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Summer movie season starts today, here's your list of must-sees

84th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen (C), dressed as the character General Aladeen from his movie, 'The Dictator,' arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

Summer movie season kicks off today with the release of "The Avengers." It's the first in a long line of new films from some heavy hitters like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, and Ridley Scott.

And there's even a film called "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Dana Stevens of Slate discusses the exciting summer line-up.


Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Release Dates

May 16
The Dictator, featuring Sacha Baron Cohen.

May 25
Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson.

June 8
Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott.

June 22
To Rome With Love, directed by Woody Allen.

June 22
Brave, from Pixar and Disney.

July 20
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan.

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