Through Sunday, you can vote in an online CDT poll to choose your most anticipated summer movies.
To help get you started, I’m sharing my pick from each category.
Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?
The contenders: “Now You See Me 2,” “The Purge: Election Year,” “Mechanic: Resurrection,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”
My pick: “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”
Rationale: Full disclosue — I’ve never seen the original “Neighbors,” the Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy vehicle that was released in 2014. I have it on good authority that Efron appears shirtless, if that’s your cup of tea.
The contenders: “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Suicide Squad”
My pick: “Captain America: Civil War”
Rationale: I’m a longtime Marvel fan and an even longer time Spider-Man fan, so the prospect of seeing old webhead finally join up with the other Avengers is almost more than my poor geek heart can bear.
What is old is new again
The contenders: “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Jason Bourne,” “Ben-Hur,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Ghostbusters”
My pick: “Jason Bourne”
Rationale: “Jason Bourne” is one of those wonderful surprises, one that after nearly a decade seemed unlikely to happen, like a late in life growth spurt or suddenly understanding tax laws.
The contenders: “Central Intelligence,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “War Dogs,” “Sausage Party”
My pick: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”
Rationale: It’s been said that directing a movie is 90 percent casting. I don’t have the math skills required to determine how that number relates to this particular film’s overall quality, but Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine and Zac Efron are worth taking a chance on.
The contenders: “Angry Birds,” “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Ice Age: Collison Course,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “The BFG”
My pick: “The BFG”
Rationale: Whether he’s plunging the depths of a historical drama or taking fantasies to new heights, Steven Spielberg is my guy.