By EW Staff
Updated April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Here at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, we often prefer the comforting dark of a movie theater to the glaring light of day. So when May — the unofficial start of the summer movie season — rolls around, it’s off to the nearest climate-controlled multiplex.

Prefer a sequel to a sunburn? Luckily, the season’s slate offers plenty of them. Embrace your inner sleuth with Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle or your inner comic-book hero with X2: X-Men United. And if you think 2 Fast 2 Furious seems like a clever title, spend an afternoon with When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer. Just don’t expect to see Jim Carrey checking back in as Lloyd. Instead of playing dumb, he’s playing God in Bruce Almighty.

Will Bruce Almighty reign supreme when the season’s receipts are tallied up? Lord knows it’ll have to beat out such powerful competition as The Matrix Reloaded, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Hulk, Bad Boys II, Gigli, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Seabiscuit.

Also in this issue, we worship such stars of summer as Eugene Levy, Campbell Scott, and Gabrielle Union. In addition, we reveal what makes that climate-controlled multiplex tick and tell you how to behave once you get there. We even offer a preview of next summer’s blockbusters. Now go have yourself a great summer, EW-style. And just think of all the money you’ll save on sunblock.