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Reel Hot Movies: 90 summer flicks you need to know about

Henry Cavill as Superman "Man of Steel"

Henry Cavill as Superman "Man of Steel" Credit: Henry Cavill as Superman "Man of Steel"

The Man of Steel is back this season, and with him comes a truckload of new adventures, charming romances and a slew of familiar names. From giant fighting robots to an inside look at the White House through the eyes of a butler and the return of some monstrous friends, here are 90 new movies to see this summer:

‘The Internship’
“Wedding Crashers” stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reunite for this comedy about a pair of aging salesmen who take an internship at Google after they’re laid off. There, they compete withthe smart kids. (June 7)

‘The Purge’
The high concept here is that in a perfect future with low unemployment and little crime, the United States keeps itself a utopia by setting apart one night a year as “The Purge,” when crime is legal. One family is in danger when it takes in a stranger during that evening. Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. (June 7)

‘Much Ado About Nothing’
When not making giant blockbusters like “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon did this little Shakespeare adaptation — in black-and-white — starring a lot of people he’s worked with on other films and on television, including Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Amy Acker. (June 7)

‘As Cool As I Am’
Claire Danes stars in this coming-of-age story about a girl in a small town who was born to teen parents. We assume she plays the mother. (June 7)

‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’ 
This doc gives you a look at the hard-smoking Downey Jr., one of the originators of the controversial, crass talk shows of the 1980s. (June 7)

Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley star in this end-of-the-world comedy where the rapture has come, the Antichrist has risen (played by Craig Robinson) and it’s up to the duo to save the world. (June 7)

A guy comes up with a million-dollar concept, and he turns to what Hollywood’s idea of what business is like to get it made. In the trailer, there’s a lot of loud music, quick cuts, blond beauties and dialogue that is clearly scripted. Maybe the whole is better than these parts. 
(June 7)

‘Violet & Daisy’
Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel are teen assassins who are out to kill James Gandolfini’s Michael. But when they find him, their plans are thrown off. Written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, the screenwriter of “Precious.” (June 7)

‘The Wall’
A woman and her dog are trapped inside a fantastical wall while out in the wilderness. (June 7)

‘Wish You Were Here’
A lovely vacation turns into a missing-persons case. And that’s only the beginning of the terrors in this thriller. Starring Joel Edgerton. (June 7)

‘This is the End’
All the gang’s here for a party at James Franco’s house: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson (and a ton of other famous folks). And then, all of a sudden, the world’s coming to an end. (June 12)

‘Man of Steel’
Superman returns to the big screen courtesy of director Zach Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”) and producer Christopher Nolan (director of the new Batman trilogy”) Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”) gets to don the tights and cape. (June 14)

‘The Bling Ring’
Director Sophia Coppola returns with this heist film based on the true story of teens who tracked celebs’ whereabouts and robbed their homes when they weren’t around. (June 14)

‘Berberian Sound Studio’
A sound engineer (Toby Jones) begins working for an Italian horror filmmaker, circa 1976, and things get rather sinister. (June 14)

‘Hatchet III’
This horror trilogy about a hatchet-wielding killer comes to a close.(June 14)

‘Storm Surfers 3D’
Learn about the world of big-time surfers in this new 3-D documentary. (June 14)

‘The Stroller Strategy’
After getting guardianship of a baby, a man pretends it’s his in an attempt to get back his ex-girlfriend. (June 14)

‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’
Get to know the backup singers behind your favorite singers in this doc. (June 14)

‘Vehicle 19’
Paul Walker — no foreigner to vehicles — headlines this generic action film. What’s that? A gun? Oh my! And a body? Oh no! (June 14)

‘The Attack’
After a suicide bombing, an Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv learns his late wife may have had a dangerous secret. (June 21)

Elijah Wood stars in this horror flick about the owner of a mannequin shop and an artist. Don’t be surprised if there are some serial killings. (June 21)

‘Unfinished Song’
A curmudgeonly widower joins a choir to honor his late wife. Shades of the documentary “Young At Heart,” here, but this is fictional. (June 21)

‘World War Z’
The beleaguered adaptation of the popular zombie-invasion book shambles its way to 
theaters. Starring Brad Pitt and what looks like a whole lot of computer-generated special effects. (June 21)

‘Monsters University’
Check out what Sully and Mike were like during their college days in this prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” (June 21)

‘The Heat’
“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig returns — with Melissa McCarthy in tow — for this comedy about a cop (McCarthy) and an FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who work together to stop a drug kingpin. (June 28)

‘White House Down’
Remember “Olympus Has Fallen” with Gerard Butler, about a guy having to save the president in the White House after terrorists attack? This is basically the same film, except it stars Channing Tatum. (June 28)

‘I’m So Excited!
With a mechanical problem on their plane, passengers confront their potential impending doom. But this is a comedy from famed, Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodóvar (“Talk to Her”). (June 28)

Director Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game”) turns his attention to vampires. Starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. (June 28)

Ladies and gentlemen: Behold a new Jason Statham movie where he punches things. The action star plays a former soldier on the run, who tries to right his previous wrongs. (June 28)

