You've waited through one cold, harsh winter this year, but the time for summer movie season has arrived, as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks off the next four months of gargantuan blockbusters starting this weekend. And in 2014, there are far too many movies you simply cannot miss. From Peter Parker's greatest battle yet, to the return of an iconic Japanese monster, to a dark fairy with a heart of stone, to four mutant brothers who rise up out of the sewer to save New York City, summer 2014 promises to be one of the biggest and best yet. Get out your scorecards and your personal calendar. You're going to want to make sure you have your money saved up, and all that time off requested. Because these are the 14 movies everyone is going to be talking about throughout August, and you don't want to be left out of the conversation!

1The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

Tagline: His Greatest Battle Begins.

Release Date: May 2

The Players: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, and Paul Giamatti.

Why You Can't Miss It: We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.



Tagline: The World Ends, Godzilla Begins.

Release Date: May 16

The Players: Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Why You Can't Miss It: In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

3X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future Past

Tagline: Mutants are the Enemy.

Release Date: May 23.

The Players: Everyone from every X-Men movie ever.

Why You Can't Miss It: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.



Tagline: Evil has a Beginning.

Release Date: May 30.

The Players: Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Why You Can't Miss It: Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

5Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

Tagline: Live. Die. Repeat.

Release Date: June 6.

The Players: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

Why You Can't Miss It: The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

6How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tagline: N/A.

Release Date: June 13.

The Players: Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and T.J. Miller.

Why You Can't Miss It: The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

7Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers 4

Tagline: The Rules Have Changed.

Release Date: June 27.

The Players: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

Why You Can't Miss It: As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control - all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.

8Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Tagline: N/A.

Release Date: July 11.

The Players: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell.

Why You Can't Miss It: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

9Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

Tagline: Expand Your Universe.

Release Date: July 18.

The Players: Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

Why You Can't Miss It: From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending tells the story of Jupiter Jones , who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along-her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

10The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge 2

Tagline: An American Tradition.

Release Date: July 18.

The Players: Frank Grillo.

Why You Can't Miss It: The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. In this terrifying new sequel, a young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.



Tagline: N/A.

Release Date: July 25.

The Players:

Dwayne Johnson.

Why You Can't Miss It: Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend...Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail... he must again become the hero he once was... he must embrace his own myth... he must be Hercules.

12Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 2

Tagline: Shark Happens!

Release Date: July 31.

The Players: Tara Reid and Ian Ziering.

Why You Can't Miss It: In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites - and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.

13Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Tagline: You're Welcome.

Release Date: August 1.

The Players: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Why You Can't Miss It: An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

14Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Tagline: N/A

Release Date: August 8.

The Players: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub.

Why You Can't Miss It: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

There you have it. Those are the biggest movies coming out this summer. Are you excited? Do you feel shortchanged by Hollywood? Is there anything that truly excites you arriving in the next four months? Let us know!

B. Alan Orange at Movieweb
B. Alan Orange