Testosterone-fueled, spectacle-driven tentpole movies — “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Godzilla” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” — again dominate the multiplex this summer.
But an array of films with niche appeal are also on tap, including; the faith-based comedy “Moms’ Night Out”; Jon Favreau’s foodie-friendly “Chef”; Clint Eastwood’s jukebox musical “Jersey Boys”; the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” by the director of “The Help”; and female-centric stories such as “Belle,” about a woman of color raised by aristocrats; “Tammy,” a road trip comedy with Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon; and “Maleficent,” with a scenery-chewing Angelina Jolie as the villainess in “Sleeping Beauty.”
Consult the list below to see what summer holds. But dates are subject to change.
“Fading Gigolo” John Turturro wrote, directed and stars as a florist who becomes a male prostitute, with a pimp played by Woody Allen.
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” Animated “Wizard of Oz” sequel with voices by Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer.
“Moms’ Night Out” Faith-based comedy with Patricia Heaton, from Andrew and Jon Erwin, sibling directors of “October Baby.”
“Neighbors” A fraternity moves in next door to a young suburban married couple. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron.
“Chef” Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars as a chef who loses his job and starts a food truck. With John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale.
“Godzilla” On the 60th anniversary of the original Japanese film, the marauding, dinosaur-like beast gets a reboot by “Monsters” director Gareth Edwards, with effects by Oscar-winning Kenosha native Jim Rygiel.
“Locke” Described as a tense, “man in a can” drama, with Tom Hardy juggling dramatic events in his life on the phone driving home from work.
“Million Dollar Arm” A sports agent imports three cricket players from India to try out as baseball pitchers in order to save his business and changes his own life. Jon Hamm’s “Jerry Maguire.”
“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” A man given 90 minutes to live sets out to make amends. With Robin Williams, Peter Dinklage.
“Belle” Tale of mixed-race girl raised in British aristocracy but deprived of social standing. Inspired by a true story. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson.
“Blended” This summer’s Adam Sandler movie co-stars Drew Barrymore. They play single parents at the same resort with their children.
“The Love Punch” Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as divorced retirees who scheme to recover the savings stolen from them.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Fourth film in franchise. Wolverine is sent to the past to stop an event that dooms humans and mutants. Directed by Bryan Singer, with Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart.
“For No Good Reason” A walk through the life of gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, with Johnny Depp.
“Maleficent” A reworking of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” from the point of view of the villain, played by Angelina Jolie. With Elle Fanning. Directed by effects designer Robert Stromberg.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” “Blazing Saddles”-type Western movie parody by and with Seth MacFarlane, also with Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris.
“Edge of Tomorrow” A soldier fighting aliens lives his last battle again and again. With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt.
“The Fault in Our Stars” Teenage love story set at a cancer support group, with Shailene Woodley.
“Citizen Koch” Documentary about money, the political process and the 2012 budget battle in Madison.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Animated sequel.
“22 Jump Street” Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in action comedy sequel to reboot of 1980s TV series.
“Jersey Boys” Clint Eastwood’s film of Tony Award-winning musical about the Four Seasons singing group.
“Think Like a Man Too” Sequel to 2012 romantic comedy, this time set in Las Vegas. With Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf in fourth Michael Bay action-fantasy film about machines that are actually robots.
“Deliver Us From Evil” Cop Eric Bana teams up with an exorcist.
“Earth to Echo” Group of young friends receive mysterious text messages that lead to an extraterrestrial encounter. A “Super 8” story told in a “Cloverfield” style.
“Tammy” A woman hits the road with her profane mother. With Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon. Written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone.
“America” Documentary by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza.
“Begin Again” Mark Ruffalo as a down-and-out record producer, Keira Knightley as a singer-songwriter. By the writer-director of “Once.”
“And So It Goes” A man needs help raising a granddaughter he never knew he had. With Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton. Directed by Rob Reiner.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Sequel to 2011 reboot, advancing Pierre Boulle’s original story of mankind confronting an intelligent ape society. Directed by Matt Reeves. With Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman.
“The Fluffy Movie” Comedy concert film with Gabriel Iglesias.
Jupiter Ascending New sci-fi action from the Wachowskis, with Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis.
The Purge: Anarchy Sequel to the 2013 horror movie.
“Planes: Fire Rescue” Disney animated film.
“Wish I Was Here” Crowdfunded film by “Garden State” director Zach Braff about a struggling father trying to find his identity. With Kate Hudson.
“Hercules” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the Greek demigod. Directed by Brett Ratner.
“Magic in the Moonlight” Woody Allen film with Colin Firth set in the 1920s on the French Riviera.
“A Most Wanted Man” Philip Seymour Hoffman in an adaptation of John le Carre novel about German operatives and Muslim terrorism.
“Sex Tape” Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are a married couple who discover the sex tape they made is online.
“Step Up: All In” More dance competition, this time in Las Vegas.
“Get On Up” Chadwick Boseman of “42” as James Brown in biopic by Tate Taylor, director of “The Help.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Marvel film about misfit superheroes, including a genetically engineered raccoon, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” An Indian chef in France starts a restaurant across the road from a Michelin-caliber chef and a food war erupts. With Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
“Into the Storm” People are caught in a “Twister”-type natural disaster.
“Lucy” Scarlett Johansson as a woman forced into a dangerous deal who develops super intelligence and strength and turns the tables on her captors. Luc Besson action film with elements of “La Femme Nikita.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Reboot of 1980s action heroes, teenage turtles named after Renaissance artists. With Megan Fox.
“Let’s Be Cops” Buddy comedy about guys posing as cops who get caught in real-life trouble. With Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.
“As Above, So Below” Students find themselves trapped in the catacombs below Paris by an otherworldly force.
“The Expendables 3” Action film sequel with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“The Giver” In a utopian society, a boy is chosen to receive society’s past memories “before the time of sameness.” Based on Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning young adult novel. With Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep.
“What If” Can men and women be just friends? Relationship tale based on a play, with Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan.
“Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” Hard-boiled graphic novel noir by artist Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.
“If I Stay” A girl torn between music school and her true love with a tragic twist. Based on the young adult novel. With Chloe Grace Moretz.
“When the Game Stands Tall” Inspirational tale about legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, whose team had a 151-game winning streak. With Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern.
“November Man” Why should Liam Neeson get all the retired spy action roles? This one stars Pierce Brosnan.
“Jessabelle” Woman confronts a supernatural spirit.
“The Loft” Friends find a murdered woman in the loft they share for extramarital affairs. With James Marsden, Eric Stonestreet.
“One Chance” Fact-based tale of a bullied opera-singing youth who grows up to win “Britain’s Got Talent.” With James Corden, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney.
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