It’s the opening weekend of the summer movie season, and chances are you’re waiting in line to see “The Avengers.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next four months, look what we’ve got:
Batman, Spidey, Honest Abe, Snow White.
Depp, Smith, Cruise, Streep, Houston.
Anderson, Scott, Nolan, Stone, Woody.
Heroes, aliens, battleships, pregnant women, rock stars, male strippers, talking teddy bears and the end of the world.
Here’s our list of the main attractions… with IMDb links for more information, news and trailers. Our cover model is plugging the MAC Reel Sexy Collection Summer 2012.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Joss Whedon
The Avengers team up to save the Earth from Loki and his army.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel
Director: John Madden
A group of British seniors retires to a shabby Indian hotel run by an ambitious entrepreneur.
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Tim Burton
Burton and Depp team on their eighth film, this one an adaptation of the cult soap opera.
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly
Director: Larry Charles
The portrait of an oppressive, buffoonish Middle Eastern despot, loosely based on Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.”
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna
Director: Peter Berg
A group of Naval personnel must defend the earth from an armada of menacing alien ships.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid
Director: Kirk Jones
Five interconnected couples dealing with a variety of childbirth issues. Based on the bestselling pregnancy guide.
Men In Black 3
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Agent J must go back in time to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K and changing history.
Cast: Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis
Director: Wes Anderson
Two kids fall in love and run off together in 1960s New England.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Toby Jones
Director: Rupert Sanders
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to kill Snow White winds up becoming her protector against the Evil Queen.
Madagastar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen
Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe continue their quest home to New York.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
Director: Ridley Scott
A team of scientists follow a newly discovered star map to what they believe will reveal the origins of humanity on Earth.
Rock of Ages
Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Russel Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Adam Shankman
The popular jukebox musical (set in 1987 Los Angeles) about two kids chasing their dreams comes to the big screen.
That’s My Boy
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon
Director: Sean Anders
Sandler as a man attempting to reconnect with the estranged son he fathered as a teenager and raised to the age of 18.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel about the 16th President and vampires seeking to take over the U.S. becomes a movie.
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Pixar’s latest is he Scotland-set story of a young girl who stirs up controversy in her kingdom when she defies an age-old tradition.
Seeking A Friend For The End of the World
Cast: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt
Director: Lorene Scafaria
As an asteroid nears Earth, a newly-single man takes a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart.
To Rome With Love
Cast: Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Great Gerwig, Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni
Director: Woody Allen
Writer-director Allen also acts in his multi-generational tales of life and love in Rome.
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, D.J. Cotrona
Director: John M. Chu
The sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Framed for crimes against their country, the Joes go after the bad guys.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn
Director: Steven Soderbergh
An experienced stripper (Tatum who once worked as a male entertainer) takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans
Director: Marc Webb
Reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise after Spider-Man 4 was cancelled in 2010 on the heels of the lousy Spider-Man 3.
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Oliver Stone
Weed dealers face off against the Mexican drug cartel that kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Manny, Diego, and Sid use an iceberg as a giant ship to reunite with the rest of the herd.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale
Director: Seth MacFarlane
MacFarlane’s directorial debut stars Wahlberg as an average guy whose childhood teddy bear (voiced my MacFarlane) comes to life and gets in the way of romance with the woman of his dreams.
The Dark Knight Rises
Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman,Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Eight years after he took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, Batman resurfaces to save Gotham from a new terrorist leader.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.
The Bourne Legacy
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn
Director: Tony Gilroy
No Bourne, no Matt Damon. A new CIA guy in the Robert Ludlum spy world.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel
Director: Len Wiseman
Remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger–Sharon Stone sci-fi action film.
Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Jay Roach
A comedy of two revial political hopefuls fighting for the same seat in congress.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell
Director: David Frankel
A middle-aged couple attends counseling to work on their relationship.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner
Director: Peter Hedges
A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Then a child appears.
The Expendables 2
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren
Director: Simon West
Stallone’s team of mercenaries seeks revenge for a fallen comrade.
Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke
Director: Salim Akil
A remake of the 1976 movie about a girl trying to make it as a singer and star. Houston, in her final film, plays the mother.
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann
Director: Sam Fell
The ghoulish tale of an ostracized little kid with funky hair who happens to have the ability to speak with the dead.
Cast: Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman
Director: John Hillcoat
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.