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Quite Frankly: Blockbuster season descends on cinemas

Frank Ready
Frank Ready Centre Daily Times, file

There are a few things about summer that tend to fall by the way side as you get older.

Summer used to mean unlimited freedom. No teachers, no school — just me, a couple of pals and slip and slide with our names on it.

Now, it’s mostly just hotter in the morning when I leave for work.

This is the natural order of things, though. Each passing birthday we swap privileges and perks like baseball cards. Occasionally we trade up, sometimes down.

I have not been able to actively enjoy wearing a bathing suit in public since sometime before the end of the George W. Bush administration, but now I can pay for my own comic books and stay up as a late I want (I’m coming for you, 9:45 p.m.).

Blockbuster movie season is one of the few perks of summer that has never really faded for me.

Sure, some years the crop is better than others, but for the most part I know that I’ll be able to close out my week in the shade of a dark theater, where I have gleefully forked over $10 for approximately two hours of escapism.

Summer 2016 has a lot to choose from. There are superspies, animated fish and a movie where Kevin Spacey plays a man trapped in a cat’s body.

I honestly don’t know.

It’s a lot to choose from, more options than can fit in any one weekend.

In my hour of need, I turn to you dear readers and ask — what will you be seeing this summer?

Above, flip through the virtual timeline from our summer movie preview, a collection of trailers and other vital information from all of this season’s new releases.

And below, you’ll find our online poll where you can vote for the movie that’s most likely to bring the heat this summer.

The results from the poll will be published in our print edition on May 1.

Here’s hoping I see you at the popcorn counter.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready