

Love him or hate him, Michael Bay returns to his unending Transformers series without fall out Shia LeBeouf. This time Mark Wahlberg is the one to initiate robot war on earth when the automobile engineer discovers a Transformer of his own. Nicola Peltz stars as Wahlberg’s daughter and the hot female lead Bay just can’t help but exploit in his movies. Nevertheless, his Transformers films are easy action watches and this should be no different.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 18th July

I only recently watched the prequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I was pleasantly surprised. That, and the trailer are the reasons why I’m excited to see some apes on the big screen. This evolving race of apes struggle to come to peace with the humans, always hanging on the brink of a war that could determine Earth’s dominant race. Gary Oldman stars with Andy Serkis portraying Caesar, leader of the Apes.

The Inbetweeners 2 – 8th August

The boys are back! This time reuniting for another lads holiday in Australia. Little information has been released, but the teaser trailer has, reminding us all of why we love Will, Jay, Simon and Neil. Fire Wankers!

Let’s Be Cops – 27th August

New Girl’s Jake Johnson and Happy Endings’ Damon Wayans Jnr star in this 21/22 Jump Street wannabe. Two friends dress up as cops for a costume party and slowly get lost in their uniforms, getting involved in real life criminal situations and ultimately big trouble. Luke Greenfield, the man behind The Animal and The Girl Next Door directs in this caper.

Sex Tape – 3rd September

This may look like another from Cameron Diaz to get her kit off and show us she looks half her age, but Sex Tape should prove to be an easy, fun watch. Herself and her partner, played by Jason Segal are a couple who one morning wake up, frantically looking for the lost recording of their passions in the bedroom from the night before. Don’t expect fireworks or any morale high ground, but just some punchy wit from the director of Bad Teacher, Jake Kasdan.

Wish I Was Here – 19th September

Ten years since directing Garden State, Scrubs star Zach Braff returns with Wish I Was Here. The story is of a 35-year-old failure, desperately seeking a purpose to his life. When he can no longer afford to pay for the schooling of his children, he is forced to home school them, teaching them about life from his perspective where he slowly begins to discover himself.

The Equalizer – 26th September

Antoine Fuqua has an incredibly inconsistent CV, with praise from Training Day and Shooter balanced out by, in particular, last year’s flop, Olympus Has Fallen. Nevertheless, with Denzel Washington at the head of the cast list, alongside Chloe Grace-Moretz, The Equalizer seems an exciting project. Washington plays a former black ops commando forced to come out of retirement in order to save the life of a young girl, and ultimately coming face to face with Russian gangsters.

 

 

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