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Coming this summer

  • WARNER BROS.“Godzilla” roars into isle theaters May 16.
    WARNER BROS.
    “Godzilla” roars into isle theaters May 16.
  • DISNEYZoe Saldana, left, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Chris Pratt, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Dave Bautista in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
    DISNEY
    Zoe Saldana, left, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Chris Pratt, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Dave Bautista in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
  • LIONSGATE“The Expendables 3” star power includes Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Glen Powell, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, among others.
    LIONSGATE
    “The Expendables 3” star power includes Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Glen Powell, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, among others.
  • PARAMOUNT PICTURESDwayne Johnson plays the Greek hero in “Hercules.”
    PARAMOUNT PICTURES
    Dwayne Johnson plays the Greek hero in “Hercules.”
  • PARAMOUNT PICTURESGrimlock, left, and Optimus Prime in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
    PARAMOUNT PICTURES
    Grimlock, left, and Optimus Prime in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
  • SONY PICTURESSchmidt (Jonah Hill, left), Dickson (Ice Cube) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) confront the bad guys in “22 Jump Street.”
    SONY PICTURES
    Schmidt (Jonah Hill, left), Dickson (Ice Cube) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) confront the bad guys in “22 Jump Street.”
  • DISNEYAngelina Jolie stars in “Maleficent.”
    DISNEY
    Angelina Jolie stars in “Maleficent.”
  • 20TH CENTURY FOXJason Clarke in a scene from “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
    20TH CENTURY FOX
    Jason Clarke in a scene from “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
  • 20TH CENTURY FOXJames McAvoy, left, and Patrick Stewart in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
    20TH CENTURY FOX
    James McAvoy, left, and Patrick Stewart in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

FRIDAY

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
Story: Spidey tries to fix his love life while battling three villains.
Potential: Summer film season starts with a web gem.

MAY 9

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return"
Directors: Will Finn, Dan St. Pierre
Cast: Lea Michele, Kelsey Grammer
Story: Dorothy’s called back for another adventure in Oz.
Potential: Animated "Oz" tales have not done well at the box office.

"Neighbors"
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron
Story: Couple tries to deal with the wild fraternity house next door.
Potential: Move to a different theater.

MAY 16

"Godzilla"
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Story: World faces another building-destroying challenge by the lizard.
Potential: Not a monster hit.

"Million Dollar Arm"
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi
Story: Agent travels to India to find next great major-league pitcher.
Potential: Sweet enough to earn a few singles but no home run.

MAY 23

"Blended"
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Story: Single parents with nothing in common vacation together.
Potential: Would rather see "50 First Dates" again.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender
Story: X-Men must stop a future where mutants are hunted, killed.
Potential: Bringing both casts together creates a super tale.

MAY 30

"Maleficent"
Director: Robert Stromberg
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley
Story: Explores the untold story of Disney’s iconic villain.
Potential: Something wicked this way comes.

"A Million Ways to Die in the West"
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron
Story: Cowardly farmer turns to a gunslinger’s wife for help.
Potential: Will show how the West was fun.

JUNE 6

"Edge of Tomorrow"
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Story: Soldier keeps dying and facing the same suicide mission.
Potential: Should have called it "Oblivion 2."

"The Fault in Our Stars"
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern
Story: Teens fall in love at a cancer support group.
Potential: If fans of books come, it’s a hit.

JUNE 13

"22 Jump Street"
Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill
Story: Officers go undercover at a local college.
Potential: It won’t "Jump" too high.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson
Story: Hiccup, Toothless battle Drago.
Potential: "Dragon’s" fire not as hot but should still heat up theaters.

JUNE 20

"Jersey Boys"
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen
Story: Four young men come together to make beautiful music.
Potential: Perfect harmony of great story, director.

"Think Like a Man 2"
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins
Story: Plans for romantic weekend go bad.
Potential: Won’t have first-time charms of original.

JUNE 27

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz
Story: Automobile mechanic brings down Autobots and Decepticons.
Potential: Franchise keeps changing shape enough to make money.

JULY 2

"Tammy"
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon
Story: Woman with no options goes on road trip.
Potential: Didn’t anyone see "The Guilt Trip"?

JULY 11

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Keri Russell
Story: Simians continue plans to take over the world.
Potential: Time for franchise to stop monkeying around.

JULY 18

"Jupiter Ascending"
Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis
Story: Woman born to do great things faces reality of being hunted.
Potential: If chemistry is right, it’ll be explosive.

"Planes: Fire and Rescue"
Director: Roberts Gannaway
Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen
Story: Air racer Dusty must help fight forest fire.
Potential: Won’t be surprise hit like "Planes" but will get off the ground.

JULY 25

"Hercules"
Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt
Story: Hercules faces more challenges after his 12 labors.
Potential: Even Johnson can’t muscle this to a big win.

"Step Up All In"
Director: Trish Sie
Cast: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan
Story: All-star dancers come together in Vegas.
Potential: Will be out of step with big summer hits.

AUG. 1

"Guardians of the Galaxy"
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
Story: Heroic misfits discover the true power of the orb.
Potential: Biggest gamble to date by Marvel.

AUG. 8

"The Hundred Foot Journey"
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal
Story: Competing Indian restaurants battle in the south of France.
Potential: Hard dish to sell during hot summer movie months.

"Into the Storm"
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies
Story: Storm chasers face dangers to get the perfect photo.
Potential: Spins like an update of "Twister."

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Will Arnett, Megan Fox
Story: Four genetically altered turtles fight crime, eat pizza.
Potential: Cowabunga! Huge summer hit.

AUG. 15

"The Expendables 3"
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham
Story: Team faces former leader who became a ruthless arms dealer.
Potential: Aging quickly, still has some kick.

AUG. 22

"If I Stay"
Director: R.J. Cutler
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos
Story: Young woman must make biggest decision of her life.
Potential: Should get bump from fans of the book.

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For"
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson
Story: Man’s hunted by the only woman he ever loved.
Potential: Crowds will be small but enthusiastic.

AUG. 29

"Jessabelle"
Director: Kevin Greutert
Cast: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber
Story: Woman comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit.
Potential: They don’t always save the best for last.

 

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

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