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Published April 30, 2014 7:51 am

79 films • Among the familiar names on marquees this summer: Spider-Man, Godzilla, Maleficent and Hercules.
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It's summer time, and Hollywood knows what you want — the same thing it gave you last summer.

That includes big-budget superhero spectaculars, robots and monsters, dragons and apes, and action aplenty. There also will be some comedy, a bit of romance and something for the kids among the 79 movies arriving through August.

Here's a look at the movies opening in May. (Some release dates are tentative.)

May 2

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" • Marvel's web-spinner returns, again played by Andrew Garfield, to face new enemies — the power-surging Electro (Jamie Foxx) and frenemy Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan) — and reconcile his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

Also opening:

"Blue Ruin" • An outsider's attempt at revenge in his childhood home goes awry in this dark thriller, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

"Breathe In" • A foreign-exchange student (Felicity Jones) tempts the married professor (Guy Pearce) in her host family in this melodrama (a Sundance 2013 title) by director-writer Drake Doremus ("Like Crazy"),

"Stranger by the Lake" • A young gay man (Pierre Deladonchamps) falls for a guy (Christophe Paou), and becomes entangled in a murder case, in this French thriller.

May 9

"Neighbors" • Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star in this comedy as a married couple with a new baby who are forced to move next door to a rowdy fraternity — where Zac Efron is the big man on campus. Directed by Nicholas Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall").

Also opening:

"Dancing in Jaffa" • A documentary that follows dancer Pierre Dulaine, who returns to his birthplace in Israel to teach ballroom dancing to Jewish and Palestinian kids.

"Fading Gigolo" • John Turturro directs and stars in this comedy as a guy who decides to become a professional Don Juan to help his cash-strapped buddy (Woody Allen), who becomes his manager.

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" • In this animated tale, Dorothy (voiced by "Glee's" Lea Michele) goes back to Oz when a new menace, The Jester (voiced by Martin Short), threatens her friends.

"On My Way" • Catherine Deneuve stars in this French romance as a woman who hits the road to escape her troubles — and ends up taking her grandson (Nemo Schiffman) along for the ride.

"Only Lovers Left Alive" • Indie god Jim Jarmusch tells his version of a vampire story, a centuries-long romance between a jaded rock star (Tom Hiddleston) and his lover (Tilda Swinton).

"13 Sins" • A salesman (Mark Webber) is sent on a series of increasingly gruesome errands in this horror thriller.

May 16

"Godzilla" • Japan's most terrifying export returns, facing off against even nastier monsters. The human cast includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), Elizabeth Olsen, Andy Serkis, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe.

Also opening:

"God's Pocket" • Philip Seymour Hoffman makes one of his last screen appearances in this dark comedy-drama, as a meat-truck driver dealing with the death of his unloved stepson. Christina Hendricks and John Turturro star in the directorial debut of "Mad Men" star John Slattery, which premiered at Sundance '14.

"Locke" • Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") stars as a construction manager dealing with personal failings and a major concrete project — all over the phone while driving his BMW.

"Million Dollar Arm" • "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm plays a sports agent who goes looking for potential baseball talent among India's cricket players.

May 23

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" • Marvel's mutants team up for the ultimate crossover, as Prof. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his nemesis Magneto (Ian McKellen) send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time — to reconcile the younger Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and prevent a war against mutants. Cast members of "X-Men" and "X-Men: First Class" who return include Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult and Anna Paquin. Directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed the first "X-Men."

Also opening:

"Belle" • In the 18th century, a mixed-race daughter (Gugu Mbatha Raw) of a Royal Navy admiral is raised by her rich great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) — and experiences both privilege and prejudice in this drama, inspired by a true story.

"Blended" • Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore ("50 First Dates") reteam in this comedy, this time as bickering single parents who are thrown together with their kids on an African vacation.

"Chef" • Jon Favreau, having directed the first two "Iron Man" movies, returns to his low-budget roots — starring as a master cook who has a meltdown and takes his act on the road in a food truck. Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo co-star.

May 30

"Maleficent" • Angelina Jolie stars as the evil queen from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" in a live-action action drama that tells the fairy-tale story from her perspective. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora.

Also opening:

"Chinese Puzzle" • Writer-director Cedric Klapisch continues the story of the roommates from "L'Auberge Espagnole" (2002) and "Russian Dolls" (2005). This time, Xavier (Romain Duris) is 40 when his wife, Wendy (Kelly Reilly), leaves him for another man — and moves with their two kids to New York.

"Cold in July" • Director Jim Mickle ("We Are What We Are") creates some Texas noir in this Sundance '14 entry, as a regular guy (Michael C. Hall) kills an intruder in his house — and must reckon with revenge from a man (Sam Shepard) who thinks the dead man is his son.

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" • Seth McFarlane ("Family Guy," "Ted") directs and stars in this bawdy Western comedy (partly filmed in Utah) as a farmer who falls for a woman (Charlize Theron) — only to learn that her estranged husband is a notorious gunslinger (Liam Neeson).

Also in May

"Decoding Annie Parker" • Samantha Morton plays the title role, a woman with a family history of breast cancer who joins forces with a geneticist (Helen Hunt) to prove a genetic link to cancer.

"The Immigrant" • Marion Cotillard stars in this period drama, set in 1920 Manhattan, as a Polish immigrant thrown into prostitution by a nasty charmer (Joaquin Phoenix) but seeking escape with a debonair magician (Jeremy Renner).

"Walk of Shame" • A one-night stand leaves a TV reporter (Elizabeth Banks) stranded in L.A. — with no phone, car, money or ID — on the day of a major job interview.