The 20 Hottest 2013 Summer Movies

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'Iron Man 3' (May 3)
'Iron Man 3' (May 3)
Marvel

Why We're Excited: After the disaster that was Iron Man 2, 3 looks redemptive and then some.

Main Attraction: Robert Downey Jr. combining forces with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black. A promise of wit and explosions.

Moment We're Dying to See: The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) looks like one mean dude who needs an Iron punch to the shnoz — which we hope Tony Stark delivers.

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'The Great Gatsby' (May 10)
'The Great Gatsby' (May 10)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Why We're Excited: Baz Luhrmann brings his signature style and Leo DiCaprio to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel.

Main Attraction: Will collision of period piece and modern razzle dazzle (its in 3D!) work? That's what we're dying to know.

Moment We're Dying to See: There are moments in the book where Gatsby lets loose on his gal Daisy (Carey Mulligan). While we're coming for the visuals, we want to stay for the acting.

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'Star Trek Into Darkness' (May 17)
'Star Trek Into Darkness' (May 17)
Paramount Pictures

Why We're Excited: J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot was a ride from beginning to end. We've been dying to get back on.

Main Attraction: Evildoer/thespian Benedict Cumberbatch — we still don't know who he's playing!

Moment We're Dying to See: A Chris Pine/Cumberbatch mano a mano fight. Two charismatic stars duking it out… in space.

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'Fast & Furious 6' (May 24)
'Fast & Furious 6' (May 24)
Universal Pictures

Why We're Excited: Reality is no longer part of the Fast logic. Cars can rip through plane fuselages. Sold.

Main Attraction: Watching Vin Diesel & co. team up with The Rock for an overseas mission. Driving stunts on the right side of the law — everyone wins!

Moment We're Dying to See: The promise of a Gina Carano/Michelle Rodriguez fight scene. Two kick-ass ladies kicking ass.

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'The East' (May 31)
'The East' (May 31)
Myles Aronowitz/Fox Searchlight

Why We're Excited: Zal Batmanglij was a strong, micro-budget debut. After catching this one at Sundance, we're 100% sure he's one of Hollywood's brightest stars.

Main Attraction: Brit Marling applying her soothing presence to a terrifying terrorist narrative.

Moment You Need to See: Ellen Page has a scene in The East that will make you root for her and face palm in cowardice. Already a standout 2013 moment.

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'The Kings of Summer' (May 31)
'The Kings of Summer' (May 31)
CBS Films

Why We're Excited: Many directors want to recapture the feeling of those classic Spielberg/Amblin films, where young people lived like grown-ups. This movie does it.

Main Attraction: Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' wild sense of humor and Nick Offerman's overbearing Dad.

Moment You Need to See: We caught it at Sundance — trust us on this one. You want to see it all.

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'This Is The End' (June 12)
'This Is The End' (June 12)
Columbia Pictures

Why We're Excited: The Apatowverse comes together for one ultimate comedy, which happens to be Seth Rogen's directorial debut.

Main Attraction: Rihanna falling in a pit during the Apocalypse. We hope there's more after that, but….

Moment We're Dying to See: Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and the rest eventually venture out into alien-infested territory. We can't wait to see what they find.

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'Man of Steel' (June 14)
'Man of Steel' (June 14)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Why We're Excited: Superman is back! And overseen by Christopher Nolan, the man who reinvented Batman for the modern age.

Main Attraction: Henry Cavill looks like a great Clark Kent, but Michael Shannon as villain Zod is perfection.

Moment We're Dying to See: In the hands of director Zack Snyder, Superman will finally meet his match in the spectacle he deserves. Bring it on.

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'The Bling Ring' (June 14)
'The Bling Ring' (June 14)
A24

Why We're Excited: Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) goes pop for this stranger-than-fiction tale of a teen clique in Hollywood who rob the celebrities they adore.

Main Attraction: Emma Watson finding her bad girl side. Regardless of the quality of the finished product, her dance moves in the trailer will haunt us forever (in a good way).

Moment We're Dying to See: As we know from real life, the high school criminals eventually get busted. It ain't gonna be pretty, LOL.

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'Monsters University' (June 21)
'Monsters University' (June 21)
Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar

Why We're Excited: Pixar takes on the college movie? Prequels make us cautious, but when Animal House is cited as a reference, we're game.

Main Attraction: The Sully and Mike rivalry. It was fun in the first movie and should be downright absurd in the new setting.

Moment We're Dying to See: What kind of drink do Monsters chug? We need to know.

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'White House Down' (June 28)
'White House Down' (June 28)
Columbia Pictures

Why We're Excited: Roland Emmerich (ID4) scales down the destruction to rip apart the White House from the inside out. A guided tour with action.

