Summer movie season started a week early this year, with Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters the last week of April. Why a week earlier? Money, of course.
It’s not the only high-profile release this summer. What follows is my annual look at what to expect on the big screen through July.
Overboard, May 4
The gender roles are reversed from the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell original, but the premise remains the same. And we’re supposed to laugh about it.
Tully, May 4
Charlize Theron did well in the Diablo Cody-scripted, Jason Reitman-directed Young Adult(2011). They return with the story of a struggling mother (Theron) and her nanny (Mackenzie Davis).
Life of the Party, May 11
A middle-aged mother (Melissa McCarthy) returns to college to finish her degree. Is McCarthy ever not the life of the party?
Deadpool 2, May 18
The trailers don’t look great, but after Avengers: Infinity War, it will be Josh Brolin’s second big-bad-comic book villain role in the span of a few weeks.
Book Club, May 18
Friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) read 50 Shades of Greyand… good luck to the unsuspecting men having to fend off their prutient desires. If they want to.
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, May 18
If the Academy is smart, it will nominate this for Best Documentary at the Oscars, and invite the pope to the ceremony.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, May 25
Star Wars oversaturation continues. This time we go back to Han Solo’s youth.
Action Point, June 1
Johnny Knoxville, of Jackass fame, runs an amusement park. Because nothing says “responsible adult” like endangering the lives of hundreds of kids.
Ocean’s 8, June 8
Sandra Bullock plays Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) sister in this all-female take on the heist films, this time centered on the Met Gala in New York City.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, June 8
A documentary about the life of the sweater-wearing nice guy, Fred Rogers. I always thought it’d be funny if, when Mr. Rogers asked someone the titular question, they slammed the door in his face.
Hereditary, June 8
You can choose your friends, but not your family. When the matriarch dies, her descendants learn of their sinister, unwelcome fate. This looks spooky.
Incredibles 2, June 15
Leave it to Pixar. They seem to have the whole “under-promise, over-deliver” thing backward, calling the movie “incredible.”
Tag, June 15
Based on the true story of the greatest game of tag ever played.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, June 22
Sicario: Day of the Soldado, June 29
If you don’t speak Spanish, soldado means “soldier.” Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return, drug wars will be fought.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, July 6
Continuing Marvel Studios’ domination of the universe, now Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) has a partner (Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp), and together they uncover a dark secret from the past.
The First Purge, July 6
This prequel looks at the first time America had no laws for 12 hours and all crime was legal.
Whitney, July 6
You’ll get “So Emotional” and “Wanna Dance With Somebody” during this documentary on Whitney Houston.
Skyscraper, July 13
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson must stop a towering inferno inside a 240-story skyscraper in this 100-percent realistic new release.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, July 13
It’s animated, so at least you only have to listen to Adam Sandler’s dumb Dracula voice rather than having to watch him.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, July 20
The Equalizer 2, July 20
Apparently Denzel Washington didn’t equalize enough in the 2014 original.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, July 27
Tom Cruise once again literally risks his life for our entertainment, this time by piloting a helicopter.