June 1, 2010 — -- It's hot outside. Theaters, they're cold.
Therein lies the draw of the summer movie -- two hours of air-conditioned comfort and, if you choose wisely, entertainment for about $10. It's not a bad deal.
But oh, choosing wisely. Trailers, commercials and movie posters can make everything seem like a tour-de-force, can't miss, must-see work of cinematic brilliance. We know that's not the case.
So we've broken down 2010's slate of summer movies into seven essential categories. Consider it your menu for what's going to be on the marquee during the warm months. Order right and come September, you'll be full of the fun stuff and ready for more serious fare -- hello, Oscar movie season!