July 07, 2003 12:00 PM

Confused by X2 and The Matrix Reloaded? Here’s a primer to survive the next slew of summer sequels:

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (July 2) Recap: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an evil cyborg in T1, turned good in T2, helping stave off the coming apocalypse. New Twist: He’s back, and battling a Terminatrix. (R)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (July 2) Recap: Reese Witherspoon discovered her Blonde ambition as a pink-loving Harvard Law student in ’01. New Twist: Blonde 2 finds her fashionably fighting animal testing in D.C. (PG-13)

Bad Boys II (July 18) Recap: Miami cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence cracked wise and dodged bullets in 1995’s BBI. New Twist: In between BBII‘s explosions, the duo hunts down Ecstasy dealers. (R)

•Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (July 25) Recap: Angelina Jolie put her (video)game face on to play explorer Croft. New Twist: Making like Indiana Jones again, Croft looks for Pandora’s box.

American Wedding (Aug. 1) Recap: American Pie 1 and 2 served as sex ed for Jason Biggs and pals. New Twist: Biggs weds Alyson Hannigan. (R)

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