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Check out the films that will keep us in the theater all summer long

cathy suhocki
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​Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release date: May 1

The entire Avengers team reunites for the anticipated sequel, which finds the group battling the artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader), who just so happens to have been created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). The film also introduces two new Avengers: the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Sadly, there is no post-credits shawarma sequence this time around.

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​Pitch Perfect 2

Release date:May 15

The Pitches are back in the sequel to the runaway hit. In the follow-up, the Bellas are suspended from the performing circuit, so they enter an international competition no American team has ever won. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role as commentator Gail, the sequel also features new Bellas Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Flo (Chrissie Fit) and a handful of original tunes remixed by YouTube star Flula Borg, who co-stars as the rival boys group co-leader.

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​Mad Max: Fury Road

Release date: May 15

Director George Miller returns to the apocalyptic world he first created more than 30 years ago. This time around, Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) plays Max, who helps Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) in a race to escape cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and return Furiosa to her homeland. It's the rare summer blockbuster that feels spare and huge at the same time, mostly because it has more on its mind than the average destruction-porn action flick. This one is a must-see.

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​Poltergeist

Release date: May 22

In the remake of the 1982 classic, a family, led by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, discovers their suburban home is haunted by angry spirits. When the evil forces take their youngest daughter hostage, the family bans together to save her.

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​Tomorrowland

Release date: May 22

The anticipated sci-fi mystery stars George Clooney as Frank, a genius former inventor, who is drawn to Casey (Britt Robertson), a teen with scientific curiosity, and together they embark on a mission to unearth secrets of a place in time and space that only exists in their memory. Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), the Disney film is written by someone who certainly knows a lot about mystery: Lost's Damon Lindelof.

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​San Andreas

Release date: May 29

Every SoCal resident's worst nightmare gets the big-screen treatment when the San Andreas Fault gets all quivery, and the Big One finally hits. The devastation is so widespread that it becomes a global problem, but at the heart of it all is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who plays a LAFD rescue-helicopter pilot trying to get to San Francisco to save his estranged daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario). The film also stars Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Will Yun Lee and Kylie Minogue.

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​Entourage

Release date: June 3

Because the world was clamoring for more of Vinnie Chase's adventures, this film picks up right where the long-running HBO series left off. Now running a movie studio, Ari (Jeremy Piven) backs Vinnie (Adrian Grenier) in his $100-million directorial debut with the help of a wealthy Texas investor (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son (Haley Joel Osment). And even though Vinnie ends up going over budget, we're sure that's just the beginning of the antics when E (Kevin Connolly), Drama (Kevin Dillon), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and all the old crew get back together.

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​Spy

Release date: June 5

Melissa McCarthy reunites with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) for this action comedy in which she plays an unassuming CIA analyst who goes undercover to investigate arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) and prevent a global crisis. Jude Law, Jason Statham, Bobby Cannavale and Allison Janney co-star.

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​Jurassic World

Release date: June 12

More than 20 years after the first Jurassic Park film hit theaters, the fourth installment in the franchise stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as staff members at Jurassic World, the dinosaur theme park conceived in the original film. All hell breaks loose when a hybrid dinosaur created by the park's scientists escapes from its pen and embarks on a deadly rampage. Hold on to your butts!

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​Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Release date: June 12

The elevator pitch for this: the indie version of The Fault in Our Stars... but that's not what it is really. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name, the dramedy finds cinephile buddies Greg (Thomas McCann) and Earl (RJ Cyler) befriending a leukemia-stricken girl, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) and making a film for her. There's no sweeping romance or trip to Amsterdam — just a coming-of-age tale of friendship and the brief, life-changing bonds we form. The film, which also stars Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal and Molly Shannon, was a hit at Sundance, winning the Grand Jury and Audience prizes.

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​Inside Out

Release date: June 19

In Pixar's latest attempt to grab your tender, childish heart and make you cry (good tears!), young Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) has left everything she knows behind when her dad starts a new job in San Francisco. Adjusting is hard enough, but Riley's personified emotions get all out of whack when Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) get lost from her emotional Headquarters and are wandering around in her mind. That leaves Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) to tackle Riley's new life, and well... it's a learning experience for all!

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​Magic Mike XXL

Release date: July 1

Sequels often disappoint, but we have full faith Magic Mike XXL won't shaft us. Instead, we are eagerly anticipating seeing the strippers (including Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello) take their performance on the road to penetrate a stripping convention.

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​Terminator Genisys

Release Date: July 1

He said he'd be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the franchise in this film, which finds John Connor (Jason Clarke) leading the Resistance against Skynet attacks — from both future and the past. When John sends his lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to save a younger version of Sarah Connor (Game of Thrones'Emilia Clarke), they quickly learn just how much Skynet has changed the past and have to rely on an old ally (Schwarzenegger) for help in fighting… a cyborg version of John Connor!

