Iron Man, Shrek, Edward Cullen and MacGruber - it must be the summer movie season.

More and more, summer means familiar names and faces, some from movies you recently saw ("The Twilight Saga: New Moon") and others from long-ago favorites like "The Karate Kid," being remade with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and 1978's "Grease," being re-released with added sing-along subtitles.

Even "Robin Hood," the Russell Crowe vehicle and one of the season's most anticipated films, seems like a remake of sorts. The mythical hero has brand recognition, having been adapted for the screen countless times since the early 1900s with Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks and Kevin Costner, among others, stepping into the role.

As always, testosterone-fueled action flicks and comedies dominate the summer pack: Christopher Nolan's enigmatic "Inception" and Will Forte's "MacGruber" (based on his "Saturday Night Live" skits) will top many dudes' must-see lists. But there's also an unusual mommy-track of movies, including two artificial-insemination comedies ("The Switch" and "The Kids Are All Right") and a much-hyped documentary called "Babies" that could be this year's cuddly "March of the Penguins."

Here are the 30 must-see movies of the summer, from family fare to more grown-up pleasures - and probably some guilty ones as well.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark aka Iron Man under the direction of Jon Favreau in "Iron Man 2." Photo Credit: Marvel Entertainment


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IRON MAN 2 (May 7)

Robert Downey Jr. returns as good-guy munitions dealer Tony Stark, whose now-public identity as Iron Man is causing some problems. Gwyneth Paltrow again plays his fetching assistant, Pepper Potts; the cast of villains includes Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.


Ridley Scott's long-awaited adventure film features Russell Crowe as the medieval freedom fighter and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion. With William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston and rising British actor Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham.