New Spider-Man Opens Summer Movie Season of Remakes and Reboots

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Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Summer Blockbuster Season 2014 officially kicks off today with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. It's just one of many remakes and reboots that will dominate the screens this summer. 

At the top of my list: Godzilla, a remake of the Japanese monster classic. The original was a metaphor for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The new one promises a message about the west policing the world's nuclear stockpiles.

Andy Serkis plays Caesar in Planet of the Apes.

Other big budget fair includes The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is a sequel to the 2011 reboot. Andy Serkis is back as Caesar, the leader of the apes in a world that pits simians against humans.

X-Men: Days of Futures Past and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles round out the big budget remakes and reboots.

As for summer popcorn comedies, there will be a mix of originals and sequels. I am most looking forward to 22 Jump Street, which brings back Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two cops who work undercover as (incredibly old-looking) students.

I also have high hopes for Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon (picture below) as two very badly behaved road-trippers, and Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as a father and frat boy who live side-by-side and continually clash over their lifestyle differences. 

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