Since the 1975 release "Jaws" was considered the first summer blockbuster movie released to theaters, movie fans have seen summertime as the time for epic movies to be released. Over the years, epic films have also been released during the holiday season and during March. Of course, the pandemic put a temporary halt to one of our favorite summer pastimes, but thankfully fans are going back to theaters in groves. This summer will see many hopeful blockbusters hit theaters. Already playing in theaters are "Fast X", the latest in the "Fast and Furious" films, and "The Little Mermaid", the live action version of the hit Disney animated film. Soon to join these two films are the following" : "Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse" a sequel to the hit animated film following up with more Spider-Men, set to hit theaters on June 6th. For fans of Indiana Jones, the character is back with a new adventure in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny", set for a June 30th release, and is the fifth in the Jones series and the final time we will see Harrison Ford in the role. For fans of DC's character Flash, the new film "The Flash" will hit theaters on June 16th, and promises to be a wild ride with both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton returning as Batman. June 16th will also see the release of "The Blackening", a horror/comedy mash up that will poke fun at the horror genre. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in "Mission : Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part One" on July 12th that promises to be yet another thrilling adventure showcasing Tom's amazing stunt abilities, which includes a motorcycle jumping over a cliff. In what promises to be the ultimate "popcorn" flick, the doll Barbie will grace the big screen in the aptly titled "Barbie", starring Margot Robbie as the "main" Barbie and Ryan Gosling as one of many Ken's, will be released on July 21st. Come on Barbie let's go party! Another film sure to garner interest is "Joy Ride", starring Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu scheduled to hit theaters on July 7th, follows a group of friends who travel across China with friends to track down one of their birth mothers. Other films to keep an eye on are "Transformers : Rise of The Beasts" (June 9th), "Asteroid City" (June 23rd), "Oppenheimer" (June 21st), and "Haunted Mansion" (July 28th). August, considered the end of the summer movie season will be the release of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem" (4th), "Heart of Stone" featuring Gal Gadot (11th), DC's "Blue Beetle (18th), and "Golda" with Helen Mirren (25th). Summertime is a busy time at movie theaters, and we often have to pick and choose what we see, and in the case of a couple of my friends, they go to weekly outings at the theater, sometimes two movies in a day, so they may see most of the aforementioned films. For the rest of us, we will pick which films to see at the theater or stream later. However, with most of the films I have mentioned, a trip to the theater to see these films on the big screen and with fellow film fans may be the best option. Nevertheless, whatever films you choose to venture to the theater for, grab a bag of popcorn and a drink and let's make it a fun summer at the movies!