"Iron Man 2" leads-off summer movie season

(NBC) - The first potential blockbuster of the summer movie season opens this week when "Iron-Man 2" hits theaters Friday.

Robert Downey Junior reprises his role as playboy-superhero Tony Stark, but there may be a chink in his high-tech armor put there by new nemesis Mickey Rourke.

"Iron Man 2" is only the beginning.

For action fans, Russell Crowe gets medieval with Cate Blanchette in "Robin Hood", Jaden Smith kicks-off June as an American being bullied in Beijing in "The Karate Kid", "The A-team" gets a big-screen reboot with Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, and Tom Cruise is a quirky agent who saves, then stalks Cameron Diaz in "Knight And Day."

There's plenty in the chick flick category to balance out all that popcorn and testosterone.

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to the fabulous life with her gal-pals in "Sex And The City Two", vampires and werewolves continue to hash out their feelings in "The Twilight Saga - Eclipse", Angelina Jolie adds a little girl power to the mix in the action thriller "Salt" and Julia Roberts travels afar in the self-discovery drama "Eat, Pray, Love."

Summer laughs get started with "Saturday Night Live" skit turned feature film "MacGruber."

"Get Him To The Greek" is an extension of characters from 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", Adam Sandler reunites with Kevin James, Chris Rock, and other grade school buddies in "Grown Ups" and in July, Paul Rudd has to dine with an unwitting dupe or lose a promotion in "Dinner For Schmucks."

For the kiddoes, look for "Shrek Forever After" to close out the mock fairy tale series.

In June, we get the third installment of Pixar's "Toy Story."

Classic cartoon "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" becomes a live action thriller with Nicholas Cage and Selena Gomez stars in "Ramona And Beezus" based on the popular children's books by Beverly Cleary.

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