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Your countdown to the Elite 8 Summer flicks

Giant robots fight giant monsters in Pacific Rim.

Photo: Kerry Hayes, courtesy of Warner BrothersGiant robots! Dead Michael Cera! Smaller robots! Explosions! The season of boring movies is almost over, so it's time to get stoked for Summer movies and all their robots by counting down the year's most anticipated popcorn flicks. Also, robots.

The Wolverine(July 26)Attempting to help us forget the last Wolverine flick, Hugh Jackman heads to Japan to fight samurais with the dude who did the gnarly 3:10 to Yuma's in the director's chair orchestrating the berserker barrages. Also: bone claws.

This is the End (June 12)Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and others play themselves in a raunchy flick in which the apocalypse breaks out during a party at James Franco's place. The NSFW trailer's got carnage and weed jokes, and plus a ton of celebrities falling into a giant fire pit

Man of Steel (June 14)Sure, he wears blue and red tights, but with the dude who made 300 and Watchmen behind the camera, this is gonna be a much crazier take on Superman. Plus, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon play aliens. So there's that.

World War Z(June 21)Brad Pitt fights zombies. Like, a ton of zombies. On planes. On rooftops. Probably in the bathroom. Plus, it's based on Max Brooks' crazy-as-hell novel, which, like Wolverine, also has samurais. Fighting zombies. Everywhere.

Elysium(August 9)The dude who directed District 9 recruits Matt Damon as futuristic commando trying to infiltrate a utopia reserved for rich people. It's like Occupy Wall Street. Except Wall Street's a space station, and instead of camping and playing guitars, the people fight with laser swords and machine guns

Pacific Rim(July 12)Mashing up Godzilla and Transformers, the director of Hellboy's pitting building-sized monsters with building-sized robots called Jaegers that don't mix with Red Bull.

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)Before he takes over Star Wars, J.J. Abrams presents another jacked-up installment of Trek where Captain Kirk goes all Zero Dark Thirty on a space terrorist, subbing phasers for waterboarding.

Iron Man (May 3)In the Summer's first big blockbuster, RDJ's back in the suit to battle Chinese Ben Kingsley and a bunch of robots, with the dude who wrote Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon providing the banter. Also, Gwyneth Paltrow gets her own robot suit and a fancy bra.