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The movies you need to see in theaters this summer

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This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sometimes it’s just too hot and humid to be outside on a summer day. For a fun indoor activity, hit your local movie theater to see one of these flicks. Don’t forget the yummy buttered popcorn!

Wonder Woman

In theaters now

Run time: 2 hours, 21 minutes

Rated PG-13

Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, kicks some serious ass in this movie, and she has a good heart to boot. The movie made history during its $223 million opening weekend, becoming the best domestic opening for film directed by a woman (yay, Patty Jenkins!) and the third-biggest opening for a DC Comics movie. It is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, having garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Girls Trip

Opens July 21

Run time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Rated R

Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall, this combination road trip/girls’ night out film is sure to be a hoot. It is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who also helmed The Best Man Holiday and Barbershop: The Next Cut. I dare you to watch the trailer and not laugh out loud.

Baby Driver

In theaters now

Run time: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Rated R

Yes, you read that right: Baby. Driver. It’s about a young man named (or nicknamed?) Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, who is coerced into being the getaway driver for a heist. Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm play some of the criminals, so I’m already rooting for the gang.

Atomic Blonde

Opens July 28

Run time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Rated R

Charlize Theron plays an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Germany during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent. The trailer includes several scenes of her fighting multiple bad guys at once, stabbing people with shoes and making out with a woman during a fight scene. So it’s basically a James Bond movie.

Spider Man: Homecoming

Opens July 7

This iteration of Spider Man takes place in the Avengers universe and has already generated a ton of social media buzz. Its storyline picks up following the events of Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, tries to balance his dual lives as a superhero and an ordinary high school student. And you thought calculus was hard.

The run time and rating had not been released at press time.  

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