‘A Band Called Death’
This documentary looks at the early punk band Death from the 1970s. (June 28)

All is not well for a family during the Civil War. From the director of “Gods and Generals.” (June 28)

‘Some Girl(s)’
Screenwriter Neil LaBute brings his play — about a writer looking to the make things all right with his past loves — to the big screen. Starring Adam Brody, Jennifer Morrison, Kristen Bell, Emily Watson and Zoe Kazan. (June 28)

‘The Lone Ranger’
“Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp reteam for this Western flick based on the classic pulp character. Armie Hammer stars as the masked hero and Depp is his pal Tonto, though he kind of looks like a certain pirate captain. (July 3)

‘Despicable Me 2’
Gru and the girls are back, and this time are recruited to take down a new menacing bad guy. (July 3)

‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’
Check out the comedian’s stand-up set on tour and at MSG. He’s really funny. (July 3)

‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me’
Get a look at the influential rock band Big Star in this documentary. (July 3)

‘The Way, Way Back’
A sad teen learns the ways of the world and how to be his own person from the manager of a water park, in this comedy featuring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Rob Corddry and Maya Rudolph. (July 5)

‘Hammer of the Gods’
Get some serious Norse action from this hack-and-slash film. (July 5)

‘Stuck in Love’
It’s hard to briefly describe what this film is about, but basically you’ll spend time with an interesting family during a tough year filled with breakups, hookups and other fun events. It does look good. Starring Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Connelly and Logan Lerman. (July 5)

‘Pacific Rim’
Visionary director Guillermo del Toro (“The Hellboy” movies, “Pan’s Labyrinth”) helms this film about soldiers in gigantic battle armors saving the world from underwater alien monsters. This has to be amazing. Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day. (July 12)

‘Grown Ups 2’
If I were writing this sequel to the awful Adam Sandler comedy, I’d have called it “Groan Ups 2.” I’ll be here all week! (July 12)

‘Crystal Fairy’
Michael Cera plays the proverbial “Ugly American,” off traveling in Chile. He picks up an odd woman (Gaby Hoffman) and the pair go on an adventure looking for a fabled hallucinogen. (July 12)

‘Fruitvale Station’
This Sundance and Cannes award winner, based on a true story, stars Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”) in the true story of a man who was killed at an Oakland train station. There’s serious Oscar potential here. (July 12)

‘The Hunt’
A teacher’s life is in upheaval after a lie told by one of his students. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”), who won best actor at the 2012 Cannes fest. (July 12)

More old school horror from a variety of directors. (July 12)

After an accident, a snail gets supercharged and then caught up in the world of competitive snail racing. Featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti. (July 17)

‘Dealin’ With Idiots’
Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) writes, directs and stars in this comedy about a comedian who hangs out with parents of Little Leaguers to get inspiration for a film. (July 17)

‘Red 2’
The geriatric agents are back, trying to save the world, now with the help of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones. (July 19)

This film, based on a comic book, is a riff on “Men in Black,” except that it follows the Rest In Peace Department as it tracks down dead people hiding in the land of the living. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. (July 19)

‘The Conjuring’
James Wan, the director of the original “Saw” movie, helms this horror flick about paranormal investigators on assignment in a haunted farmhouse. The flick stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. (July 19)

This thriller about the a detective (Stephen Moyer, “True Blood”) searching for a killer utilizes found footage as the evidence. (July 19)

‘Girl Most Likely’
A New York City playwright (Kristen Wiig) deals with life after being the Next Big Thing, which means she moves back home to live with her mom (Annette Bening) July 19)

‘Only God Forgives’
Ryan Gosling plays a drug smuggler who is tasked by his mother to murder the person who killed his brother. (July 19)

‘The Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine — I’m not really sure where the “The” comes from. In this installment, the X-Man is in the East facing off against the Silver Samurai and dealing with an opponent who might have figured out a way to stop is healing factor. (July 26)

‘Blue Jasmine’
There isn’t a ton of information about Woody Allen’s latest, except that it deals with the crisis of a New York housewife, who we believe is played by Cate Blanchett. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay. (July 26)

‘Frankenstein’s Army’
The monster myth is brought to the World War II era, with Russian soldiers happening upon a Nazi lab featuring stitched-up monster fighters. The trailer is filmed like an old-timey movie, but the stills give the appearance of a modern production. (July 26)

‘The To Do List’
Before heading off to college, Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) has her list of things to accomplish, many of them of a sexual nature. (July 26)

‘The Smurfs 2’
Smurfette is kidnapped by Gargamel and he has created his own brand of little creatures called the Naughties, who are, well, naughty. (July 31)

‘2 Guns’
This crime thriller, based on a graphic novel, features a DEA agent and a Special Forces officer pitted against each other by organized crime. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. (Aug. 2)

‘The Spectacular Now’
A boozing high school senior and a “nice girl” connect despite their vast differences. Starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, (Aug. 2)

