your ultimate summer movie preview

blockbusters, indies, and everything in between

Summer is finally upon us, which means it's time to spend all your waking hours in a dark movie theater. That's Hollywood's hope anyway: It's serving up an all-you-can-watch buffet of heroes, villains, and worlds that need saving.

But amidst the CGI-soaked blockbusters that have come to define the summer-movie season are comedic gems, period romances, and indie coming-of-age stories destined to become sleeper hits. To help you sort through all the celluloid goodies hitting theaters over the next four months, we developed this hefty guide of what to see and why.