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14 June 2014 By Ryan Permison, Columnist No Comments

The summer of 2014 is off to a great start with such films as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Another anticipated films for me includes “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which brings together a new cast led by Mark Wahlberg, and the voice of Peter Cullen returning as Optimus Prime, to fight a new enemy. Giant robots causing destruction — what more can anyone ask for?

A sequel that I hope will make an impact this summer is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Set 10 years after the events of the first film, it stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell among others. The humans try to work with the apes in order to share this world, but it may not go according to plan. I enjoyed the first film and can’t wait to see where they take the war between the apes and the humans.

Next, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its reign at the box office by introducing a new team of heroes, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, along with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. This is the riskiest project for Marvel since most, if not all, moviegoers have never heard of this team. Not quite sure how I feel about this one, but I am certainly curious to see how it all turns out.

A classic franchise gets a reboot with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” starring Megan Fox and William Fichtner. Produced by Michael Bay, the trailers may not be great, but since it’s a fresh take with a new cast and crew, I am willing to give it a chance.

Toward the end of the summer, a prequel that has been nine years in the making finally arrives with “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” starring Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It is set sometime before the events of the first film and centers on four different stories. I really enjoyed the first “Sin City” because it was filmed in black and white, and the stories were intertwined. Not to mention, the action sequences were electrifying. I think these four films will be worth the wait.

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