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It’s that time of year again, which means you’ll want to have a tub of popcorn within reach at all times.
Between May and August, movie studios typically release their biggest and most crowd-pleasing films. Here are the release dates and synopses of this year’s most buzzed-about offerings.
May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man is the head of the pack this time, as he tries to initiate a peacekeeping program after SHIELD has been destroyed. However, it backfires, and it’s up to the Avengers to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.
May 8: Hot Pursuit
An uptight cop, played by Reese Witherspoon, tries to protect the widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug lord as they run through Texas, chased by gunmen.
May 8: Before I Wake
A story about a child’s dreams and nightmares that seem to manifest as he sleeps. It is directed by Mike Flanagan, who did Oculus, so we can bet it’s going to be scary. With Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.
May 15: Mad Max: Fury Road
Max, played by Tom Hardy, decides to wander alone, but he gets caught up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland, escaping from a tyrannical Citadel. With Charlize Theron.
May 15: Pitch Perfect 2
The sequel follows Beca (Anna Kendrick) and her a cappella group through their senior year at Barden University. With Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks.
May 22: Tomorrowland
A mixed group of people set out to find and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland in order to save the world. With George Clooney.
May 22: Poltergeist
A new take on the classic horror film. A family relocates to a suburban home where a spirit kidnaps their daughter. With Jared Harris, Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.
May 29: San Andreas
A massive earthquake hits California, and a rescue helicopter pilot sets out across the state to find his daughter. With Dwayne Johnson.
May 29: Aloha
A military contractor returns to the site where he established his biggest successes and rekindles an old love while falling for an Air Force watchdog. With Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Danny McBride.
June 5: Spy
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a CIA analyst, and when her partner (Jude Law) goes missing in action and another agent takes his place, she offers to go undercover. With Jason Statham and Rose Byrne.
June 5: Insidious: Chapter 3
In the third installment of the Insidious series, the haunting of a teenage girl and her family (which predates the haunting of the Lambert family from the previous movies) is portrayed.
June 5: Entourage
Movie star Vincent Chase and his entourage are back. With agent/studio head Ari Gold in tow, they conquer the realm of Hollywood once again. With Adrien Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon.
June 12: Jurassic World
Taking place 22 years after the events depicted in Jurassic Park, a new adventure park has been opened at Isla Nublar as envisioned by John Hammond. Owen, played by Chris Pratt, conducts research on velociraptors as a new attraction backfires. With Bryce Dallas Howard and Jake Johnson.
June 12: Dope
A high school nerd tries to get into Harvard while facing obstacles in her gang-infested neighborhood. With Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker and Blake Anderson.
June 19: Inside Out
The film is set in the head of a young girl named Riley, who lets the five emotions — Joy, Anger, Digust, Fear and Sadness — guide her through life. With Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black as the emotions.
June 26: Ted 2
In the sequel, Ted is trying to raise a child but needs to prove he is a person first. With Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson.
July 1: Terminator: Genisys
The fourth movie in the installment includes time travel, dangerous new enemies and Arnold Schwarzenegger. With Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke.
July 1: Magic Mike XXL
Three years after Mike quit his stripper life, the remaining Kings of Tampa want to end their careers. However, they want to go out in a good way: with one last big performance. With Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Elizabeth Banks.
July 10: Minions
The minions travel through time, serving such prominent historical figures as T.Rex and Napoleon. But as they kill off every single one of their leaders, Kevin, Stuart and Bob set out into the world to find a new evil boss. With Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm providing voices.
July 10: Self/Less
A wealthy man is dying from cancer and undergoes a surgery where his consciousness is transferred to the body of a healthy young man. But danger awaits as he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin. With Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley and Natalie Martinez.
July 17: Ant-Man
Conman Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, has the ability to shrink in scale but get stronger. In the film, he needs to help his mentor protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit and save the world. With Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena.
July 17: Trainwreck
From a very young age, Amy has been taught that monogamy isn’t realistic. But falling for the subject of a magazine article she’s writing puts her worldview to the test. Directed by Judd Apatow, with Amy Schumer, John Cena and Bill Hader.
July 24: Paper Towns
Quentin is enlisted by Margo, the most popular girl in school, to help her in seeking revenge against her ex-boyfriend. Quentin has been in love with Margo for a very long time and therefore makes the most out of the situation. With Nat Wolff.
July 24: Pan
In yet another remake of the classic, the film follows an orphan who travels to Neverland, where he ultimately becomes Peter Pan. With Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Cara Delevingne.
July 24: Pixels
A group of video game characters attack New York City and video game experts are hired by the government to deal with the threat. With Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Jane Krakowski.
July 31: Mission: Impossible 5
A movie about Ethan Hunt and the IMF team. With Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Alec Baldwin.
August 7: Fantastic Four
The comic book team gets rebooted in this blockbuster about four scientists who try to save the world with their superhuman abilities. With Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan.
August 7: Ricki and the Flash
A music star tries to patch things up with her family. With Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, Mamie Gummer and Kevin Kline.
August 14: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Based on the classic TV spy series, the film centers on a CIA agent who teams up with a KGB operative to thwart a terrorist threat. With Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant.
August 14: Straight Outta Compton
The story of N.W.A’s rise to fame in the mid-1980s. With Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti.
August 14: Underdogs
An animated feature about a young man who teams up with a group of foosball players. With Bella Thorne, Nicholas Hoult, Ariana Grande and Katie Holmes providing voices.
August 19: Masterminds
A security guard for an armored car company stages a bank heist. With Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson.
August 21: Sinister 2
A follow-up to the 2012 horror film, this sequel centers on a young mother moving into a creepy rural home with her twin sons. With Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone.
August 28: Hitman: Agent 47
An assassin helps a woman find her father. With Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds.
August 28: Regression
A father can’t remember committing the crime that he is accused of. With Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.
8:30 a.m., March 16 An earlier version of this article provided inaccurate release dates for multiple titles. THR regrets the error.
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