With all due respect to “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Elvis” and “Nope,” this summer movie season marks the first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that feels like it’s firing on all cylinders. Selected by L.A. Times entertainment staffers, the titles below — all scheduled to open between Memorial Day weekend and the dog days of August — represent the full range of possibilities that longer days and sunny weather seem to offer, from in-your-face indies to Indiana Jones, with films for all tastes arranged in between. So dust off those sandals, fire up your favorite ticketing app and get ready to hit the cinema.

Here are the movies we’re most excited for this summer:

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