Movies to Look Forward to - Summer 2014


Movies to Look Forward to - Summer 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction is stomping into cinemas with almost $400 million in recipts already. We're right at the pinnacle of the summer movie season and there's plenty to enjoy right now but what of the weeks to come? Check out our list of filmed entertainments on the way while the sun still shines.

Begin Again - 11July
Once director John Carney is back with a tale of more music - this time starring Kiera Knightley as a down on her luck musician who falls into things with a down on his luck music promotor played by Mark Ruffalo. Sweetness abounds.

Boyhood - 11July
Richard Linklater made a movie over a period of more than 12 years, showing the actual real-time boyhood of Ellar Contrane. It's an incredible exercise in patience from one of the most interesting filmmakers around and the result is one of the most beguiling and unforgettable films of the year. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke also star. -

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 17July
The reviews are already billing this as one of the best blockbusters of the year and everything we've seen points to something truly special. Years after a virus takes out most of the human population a tenous peace exists between the remaining homo sapiens and the increasingly sophisticated apes. But it won't take much to shake that balance. Andy Serkis' motion capture skills are back opposite the likes of Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman.

Hercules - 25 July
Dwayne Johnson is basically Hercules so its fitting that he takes top billing for this take on the legend - albeit sans supernatural stuff. Though there will still be plenty of giant monsters for him to beat down in a tale that's based on a graphic novel. A great supporting cast includes Ian McShane, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell. Also some lady in a thong.

The Purge Anarchy - 25 July
Last year's super cheap The Purge was a surprise hit - it didn't hurt that it was actually a suspenseful little horror with a great dystopian premise. For the sequel, the universe remains the same but we get to focus on a whole new set of characters (for obvious reasons) - as a small group bands together to try to survive the night. The super good Frank Grillo stars. We can' t wait.

Guardians of the Galaxy - 31 July
Disney and Marvel have been on quite the roll with their superhero stories to date and we're hoping it continues for many moons to come. That said, Guardians of the Galaxy is a pretty unusual prospect with no familar characters and a really strange tone. And as far as we're concerned it looks like it could be one of the best films of the year! Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel star in a film directed by James Gunn.

Step Up: All In - 1 August
Ok so here's the deal - we like the Step Up movies. They're like big action movie spectacles without the actual violence and the Step Up series has been doing amazing things with slow motion and 3D in the last couple of entries. They make no sense but who cares! This time, all the previous stars from the other movies (who don't have anything better to do - don't expect Channing Tatum) come together for an amazing Las Vegas event.

The Inbetweeners 2 - 6 August
The lads are back, doing a thing that seems quite similar to what they were doing before. It definitely worked in the first film, which was one of the biggest successes of the year, so we'll have to wait and see if the joke has been stretched too far. This time, they're heading to Australia for some antipodean shenanigans.

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue - 8 August
Planes was a perfectly watchable animated flick, from a Pixar offshoot and basically all about promoting new toys. So there's a sequel, which looks to be upping the action (perhaps in hopes of getting more boy children in) with some fire and rescue stuff.

The Expendables 3 - 14 August
The Expendables movies are what they are - an excuse for getting the really, really old gang back together to shoot some folks without moving very fast. Other than that, the entertainment factor feels fairly weak - the action is bleh and the dialogue even worse. Maybe the presence of genre faves like Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford though its less likely with the recently confirmed PG-13 rating.

The Rover - 15 August
We love us a post apocalypse and this looks like a very special entry into the sub genre. Animal Kingdom director David Michod unspools a story set in the Australian outback 10 years after a devestating event. When some chaps steal Guy Pearce's car he gets a little angry and goes chasing with one of the robbers (Robert Pattinson) in tow. Expect things to get grim.

Deliver Us From Evil - 22 August
Based on a real story, a cop teams up with a priest in a case of apparent demonic possession. As things get apocalyptic, they work the case to its terrifying conclusion. Eric Bana is the cop, along with Olivia Munn. Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson directions.

Into the Storm - 22 August
Thorin himself Richard Armitage is chasing storms when the STORMS CHASE BACK! Or something. This is about a crew of storm chases who get caught in a supercluster of hurricanes in America. Found footage meets disaster movie in this flick which has incredible special effects that will make you want to stay indoors.

Lucy - 22 August
Scarlett Johansson is a drug mule who takes too much of her own product and ends up unlocking the full potential of her brain. For some reason that means she can change her hair colour at will, freeze time and make people fly across the room. It sounds preposterous but who cares when it comes from the mind of Leon director Luc Besson and featuring none other than Morgan Freeman.

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For - 22 August
Frank Miller's graphic novels take to the big screen again, once more with co-direction from Robert Rodriguez. The same stylised visuals make a return as well - though don't they kind of look a bit cheap these days? There's a massive incredible cast including Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and more. You should also expect some ultra-violence.

Let's Be Cops - 27 August
The lads from new girl - Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans jr - are two idiots who dress up as cops for a party and things are awesome. Until real-life crime comes calling. This is r-rated comedy territory from the director of Role Models (which we quite liked).

So what are you most looking forward to?!

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