Ready for a spectacular summer of film releases? Course you are. Here are the faces behind the season’s biggest blockbusters and new films.
1/10Gareth Edwards takes on the mightiest monster of them all in Godzilla
Reasons to be excited number one: the director is Gareth Edwards, the 38-year-old Brit behind the DIY alien-invasion pic Monsters (watch it on Netflix). Number two: a blinding cast of proper actors, including Walter from Breaking Bad plus a skyscraper-high super-dinosaur.
Godzilla opens in theaters on Fri May 16.
2/10Michael Fassbender hides inside a fiberglass head in Frank
Sorry Fass-fans. Your fave hearthrob wears a gigantic fake head for all 90 minutes of Frank. This brilliant oddball indie comedy is written by Jon Ronson and loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, the bonkers creation of Mancunian musician and comedian Chris Sievey. For something a little more popcorn-spilling, Fassbender will also be in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Frank opens in theaters on Fri Aug 22. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on Fri May 23.
3/10Angelina Jolie terrifies little kids in Maleficent
Just how scary does Angelina Jolie look playing the evil Sleeping Beauty fairy Maleficent? So scary they had to cast her daughter Vivienne, then four, in the film, as she was the only child who wasn’t afraid of Jolie in costume. We’re hoping for a feminist spin in the film, which promises to give the untold story of Maleficent—the one who puts a curse on Sleeping Beauty in the 1959 Disney cartoon.
Maleficent opens in theaters on Fri May 30.
4/10Andy Serkis goes simian again in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
We were shocked at how much enjoyment we got out of the first Planet of the Apes prequel and a lot of that credit goes to the Serkis-lead motion capture cast, who managed to express far more emotions than their human counterparts and all through a thick veil of pixels. With James Franco out of the picture, this follow-up should rest squarely on the furry shoulders of Serkis's Caesar as the war between apes and humans finally takes shape.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens Fri July 11.
5/10Jonah Hall gets sweary in 22 Jump Street
He may have snagged an Oscar nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street, but that doesn’t mean Jonah Hill is going all thespian on us. He’s back with Channing Tatum for the sequel to the surprisingly excellent big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV show. This time around the undercover cops are headed for college. Expect fratboy humor and plenty of weapons discharged prematurely.
22 Jump Street opens in theaters on Fri Jun 13.
6/10Toothless returns in How to Train Your Dragon 2
Adorable alert! Toothless is back with his pet Viking in How to Train Your Dragon 2. If you didn’t catch the first film, Toothless is a Night Fury—basically the cutest kitten-bat-lizard crossbreed species you’re ever likely to see on screen.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in theaters on Fri Jun 13.
7/10Melissa McCarthy gets her freak on in Tammy
We’re really hoping Tammy will be this year’s Bridesmaids. Hollywood’s funniest woman, Melissa McCarthy, wrote the script and stars as a woman having a run of bad luck, and embarking on a road trip with her gran.
Tammy opens in theaters on Wed Jul 2.
8/10Keira Knightley is a girl with a guitar in Begin Again
Oh, Keira. We know you haven’t made a film for a while. But busking? Has it come to that? Only kidding. The actress is rocking hobo-chic to play a struggling singer dumped by her newly successful boyfriend in Once director John Carney’s comedy. Did she get tips from Mr. Knightley (Klaxon James Righton)? We foresee heart-on-sleeve sweetness.
Begin Again opens in theaters on Fri Jul 4.
9/10Ellar Coltrane grows up in Boyhood
After watching Boyhood you’ll feel like you’ve known 18-year-old Ellar Coltrane his whole life. Director Richard Linklater cast him at age seven and has filmed him for a week every year since, adapting the plot of the film as Coltrane’s grown up. Linklater nailed the modern love story with the Before Midnight trilogy and he’s done it again here, making the perfect film about childhood. This will leave you in a puddle on the floor.
Boyhood opens in theaters on Fri Jul 11.
10/10Bradley Cooper blasts off in Guardians of the Galaxy
Bradley Cooper may have reinvented himself as an actor of depth, but there’s always room for a bit of family entertainment. Here he’s the voice of Rocket, a raccoon with anger issues, in Marvel’s new superhero mega-franchise. Cooper apparently based his character on Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. Is that funny to you? Funny how?
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on Fri Aug 1.