2018 is speeding by. I feel like I blinked and all the sudden it’s over 100 degrees outside and school is out. This of course is a prelude to box office heating up as well with summer movies!
Officially, I think the summer movie season kicked of at the end of April with Avengers: Infinity War. And it is now in full swing with Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters (although both disappointed at the box office this last weekend). So, I am a few weeks late with this list of my most anticipated summer flicks, but there is plenty to come so it’ll be O.K.
So, without any further ado, here are the movies I am looking forward to, in order of release date:
June 1, 2018 Limited
This movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to some solid reviews. It’s the true story of four college students attempting an outrageous art heist. The character’s points of view blur the lines between documentary and narrative. People really liked this movie in Utah, so I’m pretty excited to see what the fuss is about.
June 8, 2018 Limited
Another Sundance premiere. This is getting compared to The Exorcist (as in groundbreaking, scary, horror film). Toni Collette apparently gives the performance of her life (and is gaining early Oscar buzz). It looks very creepy (seriously watch the trailer). When a horror film is good, I generally enjoy it a lot (see It and A Quiet Place for recent examples), but I may have to wait to watch this one on video (cause I am easy to scare). It seems like a can’t miss summer flick, though.
June 8, 2018 Wide
Ocean’s 11 was good. Like really good. And while Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13 were a lot less good, for some reason I am excited about this all female twist in the story. The cast is amazing, populated with actresses who are all at the top of their respective games (including 4 Oscar winners, an Emmy winner, and freakin’ Rihanna). Something tells me this is going to be a much more enjoyable film than most are expecting.
June 15, 2018 Wide
The Incredibles is definitely in the top tier of Pixar cannon, and that is saying a lot. Can the team repeat the magic of the original 14 years later? I am nervous. Pixar has done sequels really well (Toy Story 2 & Toy Story 3 are both perfect), but also terribly (Cars 2 and, in my controversial opinion, Finding Dori). Here’s to hoping the super hero team soars like our favorite toys. I am rooting for it to be a great film that doesn’t retread the original and moves the story of these fun characters forward.
June 22, 2018 Wide
The 1993 original Jurassic Park is a masterpiece and a classic (not up for debate). It’s two sequels are fine, not great. In 2015, Colin Trevorrow did some movie magic. He paid homage to Spielberg’s original, while creating an almost brand new world and moving the franchise forward in Jurassic World. It was a lot of fun, but didn’t quite reach the greatness of the first film (although it made a TON of money). This film looks to continue to push the story in new directions. I am not expecting a great film, but I am interested to see where the story goes. And it looks to be a classic, fun, summer popcorn fare. Plus I love the director (J.A. Bayona who helmed The Orphanage and The Impossible) and am anticipating his unique stamp on the material.
June 22, 2018 Limited
This is writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s follow up to 2014’s trippy horror film It Follows (another example of a good horror film that I enjoyed). This film premiered at Cannes with solid reviews. The plot follows a 33 year old LA resident (played by Andrew Garfield) through an absurd quest to find a missing girl. It looks trippier than his previous film, and I love me some weird summer indies.
June 29, 2018 Wide
Sicario was one of the best films of 2015, and announced the arrival of a new talented screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan. He has since written Hell or High Water (one of the best films of 2016) and Wind River (which he also directed and was one of the best films of 2017). The original didn’t necessarily scream sequel, but it did build an interesting world which this film seems to open up a bit more. It will be the continuing escalation of the war on the border with the drug cartels. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are back. Oh, and it was also written by Taylor Sheridan, so it’ll probably be really good (and one of this year’s best films, if that isn’t too much hype to live up to).
July 6, 2018 Wide
The first Marvel release after the game changing Avengers: Infinity War. The events in this film take place before Infinity War, but the buzz is that whatever Ant-Man has going on will come into play in the Avengers’ sequel slated for May of next year. Honestly, I didn’t love 2015’s Ant-Man, but I’m committed to this Marvel universe at least through May of next year when the Avengers’ story is said to be wrapping up.
July 13, 2018 Wide
I am not going to try to explain why I am looking forward to this film. I don’t even really like Dwayne Johnson’s filmography, personally. BUT this looks like Die Hard on steroids and for some reason I am game for it.
July 13, 2018 Limited
This is writer/director Bo Burnham’s first feature. You may recognize the name from a couple of his stand up features that are on Netflix (watch them if you haven’t). He has a very unique sense of humor, voice, and style. This film premiered at Sundance this January to rave reviews. I am very excited to see how he handles a narrative feature.
July 27, 2018 Wide
Is it just me, or do these Mission: Impossible movies just keep getting better? Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie is back for the 6th installment of the franchise. I don’t even know what the plot is, and it doesn’t matter at this point. The last few have been fun, well crafted, summer flicks. I’m in.
August 3, 2018 Wide
Marc Forester (Finding Neverland, World War Z) directs this live action, continuation of sorts for our dear friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. The whole gang assembles to help their friend Christopher Robin, who is grown with a family of his own and played by Ewan McGregor. I am a big fan of Winnie the Pooh. The books are awesome. The humor is dry. I am excited to see Disney give Pooh and the rest the live action/CG treatment. I think this will be heartwarming fun.
Which movie are you most excited to see?