Summertime means movie time. Here’s my must-see list:
1. “The Nice Guys” -- (May 20) Ryan Gosling’sHolland March, a City of Angels P.I. who crosses paths with Russell Crowe’s muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy, ends up pairing with him when they become allies to find Kim Basinger’s kidnapped daughter. From “Kiss, Kiss Bang” and “Lethal Weapon” writer Shane Black, who is also directing. Looks like a lot of dumb fun.
2. “Captain America: Civil War” (Now playing) -- This is the tale of allies who become adversaries when a new law regarding superheroes is passed and set in motion. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Holland, who is the third incarnation of the web-slinger known as Spider-Man. (I loved it; Grade: A)
3. “Suicide Squad” (Aug. 5) -- After the saga that was “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” comes this DC tale that finds bad guys played by Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman stirring up trouble for the good guys of Metropolis.
4. “Warcraft” (June 10) -- Fantasy fans rejoice. This video-game-based tale looks awesome. Duncan Jones, who did a credible job with both “Moon” and the little–seen “Source Code,” is handling the directing chores on this one.
5. “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27) -- Director Bryan Singer returns for this superhero saga that finds Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse as one of the first mutants to make people cower on this planet. With James McAvoy, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and Evan Peters.
6. “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” (July 8) -- Adam Devine(“Pitch Perfect”) and Zac Effron are knucklehead brothers who get hoodwinked by their dates, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick.
7. “The Neon Demon” (June 24) -- Director Nicolas Winding Refn helms this tale of an aspiring model (Elle Fanning) and what she does in her disjointed life. His previous movies “Bronson,” "Drive" and “Only God Forgives” had major flaws but were still very entertaining.
8. “The Founder” (Aug. 5) -- Michael Keaton headlines this slice-of-life tale that centers on Ray Kroc, who turned McDonald’s into a nationwide success story. From John Lee Hancock, who scored big with the baseball saga “The Rookie” in 2002.
9. “Money Monster” (May 13) -- George Clooney is a TV personality who gets hijacked on live TV with producer Julia Roberts watching in dismay. Directed by Jodie Foster.
10. “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24) -- After years of waiting and planning, the team ofJeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman return for this sequel that finds various characters and identities fighting for their lives once again. Director Roland Emmerich returns as well.