HOLLYWOOD—The arrival of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” officially kicked things off for the summer blockbuster movie season. From this point forward, you can expect almost a major release every single week, one poised to claim the top spot at the box-office week after week as things shift. Let’s take a look at the blockbusters and some of the smaller flicks slated to hit theaters this summer from May to August. I’ll be honest I’m really disappointed with the month of May because I do not see much hitting theaters worth discussing.
There is more superhero mayhem as the anticipated “Deadpool 2” starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin arrives, but I have to say Brolin might have found a niche audience playing the villain in the cinematic world lately. If you’re looking for comedy things are light with “Book Club” starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen arrives on May 18, while Melissa McCarthy continues the laughs with “Life of the Party.”
For Mother’s Day, audiences might come out to see Gabrielle Union fight to protect her kids in “Breaking In,” but that flick is not looking to entertaining if you ask me. With Memorial Day one expected more firepower at the multiplex, but I guess when you say “Star Wars” people get scared, as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” may or may not captivate audiences. Time will indeed tell with that flick to say the least. I would argue June really gets things moving with a few delights arriving on June 8 with “Ocean’s 8” starring a female cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. It could prove quite entertaining, as the all-star cast plan the ultimate heist. If you’re looking for scares “Hereditary’ starring Toni Collette has already been teased as potentially one of the scariest movies of the year about a family that learns secrets are meant to stay buried.
We have been waiting for years, and I mean years for the sequel to “The Incredibles,” well the wait is over on June 15 as “The Incredibles 2” finally arrives in theaters. That same day the long-delayed crime thriller “Gotti” starring John Travolta arrives, as well as the comedy “Tag” starring Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm. Yes, the title is exactly what you think it is about a group of pals who play a game that many of us played as kids. While remakes are not as popular as they were at the start of the new century, a classic in “Superfly” hits the screen with Trevor Jackson in the starring role.
It was the movie that blew away expectations when it hit theaters in 2015, so I’m not surprised to see “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” to reunite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as utter mayhem surfaces in the world of dinosaurs on June 22. The month of July kicks-off with two more sequels, as “The First Purge,” it’s actually a prequel explains how the annual purge event came to be on July 4. However, they will face tough competition as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” arrives on July 6. On Friday, July 13, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” looks to entertain the kids, just as Dwayne Johnson does what he does best: kick-ass in the action-flick “Skyscraper.”
More sequels hit the screen on July 20 as Denzel Washington returns in “The Equalizer 2” and Meryl Streep returns for the musical “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.” Two films definitely on my bucket list is the sixth installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” and the long-awaited adaptation of the animated hit “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies;” both films arrive in theaters on July 27.
I seriously cannot believe I’m saying this, but there isn’t a single flick arriving in August that is on my list of a must see. If anything this looks like the weakest summer for movies that I can think of in years. The only buzzworthy flick that has people talking is the adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians” starring Constance Wu which lands on August 17. Melissa McCarthy has a major departure from her comedic roots for the drama “The Happytime Murders.” Also hitting theaters during the month is “Papillon” starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek on August 24, and those looking to be scared can check out “Slender Man” which also arrives on the same date.
This is the first time I’ve ever said this, but summer 2018 at the multiplex doesn’t look that great America, but hopefully there are a few flicks that will surprise us. However, if summer is a bust, we still have fall 2018 which has plenty of films on my list that I cannot wait to see in theaters. Let’s just table that discussion until August though.