The 6 Most Anticipated Films of Spring and Summer 2014

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April 11th, 2014

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The spring and summer movie season often features some of the best movies of the year as filmmakers capitalize on moviegoers' excitement for the warmer weather as well as spring break and summer vacation. The 2014 year promises a number of spring and summer blockbusters. From the mysterious "Transcendence" to the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" remake, the following are some of the most highly anticipated flicks of the season.


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"Transcendence" hits theaters on April 17, and it is set to be the biggest sci-fi thriller of the season. Johnny Depp stars as Will, a brilliant scientist who decides to download the essence of his mind into a computer upon discovering that he is terminally ill. However, he discovers that he now possesses a vast wealth of power, and he becomes an indestructible force. This movie promises to be fast-paced and intellectually stimulating, and the cast includes Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman, among others.


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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

"The Amazing Spider-Man" by Marvel Studios has become a favorite of superhero fans everywhere, and they cannot wait to see what else is in store for Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. The film is set to be released on May 2, and it follows Peter as he begins to unravel the mystery of his parents' disappearance. Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Sally Field return in their respective roles, but there are also some newcomers including Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn.


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The story of the giant monster that terrorizes Tokyo is a classic, and there has not been a remake since the 1998 version, which was not well received by fans or critics. However, the 2014 "Godzilla" set to come out on May 16 promises an action-packed adventure unlike anything fans have seen before. In the film, a horde of evil creatures fueled by man's scientific pride threaten to destroy humanity, and the mighty Godzilla finds itself up against this terrifying enemy. Although not much has been released concerning the plot, early previews promise a unique take on the infamous monster as well as realistic details. The sci-fi action flick stars Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and many other notable actors.


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"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

The X-Men franchise has become one of the most beloved franchises in the world of superhero movies with unforgettable characters like Wolverine, Magneto and Dr. X. On May 23, fans get to see what has become of Wolverine since the 2013 film "The Wolverine." Trailers have revealed that Dr. Xavier, long thought to be deceased by characters and fans alike, is returning, and he is working with Magneto to help Wolverine go back in time to stop a disastrous event from being set in motion. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine, and Halle Berry returns as Storm. Due to the timeline of the film, the cast from "X-Men: First Class" is also returning with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and others.


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"Guardians of the Galaxy"

A relatively unknown comic book series is being brought to life by Marvel Studios with "Guardians of the Galaxy," a sci-fi thriller to be released on Aug. 1. Peter Quill becomes the target of a manhunt after snatching a special orb from the clutches of a villainous character, and he must protect the object with the help of a talking raccoon, a tree-like being, a green alien woman and a number of other misfits. The sci-fi action film stars a number of notable actors including Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt.


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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Everyone's favorite crime-fighting turtles have not been brought to the big screen since 1990, so fans of the original cartoon are eagerly anticipating the arrival of this comedy action flick on Aug. 8. The Turtles in the film are represented as tough, humanoid turtles brought to life with CGI, and they sport their signature eye masks and weapons. The Ninja Turtles are played by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek. William Fichtner lends his acting talents as The Shredder, a villainous being, while Megan Fox portrays April O'Neal.

Filled with a number of exciting sci-fi flicks, action films and superhero films, the spring and summer of 2014 are sure to be an exciting time for moviegoers everywhere. The movie season appears to be honing in on a number of trends in the industry, such as superheroes, in order to draw in more audiences, ultimately captivating them with stunning films.