Summer Movie Guide

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 as MIB 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 Ultron in 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!

FRIDAY, MAY 4

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.
Directed By: Dean Devlin
Overboard (2018)
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.
Directed By: Rob Greenberg
Tully (2018)  94%
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.
Directed By: Jason Reitman
RBG (2018)  100%
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.
Directed By: Betsy WestJulie Cohen

FRIDAY, MAY 11

Breaking In (2018)
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.
Directed By: James McTeigue
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.
Directed By: Ben Falcone

FRIDAY, MAY 18

Deadpool 2 (2018)
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.
Directed By: David Leitch
Book Club (2018)
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.
Directed By: Bill Holderman
Show Dogs (2018)
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.
Directed By: Raja Gosnell
On Chesil Beach (2018)  63%
Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan stars in this period drama that recounts the romance between a young grad student and a violinist from vastly different cultural bakgrounds.
Directed By: Dominic Cooke

FRIDAY, MAY 25

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.
Directed By: Ron Howard
Mary Shelley (2018)  36%
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.
Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Action Point (2018)
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.
Directed By: Tim Kirkby
Adrift (2018)
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.
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur
American Animals (2018)  79%
Based on a true story, this crime drama follows four friends who, struggling with life and inspired by heist movies, attempt to rob a college of its valuable private book collection.
Directed By: Bart Layton
Upgrade (2018)  75%
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.
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Hereditary (2018)  100%
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.
Directed By: Ari Aster
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
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.
Directed By: Gary Ross
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.
Directed By: Morgan Neville
Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Jeff Goldblum lead an all-star cast in this dystopian action film that revolves around a woman who runs a secret hospital for criminals.
Directed By: Drew Pearce

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

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.
Directed By: Brad Bird
Superfly (2018)
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.
Directed By: Director X.
Tag (2018)
Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner star in this high-concept comedy — based on a true story — about a group of friends who have been engaged in an elaborate, decades-long game of tag.
Directed By: Jeff Tomsic

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

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.
Directed By: J.A. Bayona
Boundaries (2018)
Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer star in this road-trip comedy about a single mother who is forced to drive her father from Seattle to Los Angeles after he’s kicked out of his retirement home.
Directed By: Shana Feste
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.
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return — sans Emily Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve — for this sequel that focuses on a federal agent’s efforts to curb drug trafficking at the US-Mexico border.
Directed By: Stefano Sollima
Uncle Drew (2018)
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.
Directed By: Charles Stone III

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

The Purge franchise finally goes the prequel route, this time tracing the origins of the national day of mayhem that allows any crime to be committed for a 12-hour period with no legal consequences.
Directed By: Gerard McMurray

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas return for this post-Ifinity War Marvel sequel, in which thief-turned-superhero Scott Lang takes on a partner and struggles to balance his dual life.
Directed By: Peyton Reed
Sorry to Bother You (2018)  92%
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.”
Directed By: Boots Riley

FRIDAY, JULY 13

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.
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky
Skyscraper (2018)
The 2018 Dwayne Johnson destruction tour continues, as the affable action star plays a building inspector framed for a crime he didn’t commit who must clear his name and rescue his family.
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.
Directed By: Gus Van Sant
Eighth Grade (2018)  100%
Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy centers on a young teen (Elsie Fisher) trying to make the best of the last week of her dreadful eighth grade year.
Directed By: Bo Burnham

FRIDAY, JULY 20

Equalizer 2 (2018)
Denzel Washington returns to reprise his role as Robert McCall, the former CIA operative who becomes a vigilante hero, in this seqeuel directed by frequent collaborator Antoine Fuqua.
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
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.
Directed By: Ol Parker
Blindspotting (2018)  92%
Daveed Diggs co-wrote and stars in this comedy — about a man on probation who witnesses a police shooting — that utilizes humor to address issues of race, class, and gentrification.
Directed By: Carlos Lopez Estrada

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of high-octane spies come back to the big screen under the guidance of director Christopher McQuarrie, who also helmed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015.
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
The popular DC Comics-based animated series comes to the big screen as the Teen Titans search for a director to helm their own movie, only to be set back by the nefarious plans of their nemesis Slade.
Hot Summer Nights (2018)  80%
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.
Directed By: Elijah Bynum

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3

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.
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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.
Directed By: Marc Forster
Mile 22 (2018)
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.
Directed By: Peter Berg
Searching (2018)  100%
John Cho and Debra Messing star in this thriller about a desperate father trying to locate his missing daughter by following clues discovered in her laptop with the help of a local detective.
Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty
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.
Directed By: Susanna Fogel

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

Dog Days (2018)
Ken Marino directs this ensemble comedy that follows several Los Angeles dog owners whose lives begin to intertwine and impact each other in unexpected ways.
Directed By: Ken Marino
The Meg (2018)
It’s got Jason Statham. It’s got a giant shark. Its tagline is “Pleased to eat you.” You know exactly what you’re getting into here.
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

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.
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt
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.
Directed By: Jon M. Chu
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.
Directed By: Brian Henson
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.
Directed By: Andrea Di Stefano
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.
Directed By: Yann Demange

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Replicas (2018)
Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve star in this sci-fi thriller about a man who becomes obsessed with bringing his family back — in any way possible — after they are killed in a car accident.
Directed By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Slender Man (2018)
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.
Directed By: Sylvain White

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

Kin (2018)
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.

This guide will be updated throughout the summer, but if you think we missed something, please let us know!