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Your summer movie queue: The place to be this summer will be cineplexes

<p>World War Z</p>

World War Z

<p>The Great Gatsby</p>

The Great Gatsby

<p>Hangover 3</p>

Hangover 3

The Iceman

Michael Shannon knows how to play crazy. Whether as a psychotic Prohibition agent on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire or as a paranoid family man in 2011’s Take Shelter, he creates characters whose psychosis bubbles just beneath the surface. In The Iceman, he plays real-life killer Richard Kuklinski, a husband and father by day and a Mafia hitman by night. (May 3)

Frances Ha, Star Trek Into Darkness

Once again, Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) pierces a rarefied subculture. Frances Ha, set in the New York City dance world, stars Greta Gerwig as a delusional woman hell-bent on becoming a professional dancer. Meanwhile, J. J. Abrams seeks to capitalize on the success of his 2009 reboot of Gene Rodenberry’s beloved sci-fi creation. This time, Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk leads the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission to stop Benedict Cumberbatch’s intergalactic baddie. (May 17)

The Hangover III

The key to the first Hangover was its sly blend of film noir and comedy — the latter of which is largely missing from the sequel. So we’re hoping the third, and supposedly final, installment gets back to the original’s mission: to make us laugh while solving a mystery. This time, the boys (Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms) must find Doug (Justin Bartha) after he’s kidnapped because the crazy, coke-sniffing Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) screwed over the wrong people. (May 24)

The Bling Ring

The always-fascinating Sofia Coppola goes all Spring Breakers with this true story of teenage criminals who rob celebrities’ homes. Coppola has one of the best, most sensitive eyes in contemporary cinema. So it’ll be interesting to see how soft a touch she gives this tale of juvenile delinquency, fame and trash culture gone wild. (June 14)

World War Z, Monsters University

Anybody else wondering why Brad Pitt and not Tom Cruise is starring in World War Z, an adaptation of a novel about one man’s race to stop the zombie apocalypse? Does anybody else think Monsters University, Pixar’s prequel to Monsters, Inc., won’t be a smash hit? (June 21)

I’m So Excited

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s last film, 2011’s The Skin I Live In, is a weird, heady trip into the world of transsexuals, plastic surgery and obsession. His latest promises, on the surface anyway, a more straightforward narrative about how passengers on a flight to Mexico City react to news that it’s doomed. (June 28)

The Lone Ranger

Once again, Johnny Depp is cheating on Tim Burton with Gore Verbinski. Depp and Verbinski have teamed on three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Rango, and now they’re together again for the origin story of The Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer (is there a better name in all of American cinema?) stars as the titular character, while Depp plays his Indian sidekick, Tonto. The media has been obsessed with stories of an out-of-control budget and other on-set conflicts, but all that’s going to matter come release day is whether Depp and Verbinski can strike Pirates-like gold again. (July 3)

Pacific Rim

Another day, another sci-fi extravaganza about aliens attacking Earth. Cheap snark aside, Pacific Rim has two things going for it. One, it’s directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). And two, the humans (Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi) use giant robots to ward off the invaders. Given the wacky premise and del Toro’s knowledge of the genre (read the New Yorker profile of him some time), this could convert even the most cynical, sci-fi-wary critic. (July 12)

Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station

OK, so the James Mangold-directed Wolverine is opening on this date, too, but you don’t want to hear about another entry in the X-Men franchise, do you? So here’s the skinny on Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine, and Sundance darling Fruitvale Station. Although Allen’s project is swaddled in secrecy, we do know it stars Bradley Cooper (what doesn’t these days?), Louis C.K. and Cate Blanchett, and is set somewhere in Europe. Meanwhile, in Fruitvale Station, writer-director Ryan Coogler (in his feature-length debut) tells the true story of the tragic final day in the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), who was shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit police officers. (July 26)

2 Guns, 300: Rise of An Empire

Director Baltasar Kormákur first caught our attention with the dark Icelandic mystery Jar City. Since then, he’s caught the attention of audiences with the Mark Walhberg action-thriller Contraband. With 2 Guns, Kormákur reteams with Walhberg, who stars alongside Denzel Washington in another high-octane tale of corruption and double-crosses. If you prefer your action tales old school — as in circa 480 B.C. — then the 300 prequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, is for you. Directed by Noam Murro, it stars the largely unknown Sullivan Stapleton as Greek general Themistocles, who once again must repel those pesky Persian invaders. (Aug. 2)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

You’ll be hearing a lot about director David Lowery, and it will begin with this well-received inversion of the heist film. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a pair of Bonnie and Clyde-style bank robbers who pull one job too many. According to early reviews from Sundance, Lowery’s take on the genre emphasizes character over action, unfurling with the kind of patience too few movies exhibit these days. (Aug. 16)