It might seem like only yesterday that we took our seats for 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” “The Conjuring” and “World War Z,” but it’s time to do it again. The 2014 summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the arrival of the high-flying “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The next few months at the cineplex have in store a fairly eclectic lineup of rollicking comedies, sci-fi extravaganzas, hopeful franchise reboots, indie darlings and, of course, plenty of superhero adventures. Really, when romances starring Shailene Woodley and Daniel Radcliffe share the season with Optimus Prime, Spider-Man and Godzilla, not even the sky’s the limit.
First looks at “Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fast Seven," Angelina Jolie and "Unbroken," oh my. As part of their CinemaCon panel Tuesday, Universal Pictures served up a veritable buffet of trailer and teaser goodness, which included: the first sneak peek of footage from “Grey,” the trailer for the Angelina Jolie-directed “Unbroken,” which Jolie was on hand to introduce herself, teasers from the next “Fast and Furious” entry, “Fast Seven,” “The Purge: Anarchy,” the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” Scarlett Johansson’s late-summer thriller “Lucy,” the comedy sequel “Dumb and Dumber To,” and the “Minions” movie, as well as extended trailers from this summer’s buzzworthy comedies “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Neighbors.” Like we said, it was a full-meal presentation. It carefully sets the scene for how the relationship between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) will play out, complete with shy glances, fixed gazes, passionate embraces and talk of ‘control.’ Here’s the full breakdown of the first look and Jamie Dornan’s smolder.
Well, so much for 2013. This past year had its cinematic ups (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Gravity,” “This Is the End”), downs (“Gangster Squad,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”), in-betweens (“Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and sweet surprises (“The Conjuring,” “Blue Jasmine”). It was a fun year , but 2014 is looking to be even more of a thrill ride, filled with franchise-friendly sure things, swing-for-the-fences passion projects, sleeper hits waiting to be discovered and, of course, a few (okay, a lot of) superhero movies. And we can’t wait to get started.