Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, John Turturro
Release Date: July 1
Why we’re excited: Theoretically, we should protest a third Michael Bay-directed Transformers movie after 2009’s lazily plotted and overwrought Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. You know a flick sucks when gratuitous close-ups of Megan Fox’s ass and cleavage can’t even save face.

But, being such guilt-free admirers of the franchise’s visually awe-inspiring 2007 first entry, we’re falling for the hype surrounding Dark Of The Moon. Bay and star Shia LaBeouf have acknowledged Revenge Of The Fallen’s problems and talked about how this new one recaptures the ’07 flick’s energy, and we want to believe they're not just feeding us bullshit. The impressive casting of series newcomers John Malkovich and fierce Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can't hurt. Neither can the presence of Autobot O.G. Sentinel Prime, voiced by Leonard Nimoy.

Bay isn’t the most reliable filmmaker, of course, but something tells us that Transformers: Dark Of The Moon could restore our faith in an old childhood favorite. It’s not like we’re going to see a Voltron movie any time soon.