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​Minions

Release date: July 10

A spin-off of Despicable Me, the animated film is about a trio of henchmen — Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) — who are recruited to help take over the world, which was teased in a post-credits scene in Despicable Me 2. Sandra Bullock voices the villain Scarlet Overkill and Jon Hamm voices her husband, inventor Herb Overkill.

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Self/less

Release date: July 10

With Deadpool a year away, will this psychological thriller kick-start the return of Ryan Reynolds? He already did the body-swap thing with Jason Bateman in The Change-Up, but now you can see Gandhi in the body of Green Lantern. Dying of cancer, real estate tycoon Damian (Ben Kingsley) agrees to let Professor Albright (Matthew Goode) transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Reynolds). The problem? The body wasn't "empty" as advertised.

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​Trainwreck

Release date: July 17

2015 is shaping up to be the Year of Amy Schumer, anchored by her first starring role in this Judd Apatow flick, which she also wrote. The comedian plays a promiscuous magazine writer who meets a charming sports doctor (Bill Hader) and finds herself falling in love for the first time. Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Brie Larson and Vanessa Bayer co-star.

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​Ant-Man

Release date: July 17

Paul Rudd plays the world’s smallest superhero, Ant-Man, in the 12th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Petty criminal Scott Lang (Rudd) becomes the miniature hero with the help of a super-suit in order to help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) pull off a heist to save Earth. Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank and Janet Van Dyne, and Corey Stoll plays Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.

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​Southpaw

Release date: July 24

Ater shedding 30 pounds for Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal packed on 15 pounds of muscle to play Junior Middleweight Champion Billy "The Great" Hope. Written by Kurt Sutter, the film, which also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent, was originally set to star Eminem before he dropped out in 2012. Director Antoine Fuqua has said of Gyllenhaal's transformation: "Two people have done this in their lives: Robert De Niro in Raging Bull and Denzel Washington in The Hurricane. Those kinds of guys are rare." Both those guys also received Oscar nods, with De Niro winning. Will Gyllenhaal join them?

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​Pixels

Release date: July 24

The description "AdamSandler and Kevin James comedy" is not exactly a ringing endorsement, but this film is not like their others. When aliens mistake our old school video games as a declaration of war, they attack Earth with evil versions of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, et al. President Cooper (James) then calls on his childhood BFF Sam (Sandler), a 1980s video game champion, and his fellow retrogamers (Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage) to save the world. LEGOS are so 2014.

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​Vacation

Release date: July 29
The Griswolds are back! This reboot of 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation features an adult Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) following in the footsteps of his father Clark (Chevy Chase) and taking his family on a road trip to the famed theme park Walley World. Beverly D'Angelo reprises her role as Rusty's mother Ellen, with Christina Applegate starring as Rusty's wife Debbie, Leslie Mann playing his sister Audrey and Chris Hemsworth as Stone Crandall, Audrey's very well-endowed husband.

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​Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Release date: July 31

For the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, co-produced by J.J. Abrams, Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. This time, the IMF is threatened by the Syndicate and on the verge of being disbanded when Hunt assembles them for one final mission: to destroy the Syndicate once and for all. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin co-star.

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​Fantastic Four

Release date: Aug.7

It's clobberin' time (again)! In the latest incarnation of the classic Marvel superhero team, the brainy Reed Richards (Whiplash's Miles Teller) somehow has cracked the secrets to inter-dimensional travel and lands himself and three others in an alternate universe that transforms their physical states and gives them new abilities. Reed gets really stretchy, Sue (Kate Mara) can turn invisible and generate force fields, Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) becomes the Human Torch, and Ben (Jamie Bell) turns into a strong, giant and nigh-indestructible block of stone. Obviously this makes all of them well suited to take on the uber villain known as Doom (Toby Kebbell).

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​Straight Outta Compton

Release date: Aug. 14

N.W.A. became one of the seminal musical acts that popularized gangsta rap and West Coast hip-hop, and it all started in the late 1980s. The film chronicles how the members — Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and Arabian Prince (Brandon LaFourche) —got together, wrote songs that some felt glamorized violence and gangs, and dealt with the subsequent fame and controversy. Paul Giamatti plays Jerry Heller, their music manager.

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​The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Release date: Aug. 14

Guy Ritchie sets out to make his own Bond film by adapting the hit 1960s TV series into a feature film. Set during the 1960s portion of the Cold War, the movie stars Henry Cavill as U.N.C.L.E. agent Napoleon Solo, who is forced to team up with Soviet Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to stop an international criminal organization from unleashing nuclear war and causing a worldwide catastrophe.