Main Attraction: Channing Tatum gets the Die Hard treatment. This will be the true test of whether the star can literally do anything.

Moment We're Dying to See: We've been waiting for a great action duo. Pairing Tatum with Jamie Foxx screams chemistry.

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'The Lone Ranger' (July 3)
'The Lone Ranger' (July 3)
Walt Disney Pictures

Why We're Excited: Johnny Depp re-teams with his 'Pirates' director Gore Verbinski for a new, classic genre: The Western.

Main Attraction: Depp's act could make or break the movie, but we're really interested to see if Armie Hammer (The Social Network) can carry the movie as at the titular hero.

Moment We're Dying to See: The trailers tease a sizable set piece that could do for trains what Pirates did for sword fights.

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'Pacific Rim' (July 12)
'Pacific Rim' (July 12)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Why We're Excited: A giant robots vs. monsters movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro, a man clearly obsessed with Japanese Kaiju/Godzilla movies. Move over, Transformers.

Main Attraction: The movie has a great cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day… but honestly, we're in it for the robot/monster fighting.

Moment We're Dying to See: Did we mention robot/monster fighting? The one "Jaeger" (Pacific Rim for "robot") uses a boat as a weapon. A boat!

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'The Conjuring' (July 19)
'The Conjuring' (July 19)
New Line Cinema

Why We're Excited: Early looks at the creepy haunted house movie teased a slow burn approach. Jump scares are fine, but we're hoping The Conjuring throws them at us without loud music cues.

Main Attraction: Director James Wan is also the man behind Saw and Insidious. The period setting of the movie looks like a welcome influence.

Moment We're Dying to See: Anything in the house's pitch black basement. We may literally be dying to see it.

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'Fruitvale Station' (July 26)
'Fruitvale Station' (July 26)
The Weinstein Company

Why We're Excited: The drama took home top prizes at Sundance earlier this year and proved Michael B. Jordan was a rising star. Now you get to see it.

Main Attraction: Jordan plays Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer on New Year's Eve 2009. The film is a stark, compelling drama that balances out the summer season.

Moment You Need to See: Jordan's loving performance opposite movie mom Octavia Spencer. One of the sweetest relationships of 2013.

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'The Wolverine' (July 26)
'The Wolverine' (July 26)
20th Century Fox

Why We're Excited: Hugh Jackman is back in the role that made him a star. And quite possibly, more ripped and roaring than ever.

Main Attraction: Seeing Jackman deepen the character, opting to find an emotional throughline over piling on the comic book cameos like in X-Men: Origins.

Moment We're Dying to See: Wolverine versus a flock of ninjas. The more brutal the better.

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'The Spectacular Now' (Aug. 2)
'The Spectacular Now' (Aug. 2)
A24

Why We're Excited: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley star in the most authentic teen romance dramedy… well, maybe ever. Bring tissues.

Main Attraction: Teller and Woodley have amazing chemistry, but it's the looming plague of alcohol addiction that keeps this one on its toes.

Moment You Need to See: Kyle Chandler dropping his nice guy act to play the definition of a scum bag. It's amazing.

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'Elysium' (Aug. 9)
'Elysium' (Aug. 9)
Columbia Pictures

Why We're Excited: Director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature did the impossible: it told an exhilarating sci-fi story and landed a spot on the Oscar's Best Picture. Deservedly. From then on, we'd blindly embrace whatever he threw at us next.

Main Attraction: The prospect of Matt Damon teaming with Blomkamp to take on the 1%. With a superpowered exoskeleton.

Moment We're Dying to See: Damon bashing his way through the goons of Elysium, the safehaven space station that houses Earth's richest people. Stuck on the ground, he'll do anything to get up there. Anything.

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'Kick-Ass 2' (Aug. 16)
'Kick-Ass 2' (Aug. 16)
Universal Pictures

Why We're Excited: Because we didn't think we would actually see a sequel to the 2010, R-rated comic book movie. We imagine the sequel will barrel further off the rails.

Main Attraction: No question: Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. He makes The Cable Guy look like Alex Trebek.

Moment We're Dying to See: Christopher Mintz-Plasse returns with a new moniker: "The Motherf**ker." Let's hope he gets his action moment in the sun.

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'The World's End' (Aug. 23)
'The World's End' (Aug. 23)
Focus Features

Why We're Excited: Edgar Wright's completes his Simon Pegg/Nick Frost trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead. We know it involves a pub crawl.

Main Attraction: Pegg, Frost, Wright hand a handful of British comedic talents reteaming for another absurdist riff on genre movies. We haven't see much of the movie, but it's an excuse to stop watching Shaun on repeat.

Moment We're Dying to See:The scene where they eat Cornetto ice cream.

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