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Photo gallery: June summer movie preview

Published April 29, 2014 2:03 pm

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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 June. (Some release dates are tentative.)

June 6

"The Fault in Our Stars" • John Green's best-selling novel arrives on the big screen, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Gus, teens who meet and fall in love in a cancer support group.

Also opening:

"Edge of Tomorrow" • Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's acclaimed science-fiction manga, as soldiers in a future war who must relive the final moments of battle over and over again.

"For No Good Reason" • Ralph Steadman, the illustrator who made Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo visions come to life, is profiled in this documentary. Johnny Depp (who played Thompson in "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas") is our guide into Steadman's weird world.

June 13

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" • It's been four years since the wonderful first installment of this animated franchise, where we met the young Viking named Hiccup and his dragon companion, Toothless. Now, the two discover a hidden ice cave that is home to hundreds of dragons — and the legendary Dragon Rider.

Also opening:

"Night Moves" • Three environmentalists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) plot to blow up a dam in this minimalist drama from director Kelly Reichert ("Meek's Cutoff," "Wendy & Lucy").

"22 Jump Street" • Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return as undercover cops, this time infiltrating a college, in a sequel to 2012's "21 Jump Street" (which was itself a reboot of an old Johnny Depp TV show).

"Words and Pictures" • An English teacher (Clive Owen) and an art instructor (Juliette Binoche) spark a romance, while their prep-school students debate which is more powerful — the word or the picture.

June 20

"Jersey Boys" • The Broadway hit, which chronicles the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, gets a big movie adaptation — directed by Clint Eastwood, who knows music (e.g., "Bird") and is one of the few active directors old enough to remember Valli & Co. in their heyday.

Also opening:

"The Grand Seduction" • A small fishing town is desperate to lure a factory that will save the area's economy, but to do so the residents (led by Brendan Gleeson) must persuade a young doctor (Taylor Kitsch) to live there.

"Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" • Mike Myers (yes, Austin Powers) makes his directorial debut with this documentary profile of Shep Gordon, whose career ranged from managing rock acts (including Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd) to launching the career of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

"Think Like a Man Too" • The sequel to 2012's romantic comedy (based on Steve Harvey's self-help best-seller) brings back all the couples for a wild Vegas wedding — where nothing goes according to plan.

June 27

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" • So what's new in Michael Bay's fourth movie based on the Hasbro cars-into-robots franchise? This time, there are Dinobots (dinosaur-looking robots) in the mix, and Mark Wahlberg in the lead instead of Shia LaBeouf.

Also opening:

"Boyhood" • Director Richard Linklater's latest, filmed over the course of 12 years and focusing on a kid (Ellar Coltrane) growing from 5 to 18, was a big surprise hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Also in June

"Obvious Child" • Known at Sundance '14 as "that comedy about abortion," this low-budget romantic comedy follows a stand-up comic (Jenny Slate) as she contemplates ending a pregnancy after a disastrous one-night stand.

"The Rover" • Guy Pearce stars in this Australian thriller as a man seeking revenge on the biker gang that stole his last possession — his car. Robert Pattinson co-stars as a luckless gang member who becomes the man's unwilling assistant.

"The Signal" • Another Sundance '14 title, this one a science-fiction tale of hackers lured to a remote location by a mysterious online entity.

"Yves Saint Laurent" • A biographical drama from France, tracking the life of the famed fashion designer (played by Pierre Niney) and his longtime relationship with his business and life partner, Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne).