Throughout the next four days I'll be highlighting my most anticipated films of 2014's Summer season. Today will focus on the month May where there are more than a few titles worth getting excited about. So let's take a look at what the start of Summer has to offer!
Honorable Mention: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return in the sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd). Elizabeth Banks has to survive the morning after a regrettable evening in Walk of Shame (May 2nd). Jon Favreau gives the family drama genre a try in his festival darling Chef (May 9th). Richard Ayoade's second feature The Double (May 9th) follows Jesse Eisenberg's fall into madness after he discovers his doppleganger. Jon Hamm plays a baseball scout who comes up with the wild notion of searching for MLB's next rising stars throughout India's Cricket circuit in Million Dollar Arm (May 16th). Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender return in another superhero installment X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23rd). Teenagers get caught up in all sorts of trouble in the dark drama Palo Alto (May 23rd) starring James Franco and Emma Roberts. Angelina Jolie heads the Disney tale Maleficent (May 30th). James McAvoy plays a bipolar and drug addicted cop who tries to win back his family in Filth (May 30th). The highly buzzed indie hit Night Moves (May 30th) follows a group of environmentalists who scheme to blow up a dam.
Neighbors (May 9th)
Seth Rogen has always had a direct line to my sense of humor, and this May he returns with the raucous R-rated comedy Neighbors. Rogen and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) star as a married couple anxious to rediscover their youth when a fraternity purchases the house next door to them. However, they quickly realize that they've outgrown the late-night party life and begin to feud with their rowdy college-aged neighbors (Zac Efron and Dave Franco). Early word out of the SXSW festival is Neighbors delivers non-stop laughter, and I sure hope so.
Godzilla (May 16th)
Well all know that the 1998 reboot starring Matthew Broderick was cringe-worthy, but early images and trailers have elevated excitement for another modern-day crack at the classic tale of Godzilla. Director Gareth Edwards impressed with his debut effort, Monsters, and combining him with the likes of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Elizabeth Olson makes for an excitement-building collaboration. Hopefully we're given the Godzilla reboot that we've long deserved.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30th)
I admittedly have my reservations after catching a glimpse of the trailer for Seth MacFarlane's highly anticipated follow-up to 2012's Ted. I'm concerned about MacFarlane's ability to hold together a full length comedy in a major live-action role. However, when I think back to just how funny Ted was, I can't help but get a little excited for some vulgar humor. A Million Ways to Die in the Best is a high risk/high reward feature that I'm certainly willing to take a chance on.
*** Remember to stay tuned tomorrow for a look at June's most exciting titles!