En español | Let's declare this the Summer of the Grownup Movie. There's certainly no doubt about it in our minds.
Just look at the uninspired batch of films Hollywood is hoping will be the blockbusters among the precious youth audience: A Godzilla remake plus more X-Men, Transformers and Planet of the Apes sequels. And Hercules, for crying out loud. On the other hand, we count no fewer than 25 movies aimed directly at the grownup movie audience.
Not all of them will be gems, of course. But we're counting on a pretty high batting average from this promising list.
Edge of Tomorrow
Released: June 6
Tom Cruise takes another stab at science fiction, this time as a futuristic warrior who, each time he gets killed in battle, enters a time loop that brings him back to the start of that fatal day so he won't make the same strategic mistakes twice. And you thought your job was a bummer.
Read our review of Edge of Tomorrow
Jimi: All Is by My Side
Released: June 13
For years, the heirs of Jimi Hendrix foiled attempts to make a film biography by refusing to grant rights to his music. Writer-director John Ridley has solved that problem by focusing on the years before Jimi became famous, when he played mostly other people's songs. Rapper Andre Benjamin of Outkast stars as the ill-fated star.
Release date: June 20
Clint Eastwood isn't exactly a stranger to musicals — he sang the lead role in 1969's Paint Your Wagon and even writes some of his own movie scores — but here's his first behind-the-camera song-and-dance show. Based on the Broadway play, it's the tuneful story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons got their start.
Release date: June 27
Total wild card here: A great cast (including Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer) stars in this sci-fi flick about a postapocalyptic ice-age world where most of the survivors live on a round-the-world train powered by a perpetual motion engine. Sounds too weird to be good, but it's from the visionary Korean writer-director Joon-ho Bong, who's unleashed two positively chilling thrillers, The Host and Mother.