Summer can be a long, loud season for fans of chick flicks, when romantic comedies and overwrought tearjerkers make way for spandex-clad superheroes and killer robots from the future. But if you took your man to see Bride Wars or Confessions of a Shopaholic this winter, it may be payback time at the multiplex. To help you survive -- and maybe even fake your way through post-movie discussions -- I've prepared this quick guide to some upcoming popcorn flicks.

Summer can be a long, loud season for fans of chick flicks, when romantic comedies and overwrought tearjerkers make way for spandex-clad superheroes and killer robots from the future. But if you took your man to see Bride Wars or Confessions of a Shopaholic this winter, it may be payback time at the multiplex. To help you survive -- and maybe even fake your way through post-movie discussions -- I've prepared this quick guide to some upcoming popcorn flicks.


What you see: Hunky Tony-winner Hugh Jackman, but he's not singing or dancing, and he has big metal claws on his hands.

You're probably watching: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

What's going on: Wolverine (Jackman) is a mutant with animal instincts, sculpted abs and an incredible healing ability. Now he's gotta settle a little sibling rivalry with brother Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) and seek revenge on evil government scientists.

Yes, it's true: Since the X-Men first appeared in comic books in 1963, nearly 60 superheroes have joined the team of genetic mutants.

Web: x-menorigins.com

Release date: May 1


What you see: Some dude with pointy ears is running around a spaceship shooting aliens.

You're probably watching: Star Trek

What's going on: In a sort of prequel to the 1966 TV series, young Starfleet officers James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) assemble the crew of the USS Enterprise and fly off to fight an evil Romulan (Eric Bana).

Yes, it's true: This is the 11th Star Trek feature film; there have been 725 total episodes of six different Trek TV series. Collect them all!

Web: startrekmovie.com

Release date: May 8


What you see: An apocalyptic wasteland where scruffy humans and shiny machines are shooting each other and blowing stuff up.

You're probably watching: Terminator Salvation

What's going on: It's 2018 and time-traveling killer robots are trying to wipe out the last remnants of humanity. Freedom-fighter John Connor (Christian Bale) leads the human resistance in a war against the Terminators and the evil Skynet computer.

Yes, it's true: Killer robots from the future are real. They make "fictional" movies about themselves to lull humans into complacency.

Web: terminatorsalvation.com

Release date: May 22