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30 movies to watch for this summer (w/video)

  • The Fault in Our Stars, a movie based on the bestselling book by John Green, opens in theaters June 6.

AUSTIN, Texas — Ah, summer, when a young person's fancy turns to superheroes and space opera, romantic comedies with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan of their era?) and goofy westerns from the guy who brought you “Family Guy.”

Summer is the blockbuster, bill-paying season for the studios, and it's genuinely weird to think that 10 or 12 years ago it was big news when there was a comic book character on the screen.

These days, comic book movies are the dominant summer form. There are no fewer than three movies featuring Marvel Comics characters this summer: Spider-Man, the X-Men and, um, the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team that only hardcore Marvel nerds know.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” kicks off the season this weekend.

Dark Horse Comics is represented with a new “Sin City” movie, while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting a reboot for a new generation of 8-year-olds, the parents of whom remember the Turtles from their 1980s heyday.

You know who doesn't have a movie out this summer? DC Comics, home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, who deserved her own movie long before yet another Superman reboot.

Anyway, here are 30 buzzy movies coming out between now and the end of summer. We have seen none of them except “Boyhood” and “Neighbors,” both of which played at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Release dates are, as always, subject to change. Some of the following may be great, some may be terrible. Either way, at least there will be air conditioning.

“Neighbors,” May 9: Nick Stoller directs Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents who have Zac Efron's fraternity move in next door in this ne-plus-ultra of the semi-improvised “are they just making this up as they go?” genre.

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