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What to expect from the big movies of summer 2015.

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"Jurassic World"

“Poltergeist” — It’s baaaack. Let’s hope they haven’t turned a classic into another standard horror movie, although this remake’s trailer begs the question of how a powerful poltergeist creates static on a flat-panel digital TV. (May 22)

“Tomorrowland” — The latest live-action film based on a Disney theme park attraction could be the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, with George Clooney helping a girl save Tomorrowland. Directed by “Iron Giant” director Brad Bird. (May 22)

“San Andreas” — The disaster genre strikes back in this California earthquake saga, with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in the lead of a family-themed action flick. Cynics will turn away from the disaster porn but camp enthusiasts will hope for another “2012.” (May 29)

“Love and Mercy” — The idea of a Brian Wilson biopic focusing on his debilitating mental illness is interesting, but could disappoint if — as the trailer suggests — it hinges on a romantic-comedy angle. (June 5)

“Jurassic World” — Looks overproduced and derivative, with a contrived plot and characters who make decisions no one would be allowed to make, like bio-engineering a crazy, dangerous dinosaur. Fortunately, that’s the point and the reason to go see it: attack of the crazy, dangerous dinosaurs! (June 12)

“Infinitely Polar Bear” — Mark Ruffalo portrays a man suffering from bipolar disorder while caring for his daughters in an autobiographical dramedy written and directed by Maya Forbes, longtime writer and producer for “The Larry Sanders Show.” The only danger is if the film turns real mental health suffering into another family dramedy. (June 19)

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“Terminator Genisys” — What’s with the misspelling? And is the ex-Governator just hurting for cash? I’m not so good at time-travel theory, general relativity or even basic math, but I know that a Terminator, aka a robot, doesn’t get wrinkles. (July 1)

“Self/Less” — This sci-fi drama about a billionaire who buys a younger body (Ryan Reynolds) has Ben Kingsley going for it, at least briefly. The danger sign is that it was revived from a postponement coma dating to February. (July 10)

“Ant Man” — Marvel Studios seems to have an invincible, adamantium formula, which is good, because in any other era the story of an ant-sized super man (Paul Rudd) whose principle nemesis is a wasp (Corey Stoll) might have inspired everyone to think of a bunch of tiny Paul Rudds every time they passed an anthill. (July 17)

“Mr. Holmes” — Adaptation of “A Slight Trick of the Mind” looks like a sensitive portrait of senility, re-teaming director Bill Condon with Ian McKellen from “Gods and Monsters.” Sherlock Holmes fans could be disappointed, however, if his life is now a series of mysteries just because he’s old and forgets a lot. “Where did I put my glasses?” (July 17)

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“Southpaw” — Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly sparred twice a day for five months to get into realistic shape to portray boxer Billy Hope, a metaphorical character writer that Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) says was inspired by — and written for — Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem. (July 24)

“Vacation” — Trying to withhold judgment is difficult with this remake because what made the original road comedy memorable was not its story but the work of such gifted people as Harold Ramis (director), John Hughes (writer) and Chevy Chase (loveable buffoon). Will be tough to re-create the same holiday road. (July 31)

“The End of the Tour” — Jason Segel joined a Los Angeles reading group to battle through David Foster Wallace’s epic novel “Infinite Jest” to accurately portray the late novelist in this slice of his life culled from an interview with a Rolling Stone reporter (Jesse Eisenberg). (July 31)

“Dark Places” — Hopefully this story about the survivor (Charlize Theron) of a family tragedy turns out to be a memorable adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel and not just a series of cheap twists, like last year’s “Gone Girl.” (Aug. 7)

“Fantastic Four” — Did they know about Doctor Doom before they gave this family super powers? Or did he only arrive once the remake was green-lit, a mere decade after the last iteration? It’s possible that these four, no matter how fantastic, would have been better off following “Daredevil” into a home-entertainment television series. (Aug. 7)

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” — Story about a 1970s teen who loses her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend is being brought to the screen by Marielle Heller, a veteran who turned it into an off-Broadway play. (Aug. 7)

“Straight Outta Compton” — A biopic about the truly revolutionary gangsta-rap group N.W.A., whose members created controversy, millions of dollars and many ancillary careers beginning in the late 1980s. For Easy’s sake, please let it be very R-rated. (Aug. 14)



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