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33 big movies coming out this summer

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," which opens May 27. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures / Peter Mountain

Want a little sustenance along with your popcorn? This summer, you won’t have to leave the multiplex to get it.

Along with the expected blockbusters, horror flicks and comedy sequels, a handful of films with A-list actors and historically based screenplays will hit screens in the coming months. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey stars in the Civil War film “Free State of Jones,” Michael Keaton plays McDonald’s mastermind Ray Kroc in “The Founder” and Meryl Streep is an off-kilter socialite in “Florence Foster Jenkins” — all films produced by top studios and slated for nationwide release. You’ll still have to visit a Manhattan art-house to get the first look at Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” but it’ll come to a theater near you eventually.

As for the rest of the crop, the all-female “Ghostbusters” remains one of this year’s most anticipated films, trailed by “X-Men: Apocalypse,” starring the newly ubiquitous Oscar Isaac; Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” with Ellen DeGeneres reprising her “Finding Nemo” role; and “Suicide Squad,” the anti-superhero film starring Jared Leto as The Joker. As usual, Disney-Marvel officially launches the season on the first weekend in May, this time with “Captain America: Civil War.”

Here are the 33 big movies of this summer.

May 6

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR The Avengers break into two camps, one led by The Captain, the other by Iron Man. Starring the usual gang, plus Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

May 13

MONEY MONSTER A financial television show host (George Clooney) is taken hostage by a burned investor. With Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell. Directed by Jodie Foster.

May 20

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE In this animated film based on the popular app three birds (Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride) find their island visited by mysterious green piggies.

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING A sequel to the 2014 frat-boy comedy “Neighbors,” only this time the rowdies next door are the Kappa Nu girls. With Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Chloë Grace Moretz.

THE NICE GUYS In 1970s Los Angeles, a hard-luck private eye (Ryan Gosling) teams up with a local leg-breaker (Russell Crowe) to find a missing woman. Directed by Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”).

May 27

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Mia Wasikowska returns as Alice in a sequel to the 2010 Disney hit “Alice in Wonderland.” Director James Bobin replaces Tim Burton.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE An ancient mutant, dormant for millennia, awakes with a plan to destroy mankind. With regulars Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, plus newcomer Oscar Isaac.

June 3

ME BEFORE YOU A small-town British woman (Emilia Clarke) is hired to care for a wealthy Londoner in a wheelchair (Sam Claflin).

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING From the musical comedy trio The Lonely Island comes a story about the rapper/singer Conner4Real (Andy Samberg), whose latest album bombs.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS More pizza-fueled fun with America’s favorite reptilian superheroes. Starring Megan Fox and Tyler Perry.

June 10

THE CONJURING 2 A sequel to the 2013 horror hit. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, this time cracking a case in London.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 The magician-outlaws from the 2013 heist flick have a new target: an unethical tech mogul. With Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and new addition Lizzy Caplan.

June 17

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE A CIA contract killer (Dwayne Johnson) ropes an old friend (Kevin Hart) into his latest mission.

FINDING DORY The forgetful blue tang Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) gets her own spinoff from Disney-Pixar’s 2003 hit “Finding Nemo.” She’s looking for the family she suddenly remembered she has.

June 24

FREE STATE OF JONES Matthew McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a Southerner who rebelled against the Confederacy during the Civil War. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE They’re back! Roland Emmerich directs the sequel to his 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster. With Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum.

July 1

THE BFG Oscar winner Mark Rylance reteams with director Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies”) to play a Big Friendly Giant who takes a shine to a human girl. Based on the Roald Dahl book.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN Alexander Skarsgård fans, rejoice! He’s now the bare-chested Lord of the Jungle. Margot Robbie plays his Jane. Directed by four-time “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates.

THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR The third film about a parallel America in which all crimes are legal for one night each year. This time, loner Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) must survive the streets of Washington, D.C.

July 8

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Two hard-partying brothers (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) meet their match in two uncontrollable girls (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza).

July 15

GHOSTBUSTERS Director Paul Feig reunites with Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”) for a female-led reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy. With Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth.

CAFÉ SOCIETY Woody Allen’s new romance is set against the backdrop of New York and Hollywood in the 1930s. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively.

July 22

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE In this franchise’s fifth entry, the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat accidentally sets off a chain of cosmic events. With the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez.

STAR TREK BEYOND Director J.J. Abrams, busy with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” handed the reins of this franchise entry to Justin Lin of the “Fast and Furious” films. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.

July 29

JASON BOURNE The latest Matt Damon action vehicle takes place in what the actor has called “an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.” With Alicia Vikander.

Aug. 5

THE FOUNDER Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, the Illinois salesman who turned a California burger joint called McDonald’s into an empire.

SUICIDE SQUAD The Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and other supervillains are rounded up to carry out an impossible mission. Starring Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

Aug. 12

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS The story of a New York socialite whose earsplitting, tone-deaf opera recitals somehow led to a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall in 1944. She’s played by Meryl Streep.

PETE’S DRAGON Disney dusts off its live-action/animation hybrid from 1977, about an orphan and his unusual friend, for a remake. With Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard.

SAUSAGE PARTY In what looks like an R-rated Pixar movie, one supermarket sausage discovers what really happens when food goes home with humans. With the voices of Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and writer Seth Rogen.

Aug. 19

BEN-HUR A new version of the oft-told Roman tale, with Jack Huston stepping into Charlton Heston’s sandals. Also starring Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman.

WAR DOGS Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play two goofballs who somehow land a $300 million government contract to arm the Afghan military. Based on a true story.

Aug. 26

HANDS OF STONE The story of welterweight boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramírez) and his humiliating loss to Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond IV). With Robert De Niro.


LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (May 13) Director Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”) adapts Jane Austen’s unfinished novella, “Lady Susan.” With Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.

WEINER (May 20) An inside account of Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign, from triumphant beginning to disastrous end.

UNLOCKING THE CAGE (May 25) A documentary on the movement to grant personhood status to animals. Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (Aug. 19) The daylong first date between Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers).

MAX ROSE (August) In his first film role in roughly 20 years, Jerry Lewis plays a retired jazz musician grappling with his past. Written and directed by Daniel Noah.

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