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article imageOp-Ed: Top 10 movies to see this summer

By Michael Thomas     Mar 17, 2014 in Entertainment
As most of us here in North America slowly defrost from this horrible winter, the summer movie season is about to kick off. Here are 10 films worth taking a look at.
The following list is in chronological order and extends through the "summer movie season." which begins in April and ends in August. Look out for lots of superhero action alongside a few more sequels and some odds and ends.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)
Marvel movies will be frequent on this list, and the beginning of the onslaught will be with this sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. This time around, Cap's sidekick Bucky, thought to be killed, has re-emerged as brainwashed assassin. With the help of Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America will need to act fast while adjusting to modern life.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
While the initial idea of a Spider-Man reboot seemed ridiculous considering its close proximity to Sam Raimi's trilogy. this new franchise, with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, has emerged as a more faithful adaptation of the comic books. While the original was an origin story with the Lizard as the main villain, this sequel will pile on the danger with the appearance of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Expect plenty of wisecracks and a lot of explosions.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
The world of X-Men is about to get a whole lot bigger. The initial trilogy in the franchise brought to light the wide world of mutant heroes like Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Rogue, and the story expanded even further with X-Men: First Class. That film took place in the past, and now the past and present are about to merge, likely with explosive results. Prepare yourselves for two Charles Xaviers, two Magnetos, and a whole lot of time traveling.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
After Seth Macfarlane made it big with Ted in 2012, it's no surprise that he's taking another shot at the live-action film biz with this raunchy wild west tale. Macfarlane plays a cowardly sheep farmer who loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) and must find his confidence again. The film is absolutely packed with stars, like Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman, and looks to be as NSFW as Ted is.
Maleficent (May 30)
Good and evil have always been easily identifiable in Disney's classic films, and this live-action re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty may (or may not) blur those lines. As the title suggests, this film will be from the point of view of the evil queen (Angelina Jolie), and will likely feature a lot of magic, monsters and, let's hope, a big black dragon.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
Dreamworks has been on a roll with its pictures, and 2010's How To Train Your Dragon happened to be both a critical and financial success. It's a no-brainer, then, that this sequel is appearing, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson among others. The world is set to expand, with the whole Northern Hemisphere suddenly becoming a playground, Hiccup and friends will have a lot to discover.
Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
This latest film by the Wachowskis looks to be another sci-fi epic, perhaps just as ambitious as Cloud Atlas. A janitor named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) finds out that she has the same genetic makeup as the "Queen of the Universe." And the aforementioned queen isn't too happy about that. Jupiter will likely see her ascent amid gunfights and spaceships.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
Previously mentioned as a movie to look forward to in 2014, this new installment in the Marvel cinematic universe looks to be a thrill ride. Marvel has always managed to inject some humour into even its most serious heroes, and it looks like this film, starring the likes of Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, and with the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, will be even funnier. Find out if the ragtag group of heroes are truly "a bunch of a-holes" later this summer.
The Giver (August 15)
Lois Lowry's 1993 book has become a classic, and more than 20 years after its literary debut, a film adaptation is soon to surface. In a world where everything is seemingly perfect, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) meets The Giver (Jeff Bridges) and begins to discover that his perfect society didn't get perfect without some major conflicts. See also for appearances by Meryl Streep, Alexander SkarsgÄrd and Taylor Swift.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22)
The highly stylized Sin City made a big splash in 2005, and a sequel is finally appearing almost a decade later, with many returning cast members alongside some fresh faces like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Piven and even Lady Gaga. Much like the previous film, A Dame to Kill For will be a selection of stories, this time four in total, exploring the dark and violent underworld.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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