My 5 picks for summer movies

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We’re doing our big summer movie preview on Friday, and it looks like a big year. While I’m not a fan of the summer season, several movies stand out. Here are my top five (most of which I will have seen by the end of May in Cannes). And some of these might not open till later in the year. We’ll see.

Woody Allen’s latest movie, “The Irrational Man,” could be good. At least it’s playing in Cannes, and it’s supposed to be in theaters by late summer, but who knows? It deals with a philosophy professor “who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act,” or so the press notes say. Joaquin Phoenix stars, with Emma Stone. It’s scheduled for a late summer release, but no definite date inAustin.

“Carol,” by Todd Haynes, looks intriguing. It deals with a lesbian relationship, and Cate Blanchett stars. She’s fantastic. It’s an arthouse film, and may or may not, open this summer. But it’s sure to be one of the year’s most interesting.

Gus Van Sant directs “The Sea of Trees,” which stars Austin’s Matthew McConaughey. It’ll have its world premiere in Cannes this May, but it may not be in theaters for a while.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” looks awesome from the trailers, and I’ve always been a fan of the series, so I’m happy to see this reboot. With the wildly underrated Tom Hardy. May 15.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” wowed Sundance and is expected to be released June 15 in Austin. A small, independent film with big buzz.

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