Valdosta Daily Times


May 4, 2014


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


VALDOSTA — A Million Ways to Die in the West: Sean McFarlane’s Western comedy that explores the concept outlined in the title. Release date: May 30.

EDGE OF TOMORROW: Based on the Japanese novel “All You Need Is Kill,” with the tag line, “Live. Die. Repeat,” Tom Cruise returns to science fiction. This time with Emily Blunt, Cruise plays a soldier repeating his death day repeatedly while battling aliens. Sounds like “Groundhog Day” meets “The Seventh Seal” meets “War of the Worlds.” But with each repeat of his death, Cruise’s soldier gets one step closer to beating the aliens. Cruise has starred in some interesting science-fiction films, “Oblivion,” “Minority Report,” “War of the Worlds.” Hopefully, this one will find similar appeal. Release date: June 6.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: With a title based on a twist of Shakespeare’s line from “Julius Caesar,” this movie is based on the romantic novel by John Green. A big bestseller of a young-adult novel, there are no boy wizards, nor shimmering love affairs between a high school girl and a cute century-old vampire, nor a teenage archer fighting for food and her life in a post-apocalyptic America ... Instead, this is the simple, beautiful love story of two teens falling in love under the tragic shadow of cancer. Release date: June 6.

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Sequel to the popular animated tale. Release date: June 13.

22 Jump Street: R-rated sequel to “21 Jump Street,” the comedy based on the 1980s television undercover cops show. Release date: June 13.

Think Like a Man Too: Comedy sequel to the 2012 movie. Release date: June 20.

Jersey Boys: Clint Eastwood directs the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Release date: June 20.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION: The giant Autobots are back and the world endangered. There is no actor Shia LeBeouf, being replaced this go-round by Mark Wahlberg in the lead human role. Of course, the stars of this fourth installment are the Transformers, a 1980s toy idea of cars that could transform into robots and back again, which then became the subject of an animated TV cartoon series and comic books until becoming the live-action/ CGI blockbusters starting about a decade ago. Oh, yes, Michael Bay directs again. Release date: June 27.

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