The top films you just have to see this summer

Forget all that artsy-fartsy nonsense, here are the films that you really have to see this summer. Get ready to be taken on the ride of your life. 

Transcendence

Release date: April 18

Director: Wall Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman

Plot: A terminally ill scientist uploads his mind to a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

Did you know: Transcendence will mark the directorial debut of long-time cinematographer and Christopher Nolan partner, Wally Pfister.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release date: May 2

Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

Plot: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Did you know: On June 17, 2013, Sony announced two more planned sequels to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the third film getting the release date of June 10, 2016, and the fourth film on May 4, 2018.

Neighbors

Release date: May 9

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron

Plot: A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Did you know: On August 26, 2013, the film’s original title Townies was changed to Neighbors.

Godzilla

Release date: May 16

Director: Gareth Edwards

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen

Plot: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Did you know: According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla’s design is inspired by bears and komodo dragons; his face in particular is influenced by the heads of bears, dogs and eagles

Million Dollar Arm

Release date: May 16

Director: Craig Gillespie

Cast: John Hamm, Aasif Mandvi

Plot: A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball

Did you know: The film was fully screened at CinemaCon in March 2014, wherein Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn claimed that it was the highest-tested film during his tenure at either Disney or Warner Bros., including the first Harry Potter film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release date: May 23

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman

Plot: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Did you know: According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film.

Maleficent

Release date: May 30

Director: Robert Stromberg

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Eli Fanning

Plot: The untold story of the villain from “Sleeping Beauty” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land.

Did you know: Angelina Jolie worked very closely with the costume and make-up designers to develop Maleficent’s menacing look. Disney executives objected, hoping to take advantage of Jolie’s beauty in marketing the film, but the actress insisted that the character maintain the scarier look of the animated incarnation.

Edge of Tomorrow

Release date: June 6

Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

Plot: A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.

Did you know: Tom Cruise spent over $100,000 on a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew. He did not attend himself as he was finishing his scenes for the movie.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Release date: June 27

Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz

Plot: An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them.

Did you know: Dwayne Johnson was offered the role of Cade Yeager, but he declined due to scheduling conflicts with his movie Hercules (2014). Johnson had previously voiced the Autobot Cliffjumper in Transformers Prime (2010).

Snowpiercer

Release date: June 27

Director: Joon-Ho Bong

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell

Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

Did you know: This is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”. Director Joon-ho Bong discovered the comic in late 2004 during pre-production of The Host (2006), and was fascinated by the concept of people struggling on the train for survival.

Jupiter Ascending

Release date: July 18

Director(s): And & Lana Wachowski

Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum

Plot: In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.

Did you know: Natalie Portman was originally cast as Jupiter, but dropped out. Rooney Mara was considered to replace her, before Mila Kunis was finally cast.

Hercules

Release date: July 25

Director: Brett Ratner

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt

Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Did you know: To prepare for the role, Dwayne Johnson took on a grueling training routine, stating: “I trained and worked harder than ever for eight months for this role. Lived alone and locked myself away (like a moody 260-lb monk) in Budapest for six months while filming. Goal was to completely transform into this character. Disappear in the role. Press journalist asked me today, with the mental and physical toll the role had on me, would I do it again? Not only would I do it again.. I’d do it f***ing twice.”

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release date: Aug 1

Director: James Gunn

Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel

Plot: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

Did you know: Djimon Hounsou took the role of Korath for the sake of his son: “I have a son who loves superheroes from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Batman. One day he looks at me and says ‘Dad, I want to be light-skinned so I could be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has light skin.’ That was sort of a shock.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release date: Aug 7

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett

Plot: From their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan, four Ninjitsu-trained turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter, battle evil.

Did you know: The undercover code name for the filming of the movie was “Foursquare”. This name was told to anyone who asked what was being filmed to keep the secret.

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