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Beat the heat at the Cineplex with these blockbusters

Shaun Harrison
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1 of 14 20th Century Fox

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Premieres: May 1 Sure, it leaked online, but wouldn't you rather see it on the big screen? (Seriously, the trailer must have set some kind of record for number of explosions.) It does have the advantage — pressure? — of being the first summer blockbuster, but why should anyone be worried? It can't be any worse than X-Men: The Last Stand.
2 of 14 Paramount Pictures

Star Trek

Premieres: May 8 This one has a lot going for it. For starters, it's a reboot of one of the most adored nerd franchises ever. While that alone guarantees a strong box office opening, it also features a cast of white-hot up-and-comers and a director, J.J. Abrams, who makes everything he touches (Lost, Mission: Impossible 3, Fringe) turn to gold.
3 of 14 Columbia Pictures

Angels & Demons

Premieres: May 15 In a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon to track down a believed-defunct, mysterious group called the Illuminati who may have murdered four cardinals in line for the papacy. As with DaVinci, huge movie star + Catholic-church controversy will = box office success.
4 of 14 Richard Foreman/Warner Bros. Pictures

Terminator: Salvation

Premieres: May 21 Christian Bale steps in to play an adult John Connor who teams up with a time-traveling death-row inmate (Sam Worthington) to lead the resistance against Skynet in post-acopalyptic 2018. Bryce Dallas Howard and Anton Yelchin co-star.
5 of 14 Disney/Pixar

Up

Premieres: May 29 News flash: Pixar doesn't make bad films. So we have no reason to doubt that this story of a grumpy old man (Ed Asner) who travels around the world with an 8-year-old Boy Scout in a balloon-powered flying house will be anything other than an entertaining moneymaker.
6 of 14 Warner Bros. Pictures

The Hangover

Premieres: June 5 The morning after a bachelor party, a trio of groomsmen (Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper) wake to find missing teeth, a police cruiser, a tiger, a baby and Mike Tyson in their hotel room. Oh, also: Nobody's seen the groom. From Todd Phillips, the director of Old School.
7 of 14 Columbia Pictures

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Premieres: June 12 Denzel Washington and John Travolta face off in this remake of the 1974 thriller starring Walter Mathau. Speaking of Face-Off, we're totally psyched to see Travolta play a baddie again.
8 of 14 Buena Vista Pictures

The Proposal

Premieres:June 19 Where have you been, Sandra Bullock? Here, she's back in familiar rom-com territory playing a tough businesswoman who fakes an engagement to her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to keep from being deported back to Canada. It all sounds a little predictable, but the trailer won us over (thanks in no small part to the legendary Betty White.)
9 of 14 Paramount Pictures

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Premieres: June 24 Pretty people Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf battle a new Decepticon incursion, and this time, Optimus Prime is in the hizzy, yo. Definitely more than meets the eye.
10 of 14 Universal Pictures

Public Enemies

Premieres: July 1 The good news: Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, two of the finest actors earning a paycheck today, star in this biopic of bank robber John Dillinger. Better news: It's directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral).
11 of 14 Frank Ockenfels/Universal Pictures

Brüno

Premieres: July 10 Sacha Baron Cohen turned Borat into a huge smash, despite (or perhaps because of) its equal-opportunity approach to offending everybody. Look for more of the same, but this time with celebrities, the world of high fashion and gay stereotypes!
12 of 14 Warner Bros. Pictures

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Premieres: July 17 What happens when you ask fans to wait half a year longer than originally planned to see the next installment in their tale of young wizards? You get a lot of whining, of course, but we're guessing their fatigue won't affect the film's bottom line.
13 of 14 Universal Pictures

Funny People

Premieres: July 31 Judd Apatow hops back into the director's chair, adding Adam Sandler and Eric Bana to his usual ensemble (including Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann) in a dramedy about a terminally ill man who makes people laugh for a living.
14 of 14 Francois Duhamel/The Weinstein Company

Inglorious Basterds

Premieres: Aug. 21 Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited (and creatively titled) WWII drama stars Brad Pitt as an American lieutenant who heads an elite squad of "Nazi killers," a group that includes The Office's B.J. Novak and director Eli Roth. Cloris Leachman and Mike Myers cameo.