Four films to kickstart summer

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Film previews by Gavin Miller

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (also in 3D)

Released: May 22

X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise to helm the ultimate ensemble cast, as the stars of First Class join forces with veterans of the first trilogy.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart come face-to-face with the younger versions of themselves, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy), with Hugh Jackman returning as Wolverine.

Throw in Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and new characters like Omar Sy’s Bishop, then you’ve got one of the biggest film’s of the summer as the mutant collective try to change a historical event to save their kind.

GODZILLA (also in 3D)

Released: May 15

The world’s most famous monster gets a second recent stab at the big screen – after the embarrassing 1998 Matthew Broderick effort – in this big-budget epic action adventure, from up-and-coming director Gareth Edwards (Monsters).

Kick-Ass’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson, soon-to-play Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Elizabeth Olsen, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston headline an all-star cast, as the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises as humanity stands defenceless in the face of titanic forces of nature.

MALEFICENT (also in 3D)

Released: May 28

Angelina Jolie stars as one of Disney’s most iconic villains in this untold tale from the classic Sleeping Beauty – the latest film from the House of Mouse to be converted from animation to receive the big-budget treatment.

Driven by revenge, the evil fairy cruelly places a curse on the human king’s newborn infant princess Aurora (Super 8’s Elle Fanning), but soon realises the child may be the only one who can restore peace.

EDGE OF TOMORROW

(also in 3D)

Released: May 30

Tom Cruise takes another stab at sci-fi – after underwhelming Oblivion underwhelmed last year – as Earth gets attacked by an unrelenting alien assault in the near future.

He stars as an officer who gets dropped into what amounts to a ‘suicide’ mission, and then finds himself in a time-loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over again.

But alongside Special Forces agent Emily Blunt he increasingly learns new skills to engage – and hopefully defeat – the enemy.