For more than a few years, it seems that sequels have dominated your local Cineplex. 2012 can arguably be called the summer of the sequel, and with movies such asMIB III, Piranha 3D, Madagascar 3, GI Joe: Retaliation, Spiderman 3, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, and Expendables 2 taking to the screen in that year, no one can argue.
However, if 2012 was the summer of the sequel, then 2015 is the year the sequel finally took over! Beginning with the Avengers: Age of Ultronin May of 2015, it seems as though many of the fresh ideas that once made Hollywood films the envy of the world have been replaced with rethinkings, retellings, and indeed rehashing of old movies to come up with something to steal two hours of your time, and rid you of your hard earned money at the ticket counter and concession stand.
2016 wasn’t much different, as sequels to sequels are once again the big draw at your local megaplex. It looks as though this trend will continue for some time to come, with new Star Wars films in the works for the next decade or more, as well as more and more superhero films (including the best anti-superhero film ever, Suicide Squad), Fast and Furious franchises, and pretty much every other major movie you can think of that has the slightest chance at scraping more money out of your pocket!
2017, however, was a little more exciting. With summer blockbusters such as the Transformers hitting the screen in June, the live action Beauty and the Beast, as well as the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious and the newest Pirates of the Caribbean, it had the makings of a summer of larger than life fun.
2018 is another big year indeed. Nearly every week from now through August includes something for everyone, sequels galore, superheroes, vampires, and comedies. Heck, there’s even a remake of Overboard that might be funny!
Don’t just check out the movies this summer…check out the different kinds of theaters available in your area. After all, it’s all about location, location, location.
Now take a look at the preview of some of this summer’s biggest hits, and a few sleepers you might want to check out at your favorite Cineplex!
David Tennant stars in this thriller from Geostorm director Dean Devlin about a thieving valet (Robert Sheehan) who encounters more than he bargained for when he finds a captive woman in the home of a wealthy victim.
In this gender-swapped remake of the 1987 film, Anna Faris plays a working-class mother who saves the life of a spoiled, wealthy playboy (Eugenio Derbez) and pretends to be his wife when she realizes he lost his memory in the accident.
Director Jason Reitman reunites with writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron in this comedy about a struggling single mother of three who forms an unlikely bond with the young nanny (Mackenzie Davis) her brother has hired for her.
This biographical documentary hones in on the untold story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recounting her professional triumphs and revealing seldom shared details about her personal life.
In something of a reversal of David Fincher’s Panic Room, this thriller follows a determined mother (Gabrielle Union) attempting to break into a fortified home to save her children from the band of robbers who have taken it over.
Melissa McCarthy teams up with her husband, director Ben Falcone, for their third outing together in this comedy about a recently single mother who decides to go back to college and ends up in the same class as her daughter.
Everybody’s favorite Merc with a Mouth is back, and this time he’s got some new friends, as Deadpool teams up with a band of soldiers to protect a young mutant from being kidnapped by a time-traveling commando named Cable.
Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen star in this comedy for the older set, about four lifelong friends whose lives are rejuvenated when they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey together.
If talking animals are your thing, you’ll want to check out this family comedy, which stars Will Arnett as a detective and Ludacris as the voice of his canine partner, as the pair go undercover to solve a case at a prestigious dog show.
Alden Ehrenreich steps into Harrison Ford’s shoes as Han Solo in the latest standalone spinoff in the Star Wars universe, which depicts the young smuggler years before he met Luke and Leia and helped take down the Empire.
Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star in this dramatized account of the relationship between poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, as well as the fateful night that led the latter to write Frankenstein.
Like Bad Grandpa before it, this comedy weaves real — and hilariously dangerous — Jackass-style stunts into a story about a young amusement park owner (Johnny Knoxville) who pulls out all the stops in order to save the park from closure.
Based on a true story, this survival drama stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as a young couple who set sail across the ocean together but find themselves marooned at sea after an unexpected encounter with a powerful hurricane.
