Valdosta Daily Times


May 4, 2014


Superheroes, monsters, giant robots, comedies ... summer’s back at the cinema


VALDOSTA — Million Dollar Arm: Jon Hamm as a sports agent seeking baseball pitching talent among India’s cricket teams. Release date: May 16.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: This latest installment promises many things. For starters, it’s based on one of the most popular story arcs from the 1980s when writer Chris Claremont, artist John Byrne and Terry Austin propelled “The Uncanny X-Men” into being the most popular comic book in the world. The plot: In the future, mutant-killing Sentinels have slaughtered most of the X-Men and thrown the rest of the world into robotic martial law. The story involves time travel and so does this film adaptation. This movie allows the casts of the original “X-Men” movie series and the “First Class” reboot to meet, tied together by the ubiquitous Wolverine played in all films by Hugh Jackman. It also brings back director Bryan Singer, who directed “X-Men” and “X-2,” then left the series for “Superman Returns.” With Singer back and time travel involved, some fans hope this latest movie will erase the “Dark Phoenix” events of “X-Men: The Last Stand.” And then there’s

the rumors that the next X-Men film will introduce arch-enemy Apocalypse. Release date: May 23.

Blended: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team again (“The Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates”) as blind dates stuck with their families in Africa. Release date: May 23.

MALEFICENT: Arguably, Maleficent is the greatest of all Disney’s princess villains. She has minions. She has powers. She has that cool villain costume with that memorable horned helmet. She can force a young maiden into a magical slumber. She can raise barriers of thorns. Maleficent can even transform herself into a dragon. Now, in this live-action update, “Maleficent” has Angelina Jolie portraying the title role in glorious 3-D. This is the latest Disney reboot of a film classic. It will be a few weeks before we know if it is a success like the Johnny Depp/Mad Hatter-fueled “Alice in Wonderland” or the less-than-stellar performance of “The Great and Powerful Oz.” Release date: May 30.

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