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12 Hottest Movies of Summer 2014

Our official preview of the summer's most anticipated movies—trailers included!
Summer Movies: Expendables 3

Whether it’s date night or a weekend meet-up with your buddies, going to the movies is an entertaining way to start or end a night. To save you the back-and-forth over the dreaded "So, what are we gonna see?" we've compiled this quick list of the most anticipated flicks of the summer. 

So far, four of our picks have topped the weekend box office sales and with The Expendables 3 now playing, we may be closing in on five top ticket sellers. Take our word for it, The Expendables 3 looks to be the most high-octane fim of the summer and one that action buffs certaintly won't want to miss. 

Check out The Expendables 3 and this season's most buzzed about flicks with the official Men's Fitness summer movie guide. Trailers are included so you have everything you need to pick something that won't disappoint. 

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The Expendables 3 is the next chapter in this explosive action ensemble series. Barney and his elite team face off with an ex-member of the squad, Conrad Stonebanks, a merciless arms dealer determined to bring down the Expendables once and for all. If you’re a guy looking for an unforgettable action-packed adventure starring the most badass cast ever to be filmed, then do not miss this conclusive movie.

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The sequel to Sin City, released in 2005, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is an American crime thriller directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. The film is backed by an all-star cast that includes Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, and Ray Liotta. A Dame to Kill For is the next chapter of the grizzly series full of crime and redemption.

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Directed by Eli Roth, a group of student activists from New York City travel to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Upon arriving, they are taken hostage by the natives they had tried to save. Starring Lorenzo Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Daryl Sabarhe, the film promises to be violent, disturbing, and good fun.

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A crime drama based on the short story "Animal Rescue" by Dennis Lehane, The Drop features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and the late James Gandolfini in his last film. Hardy and Gandolfini play ex-cons who work at a Brooklyn bar that allows for the dropping off of dirty money from organized crime. When the bar gets robbed, the neighborhood’s origins come full circle.

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As the eighth film in the science-fiction franchise, it seems that these movies will continue to draw audiences. This sequel to the 2011 film follows genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) as they become threatened by human survivors of a devastating virus released on society a decade earlier.

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Liam Neeson plays Scudder, a former NYPD detective with a regrettable past who comes out of retirement to track down those responsible for cold-blooded killing. Hired as a private detective, Scudder walks a thin line between abiding by the law and doing whatever is necessary in order to track these men down and bring them to justice. Based on the 1992 crime thriller novel, this film looks to tell a great story. 

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Starring Men's Fitness cover guy Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. the Star Lord, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is about Quill’s quest to protect the galaxy from the villain Ronan. Featuring a green Zoe Saldana, a huge Dave Bautista, voiceovers from Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, and more notable names, this high-budget film is sure to blast the big screen with action. 

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Director Scott Derrickson delivers this bone-chilling film based on the actual accounts of NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie. Detective Sarchie struggles to make sense of the demonic occurrences happening throughout the city. He teams up with a Jesuit priest who believes this is the act of the devil. As Sarchie becomes more involved with the case, he and his family quickly become prime targets of the possessed. 

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One of the most anticipated films of the summer, Hercules, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, is based on a graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” and does not include supernatural elements that are inherent to the story. Johnson portrays a world-weary version of Hercules in search of redemption for his past sins. Although the movie is not based on the supernatural world, Johnson looks every bit as supernatural as his counterpart in the movie.

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Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy, a woman living in Taiwan (one of the film’s shooting locations along with Paris and New York), who is kidnapped by the mob and has drugs placed in her stomach. When the drugs leak inside of her, she turns into a superhuman genius with revenge on her mind. An entertaining and thought-provoking mix of science fiction and action, the film will be a great display of just how smart and sexy Johansson can be. 

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Anarchy is the sequel to the dark horror movie The Purge, in which the plot follows the events of a “free-for-all” when one night a year robbery, murder, and destruction are completely legal. This time, the main character Leo (played by Frank Grillo) learns that protecting others from the terrors of “The Purge” can have dire consequences. Like its counterpart, the themes of societal questioning and class hierarchies are present, and it promises to be a thrilling experience, especially if you liked the first movie.

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The fifth film in the comic book inspired series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns with a New York City setting and the most realistic rendition of the crew yet. Produced by Michael Bay, reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) must work with the Turtles to combat Shredder’s evil plan for the city.

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