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Box office turns up the heat with summer sizzlers

Written by: Chris Kessler

For movie studios, summer is the biggest time of the year. Blockbusters filled with superheroes, sequels and superstar A-list actors will fill theaters for the next four months. To help you decide what you want see or skip, here are some of the biggest films of the summer. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a superhero flick is the first on the list.

The Amazing
Spider-Man 2
May 2
Adbtly named director Marc Webb returns to direct the follow-up of the 2012 hit.This time Spidey faces multiple foes like Electro, Green Goblin and Rhino as he tries to protect New York City, all the while uncovering the mystery of his parents’ demise.

May 9
Husband and wife, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, have just moved into suburbia and have to deal with the crazed antics of a fraternity who just moved next door, all the while dealing with their newborn baby. Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) directs.

May 16
Godzilla is back on the big screen and with a vengeance after the previous dud Hollywood installment. There isn’t much known about the plot other than Godzilla is wreaking havoc, but what else do you need to know? Ultra-talented Bryan Cranston from the beloved Breaking Bad series stars and brings immediate credibility to the screen.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
May 23
Director Bryan Singers combines the original X-Men cast with their counterparts from X-Men: First Class (the origin story of the X-Men). The film is based on the popular comic book story in which Wolverine is sent into the past in order to prevent a terrible event that dooms humans and mutants.

May 30
Disney produces an origin story of their own, with the backstory of the events that led to the iconic Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie seems to be the perfect choice to play the villainess witch.

22 Jump Street
June 13
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles from the hilarious 21 Jump Street as undercover cops. This time they’re sent to college to take down a new drug dealer.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
June 27
The series gets a much-needed boost of change with Mark Wahlberg taking over as a hard working father whose family gets caught up in the never-ending war between Autobots and Decepticons.

Think Like a Man Too
June 27
The couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but their mischievous adventures lead to possible derailing of the big event. Stand-up-comedian-turned-top- comedy-actor Kevin Hart and the rest of the cast return for the sequel to the surprise breakout hit. 

Deliver Us from Evil
July 2
This thriller is based on the true accounts of a New York police detective who investigates a series of possession with the help from a Priest. Director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) has had some mild success in the horror genre.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
July 11
The sequel to the prequel is set ten years after the events of the simian plague. Caesar and the rest of his apes are threatened by the human survivors and continue their war against humanity.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
August 8
Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael battle the evil Shredder with help from their sensei, Splinter and a human ally, April, played by Megan Fox.

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