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Summer movies preview: Superheroes, Big Budgets and Blockbusters

Summer is almost upon us and for me that means looking forward to staying inside to watch summer movies. OK, I hear how that sounds; I love movies, but maybe not that much! Although it can be quite soothing to hang out in a dark, air-conditioned movie theater in the middle of summer when it's sweltering outside! There are SO many movies coming out in the next few months, so I've compiled a list of the movies I'm planning to check out when such a day is upon me. I've noted their release dates so if you're interested, you can get these on your calendars pronto! This first post is all about the big-budgets, but check out a future post for smaller films also coming to a theater near you.

Superheroes, Big Budgets and Blockbusters

I don't know about you, but I like to be highly entertained and blown away by movies. I want to see things that I would never see in reality. These are the ones movie studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars on. They're also the ones that you'll be charged $43 to see (for two people). That is, if you're going to see them in the way they were intended - in IMAX & 3-D. For me, it's worth the moola if it blows my socks off.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - in theaters now The sequel in the new franchise, based off the updated comic about the web-slinger, stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. I was a little unsure why we needed new Spider-Man movies so soon after the ones starring Tobey Maguire, but I highly enjoyed the first one. It was well done. When it ended, we saw Peter dealing with the consequences of his new life of being a superhero. The sequel finds him still spending time with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), and getting all messed up with the newest villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), and once again, battling things stronger and more powerful than anything he has ever encountered. We also get to meet a new Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan).

Godzilla - Opens May 16th This preview gave me chills. And then I immediately put it on my must see list. I'm hoping this will actually be one of the best Godzilla remakes in a long time...uh, I mean, ever. An unknown director bringing his A-game along with a crew full of Oscar-nominees should make this worthwhile to check out. Also, Bryan Cranston is in it. You might know him from Breaking Bad. It sounds like he's a scientist in this one too, who discovers some really weird things going on at a nuclear power plant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Opens May 23rd Another sequel or is it a prequel because now all the X-MEN are young? Apparently, it's both! As they bring back actors from the previous movies and the prequel from 2012. That's when we learned how Magneto became such a bad guy. Now we're going to find out how the X-MEN fight to save the world by teaming up with their younger selves. If you're a fan of this franchise, I think you'll be excited for the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Jennifer Lawrence as a young Mystique, as well as the bringing together of characters from the older movies and the most recent one.

Maleficent - Opens May 30th Disney's latest live-action movie to hit theaters stars Angelina Jolie as the evil queen, Maleficent, who curses a young princess. We'll find out a lot more about this character than we did from the animated Sleeping Beauty including what makes her so vengeful. I think most people want to see how evil Angelina Jolie can be, and I don't blame them. Elle Fanning plays Aurora, the princess and Sharlto Copley, who comes from another summer blockbuster I enjoyed, District 9, stars as the princess's father with whom Maleficent has a history with. I've got a feeling we won't be so eager for her demise once we learn a little of her back story. This is directed by a production designer who has won Oscars for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland so expect beautiful visuals and stunning costumes, in fact, that's why I'm going. This is one to see on the big screen....in 3-D.

Jupiter Ascending - Opens July 18th I don't want to know too much about this one before I go see it. I haven't even watched the trailer yet because it scares me to go in with high expectations for something I'm really hoping is good. It's from the same duo that made The Matrix. I do know that Channing Tatum is in it and that's usually good enough reason for me to see it! I also know that it sounds like another "found princess story" in that we center on a girl (Mila Kunis) who doesn't know who she is but ends up being someone really important to the world. This could be big budget, sci-fi at its best. Be ready for awesome visual effects, and with a cast of accomplished actors I'm hoping this won't disappoint.

A few more big budget movies to look out for this summer

Transformers: Age of Extinction - Opens June 27th Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Opens July 11th Guardians of the Galaxy - Opens August 1st Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Opens August 8th

What movies are you looking forwarding to catching on the big screen this summer?

Want more? Check out this handy calendar from EW, so many movies, so little summer! Get advice on what to watch, stream or skip from NYMag.com as well.

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