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There have already been some "blockbuster" movies released to theaters since the summer season officially began in May:

Names such as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides," "Thor," "X Men First Class," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Fast Five" and "The Hangover Part II" have been dominating box office ticket sales for several weeks now.

But as is usually the case, the major studios have been holding some of their best material until after Memorial Day.

Still on deck for the month of June: "The Green Lantern," with Ryan Reynolds donning the glowing green suit (June 17), and "Cars 2: World Grand Prix" (June 24), featuring the voices of Michael Caine, Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy.

In July, the third "Transformers" install-ment, "Dark of the Moon," hits theaters just in time for Independence Day (July 1). Shia Lebouf returns as Sam Witwicky, joined by Hugo Weaving as the voice of Megatron and Josh Duhamel as Lt. Col. William Lennox. Newcomers to the franchise include Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich.

Then, on July 15, the eighth and final install-ment in the popular "Harry Potter" series, "The Deathly Hallows Part 2," lands on the big screen, to be followed five days later by "Another Earth" (July 20).

July 22 will see another comic book hero land on the big screen with the release of "Captain America: The First Avenger," with Chris Evans in the title role. The film with the weirdly wonder-ful title, "Cowboys & Aliens," starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, follows close on its heels, July 29.

Also on July 29, the family friendly, 3-D blend of CGI and live action, "The Smurfs," comes to theaters, giving new life to the 1980s cartoon favorite. That release will be followed closely by an-other retro revival, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," on Aug. 5.

A popular Disney franchise continues after a long hiatus on Aug. 19, with the release "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World." This time, former Spy Kids Carmen and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara) will appear in an advisory role, turning over the "Spy Kids" title to twins Rebecca and Cecil (Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook).

Also set for an Aug. 19 release is an updated ver-sion of "Conan the Barbarian," with former "Stargate Atlantis" star Jason Momoa stepping into the title role first played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.