Even the most abominable of summer movie offerings can at least partially be redeemed by a well-placed curve, and in that spirit the HitFix staff brings you our picks for 22 of the hottest women hitting the silver screen this season.
Can be seen in: "Total Recall" (August 3)
Fun fact: Beckinsale recently told us that her version of Lori Quaid (the character originally played by Sharon Stone) in the forthcoming "Total Recall" remake is "an amalgamation of a couple of characters" from the 1990 Schwarzenegger film.
Can be seen in: The Lynn Shelton dramedy "Your Sister's Sister" (June 15)
Fun fact: Blunt turned down an offer to star as the female lead in last summer's "Captain America: The First Avenger".
Age: There are conflicting reports, but most sources say around 30.
Can be seen in: "Lawless" aka "Wettest County" (August 31)
Fun fact: She was recommended to "Tree of Life" director Terrence Malick by her "Salome" co-star Al Pacino.
Can be seen in: "Premium Rush" opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt (August 24), the Takashi Shimizu horror flick "7500" (August 12)
Fun fact: Chung got her start as a cast member on "The Real World: San Diego" back in 2004.
Can be seen in: Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" (June 22)
Fun fact: In 2009, Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award when she took home the Oscar for her supporting performance in Allen's "Vicky Christina Barcelona".
Can be seen in: "Battleship" (May 18), "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (May 18)
Fun fact: Decker made a brief guest appearance on a 2009 episode of "Chuck", playing a model applying to be a "Buy More Girl".
Can be seen in: "Men in Black 3" (May 25)
Fun fact: Eve came close to playing Emma Frost (a.k.a. The White Queen) in "X-Men: First Class", a role that ultimately went to January Jones.
Can be seen in: Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" (May 11)
Fun fact: Lars von Trier has stated that Green desired to play the lead female role that eventually went to Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Antichrist", but her agents wouldn't let her do it.
Can be seen in: "The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20)
Fun fact: After taking on the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Hathaway studied the performances of Golden Age movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who served as Batman co-creator Bob Kane's inspiration for the character.
Can be seen in: "Savages" (July 6)
Fun fact: She had a cameo in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," featuring her "Savages" co-star Benicio del Toro.
Can be seen in: "Rock of Ages" (June 15)
Fun fact: Hough had an uncredited bit part in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
Can be seen in: "The Avengers" (May 4)
Fun fact: Johansson nabbed the Black Widow role in "Iron Man 2" (and, by extension, "The Avengers") only after Emily Blunt was forced to drop out.
Can be seen in: "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" opposite Steve Carell (June 22)
Fun fact: Before she was famous, a 14-year-old Knightley played Queen Amidala's (Natalie Portman) decoy Sabe in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace".
Can be seen in: Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" (July 13)
Fun fact: Her working relationship with MacFarlane goes way back - she's voiced the role of Meg Griffin on "Family Guy" since 2000.
Can be seen in: "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (May 18)
Fun fact: Director Steven Soderbergh originally considered casting Sandra Bullock in the role that eventually went to Lopez in "Out of Sight".
Can be seen in: "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (June 29)
Fun fact: Palicki starred as villainess Nadia in the WB's unaired 2006 "Aquaman" pilot.
Can be seen in: "Piranha 3DD" (June 1)
Fun fact: Panabaker is a horror vet, having appeared in a string of recent scare flicks including "Friday the 13th", "The Crazies" and last year's John Carpenter effort "The Ward".
Can be seen in: "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Fun fact: Stone beat out a long list of actresses including Mia Wasikowska, Dianna Agron, Lily Collins, Imogen Poots and Emma Roberts for the role of Peter Parker's high-school love interest Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Marvel reboot.
Can be seen in: "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1; pictured), "Prometheus" (June 8)
Fun fact: Theron's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a cult follower in the 1995 horror sequel "Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest".
Can be seen in: "People Like Us" (June 29)
Fun fact: She was rumored to be in the running to play Bond Girl Vesper Lynd in "Casino Royale," but lost the part to Eva Green.
Can be seen in: "The Marriage Counselor" (July 27)
Fun fact: Williams' first TV appearance was on a 1984 episode of "The Love Boat."
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Can be seen in: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (June 22)
Fun fact: Winstead screen-tested for Warner Bros.' abandoned "Justice League" adaptation in 2007.
Sexiest Stars of Summer 2012
Mary Elizabeth Winstead