Here it begins, the summer movie season, the time of year for superheroes and sequels and giant robots and more sequels. If big and loud is not your thing, look more closely, though, and you’ll find smaller, more thoughtful fare too — new films by Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen and Richard Linklater, and a Shakespeare adaptation by the guy who directed The Avengers last year. During the summer, anything goes at the multiplex. Here is a list of some of the 50-plus movies scheduled to open between now and Labor Day.
Iron Man 3: See review here.
To the Wonder: See review here.
The Great Gatsby: Baz Lurhman ( Moulin Rouge) shot this $150 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel using 3D cameras, so you know the movie will look sensational. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the party-loving millionaire living the high life in 1920s New York. Tobey Maguire is the aspiring author from the Midwest who starts hanging out with the rich crowd.
Peeples: Craig Robinson (TV’s The Office) crashes the eponymous family’s annual gathering in the Hamptons to propose to their daughter (Kerry Washington).
Star Trek Into Darkness: Director J.J. Abrams kicks things up several notches in the second installment of the Star Trek reboot. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are tasked to travel to dangerous territory and capture a fugitive (Benedict Cumberbatch) who committed an act of terrorism in London.
Simon Killer: The team that made Martha Marcy May Marlene returns with this unusual thriller about a man (Brady Corbet) who moves to Paris after a breakup and discovers his dark side.
At Any Price: Dennis Quaid is an Iowa farmer who wants to hand the family business down to his kids. Zac Efron play the rebellious son who yearns to be a NASCAR driver instead.
Kon-Tiki: In 1947, Norwegian adventurers use a raft made of balsa wood to sail on an extraordinary journey of 4,300 nautical miles.
The Iceman: Michael Shannon stars as a contract killer who was arrested in 1986 for murdering more than 100 men over several years, yet still fulfilled his roles of husband and father. Think The Sopranos, only based on a true story. The strong supporting cast includes Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer and James Franco.
Venus and Serena: A yearlong look into the lives of the Williams sisters, as they grapple with health issues and plan their return to the game.
Fast and Furious 6: Justin Lin returns for a fourth time to direct Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the rubber-burning crew. This is the rare kind of movie franchise that gets better with each new film .
Francis Ha: Director Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) goes low-budget, black-and-white French New Wave with this whimsical study of a young woman (Greta Gerwig) trying to survive in New York.
Epic: Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz and Josh Hutcherson provide the voices for this 3D animated fable about a teenage girl who is magically transported into an alternate universe.
The Hangover Part III: For the final chapter in his hugely successful trilogy about guys behaving badly, director Todd Phillips shakes things up by doing away with weddings and bachelor parties altogether. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are all back for more punishment.