Logan Marshall-Green stars in Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thriller about a mugging victim who seeks revenge for the death of his wife after he recieves an experimental treatment that gives him superhuman abilities.
A rousing crowd-pleaser at Sundance where it premiered, this supernatural horror film stars Toni Collette as a woman who suspects her recently deceased mother is terrorizing her daughter from beyond the grave.
In this spinoff of the hit Steven Soderbergh trilogy, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (sister to George Clooney’s Danny), who gathers an all-female team for a heist at the famous Met Gala in New York City.
Bring your handkerchiefs for this insightful documentary look at the life of Fred Rogers, the man behind the influential TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which entertained and educated children for generations.
Pixar’s superpowered Parr family are back in this sequel that picks up literally right where The Incredibles left off and follows Elastigirl’s return to fame, while Bob and the kids try to get used to normal life.
Trevor Jackson stars in this updated remake of the 1972 film, and while we don’t have an official plot synopsis yet, the original follows a cocaine dealer trying to secure one last deal before leaving the business.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles in the latest chapter of the Jurassic Park franchise, which finds their characters returning to the island to save the dinos from a volcanic eruption.
The latest from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell stars Andrew Garfield as a disillusioned man who meets a mysterious woman and then embarks on a search through Los Angeles to find her when she suddenly disappears.
Have you seen those videos where NBA star Kyrie Irving dresses up in old-person makeup, calls himself Uncle Drew, and destroys opposing teams in pick-up basketball games? This is that, in feature-length form.
LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer star in rapper Boots Riley’s directorial debut, a surreal social satire about a black telemarketer whose career is propelled by the efficacy of his “white voice.”
In this third installment of the animated series, Dracula (Adam Sandler) takes his family on a vacation cruise, where he falls in love with the ship’s captain, much to his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) dismay.
Gus Van Sant directs this based-on-true-events drama about renowned cartoonist John Callahan (played by Joqauin Phoenix), who only discovered his talent when he became a quadriplegic after a drunk driving accident.
Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and the rest of the cast — along with Cher — are back in this sequel to the 2008 musical comedy, which cuts back and forth from the present to Donna’s romantic past.
Indie darlings Timothée Chalamet and Maika Monroe star in this coming-of-age drama about a young man who arrives in Cape Cod for the summer, starts selling weed, and falls in love with his business partner’s sister.
Based on the YA novel of the same name, this sci-fi fantasy follows a group of teens with superhuman powers on the run from a government after a plague has killed off the majority of the country’s children.
This CGI/live-action family film stars Ewan McGregor as the titular A.A. Milne character, who’s all grown up and needs a little nudge from a certain honey-loving bear to rekindle the spirit of his youth.
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have worked on three Certified Fresh films together, and they hope to do it again with their latest, about an intelligence operative attempting to smuggle a high-value target out of the country.
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon join forces for this action-comedy about a pair of best friends who find themselves in the middle of a life-or-death conspiracy when one of their exes suddenly appears with assassins on his trail.
John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller that explores the impact on the lives of people living in a Chicago neighborhood that was occupied by alien forces a decade earlier.
Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh star in this comedy about a woman who accompanies her boyfriend back to Singapore, only to discover he comes from an ultra-wealthy family and he’s one of the country’s most eligible bachelors.
Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks headline this noir-ish comedy from Brian Henson about a human cop and a puppet detective who must work together to solve the serial murders of the cast of a popular 1980s children’s show.
Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas star in this crime thriller about a former soldier and criminal who reenters prison undercover for the FBI and risks being outed when a drug deal goes wrong.
Matthew McConaughey stars in this true story about a young man during the 1980s crack epidemic who became a police informant for Detroit police, who then unceremoniously sentenced him to life in prison.
Based on the meme-inspired legends, this supernatural horror film follows a group of girls who attempt to debunk the existence of the titular specter but suspect they might be wrong when one of them goes missing.
James Franco and Zoë Kravitz star in this sci-fi action film about a pair of brothers who are forced to go on the run by a vengeful criminal, with only a mysterious weapon of unknown origins at their disposal.