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CRITICAL MASS: (108) Days of Summer movies in theaters this year

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CRITICAL MASS: (108) Days of Summer movies in theaters this year


Summer can be defined in a number of ways.

There’s astronomical summer, in which the start and end dates of the season coincide with, respectively, the moment of the June solstice and the moment of the September equinox. That means that, this year, for us on Central Daylight Saving Time, summer will start at 4:13 a.m. on June 22 and end on Sept. 22 at 8:03 p.m.

But that’s not the only way to define summer. Weatherpeople need to define the seasons on climatic conditions and the annual temperature cycle, regardless of the earth’s position to the sun. So, in the Northern hemisphere, when meteorologists talk of summer, they’re talking about June, July and August.

An astronomical summer can last between 89 and 93 days; meteorological summer is always 92 days long.

And then there’s the cultural kind of summer, which some people will tell you begins on Memorial Day (the last Monday of May) and end on Labor Day (first Monday of September), after which you may be shunned for wearing white.

And then there’s the ever-expanding Hollywood summer, which this year began on May 6, with the release of “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” and extends to, probably, Wednesday Aug. 31, when we’ll see the release of “Mad Max” auteur George Miller’s “epic” romance “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” which sounds like an upscale, gender-swapped version of the old sitcom “I Dream of Jeanie” with Tilda Swinton in the Larry Hagman role as a scholar who somehow summons a sexy djinn (Idris…

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