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Summer movies promise to bring the heat

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM

We'll admit it, we're in denial.

It's supposed to be prom season, not the summer movie season. Summer used to start unofficially on Memorial Day, this year it apparently kicked off the first week of May with "Marvel's The Avengers."

At this rate, next year we'll be drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day when the first summer movie hits theaters.

And though "The Avengers" has set a high bar for all that follows ($1 billion at the worldwide box office and counting), we're looking forward to the other superheroes, aliens and animated animals that will provide hours in air conditioned theaters at the height of Florida summer heat.

Here's the best of the rest:

MAY

"Chernobyl Diaries": (May 25) Six rookie tourists mistakenly visit the site of the nuclear disaster and find unexpected horrors in the abandoned place.

"Men in Black 3": (May 25) Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return to fight aliens in a time-traveling action comedy that adds Josh Brolin as the young version of Jones' Agent K. Nice casting.

JUNE

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter": (June 22) Can't wait for Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic "Lincoln"? Then catch the 16th president (Benjamin Walker) as he emancipates the land from blood-suckers.

"Brave": (June 22) A Scottish lass (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) must undo the chaos her defiance has unleashed on her kingdom in the latest from the animation maestros at Pixar.

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation": (June 29) The toy soldiers inspire another live-action firefight featuring Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": (June 8) The zoo animals are still on tour as voice stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith return.

"Magic Mike": (June 29) Channing Tatum takes it off again in a story inspired by his early work as a male stripper. Steven Soderbergh directs.

"Piranha 3DD": (June 1) It's another Friday night fish fry in reverse as prehistoric piranha chow down on tourists at a water park.

"Prometheus": (June 8) Ridley Scott. Science fiction. Any questions? The "Alien" creator returns to the genre with a cousin to his space horror tale starring Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender.

"Rock of Ages": (June 15) Journey and REO Speedwagon ride again in a musical romance featuring old rock tunes and a cast that includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough.

"Snow White and the Huntsman": (June 1) Kristen Stewart's the fiercest in the land as she teams with a tough guy (Chris Hemsworth) to battle an evil queen (Charlize Theron).

"That's My Boy": (June 15) Adam Sandler tries to grow up as a bad dad hoping to make things right with his estranged grown son (Andy Samberg).

"To Rome with Love": (June 22) Woody Allen woos Italy and appears on-screen for the first time in years with an ensemble romance co-starring Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni and Ellen Page.

"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection": Filmmaker Perry reprises his role as saucy grandma Madea, who takes in the family of a CFO (Eugene Levy) in witness protection.

JULY

"The Amazing Spider-man": (July 3) In an effort to keep the franchise alive, this reboot starring Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") taps into Spidey's comic book lore.

"Ice Age: Continental Drift": (July 13) For extinct species, these cartoon critters sure are survivors. Ray Romano and his voice co-stars are back with another prehistoric comedy.

"Katy Perry: Part of Me": (July 4) The pop superstar gets the 3-D treatment in a music documentary featuring performances and behind-the-scenes access.

"The Watch": (July 27) Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill learn their town is teaming with space invaders disguised as average suburban dwellers.

"Savages": (July 6) California pot growers fight a Mexican drug ring in Oliver Stone's thriller featuring Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch and Uma Thurman.

"Step Up: Revolution": (July 27) The next round in the dance franchise has a crew of Miami hoofers fighting a neighborhood developer.

"Ted": (July 13) A teddy bear come to life is every boy's dream — until the thing sticks around into the kid's adult years. Mark Wahlberg stars in the comedy from Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy").

AUGUST

"The Apparition": (Aug. 24) Ashley Greene stars in a spooky tale of a couple haunted by a presence conjured up in a college experiment.

"The Bourne Legacy": (Aug. 3) The spirit of lethal operative Jason Bourne lives on, minus Matt Damon, with Jeremy Renner at the center of fallout from the first three action hits.

"The Campaign": (Aug. 10) Dirty politics in this age of bipartisanship? Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis sling mud as congressional opponents in Jay Roach's comedy.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days": (Aug. 3) The hapless hero (Zachary Gordon) of the best-selling books stumbles through trouble over summer vacation.

"The Expendables 2": (Aug. 17) Action heroes crowd the screen again as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and friends seek vengeance after a mission goes wrong.

"Hope Springs": (Aug. 10) Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are a long-married couple trying to renew the spark with a counselor (Steve Carell) at a marital retreat.

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green": A couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) eager to start a family get a dose of the unexpected when a mysterious boy turns up at their door.

"ParaNorman": (Aug. 17) The animated comedy centers on a boy who can speak with the dead and becomes the last hope of his hometown after it's overrun by zombies.

"Premium Rush": (Aug. 24) A Manhattan bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is steered into a deadly chase when bad guys come looking for the delivery he's carrying.

"Sparkle": (Aug. 17) Whitney Houston's final movie role features the late singer as mom to a girl group (including "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks) struggling with the pressures of fame.

"Total Recall": (Aug. 3) Colin Farrell steps into Arnold Schwarzenegger's sci-fi role as an average guy on the run who uncovers a secret identity even he didn't know about.


David Germain of The Associated Press contributed to this report. All release dates subject to change.

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