The heat has reached its peak, and it’s time for summer blockbusters to do the same. So if you’re looking to get out of the sun or sit out a rainy day, here are the options available to you in theaters (maybe if you’re lucky you can find them at a drive-in for the ultimate summer movie experience).
After his experience with the rest of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home with a determination to prove himself worthy of joining the Avengers permanently. Under the watchful eye of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter tries to balance his normal high school routine and the career of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and when the new villain Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges, everything that Peter holds dear will be put in jeopardy as a result of his hidden life. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, some language, and brief suggestive content. 2 hours and 13 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks like it’ll be an Ant-Man (2015) sort of addition to the MCU, more fun than serious and a nice break from the seriousness of the previous MCU films. I’m looking forward to seeing this new version of Spider-Man.
A Ghost Story
A recently deceased ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his home to try and reconnect with the wife (Rooney Mara) he left behind, appearing in a white sheet, and begins to ponder the enormity of human existence. Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image. 1 hour and 27 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks plenty artsy and it seems to be shot in a very interesting style, but the overall point of the story is still a little vague to me.
Emily (Anna Hutchison) and Lesley (Andrea Whitburn) are two best friends going on a road trip across the desert. When they decide to take a shortcut off the highway, they become the targets a psychotic trucker who is the instigator of a relentless game of cat and mouse. Action, Horror, Thriller. Will be rated for sex and nudity, violence and gore, and the use of profanity. 1 hour and 23 minutes. My First Opinion: I’ve seen two different versions of this movie before, and neither of them looked as B-Rated as this.
City of Ghosts
The efforts of the anonymous activists “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” is followed in a documentary following the takeover of their home by ISIS in 2014. The citizen journalists must come to terms of life undercover, being constantly on the run, and in exile, as ISIS continues to vow to bring them down. Documentary, War. Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: This documentary is going to make me feel very guilty, but it seems to be the kind of documentary that should make everyone feel guilty or it hasn’t done it’s job.
War for the Planet of the Apes
After Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes suffer unimaginable losses, he must wrestle with his darker instincts if he wants to avenge his kind. His journey pits him against the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson) in a battle that will decide the fate of both species and the planet itself. Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images. 2 hours and 20 minutes. My First Opinion: I forget, how many of these movies have there been now? It kinda seems like this whole thing should be decided already…
The Big Sick
When Kumail (Kumail Nanjani) begins to date Emily (Zoe Kazan), they are confronted with cultural differences, and a tragedy has the potential to bridge the gaps between their families. Comedy, Romance. Rated R for language, including some sexual references. 1 hour and 59 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks like a romantic comedy I could actually enjoy and isn’t quite as cookie-cutter as I’m used to.
Teenager Clare Shannon (Joey King) stumbles upon a magic box that will grant her seven wishes. She uses those wishes for her own personal gain, but when bad things begin to happen to people around her she realizes that the evil entity inside the box may be responsible. Fantasy, Horror, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic elements, and language. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: I’ve been seeing these trailers for what seems like forever, glad to know it’s finally happening. Still, it seems like it’ll be the same coin toss with any other horror film.
in 1865 rural England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) has been sold into a loveless marriage with a middle-aged man whose family is cold and unforgiving towards her. When she begins a passionate affair with a worker on the family estate, she discovers the force inside her that will let her stop at nothing to get what she wants. Drama. Will be rated for sex and nudity. 1 hour and 29 minutes. My First Opinion: I feel like the title is likely to throw people off, but it does seem like an interesting story, if it makes it to big theaters.
Swallows and Amazons
Two different groups of children meet each other on an island in the lake they both live near, and each try to claim the island for themselves. What starts out as a game between children evolves into an adventure when a mysterious man on a houseboat appears on the shores of the island. Adventure, Drama, Family, War. No Rating Available. 1 hour and 37 minutes. My First Opinion: This seems like a really fun and cute story, something along the lines of Bridge to Terabithia (2007) or Firehouse Dog (2007). Really, all around just a fun summer movie for the family.
The bestselling novelist Bell Oakland (Alec Baldwin) loses his wife and his sight in a car accident, and five years later he meets the socialite Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore), who is filling community services hours as part of a plea bargain for her husband’s (Dylan McDermott) insider trading. As they get to know each other more intimately, a passionate affair begins, and Suzanne is faced with a choice between the man she loves and the man with whom she has built an entire life. Drama, Romance. Rated R for language including some sexual references, and for brief drug use. 1 hour and 38 minutes. My First Opinion: This does look very interesting, and I have good opinions of the three leads. I would not be opposed to seeing it if it comes to theaters near me.
The Thomas family goes out to their family cabin in order to celebrate Christmas and meet daughter Sarah’s (Caroline Tudor) new boyfriend Ryan (Brad Schmidt). While trying to win her father’s (Peter O’Brien) approval and mask his jealousy of the former fling Tyler (Brando Eaton), a blizzard comes to Lake Alice, as does someone intent on hunting the Thomas family down. Horror. No Rating Available. 1 hour and 20 minutes. My First Opinion: This movie’s trailer marketing sure isn’t doing a great job of giving us anything concrete enough to be interested in.
Olivia (Troian Bellisario) and Matthew Grey (Tom Felton) are twins born into a life of privilege, and with it come high expectations. As they begin to prepare for their last year of school together, an unexpected tragedy splits them apart, though they have never had boundaries between them, and they are suddenly forced to learn how to live without their other half. Drama. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, sexual content, language, and teenage drinking. My First Opinion: The trailer looks entirely different from what I was expecting…maybe more interesting, but most definitely different.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
In the 28th century, the special operative duo Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are charged with keeping the peace in all human territories. The Minister of Defense assigns them to a mission on Alpha, an ever-expanding city where species from all over the universe have come to share their knowledge and culture, and is threatened by a dark force that may affect the entire universe if it is allowed to take Alpha. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material, and brief language. 2 hours and 17 minutes. My First Opinion: This kind of looks like it will be hard to enjoy if you’re not a fan of the original material, and I’m not seeing anyone or anything that holds my attention when I don’t know that material.
During the battle of France in World War II, Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France find themselves cut off and surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk. A fierce battles ensues on the sea and in the air as the Allies attempt to evacuate their men over the course of several weeks. Action, Drama, History, War. Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language. 1 hour and 47 minutes. My First Opinion: I have yet to see the Christopher Nolan film that has let me down in terms of story and craft. And it definitely helps that one again Nolan decided he needed Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy in his movie.
Successful Wall Street broker Will (Hayden Christensen) takes his family on a vacation to a cabin in the hopes of reconnecting with his son Danny (Ty Shelton). Their trip goes awry when they witness the murder of a police officer and a bank robbery goes wrong, leading to Danny being taken hostage and Will is forced to help the robbers evade the police chief (Bruce Willis) to save their lives. Action, Thriller. Rated R for violence and language. 1 hour and 37 minutes. My First Opinion: Now Hayden Christensen doesn’t have the best reputation as far as skill goes, but I was a fan of Shattered Glass (2003) so I feel like I can give him the benefit of the doubt.
Four lifelong friends set out to rekindle their sisterhood on a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival, which also reminds them of their wild sides and leads to dancing, drinking, brawling, and and unforgettable vacation. Comedy. Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material. 2 hours and 2 minutes. My First Opinion: Generally I’m not a fan of this type of humor, to be fair. This does look a little more put together than Rough Night (2017) though, which seems to be the movie to compare this to.
In 1995 Manhattan, teenage Ali Jacobs (Abby Quinn) discover that her father is having an affair as her sister Dana (Jenny Slate) uncovers her wild side and their mother (Edie Falco) is beginning to realize that she can’t have everything in her life, but her family still has each other. Comedy. Rated R for sexual content, language, and drug use. 1 hour and 33 minutes. My First Opinion: Eh, other than the 1995 angle I’m not seeing anything that I feel like I haven’t seen already.
During the Cold War, undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) must investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a list of double agents by partnering with station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) and using her talents of spycraft, sensuality, and savagery. Action, Mystery, Thriller. Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity. 1 hour and 55 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks like what a Black Widow movie could be like if Marvel would grow a pair and cast her in her own solo film.
A Family Man
Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), works at the Blackrock Recruiting Agency as a headhunter, and when his boss (Willem Dafoe) prepares to retire, Jensen strives to take over the company, butting head with his ambitious rival Lynn (Alison Brie). When a personal tragedy strikes at home, Jensen finds his work and personal priorities clashing and must find a way to balance the two. Drama. Rated R for language and some sexual content. 1 hour and 48 minutes. My First Opinion: I feel like the trailer is kinda giving away the ending…at least it’s taking the potential out of it being something different.
The Emoji Movie
Hidden within the texting app lies the city of Textopolis, where all emojis wait in anticipation for being selected by the user of their phone. Each emoji has one face and one expression – all except for Gene (T.J. Miller), who was born without a filter and experiences multiple emotions. Determined to become “normal”, Gene and his friends Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris) embark on a journey to find the code in their phone that will fix him, putting the rest of the phone world in danger. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi. Rated PG. My First Opinion: Why. Just why. I think my soul is dead.
From the Land of the Moon
In 1950s France, when the idea of marrying for love was unthinkable, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is married to José (Alex Brendemühl), an honest and loving farm worker who her parents believe will turn Gabrielle into an honest woman. She vows that she will never love him and lives like a prisoner until she is sent to the Alps to heal her kidney stones, where she meets André (Louis Garrel), an injured veteran. He kindles the passion buried inside of her and they vow to run away together to live out their dreams. Drama, Romance. Rated R for some strong sexuality and graphic nudity. 2 hours. My First Opinion: Meh. I’m not really seeing anything that makes me want to spend two hours on it.
There’s the line up for July, though it seems surprisingly small. As it gets hotter and hotter, what movies make you want to spend the day inside with popcorn and air conditioning?