Ever since Stephen Spielberg's 'Jaws' burst into theaters back in 1975, Hollywood has viewed summer as blockbuster season. That sweltering stretch from June through September has become the place for big-budget flicks with broad appeal, and the legacy endured to this day. The only real change to the whole "summer blockbuster" paradigm has been that "summer" now apparently starts in April.

Adding an entire extra month (or two) to the schedule has allowed studios to cram in more movies designed to lure bored teenagers and families on vacation into the theater. However, 2011's season is so packed with pictures that some pundits are worrying that this could be the year where box office gridlock has an adverse effect on the bottom line.
Cowboys & Aliens Movie Poster
Cowboys & Aliens
PG-132011
Based on 41 critics

Bearing a mysterious metal shackle on his wrist, an amnesiac gunslinger (Daniel Craig) wanders into a... Read More

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Thor
PG-132011
Based on 40 critics

As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit... Read More

Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Poster
Captain America: The First Avenger
PG-132011
Based on 43 critics

It is 1941 and the world is in the throes of war. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his part and... Read More

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Green Lantern
PG-132011
Based on 39 critics

Sworn to preserve intergalactic order, the Green Lantern Corps has existed for centuries. Its newest... Read More

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X-Men: First Class
PG-132011
Based on 38 critics

In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets... Read More

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Fast Five
PG-132011
Based on 29 critics

Ever since ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) broke her brother... Read More

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Super 8
PG-132011
Based on 41 critics

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) are making a zombie movie... Read More