17 movies you shouldn't miss this summer 

We can't promise they will all be good, but here are the big ticket ones.

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There's a slew of films due between now and the end of summer. Here's a look at some of the more interesting and/or high profile titles.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
July 8
R-rated comedy with Zac Efron and Workaholics star Adam DeVine. The title tells the story. Expect major rudeness, lots of shirtless scenes, and probably a butt or two.

The Secret Life of Pets
July 8
Animated comedy about what your pets really do when you're out, starring the voices of Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, and Bobby Moynihan.

July 15
The original Ghostbusters is a wonderful blend of disparate elements that shouldn't have worked. It did, of course, though its sequel was a big let-down. Publicity for this reboot has been enormous. The cast is strong and it's safe to assume it will be funny. But can it recreate the lightning in a bottle of the original? We'll know soon.


July 15
Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play two young people that fall for each other in a futuristic society where human emotions have been eradicated.

Don't Think Twice
July 22
Writer-director Mike Birbiglia's follow-up to Sleepwalk with Me deals with what happens to an improv comedy troupe when one member leaves to join a big time comedy TV show. The troupe includes Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, and Gillian Jacobs. Reviews have been great.

Star Trek Beyond
July 22
The trailers for the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise look good. It appears the Enterprise crew finallys spend some quality time in space, and the new aliens are very stylish. Idris Elba plays a villain, which is encouraging. Anton Yelchin, who died in a freak accident in June, makes his final appearance as Pavel Chekov. Hope he gets a little more screen time than in the previous outings.

Ice Age: Collision Course

July 22
The fifth (!) installment in the animated franchise has Scrat's eternal quest for an acorn putting the whole planet at risk.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
July 22
The looooong awaited AbFab movie finally arrives. Glorious degenerates Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) flee from London to the French Riviera to escape the paparazzi in this certain-to-be rude comedy.

Jason Bourne
July 29
Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne. The latest installment of the spy thriller is summer's one sure thing – of course it's going to be as good as you hope! Thanks in advance, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.

Bad Moms
July 29
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Christina Applegate star in an R-rated comedy about overworked moms that go rogue, only to end up in battle with a clique of super mothers.

Suicide Squad
Aug. 5
The first week of August is the traditional spot for iffy superhero movies. In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be a wonderful surprise. Last year Fantastic Four proved to be even worse than we feared. Wonder which way it will go for this story of super villains recruited by the government for a secret mission. Will Smith is Deadshot, Jared Leto is the Joker, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, and Ben Affleck pops up as Batman.

The Founder
Aug. 5
Michael Keaton plays Ray Croc in this biography of the man who made McDonald's an empire. Costarring Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, and John Carroll Lynch. Sounds tasty.

Hell or High Water
Aug. 12
Chris Pine and Ben Foster appear as bank-robbing brothers in contemporary West Texas. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmington play the lawmen out to catch them. The talented cast take a familiar storyline and make it ring true in David Mackenzie's atmospheric film. Bridges has a hell of a good time playing a grizzled Texas Ranger who's just (let's all say it together) just a few weeks from retirement. Hoosiers will get an early look at the film when it plays at the Indy Film Fest.

Pete's Dragon
Aug. 12
Disney takes another of its old cartoons and creates a realistic version, ala The Jungle Book. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban,, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford.

Sausage Party
Aug. 12
Want to see computer animated food items that swear a lot? Of course you do. Seth Rogen explained the premise of the R-rated comedy: What if food had feelings? What if they discover what we do with them in our kitchens? Oh my.

Aug. 19
Jack Huston stars in this re-imagining of the Lew Wallace novel. Morgan Freeman costars.

Blood Father
Aug. 26
Hmmm, an action-thriller starring Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty being released the last week of August. Sounds like a winner!

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