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MALEFICENT (MAY 30) Angelina Jolie hasn’t been seen on-screen in four years, but what better comeback vehicle than this original story about Disney’s most fearsome villainess? Come for the CG spectacle, stay for Angie’s daunting cheekbones.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (JUNE 6) Come get your cry on with this romantic weepie based on the acclaimed John Green book, in which Shailene Woodley finds her cancer diagnosis leavened by the presence of hunky, sensitive Ansel Elgort.
OBVIOUS CHILD (JUNE 6) An abortion-themed romantic comedy may sound like a hard sell, but star Jenny Slate will make you a believer in this hilarious Sundance hit, in which she tries to keep her pending abortion under wraps while dating a great new guy.
22 JUMP STREET (JUNE 13) All those megabudget blockbusters are swell, but the summer movie we know we’ll enjoy most is the sequel to 2012’s surprisingly hilarious Jonah Hill–Channing Tatum team-up.
THE ROVER (JUNE 13) Take Animal Kingdom director David Michod, add stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, toss in a healthy helping of guns, grime, and crime, and you’ll get this promising Aussie thriller.
SNOWPIERCER (JUNE 27) A menacing Tilda Swinton (in oddly chic old-age drag) facing off against Chris Evans on board a futuristic train split among the haves and have-nots? And it’s directed by Korean visionary Bong Joon-ho? We’re in.
TAMMY (JULY 2) Melissa McCarthy cowrote this comedy (with husband, Ben Falcone, who directs) in which she goes road-tripping with her boozy grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon. After the femme-fronted Bridesmaids and The Heat, just consider this McCarthy’s answer to the Bechdel Test.
BEGIN AGAIN (JULY 4) Keira Knightley is winning as a fledgling singer-songwriter who finds creative catharsis after she’s dumped by her cad boyfriend (played by a surprisingly natural Adam Levine), and then gets inspired by a forlorn music exec (Mark Ruffalo).
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (JULY 11) The 2011 Apes reboot was better than anyone expected, so let’s hope the streak continues with its postapocalyptic sequel, which adds Keri Russell and Zero Dark Thirty standout Jason Clarke.
JUPITER ASCENDING (JULY 18) Mila Kunis goes from down-on-her-luck janitor to galactic queen in this sci-fi story from the Wachowskis, which intriguingly casts Channing Tatum as a wolf-human hybrid with an unusual albino do. Sure, why not?
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (AUGUST 1) Marvel goes cosmic in this offbeat outer-space adventure, but we’re most excited about its potential to turn Parks and Recreation scene-stealer Chris Pratt into a big-screen leading man.