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Coming this summer

Some of the movies scheduled to open between Friday and Labor Day … of course, dates are subject to change

By McClatchy News Services

LAST UPDATED: 11:28 a.m. HST, May 2, 2014


"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.


"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.

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

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

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

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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


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"?


"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.


"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.


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

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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