There are three things you can count on every summer: Kids will be out of school, temperatures will soar, and big-budget blockbusters will dominate the multiplex. Here are six summer movies we can’t wait to see.THE HANGOVER PART II (May 26)
The cast of the most profitable R-rated comedy ever made returns for more prenuptial shenanigans, this time in bustling Bangkok. The four friends (Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) travel to Thailand to celebrate a wedding when the expected chaos ensues. It’s a familiar setup, sure, but you know what they say: If it ain’t broke …
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (June 3)
Fans worried that 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine might kill their beloved franchise. But in pairing director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) and writer-producer Bryan Singer (who directed the first two X-Men films) with actors James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, this origin-story reboot promises to revive the series in style.
GREEN LANTERN (June 17)
You can have Thor and Captain America: For our money, Hal Jordan is the coolest comic character coming soon to a theater near you. Ryan Reynolds is the cocky test pilot recruited into an intergalactic police force and must battle a baddie (Peter Sarsgaard) for the fate of the planet. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), this action epic is sure to make rival studios green with envy.
CARS 2 (June 24)
The sequel to the 2006 hit finds BFFs Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) on an international adventure when the latter is mistaken for an American spy. While an espionage thriller centered on a redneck tow truck might be questionable coming from anyone else, director/Pixar honcho John Lasseter has long since earned the benefit of the doubt.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (July 15)
Some critics carped that Part 1 of Deathly Hallows was slow, but there’s no denying its dynamic cliff-hanger climax. Now, the titular boy wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) must square off against the sinister Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in a duel to the death. The first 3-D Potter film, Part 2 is virtually guaranteed to send the series out with a bang.
COWBOYS & ALIENS (July 29)
Director Jon Favreau’s latest film is adapted from a graphic novel about gunslingers battling out-of-this-world invaders. When a spaceship lands in Arizona in the early 1870s, a posse of cowboys (including Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford) is the only thing to stop them from taking over. Written by J.J. Abrams’ go-to guys, it’s sure to be a Comic-Con fan boy’s dream come true.