Summer is a particularly crowded time at the movies, as it's one of the two major seasons that all of the studios release their finest blockbuster fare. And with such a crowded market, it's hard to know just what's worth seeing, and what doesn't look up to snuff. Now, while we can't always tell what's going to be a sure-fire winner, we can see what films look like the best of the lot.

Which is why we've put together somewhat of a calendar for all of you fine folks out there. Starting with May, and running through August, there are a slew of films that we can't help but be excited about. They're a varied bunch, but they all have one thing in common: they want your summer box office dollars! So break out your wall calendar or the smartphone app of your choice, and mark down the following films for your seasonal enjoyment.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

C'mon, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was pretty much on this list since the day they announced they were making a sequel. With writer/director James Gunn aiming for his usual brand of storytelling that's emotional, yet playful in a rebellious sort of way, the sequel to 2014's runaway hit has only the highest of expectations from its fans. And all trailers have so far proven that they've all been met, and possibly exceeded.

Release Date: Friday, May 5

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Richie knows how to make a summer movie, and he proved it most effectively with his take on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Despite that film's criminally underrated reputation, Richie has another bite at the summer apple with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. With Charlie Hunnam as the titular king, and Jude Law as the main adversary to his rise, this mix of magic and action could be just as unique as Richie's 2015 spy caper was. Let's just hope it gets a bigger audience.

Release Date: Friday, May 12

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