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Summer 2014

By Ricky Miller
On May 13, 2014

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Here are my top event movies for this upcoming summer of 2014:  Mind you, I had to narrow the list down from at least 50 contenders.

These are my top 10 event movies for the summer:

1. "X-Men:  Days of Future Past" (May 23) 

Logan aka Wolverine  (Hugh Jackman) must travel back in time to gather various members of the X-Men team to save this planet from an impending disaster.  Assembled are the young Professor X (James McAvoy),/Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto), Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicolas Hault.  New in the mix are Quicksilver (Evan Peters) amd Blink (Bingbing Fan).

I have faith this will be a solid flick, since the director of the first two entries, Bryan Singer is at the helm yet again. 

Peter Dinklage of "The Station Agent" and "Game of Thrones" is government higher-up Boliver Trask, who wants to get rid of mutants altogether.

2. "A Million Ways to Die in the West"   (May 30) 

When a trailer makes you laugh, you know you are in for a treat.  This one comes courtesy of "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane.  He stars alongside Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson.

Looks like it's going to poke fun at all the old west clichés and the fact that people constantly die from the most mundane things (on the trailer they said a woman died from a splinter infection.)

3. "Chef"  (May 23)

One of my favorite American directors, Jon Favreau helms this tale of a professional chef who branches off from his current restaurant to fly solo and present classy fashionable meals in a food truck.  Even his mediocre stuff like the based-on-the book  "Zathura" is better than 90 percent of the refuse that is out there.  "Chef" also stars Bobby Carnavaile ("The Station Agent"), Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man"), Dustin Hoffman ("Wag the Dog," "Rain Man"), Oliver Platt ("Lake Placid," "X-Men:  First Class"),  Sofia Vergaria (TV's "Modern Family") and Scarlett Johansson ("The Horse Whisperer," "Iron Man 2").

Looks like Favreau will splash "Chef" with some dry wit and everyday sitcom-like predicaments and shenanigans.  Should  be a lot of fun.

4. "Godzilla"   (May 16) 

The not-so-jolly green giant gets another reboot, courtesy of director Garth Edwards. He helmed the interesting monster flick no one saw titled "Monsters," wherein America fell to an apocalypse of sorts.

 This one has a nifty cast with the assemblage of Aaron Taylor Johnson ("Kick Ass," "Savages"),  Bryan Cranston (TV's "Malcolm in the Middle," and "Breaking Bad"), Elizabeth Olsen ("Oldboy,"  "Martha Mae  Marcy Marlene") and David Straithairn ("L. A. Confidential," "Good Night, and Good Luck").  Looks like dumb fun coupled with end-of-the- world destruction and various monsters aplenty.

5. "Guardians of the Galaxy"  (Aug. 1) 

Here's another Marvel franchise in the making with the story of a group of superheroes who know their place in the world.  Chris Pratt of TV's "Parks and Recreation" headlines as Jason Quill aka "Star-Lord." Also rounding out the ensemble cast are Zoe Saldana ("Avatar," "Colombiana"), John C. Reilly ("Boogie Nights," "Step Brothers"), and the voices of a tree-like character named Groot, played by Vin Diesel ("xXx," "The Fast and the Furious") and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon ("Wedding Crashers," "The Hangover").

I have faith because this one comes courtesy of James Gunn, who did the underrated and overlooked "Slither" in 2006.

6. "Lucy"    (Aug. 8) 

Writer/director Luc Besson does what he wanted to do with Mathilda (Natalie Portman in "The Professional") by having Scarlett Johansson steer the ship as a drug mule who has exceptional assassin skills.  She gets help courtesy of Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman, a scientist who aids Lucy in her quest.

I've been a Besson fan, even back to his pre-"La Femme Nikita" days to his first flick, a French silent flick titled "La Dernier Combat" ("The Last Battle") made in 1983.  He even had his regular Jean Reno starring in this intriguing little flick.

7. "The Rover"  (June 20)

Looks like this what Robert Pattinson wanted to do before he got sucked into playing Edward Cullen, the shiny vampire that glistened in those teeny soap opera "Twlight" flicks.    Here, he's a brother who gets deserted to Guy Pearce's Eric, since the pair are stranded into the Outback together.

8.   "The Giver"  (Aug. 15)

Two names make me excited about this:  Actor Jeff Bridges, an underrated talent who finally won his first actor for starring in the Coen brothers' update of 2010's "True Grit" and director Phillip Noyce, whose last substantial effort was "Salt," released the same year as "Grit." 

Based on the novel by Luis Lowry, this one follows a tale where most people see the world in black and white, but one person sees the entire color spectrum.  Significant because it also co-stars Oscar winner Meryl Streep.

9. "Jupiter Ascending"  (July 18)

The Wachowski siblings helm this tale of a hotel room sanitation worker (Mila Kunis) who is actually queen of the galaxy.  It's notable because it co-stars flavor-of-the-month star Channing Tatum.  It shows promise, even though as of late the duo gave us the mess that was "Speed Racer" as well as the mixed bag stylings of "Cloud Atlas."

10. "The Signal"  (June 13)

Looks like this one is going to deliver what "Transendence" tried to be in that a back storyline involves a ridiculous amount of backstory.  Laurence Fishburne is Doctor Wallace Damon, a person trying to aid a group of college students.

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