Summer movie preview: 22 films and what can families expect (22 items)
Ah, summer. The sun is shining, the days are longer and school’s out. So what better way to celebrate than to hole up in a darkened theater with a bucket of popcorn and take in the most over-the-top, special effects-heavy movies Hollywood can muster?
Compared to previous (and upcoming) years, this summer movie season might at first seem a little underwhelming — only five movies explicitly about aliens? What gives? — but there are actually a lot of surprising options this year that could make it a summer to remember.
Here’s a look at the titles families might look forward to in the upcoming months. Because some of the films are not yet rated and content descriptors are limited, some of these may not turn out to be ideal family fare (we will let you know which).
1 of 22. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Sony hasn’t been shy about the fact that it expects this sequel to its 2012 Spider-Man reboot to be a huge hit. Picking up where the first movie left off, this one sees Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) battling a gaggle of villains, including the Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro, all while trying to keep the romance alive with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
2 of 22. “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”
A 3-D animated musical based on a novel by L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson. Unlike Disney’s 1985 “Return to Oz,” though, this sequel doesn’t look like pure nightmare fuel, which is a good thing for families with kids. Along with the voice talents of Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Kelsey Grammar, Dan Aykroyd and Lea Michelle, among others, it also features original songs by Bryan Adams.
3 of 22. “Godzilla”
The King of the Monsters returns to American shores at long last in this dark, gritty reboot (to use some of Hollywood’s favorite buzzwords) of the 1954 Japanese original. But this time around, Godzilla might not be the only gigantic beastie stomping on famous landmarks. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Ken Watanabe (“Inception”) headline the type of cast usually only seen during awards season.
4 of 22. “Million Dollar Arm”
5 of 22. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Original “X-Men” director Bryan Singer — along with most of the original movie's cast — returns to stage another, even bigger last stand, this one involving time travel, murderous robots and a future that must be prevented at all costs. And yes, it does sound a bit like “Terminator.” “First Class”-ers James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all co-star with 1970s-era Wolverine.