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Summer Film Preview 2014: The Season of 'Fierce'

Fire-spewing lizards, militant apes, and a gangsta Melissa McCarthy: Brace yourself for a long, hot movie summer

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'Godzilla' (May 16th)

Yes, the giant lizard is back. It would be tough to top the 1954 Japanese original, with its subtext about the evils of nuclear testing. (Though no less a 'Zilla-fan than Oscar winner Nicolas Cage has said not to discount 2001's Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah.) We sure as hell can forget the limp-dick Hollywood take in 1998, with Matthew Broderick. For 2014, director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) casts Bryan Cranston as a nuclear physicist who knows those rumblings under the sea are not from Mother Nature. No jokes about Heisenberg killing the beast in a meth lab. In this reboot, Godzilla and his minions are getting the best CGI money can buy. "I love Godzilla," raves Cranston, "more than King Kong." Fighting words, Mr. White. 

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