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2014 Summer Movie Preview

It’s almost summertime, and that means two things: kids will be out of school soon and summer movies are almost here. This season brings superhero blockbusters, animated sequels and even a musical from Clint Eastwood. We’ve listed some of the most anticipated movies coming out this summer.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
Andrew Garfield’s sophomore adventure as the Marvel Comics web-slinger finds Peter Parker facing Electro (Jamie Foxx), while Gwen (Emma Stone) swoons and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) gets green (as in, Goblin) with envy.

Neighbors
(May 9)
In a bit of unexpected casting, Seth Rogen is the responsible suburban dad who — along with wife Rose Byrne — goes ballistic when a hard-partying fraternity moves in across the street. When the frat president (Zac Efron) ups the volume, the battle begins

Godzilla (May 16)
Here comes the giant reptile again, stompin’ and chompin’ up cities (San Francisco and New York are on the menu). The cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche.

Million Dollar Arm
(May 16)
Based-in-truth inspirational sports dramas rarely come with surprises. Jon Hamm plays a desperate agent who heads to India in search of the next great baseball pitcher — by scouting cricket players. Naturally, everyone thinks he’s a madman.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
More than a decade after “X-Men 2,” original series director Bryan Singer returns to one of the most reliable superhero franchises of this century. Almost everyone else is back, too, since the original cast is connecting with their earlier selves: Old Xavier (Patrick Stewart) sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) through time to find young Xavier (James McAvoy). Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry also suit up.

Blended (May 23)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite as single parents who have to share a suite with their various kids at an African resort.

Maleficent (May 30)
Angelina Jolie stars in this Sleeping Beauty story told from the point of view of the villainness. Elle Fanning is the dozing honey, Aurora.

Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Tom Cruise fights aliens and he is Earth’s fiercest defender in the future, where he keeps dying over and over again as a glitch in a time-travel loop sends him back to the same day. Emily Blunt co-stars.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
The sequel to the 2010 animated smash, again adapted from Cressida Cowell’s kids’ book series, finds an older Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) eager to prove himself worthy of his Viking ancestors and fight for peace in his kingdom. His best ally is again his dragon, Toothless, silent but stalwart as ever.

22 Jump Street
(June 13)
Undercover buds Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have graduated to college, but they’re no smarter than they were in high school. But who is?

Jersey Boys (June 20)
Director Clint Eastwood’s musical biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Third Person
(June 20)
Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Adrien Brody are lovers and fighters whose stories play out in New York, Paris and Rome in this movie of interconnected couples.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
Shia LaBeouf has been replaced with Mark Wahlberg, and the robotic Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with up-and-comer Nicola Peltz. As father and daughter, they reignite the war between the Autobots and Decepticons.

Tammy (July 2)
Melissa McCarthy plays a waitress who finds her husband with another woman, ruins her car and gets fired from her job. She decides to stop her run of bad luck by taking her cranky grandma (Susan Sarandon) on a road trip.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
Andy Serkis is again chimp leader Caesar. These flicks have somehow found the Forbidden Zone of quality and box-office primacy.

And So It Goes…
(July 11)
This comedy is about an obnoxious realtor (Michael Douglas) who needs help (from Diane Keaton) when he gets stuck with his precocious granddaughter.

Boyhood (July 11)
One of the big hits of this year’s Sundance was director Richard Linklater’s unique coming-of-age drama about 12 years in the life of a Texas youth (newcomer Ellar Coltrane). Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents.

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Planes: Fire & Rescue (July 18)
Last summer’s animated comedy “Planes” now has a sequel. Dane Cook returns to voice Dusty, the crop duster ready to prove himself as an aerial firefighter.

Jupiter Ascending
(July 18)
Andy and Lana Wachowski follow up their trippy “Cloud Atlas” with this sci-fi about a woman (Mila Kunis) who discovers she’s a warrior from beyond the stars. Channing Tatum co-stars.

Wish I Was Here (July 18)
A thirtysomething dad (director Zach Braff) is at a crossroads with family, friends and career. Kate Hudson is his patient wife, and Mandy Patinkin his cranky dad.

Hercules (July 25)
This version stars Duane (The Rock) Johnson, a man with the gift of making Hercules look like Hamlet.

Sex Tape (July 25)
After 10 years together, a couple with kids (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz) try to get zesty again by making their own sex tape. Guess what happens? Yup, it gets seen by other people.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)
This offbeat Marvel adaptation — in which Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper protect the universe. It features a surly, heroic raccoon.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Aug. 7)
The Turtles return in this live-action adventure, which brings us back to their beginnings with stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett.

The Two Faces of January (Aug. 8)
Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen are a wealthy American couple traveling through Greece in the 1960s. Oscar Isaac is the con artist who gloms on to them in this version of a Patricia Highsmith novel.

Lucy (Aug. 8)
Scarlett Johansson plays a woman working as a drug mule who’s captured but turns the tables on her tormentors when she develops powers — thanks to the drugs inside her body. Morgan Freeman co-stars.

The Expendables 3 (Aug. 15)
Aging action heroes reunite, Stallone, Statham and Schwarzenegger, fight Mel Gibson’s evil arms dealer.

Underdogs (Aug. 27)
Animated story about a shy kid who gets help from a team of table-top foosball players that magically come alive.

Life of Crime (Aug. 29)
Jennifer Aniston stars in this gritty indie as the kidnapped wife of a real estate developer (Tim Robbins). When the guy decides he doesn’t want to pay the ransom for her, double crosses and sneaky plays abound in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch.”

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