Sam Worthington stars in this movie about a pair of brothers in the 1970s who blaze trails in the surf industry. (Aug. 2)

Europa Report’
“District 9” star Sharlto Copley takes the lead in this film about astronauts heading to the fourth moon of Jupiter. (Aug. 2)

‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ 
The adaptation of the second book of Rick Riordan’s epic “Percy Jackson” series — where Greek gods are real and having kids with humans — hits theaters, with Percy (Logan Lerman), the son of Poseidon, seeking to find the Golden Fleece. (Aug. 7)

Matt Damon stars in the sophomore film from “District 9” writer/director Neill Blomkamp about a future world where the rich are living lavishly on a space station and the poor are suffering on earth. Damon’s character is out to equalize things. (August 9)

‘Disney’s Planes’
A sort of spinoff of Pixar’s “Cars” series, this one features personified planes out on adventures. Note that this is not made by Pixar — it comes out of Disney’s animation studios. (Aug. 9)

‘We’re The Millers’
Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis star in this comedy about a fake family created by a pot dealer (Sudeikis) to get weed into the country. Aniston plays a stripper, FYI. (Aug. 9)

This thriller follows a pair of brothers who are cops investigating a crime they committed. Starring Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox. (Aug. 9)

‘I Give It a Year’
This British rom-com follows a couple in their first year of marriage. Starring Rose Byrne. From the producers of “Love Actually” and the writer of “Borat.” (Aug. 9)

‘In A World …’
A comedy set in the world of voice-over artists, following the professional aspirations of the daughter of an icon in the field. Starring Lake Bell, who also wrote and directed the film. (Aug. 9)

Amanda Seyfried stars as porn superstar Linda Lovelace in this biopic. Also starring Peter Sarsgaard and Juno Temple. (Aug. 9)

‘Prince Avalanche’
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this dramedy from director David Gordon Green (“The Pineapple Express”) about a pair of highway workers spending the summer in the Texas countryside. (Aug. 9)

‘Last Passenger’
This horror thriller pits commuters on a London train against a deranged driver. (Aug. 13)

‘The Patience Stone’
In Afghanistan, a wife confesses all of her problems and feelings to her husband, who is in a coma after being shot. (Aug. 14)

‘Kick-Ass 2’
The title hero (played by Aaron Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) return in this comic book action comedy, joining up with other crime fighters and facing off against a legit super villain. Also starring Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. (August 16)

Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Richard Dreyfuss star in this corporate thriller about a new employee who is tasked with spying on a co-worker. (Aug. 16)

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’
A man escapes from prison, setting out to find his wife and meet his daughter for the first time. Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. (Aug. 16)

The co-writer of “Napoleon Dynamite” writes and directs this film about a woman (Keri Russell) obsessed with “Pride and Prejudice” who is off to a Jane Austen theme park to find a nice gentleman. (I refuse to Google if there is a Jane Austen theme park because I want it to be real.) (Aug. 16)

‘The Butler’
“Precious” director Lee Daniels wrote and directed this film — inspired by a true story — about the head butler of the White House (Cecil Gains, played by Forest Whitaker), who served from 1952 to 1986. Featuring an all-star cast including John Cusack, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey and a lot of other famous faces. (Aug. 16)

‘Cutie and the Boxer’
This acclaimed documentary follows a unique NYC couple: a boxing painter and his wife. (Aug. 16)

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’
Based on the popular young-adult novel series by Cassandra Clare, this film follows a girl who discovers she’s no ordinary person. Things don’t go well from there. Starring Lily Collins. (Aug. 21)

‘The World’s End’
Rejoice, as this is the latest film from director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who collectively made “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” This flick follows some childhood buddies on a pub-crawl in their old hometown. As it turns out, it’s been taken over by ... sorry, no spoilers here! (Aug. 23)

‘You’re Next’
The best thing to be said about this horror film’s trailer is the use of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” You’re getting a home invasion horror pic here. (Aug. 23)

‘The Grandmaster’
Famed Hong Kong writer-director Wong Kar Wai’s film is the latest flick about martial arts legend Ip Man, who, among other accomplishments, trained Bruce Lee. (Aug. 23)

‘The Colony’
In a world where a new ice age has hit, survivors live underground in a pair of colonies. Danger ensues. Starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. (Aug. 23)

‘Therese Desqueyroux’
Audrey Tautou (“Amelie”) stars as the title character in this film about a wife looking to get beyond her unhappy marriage and life. (Aug. 23)

‘Closed Circuit’
Two lawyers — who used to be a couple (Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana) — face potential danger when they join together to defend a terrorist. (Aug. 28)

‘One Direction: This Is Us’
This is them, that band your niece likes, in concert. (Aug. 30)

A race car driver (Ethan Hawke) is forced to do what
ever a mysterious voice watching him from his car says, or his kidnapped wife might not live much longer. Also starring Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. (Aug. 30)

‘Drinking Buddies’
Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson play beer-crossed would-be lovers in this flick about a pair of smitten co-workers who are each in a relationship. Also starring Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston (Aug. 30) 

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