7 Movies You Should See This Summer

Family Matters on 06.07.11
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Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it's time to see what else Hollywood has to offer for the summer months. The Hangover Part II and X-Men: First Class certainly aren't the only mega-hits on the block. So, whether you're into the romantic comedies, thrillers that just don't stop, or the superhero fantasy film, we've got you covered. First up, it's all in the family.

1. Family Fun

Arguably the biggest film of the summer, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brings to a close the long-running and much-beloved film series. The final entry continues the journey of Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they try to destroy Lord Voldermort and his evil gang. You can find out who comes out on top July 15.

Other films for the family: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (June 10), Mr. Popper's Penguins (June 17), Cars 2 (June 24), Monte Carlo (July 1), Winnie the Pooh (July 15), The Smurfs (July 29) and Spy Kids (August 19)

2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun

For a girl's night out, take your posse to the theater and see The Help. Based on the best-selling book by Kathryn Stockett, the story follows  the women of Jackson, Miss., and what happens when they band together to thwart unspoken racial rules  in the early 1960s. You can catch this one when it's released on August 12.

Other films to enjoy with your girls: Crazy Stupid Love (July 29) and One Day (August 19)

3. Boys and Their Toys

Boys often have dreams of growing up to be a superhero like Spiderman, and this summer has no shortage of films to keep those fantasies alive. Send your boy (big or small) out to see Captain America: The First Avenger, about a man who joins a top-secret project to save the United States after he's  deemed unfit for the U.S. military. This one will be flying into theaters on July 22.

Other films for the boys who will be boys: Green Lantern (June 17), Transformers 3 (June 29), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5), and Conan the Barbarian (August 19)

4. A Very Important Date

If you're lucky, you'll be able to leave the kids with a babysitter and take your significant other out for a night on the town. Take advantage of that by seeing a movie that's not rated G. Friends with Benefits is the story of Dylan and Jamie, two friends who are tired of dating games and just want a little action. Hilarious hijinks ensure, but you'll have to wait until July 22 to see this one.

Other films to snuggle up to: Bad Teacher (June 24), Larry Crowne (July 1) and Horrible Bosses (July 8)

5. This Is Thriller

Sometimes, you just need a good scare to put things back into perspective. Super 8 could be just the thing to do it for you. Some friends decide to shoot a film in 1979 on a super 8 camera. They happen to also witness a horrific and deadly train crash. Shortly thereafter, strange (and very bad) things begin to happen. Is there a connection or just a coincidence? This film will come screaming into theaters on June 10.

Other thrillers to get your blood pumping: The Whisteblower (August 5), Fright Night (August 19), and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (August 26)

6. The Stuff of Laughter

If frightening tales aren't your thing, never fear. There are some zany comedies coming soon, too. Take Our Idiot Brother, for instance. Paul Rudd plays the title character, a man with big ideals and three sisters. After being released from prison on pot charges, he stays with each of his sisters, totally turning their lives upside down. This brother will be released into theaters on August 26.

Other laugh-out-loud comedies coming your way: The Zookeeper (July 8) and The Change-up (August 5)

7. Show Your Indy Pride

Some of the best movies sometimes turn out to be ones you've never heard of, so I try to always look out for the independent movies that come out, too. And some of this summer's selection look very promising. Terri tells the story of young man who doesn't quite fit in and the friendship he develops with an educator that sees himself in the student. This film will tug at your heart strings when it's released on July 1.

Other independent films for your rebellious side: Beginners (June 3), The Art of Getting By (June 17), Cold Fish (July 6), Brighton Rock (August 19), and Gainsbourg (August 31)

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