Summer movie season seems to start earlier each year. Arguably, it started the first weekend of April with the opening of the mega-hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “Captain America” certainly set the tone for summer; you can barely throw a shield without hitting an intended blockbuster featuring comic book characters and adventure.
Here is a quick primer on what to expect at the theatre this summer. It does not cover all of the expected summer movies, and it is possible some of the release dates will change, but with the opening of “Spider-Man 2” this weekend, summer movies 2014 are here.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Yes, this movie arrived Friday. Yes, if you’re a fan, you’ve already seen it. But it is the first of the summer blockbusters even if it was released in the first days of May. This is the second installment in the second Spider-Man trilogy. It is also considered a springboard for a larger Spider-Man universe of movies (a la “The Avengers”) including reports of “Sinister Six” (six major Spider-Man villains), and “Venom” movies in the coming years. Released May 2.
Neighbors: A comedy pitting family man Seth Rogen against college boy Zac Efron. Release date: May 9.
Chef: Jon Favreau directed “Iron Man” and gave himself a recurring role as Tony Stark’s bodyguard. Here, he directs and stars in the story of a top chef who opens a food truck. Release date: May 9.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return: An animated sequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” Release date: May 9.
Mom’s Night Out: Comedy of women seeking a night on the town. Release date: May 9.
GODZILLA: Those familiar with the 1960s and ’70s movies with superhero-style battles between Godzilla and Rodan, Ghidora, Mothra, etc., men dressed in rubber monster suits crushing scale models of Japan underfoot, Son of Godzilla, etc., can be excused in forgetting that the original “Godzilla” was a terror — a radioactive monster fantasy created by the Japanese, the only people on earth whose population had suffered the atomic bomb. Judging by the trailers, this new Americanized “Godzilla” seems to owe more to the dramatic-terror sensibilities of the original, with “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston taking the place of actor Raymond Burr. Of course, Godzilla fans are wondering if this latest effort will make up for the 1990s American “Godzilla” starring Matthew Broderick. Release date: May 16.