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Summer Movie Preview: It's all about females with 'Wonder Woman,' 'Snatched,' 'Atomic Blonde' and more (w/trailers)

Women. Can't live with 'em, can't make a summer movie to get excited about without 'em.

I'm kidding, of course. I get along well with women and Dunkirk looks cool. But this summer at the movies it's all about the ladies, or more than usual at least.

There's only one Wonder Woman, but lots of wonderful women in front of and behind the cameras. This summer it's the women having wild and crazy misadventures, rescuing dudes in distress, maybe even causing the distress.

Our annual summer movie guide highlights women doing their own things while men mostly do the same old thing.

As always, release dates are subject to change.

WONDER WOMEN

Snatched (May 12)

Amy Schumer lured Oscar winner Goldie Hawn out of semi-retirement for the mother-daughter of all comedies. Their exotic vacation leads to kidnappers, jungle hazards and R-rated heart tugs a la Trainwreck. If the laughs match the casting then Snatched will be huge.

Alien: Covenant (May 19)

Sci-fi action horror sequels are typically boys clubs but this franchise practically invented women kicking butt with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. Her flamethrower torch is passed to Katherine Waterston. Step back, Michael Fassbender and James Franco. She's got this.

Baywatch (May 26)

Time for some equal opportunity ogling at beach bodies with Dwayne Johnson's pecs and Zac Efron's abs getting most of the camera love. Updating a sexist '80s TV series should lead to Priyanka Chopra and Alexandra Daddario doing more than jiggling in slo-mo. Leave that to the guys.

Wonder Woman (June 2)

After 75 years of comic book action, DC's amazon warrior is way overdue for a movie of her own. Director Patty Jenkins and lean, mean Gal Gadot lay out Wonder Woman's origins and first mission helping a U.S. pilot (Chris Pine) win World War II. Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen co-star.

Megan Leavey (June 9)

Here's a real-life wonder woman. Kate Mara plays a U.S. Marine who along with her combat dog Rex completed more than 100 missions in Iraq. Then an IED explosion puts their futures in jeopardy. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

The Mummy (June 9)

Yes, Tom Cruise is top-billed and you can't hide Russell Crowe playing Dr. Jekyll. But have you noticed this reboot's malevolent title character is a woman? Sofia Boutella plays an unwrapped Egyptian princess causing trouble in modern times. Between this and Atomic Blonde, Boutella has a big summer coming.

Rough Night (June 16)

Here's a cool bachelorette party guest list: Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon and Demi Moore. Oh, they accidentally kill the male stripper they hired? Even better. Lucia Aniello (Broad City) co-wrote and directed.

The Beguiled (June 30)

Sofia Coppola directs a remake of a 1971 Clint Eastwood chiller. Colin Farrell takes the role of a injured Union soldier being sheltered at a Confederate girls school. Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst are Southern belles he thinks he's manipulating.

Girls Trip (July 21)

Another rough night with funny women, this time in New Orleans at the Essence Festival. Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah play hard in the Big Easy. Produced by St. Petersburg native and Hollywood hit maker Will Packer.

Atomic Blonde (July 28)

Cold War action with Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 agent snuffing out spies in Berlin. The trailer for Atomic Blonde is three minutes of bruising gun fu, ill-advised seduction and a Killer Queen soundtrack. After this, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fate of the Furious, Theron is the baddest Oscar winner alive.

Detroit (Aug. 4)

A gritty retelling of the 1967 riots in Motown wouldn't make this list except it comes from Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to ever win a best director Oscar. John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski lead an ensemble drama with modern day parallels.

Ingrid Goes West (Aug. 4)

Aubrey Plaza's dark, deadpan humor suits the story of a disturbed woman obsessed with a social media celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen), moving to Los Angeles where surely they'll be best friends. So far, Plaza is the best thing about any movie she's done. Not that she'd appear to care.

DEPENDABLE MEN

Hollywood's masculine side looks familiar this summer with the usual sequels, reboots and retreads.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12) again puts a round table into a square plot. Charlie Hunnam yanks the sword from the stone.

Johnny Depp desperately reprises Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26).

Rap icon Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) gets the biopic treatment in All Eyez on Me (June 16).

Transformers: The Last Knight (June 2) finally unites action heroes Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Getaway car chases choreographed to awesome mix tapes make Edgar Wright's Baby Driver (June 28) one to catch.

Frat house comedy alert: Will Ferrell and honorary dude Amy Poehler run a suburban casino in The House (June 30).

Tom Holland goes from Captain America: Civil War scene stealer to headlining Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7).

A ruthless human survivalist (Woody Harrelson) declares War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14). Caesar (Andy Serkis) won't flinch.

Director Christopher Nolan moves from head trip fantasy to historical fact, dramatizing the World War II battle at Dunkirk (July 21).

Stephen King's The Dark Tower (Aug. 4) brings a supernatural showdown between the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey).

Logan Lucky (Aug. 18) stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as jinxed brothers ripping off a NASCAR event. Steven Soderbergh comes out of "retirement" to direct.

Ryan Reynolds locks and loads as The Hitman's Bodyguard (Aug. 18), as if Samuel L. Jackson needs protection.

FOR THE KIDS

A handful of shiny animated objects will occupy children this summer. Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise is back for The Long Haul (May 19); Captain Underpants debuts in The First Epic Movie (June 2); Lightning McQueen takes another lap around the race track in Cars 3 (June 16); Despicable Me 3 (June 30) pits Steve Carell's Gru against an evil '80s pop star; The Emoji Movie (July 28) says it all in the title. Frowny face.

     
                         
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