20 Summer Movies You Absolutely Can Not Miss

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Two words come to mind when we think of the Summer Movie Season. Bigger (which is a guarantee), and better (which is more of a hope).

There’s no denying that movies like Godzilla, Transformers: Age of Extinction and X-Men: Days of Future Past could only open in the sweltering summer session, when audiences try to beat the heat by escaping into air-conditioned multiplexes to have their minds collectively blown by massive special effects. But do those minds also have to be switched off during the summer season? We hope not, and we’re looking to the following films to stimulate as well as entertain us as we race into the exhilarating Summer blockbuster frame.

These are the 20 movies we’re most excited about this summer season, listed in chronological order. They are the movies we have been obsessing over constantly in the Cinema Blend offices – the movies we can’t wait to finally experience in a theater. Soon! For each, we try to explain WHY these movies matter. You have a lot of films to choose from in the summer season. These are the ones we think need to be on your radar. Tell us, in the comments section, which ones you are dying to see. And remind us which ones we’ve missed. Enjoy this year’s Summer Movie Preview. Dig in!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
CAST: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Sally Field

DIRECTOR: Marc Webb

WHY IT MATTERS:
Marc Webb rebooted the Spider-Man franchise with 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and now that he’s gotten the origin story out of the way, he’s able to take his hero out for a few spins. However, Webb’s focus isn’t just on this immediate sequel. Sony has bet big on the future of The Amazing Spider-Man, announcing plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and possible spinoff movies for The Sinister Six and Venom, if all goes according to plan.

First, however, audiences need to turn out and support Webb’s second chapter in Spider-Man’s latest adventure, and this one is a doozy. Without getting too deep into details, the new movie retells a VERY important story in Spidey’s history, centering on Peter Parker’s strained relationship with his soul mate Gwen Stacy (played by the beautiful, radiant and charismatic Emma Stone). If you’ve read the comics, you know where this is going… and you know it’s bound to hurt. Jamie Foxx steals scenes with his portrayal of put-upon OsCorp employee Max Dillon – who becomes the lethal Electro. And Dane DeHaan brings the tragic Harry Osborn to life.

But finally committing the Gwen Stacy saga to the silver screen is a landmark achievement, and it will ensure that Spider-Man fans around the globe flock to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 again and again. Bring tissues.
RELEASE DATE: May 2

This article was first published on April 28, 2014 and was last updated on May 1, 2014.
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