10 movies you'll want to see this summer

Colin Covert
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

The weather is warming; the beaches will soon be crowded and the movie theaters, too. As Hollywood's annual lineup of summer jams approaches, we face the eternal question: Will the new releases be hot fun in the summertime, or blowouts of summertime blues? While it's unpredictable at this point whether they'll hit or miss, here are 10 big releases high on the want-to-see list.

"X-Men: Apocalypse": Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique finally has control of her killer urges. This time, the mutant walking the razor's edge is Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who joins with supervillain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). With Xavier (James McAvoy) captured, Mystique teaches the X-Men how to fight, without any boring lessons on ethics. (May 27)
"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping": After making music industry-lampooning videos for "Saturday Night Live," the Lonely Island trio — Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer — hit the big screen. The satire parodies recent egotistical music infomercial/documentaries such as Katy Perry's "Part of Me." (June 3)

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from "Finding Dory." The movie opens Thursday at Regal West Manchester Stadium 13, Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13 and R/C Hanover Movies.

"Finding Dory": This sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo" is Pixar's entrant in the competition among 10 family-friendly films this summer. Andrew Stanton, who helmed the original, returns as writer/director, following the amnesiac blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres) as she searches for something important she has forgotten: her family. (June 17)

"Independence Day: Resurgence": Exactly 20 years after their 1996 attack, those extraterrestrial invaders still don't like landmark monuments on Planet Earth. They return in very big, very bad spaceships to launch a second strike that is disastrous for insurance companies across the globe. Now there's an anniversary party. (June 24)

Ruby Barnhill portraying Sophie, right, appears in a scene with the Big Friendly Giant, voiced by Mark Rylance in "The BFG," opening nationwide on July 1.

"The BFG": Following last year's "Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg directs Disney's fantasy-adventure reworking of Roald Dahl's charming children's novel. Orphaned Londoner Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) has never visited Giant Country. She gets a personal tour from a kindly, mysterious giant (Mark Rylance, best supporting actor winner for "Bridge") who introduces her to the marvels and hazards, becoming her unexpected friend. (July 1)

From left, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in "Ghostbusters." The movie opens Thursday at Regal West Manchester Stadium 13, Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13 and R/C Hanover Movies.

"Ghostbusters": If you have a problem with eruptions of ectoplasmic barf, you call in a particle physicist, right? Plus a nuclear engineer, a paranormal expert and a subway worker. And if you're going to reinvent a 30-year-old comedy classic, you fill it with very good comedians (led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig). This female-fronted remake is written and directed by Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids"), who is to ensemble comedy what Paganini is to the violin. (July 15)
"Star Trek Beyond": As the sci-fi franchise enters its 50th year, the third film in the rebooted version puts "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lin in the big boots of J.J. Abrams. Largely written by Simon Pegg, a geeked-out longtime "Star Trek" fan, it pushes the Enterprise crew far from its usual side of the universe. Idris Elba joins the cast. (July 22)

Matt Damon in "Jason Bourne," in theaters nationwide on July 29.

"Jason Bourne": With a plot that borrows from WikiLeaks and the Edward Snowden revelations, the fifth entry returns Matt Damon to action-heavy spycraft. Details are as secret as an NSA lunch menu, but with scenes of economic rioting in Greece and worried CIA surveillance suites, you can tell that sinister things are going down. (July 29)
"The Founder": A biopic of the emperor of fast food, the man who saw billion-dollar potential in the humble hamburger — McDonald's Ray Kroc. Michael Keaton, having starred in two Oscar-winning best films in a row, has the mental machismo to play a business shark. Whether the film is more nourishing than a Big Mac remains to be seen. (Aug. 5)

From left, Margot Robbie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, foreground center, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith and Jao Courtney, foreground right, in a scene from "Suicide Squad," opening nationwide on Aug. 5.

"Suicide Squad": DC Comics' latest isn't entirely all-star (Joel Kinnaman, really?), but it features enough villains to fill a comic shop (with Will Smith, Viola Davis and Jared Leto as the Joker). David Ayer (writer of "Training Day") is aiming for a punk-noir look and a dose of meta humor to keep it from being "Batman v Superman" depressing. (Aug. 5)