Summer’s Coming: Hollywood’s Offerings for 2014

The big screen will light up this summer with several long-anticipated films that cover everything from romance to futuristic science-fiction.  The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be one of Hollywood’s most diverse in a decade, as studios hope that a “shotgun” approach may bring out moviegoers in greater numbers than in the past few years.

Here are previews of some of the hottest summer films of 2014, replete with big-name stars and action-packed plots!

  1.  X-Men:  Days of Future Past.  Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star in this alternate future extravaganza.  Surviving mutants have been penned up in concentration-style encampments while Sentinels patrol America in a glimpse of the future while the X-Men are forced to stop a modern event to prevent that future from happening.  This movie promises to combine the best of Back To the Future plotting with the special effects that make the X-Men series great.
  2. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.  This is an odd little movie that promises to leave viewers thinking more deeply than the cast might suggest at first glance.  Robin Williams plays the title role and Mila Kunis the doctor who gives him a false diagnosis that leads him on a journey of reparation to all the people he has wronged.
  3. Words and Pictures.  Of all the romances this summer, this one may be the most thought-provoking.  A prep school teacher, played by Clive Owen, is depressed by his student’s disenchantment with language, although he himself has not published in years.  He is drawn to an abstract painter who is suffering from arthritis and has lost her ability to express herself through art.  His crippling drinking and her physical handicaps bring them together in a way that is unexpectedly tender and enjoyable.
  4. Maleficent.  This hommage to the idea of Wicked takes a look at the queen from Sleeping Beauty, played incredibly by Angelina Jolie.  A completely different look at the fairy tale will give a couple of hours of enjoyment and, surprisingly, some thought provocation as well!
  5. The Fault in Our Stars.  In an interesting take on the Romeo and Juliet trope, two teenagers meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.  Their wit, unconventionality and love take them on an incredible journey.  Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Sam Trammell round out the cast.

Enjoy your summer at the movies!

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