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On a lighter note, a dif­fer­ent breed of out­laws, known as the Wolf Pack, re­turns to Las Vegas for a fi­nal bout of raunchy com­edy in The Hang­over Part III, star­ring Bradley Cooper, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis and Ed Helms.

Set 1,000 years af­ter hu­man­ity has aban­doned our home planet, Af­ter Earth (May 31) sees a fa­ther and son ma­rooned on the fourth rock from the sun along­side crea­tures that have ap­par­ently evolved with the ex­press pur­pose of killing hu­mans. If that sounds in­trigu­ing, great, but bear in mind this was di­rected by M. Night Shya­malan, his Sixth Sense suc­cess long be­hind him, and puts pro­fes­sional off­spring Jaden Smith in the lead while his pop Will Smith takes on a sup­port­ing role.

You loved them crash­ing wed­dings. You may love them crash­ing Google as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wil­son re­unite as old-school sales­men at­tempt­ing to get a leg up in the dig­i­tal realm in The In­tern­ship (June 7).

Of all the trail­ers on view in the past month, the win­ner for fun­ni­est line of dia­logue has got to be “Hermione just stole all our s---,” from This is the End (June 12). The apoc­a­lyp­tic com­edy stars Seth Ro­gen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride as them­selves, ac­tors brought low from their cushy Hol­ly­wood ex­is­tence when Ar­maged­don strikes. Harry Pot­ter’s Emma Wat­son ap­pears as a foul-mouthed, axe-wield­ing ver­sion of her­self, in­spir­ing the afore­men­tioned Hermione ob­ser­va­tion from McBride.

Coin­ci­den­tally, Wat­son goes bad again as one of a group of real-life Hol­ly­wood felons in The Bling Ring (June), di­rected by Sofia Cop­pola.

Su­per­man re­turns — again — in Man of Steel (June 14), a nec­es­sary re­boot of the Su­per­man fran­chise af­ter Bryan Singer’s 2006 at­tempt, Su­per­man Re­turns, reg­is­tered only as a slav­ish im­i­ta­tion of Richard Don­ner’s orig­i­nal fran­chise starter. Di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der was hired to in­ject some new blood in the fran­chise with star Henry Cav­ill ( The Im­mor­tals).

Lovable mon­sters Mike Wa­zowski (Billy Crys­tal) and Sul­ley Sul­li­van (John Good­man) re­turn for a pre­quel to Mon­sters Inc. show­ing how they met in their youth at Mon­sters Univer­sity (June 21).

It’s zom­bies that are ma­tric­u­lat­ing in the much an­tic­i­pated World War Z (June 21), an adap­ta­tion of Max Brooks’ novel star­ring Brad Pitt as a govern­ment type in­ves­ti­gat­ing the whys and where­fores of a world­wide zom­bie plague. Re­port­edly, it was a trou­bled pro­duc­tion, but di­rec­tor Marc Forster does give us some­thing dif­fer­ent: zom­bies with a weird swarm­ing ca­pa­bil­ity.

The sec­ond home in­va­sion thriller of the year where the ad­dress is 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue, Roland Em­merich’s White House Down (June 28) is big­ger and more star-stud­ded than the spring’s Olym­pus Has Fallen, with Jamie Foxx as the prez and Chan­ning Ta­tum as a cop who finds him­self in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In a lighter vein, the ac­tion is a lit­tle more goofy in The Heat (June 28) wherein a straight-shoot­ing cop (San­dra Bul­lock) finds her­self paired with a rule-bend­ing rogue (Melissa Mc- Carthy) in a com­edy from the di­rec­tor of Brides­maids, Paul Feig.

Can Johnny Depp and di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski do for the western what they did for the pi­rate movie with Pi­rates of the Caribbean? We’ll know July 3 at the un­veil­ing (un­mask­ing?) of The Lone Ranger (July 3) star­ring Depp as Tonto and Ar­mie Ham­mer as the masked man.

The bad guy is the good guy once again in De­spi­ca­ble Me 2 (July 3) as for­mer vil­lain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is obliged to join an anti-vil­lain league to help stop some new threat to mankind. Al Pa­cino and Kristen Wiig pro­vide other voices.

When gi­ant-sized mon­sters threaten Earth, hu­mans cre­ate ro­bots of equal size to do bat­tle. Is it a re­make of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla? No, it’s Pa­cific Rim (July 12), Guillermo del Toro’s at­tempt to give us all the spec­ta­cle of a Trans­form­ers movie with the added in­cen­tive of an ac­tual plot.

What can you say about a se­quel to a com­edy you didn’t find re­motely funny? Grown Ups 2 (July 12) stars Adam San­dler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade.

A snail voiced by Ryan Reynolds wants to win the Indy 500 in the odd­ball ’toon Turbo (July 17).

Reynolds gets even more odd­ball in R.I.P.D. (July 19) as a slain cop who joins up with fel­low un­dead law­man Jeff Bridges on a spe­cial af­ter-life task force com­mit­ted to tak­ing down para­nor­mal bad guys.

RED 2 (July 19) sees a group of re­tired as­sas­sins (in­clud­ing Bruce Wil­lis, John Malkovich and Helen Mir­ren) back in ac­tion to track down a por­ta­ble nu­clear de­vice with An­thony Hop­kins along for the ride as a dotty sci­en­tist.

Di­rec­tor James Wan re­turns with his In­sid­i­ous star Pa­trick Wil­son for The Con­jur­ing (July 19), a real-life haunted-house story co-star­ring Vera Farmiga and Lili Tay­lor.

Af­ter the dis­ap­point­ing X-Men Ori­gins, Hugh Jack­man gets all feral in Ja­pan in The Wolver­ine (July 26).

What can you say about a se­quel to a cartoon you had no de­sire to see in the first place? The Smurfs 2 opens July 31.

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