Big, fat summer guide: Big summer movies

Posted: June 02, 2014

I HAVE A HARD TIME picturing Clint Eastwood in a Broadway audience of "Jersey Boys," tearfully mouthing the words to "My Eyes Adored You."

But he's obviously a fan - he jumped at the chance to direct the movie version of the Tony Award-winning story of the Four Seasons, opening this summer.

If, like Clint, you have fearlessly eclectic tastes, there should be something to please you in this summer's varied movie slate.

"The Fault in Our Stars," June 6. Adaptation of the wildly successful John Green novel about acerbic teens who fall in love while in a support group for cancer patients. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

"We Are the Best," June 13. Acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson ("Show Me Love," "Together") brings us a comedy about a couple of Stockholm girls trying to form a punk band in the early 1980s, bravely pushing past the obstacles of having no instruments and no talent. A big hit in Europe, it makes its way to the States this month.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2," June 13. The 2010 original was one of the first movies to break the Pixar monopoly on first-rate animation for families. The sequel revisits the characters of a Viking boy (voice of Jay Baruchel) and his BFF dragon, this time discovering an ice cave full of creatures that may upset the Viking/dragon peace.

"Think Like a Man Too," June 20. Most of the cast (Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good) from the sleeper 2012 hit returns for a sequel. This time, they're in Las Vegas for a wedding, still having relationship troubles. Based on the Steve Harvey book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

"Jersey Boys," June 20. Go ahead, make my day - sing "Walk Like a Man." Eastwood directs this movie adaption of the hit Broadway show about the musical group the Four Seasons. With Christopher Walken.

"Obvious Child," June 20. What do you do when you find yourself dumped, fired and scheduled for a Valentine's Day abortion? Find out in "Obvious Child," a comedy starring former SNL cast member Jenny Slate that was a hit on the festival circuit.

"Transformers: Age of Extinction," June 27. Another summer, another Michael Bay movie about robot fights. But this time, Shia LaBeouf is out and Mark Wahlberg is in, along with a cast that includes the usually script-savvy Stanley Tucci and John Goodman. And Steven Spielberg's on board as executive producer.

"Tammy," July 2. Melissa McCarthy, suddenly the movie industry's most reliable and popular comedy star, is back in a road movie that casts her as a cheated-on housewife heading to Niagara Falls with her hard-drinking grandma, played by Susan Sarandon.

"Calvary," Aug. 1. A few years ago, Anglo-Irish writer-director John Michael McDonagh teamed with Brendan Gleeson to make the hilarious summer sleeper "The Guard." Now they're back, in a darker story featuring Gleeson as a priest trying to clean up a morally complex mess at his parish. With Chris O'Dowd.


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