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While your home base may be ever changing, one likely constant is that a movie theater will be in close proximity to wherever you’ve landed for your next assignment. Escape the dog days of summer with these surefire theatrical hits.

“Brave”

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, and Craig Ferguson

Disney/Pixar hits it out of the park once more with this animated gem. The story revolves around Merida, a fiery-haired archer who defies one of her kingdom’s age-old customs, landing her family at the center of a curse. Merida must undo the spell to save her loved ones and herself. “Brave” will make you feel like a kid again.

In Theaters: June 22

The Amazing Spider-Man

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Martin Sheen

Bye, bye Tobey Maguire. This take on the “Spider-Man” films puts Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network” in the lead superhero role. Exploring Peter Parker’s high school years, our protagonist discovers a clue that may help him learn more about his parents’ mysterious disappearance when he was a boy, putting him face-to-face with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner and Spider-Man’s nemesis.

In Theaters: July 3

“The Dark Knight Rises”

Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Liam Neeson

Picking up eight years after where “The Dark Knight” left off, Batman resurfaces in Gotham to battle it out with the series’ latest villain, Bane, who has plans to destroy his beloved city. Batman must also confront the mysterious and alluring Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, who is a formidable associate of Bane’s. “The Dark Knight Rises” is intended to be the conclusion of the film series.

In Theaters: July 20

“The Campaign”

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and Jason Sudeikis

If superhero movies aren’t your thing, head to the closest theater for “The Campaign,” a laugh-out-loud comedy about two North Carolina politicians who duke it out over their own presidential aspirations. Given that it’s a cutthroat election year, there’s no better time to lighten the political mood than with this Will Ferrell flick.

In Theaters: August 10

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, and Ron Livingston

If you’re looking for a film that will leave you with the warm fuzzies, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is just the ticket. The story revolves around a married couple, Cindy and Jim Green, who can’t wait to start a family. The duo put all of their wishes for a baby into a box, which they bury in their backyard. When a young boy named Timothy appears at their door on a stormy and magical night, the Green’s lives are changed forever.

In Theaters: August 15

Kelly Bryant is a freelance entertainment writer based in Los Angeles, California.

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There’s just something special about summer. Even without a three-month break from work allowing us to be out and about until dinnertime every day like we did as kids, the warm weather still draws us outdoors every free moment — until the temperature spikes to near or above triple digits.

When the heat is on, it can be hard to keep your cool; however, you can feel relief in no time by following the tips and tricks below.

Your Environment

• Air things out. If you feel safe enough to sleep with the windows open, then let the night air cool things down. Come morning, shut the windows to keep the hot air out.

• Rearrange the room. When you move into a new apartment, make sure nothing is blocking the vents or registers that would prevent the air-conditioned air from circulating.

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• Get fan-atic. Even if your housing has A/C, a ceiling fan or one on a base will distribute the chilled air, making things a bit more comfortable.

• Shut it down. Turn off appliances when not in use. Electronics like computers and printers generate heat that can warm your living space even in sleep mode. Avoid cranking up the oven, too. Instead, stick to the stovetop or microwave (or, even better, fire up your outdoor grill to cook dinner).

Yourself

• Check the clock. Avoid heavy duty exercising during the hottest time of the day, which is usually between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Instead, get moving early in the morning or wait until evening. On days when the temperature peaks at 100, or when the humidity is overbearing, it’s okay to skip your daily jog.

• Mist away. Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge. Spritz away the heat while enjoying the sunshine or right after you come inside.

• Layer on the cool. Pop your body lotions in the refrigerator for a bit before using. This will feel particularly refreshing on hot, tired feet.

• Pass on the caffeine and alcohol. These types of beverages will dehydrate you rather than offer relief. Instead, sip on some ice water with a squeeze of lemon to quench your thirst. (In fact, research from Ohio State University shows that the citrus scent can even improve your mood.)

With this cool-down know-how on your side, you can still have fun in the sun!

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Anne Baye Ericksen is a professional writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides with her family in Simi Valley, Calif.

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