Over the summer, the blockbusters will suck up most of the conversation -- indeed, "Avengers: Infinity Wars" started the season early with a record take for an opening weekend at $250 million. But there are a number of smaller -- and, perhaps, more rewarding -- films to see (and the lines will be shorter!). Here is a blend of both worlds coming up this summer. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Terminal: Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Margot Robbie stars as a femme fatale in a noirish, dystopian world. Her character, who takes on different guises, seems to be manipulating two hit men, played by Max Irons and Dexter Fletcher. Simon Pegg and Mike Myers (remember him?) are also on board for the thriller.
Life of the Party: In her latest comedy, Melissa McCarthy plays a housewife whose marriage abruptly ends when her husband leaves her. She decides to reinvent herself by joining her daughter (Molly Gordon) at college. Once there, she embraces the things she shunned the first time around, like frat boys. Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph add support.
Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynolds returns as the foulmouth mercenary. "You want to fight for what's right, sometimes you have to fight dirty," says Deadpool in the trailer for the new film, which -- like the last -- should be full of violence and wisecracks. Josh Brolin gets to be the (apparent) bad guy here, too, following up his villainous turn in "Avengers" Infinity War.
Book Club: In the ultimate bit of counterprogramming, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen play four longtime friends without partners whose eyes are opened after reading the steamy "50 Shades of Grey." They then decide it's never too late to get in on the action.
Solo: A Star Wars Story: In this new episode in the Star Wars galaxy, Alden Ehrenreich takes on the iconic role of Han Solo in his early years. A rebel before he had a cause, Han gets a mentor (Woody Harrelson) and a buddy, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and learns the shady business of smuggling. Along the way, he meets Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian and hooks up with Qi'Ra (Emilia Clarke), who, obviously, likes bad boys.
A Kid Like Jake: In the two weeks that "Solo" will likely rule the box-office, there will be a number of smaller films, but the one likely to generate some buzz is this story about a 4-year-old boy who demonstrates nonconforming gender traits. When a teacher points this out to his parents (Claire Danes and Jim Parsons), they find themselves rethinking what is normal for their son.
Ocean's 8: In the female spinoff of "Ocean's Eleven," Sandra Bullock's Debbie Ocean seeks to pull off a heist -- robbing New York's Met Gala of $150 million worth of diamonds -- that she has been thinking about while serving five years in prison.
Hereditary: Toni Collette stars in this horror film, which got raves at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals, about a girl whose grandma's creepy obsession with her continues from beyond the grave.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?: This documentary from Morgan Neville chronicles the beloved Fred Rogers as he creates his famed children show and unexpectedly finds fame.
The Incredibles 2: In this sequel to Pixar's marvelous 2004 animated film about a family of superheroes, Helen Parr (voiced by Holly Hunter) sets aside her role as stay-at-home mom to put on her Elastigirl suit once again to help save the world.
Superfly: This is a remake based on the 1972 film with the great Curtis Mayfield soundtrack. This one -- transported from Harlem to Atlanta -- should have good music, too, as it's directed by Director X, who is known for his music videos. It stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison and Michael K. Williams.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: With Spanish director J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage," "A Monster Calls") at the helm, expect more of a horror edge to the fifth film of the franchise. Chris Pratt returns as a Velociraptor trainer who is asked by ex-girlfriend Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to help when a volcano threatens the now-defunct Jurassic World theme park where the dinosaurs are currently roaming free.
Under the Silver Lake: This thriller has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. In it, Andrew Garfield plays a man consumed by the strange circumstances of a billionaire's murder and the kidnapping of a girl. Riley Keough and Topher Grace also star.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado: Busy Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro reteam for the bloody war on drugs at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Gomorrah" director Stefano Sollima helms.
Woman Walks Ahead: In the 1890s, artist Caroline Weldon (Jessica Chastain) moves from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull's effort to maintain the land for his people. Recent Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell also stars.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Paul Rudd and director Peyton Reed reteam for the sequel to the humorous action-adventure. Evangeline Lilly returns to add her sting as the sassy superhero Wasp, as does Michael Douglas as her inventor father.
Sorry to Bother You: This sci-fi comedy and Sundance hit follows a telemarketer Lakeith Stanfield (Darius on "Atlanta") who suddenly becomes successful. Unfortunately, he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate bosses, forcing him to decide whether to stand up or sell out.
Skyscraper: In what looks like "Towering Inferno" meets "Die Hard," Dwayne Johnson plays an FBI agent on assignment in Hong Kong when he's blamed for a fire that breaks out in the world's tallest, safest building. Not only does he then have to clear his name, but also save his family trapped in the building.
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot: Director Gus Van Sant tells the true story of alcoholic Portland man John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who enters rehab after becoming injured in a car accident. With help from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent cartoons that develop a national following.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: How many ABBA songs are there? Enough for a sequel, obviously. This one begins with a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), but her mom, Donna (Meryl Streep) and her friends soon begin reminiscing about their younger days and tell that story, too. Cher joins the cast, because, well, why not?
Generation Wealth: Photographer Lauren Greenfield's documentary looks at our image-obsessed culture, which she culls from 25 years of work on the topic and nearly half a million photos.
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout: Expect more crazy stuntwork from Tom Cruise, who reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt. Director Christopher McQuarrie, who made the entertaining "MI: Rogue Nation," is back at the helm.
Hot Summer Nights: Timotheé Chalamet of "Call Me By Your Name" stars a young man summering in Cape Cod during the 1980s when he befriends the neighborhood pot dealer (Alex Roe) and falls for the guy's sister (Maika Monroe). His vacation fun soon becomes dangerous in this thriller written and directed by Elijah Bynum.
The Spy Who Dumped Me: Comedy finds Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends who stumble into a spy plot after discovering one of their ex-boyfriends (Justin Theroux) was a CIA agent.
Christopher Robin: A mature Christopher (Ewan McGregor) heads back to Hundred Acre Wood to find his childlike spirit in this blend of live action and animation from Disney.
The Meg: An expert diver (Jason Statham) narrowly avoids an attack by a huge shark, but he must get over his fears to save people trapped in a sunken vessel. Directed by Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure").
BlacKkKlansman: In the latest from Spike Lee, African-American detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the late '70s. Based on a true story, the film tells how Stallworth used phone conversations and the help of a white officer (Adam Driver) to investigate the hate group.
Crazy Rich Asians: This comedy directed by John M. Chu is based on Kevin Kwan's novel about three wealthy Chinese families preparing for an incredible wedding. The cast includes Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong and Henry Golding.
The Happytime Murders: When the stars of an old puppet show start getting murdered, two detectives -- one of whom is a puppet -- try to solve the case. With Melissa McCarthy Joel McHale, Maya Rudolph and Elizabeth Banks, and directed by Brian Henson.
Juliet, Naked: Based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, this Sundance hit finds Chris O'Dowd as a man who wants his girlfriend (Rose Byrne) to love his favorite rocker (Ethan Hawke) as much as he does. She eventually does, only a little too much. The rom-com opens in limited release and goes wide Aug. 31.
Papillon: This is a remake of the 1973 film about the true story of a small-time criminal unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France who is then condemned to life imprisonment on a remote penal colony. Charlie Hunnam takes on the iconic Steve McQueen role.
The Little Stranger: A gothic horror story set in 1947 stars Domhnall Gleeson as a doctor called to treat a family in a crumbling mansion, with Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling, and based on the Sarah Waters novel of the same name.