Summer movie preview 2018: From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ to ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ — 27 movies to watch out for
Summer started early this year in Hollywood with the record-breaking release of Avengers: Infinity War. And Marvel’s biggest superheroes swinging into theatres couldn’t be coming at a better time.
Last summer’s box office hit a 25-year low and so far this year, returns are down nearly 3%.
So it’ll be up to Marvel, the Merc with a Mouth, a female-led Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World’s dinos, the Rock (again) and an assortment of sequels to try and turn Tinstletown’s fortunes around.
Here’s some of what you can expect to see between now and Labour Day on the big screen.
Life of the Party (May 11): After her hubby suddenly dumps her, Melissa McCarthy heads back to college in this laugher. “I don’t know what’s sadder, the mom perm or the mom boobs,” one character says, taunting McCarthy’s character in one party scene, to which she responds, “These allowed this one to suckle at these teats for 28 months. I wear them around my waist proudly.”
Deadpool 2 (May 18): Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a (filthy) Mouth is back. This time he assembles the X-Force to take on the time-traveling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin).
Book Club (May 18): Granny romance rules in this rom-com about four women (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) who read Fifty Shades of Grey and see a change in their, ahem, sex lives.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25): Not even six months have passed since Star Wars: The Last Jedi and we’re getting a brand-new story. Alden Ehrenreich re-imagines the most charming space rogue in the Star Wars universe (before he was played by Harrison Ford) in this stand-alone story. Donald Glover joins the prequel fun as a young Lando Calrissian, with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson as new characters. Ron Howard directs.
Action Point (June 1): It’s not a Jackass movie, but at least one jackass – Johnny Knoxville – will get hurt in this comedy about an amusement park owner in 1970s New Jersey. Also stars Jackass alum Chris Pontius.
Ocean’s 8 (June 8): A spinoff of the Ocean’s movies that starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt, this reboot led by Sandra Bullock has a gaggle of who’s-who actresses trying to steal a diamond necklace off a famous actress (played by Anne Hathaway). Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna also star, with Matt Damon (and maybe a few others from the original trilogy) set for a cameo.
Hereditary (June 8): This frightfest is already being billed as one of the scariest movies of the year. The horror follows a grieving daughter (Toni Collette) and the strange things that start happening when her family’s matriarch dies.
Hotel Artemis (June 8): Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce makes his directing debut with this action-thriller about a hospital for criminals with a star-studded cast including Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown and Jeff Goldblum.
Super Fly (June 15): Toronto’s Director X (the visionary behind Drake’s Hotline Bling) reboots a ‘70s blaxploitation classic about a cocaine dealer looking to make one more deal and then retire. “We respect the original story,” X told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. “That’s what the foundation of this is, the original movie. I can’t express my hate for going to see a movie and they changed the ending or they ‘fixed’ it for us, and it never needed to be fixed. We didn’t ‘fix’ Super Fly, we modernized Super Fly and that’s the core of it.”
The Incredibles 2 (June 15): Fourteen years after Pixar dipped its toe in the realm of superheroes, the Parr family is back. The sequel picks up right after the 2004 original, with Mr. Incredible a stay-at-home dad while Elastigirl fights crime. Eventually mom, dad and the kids assemble to do battle with the mysterious Screenslaver. The vocal talents include Holly Hunter (as Elastigirl), Craig T. Nelson (as Mr. Incredible) and Samuel L. Jwackson (as Frozone).
Tag (June 15): Based on the true story of a group of pals that have met up every year for the past 23 years to play a game of tag. Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, and Rashida Jones star.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22): Dino trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and former park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are teaming up to save the dinosaurs from a killer volcano on Isla Nublar in this sequel. As Grady explains, they are on “a rescue op to save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode. What could go wrong?” Something tells us the answer is: a lot. Pratt promises there are “more dinosaurs in one section of this film than ever seen onscreen before.”
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29): Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles from the original that tackled the violent drug war in Mexico. But with Emily Blunt’s rookie agent sitting this one out, the sequel focuses on del Toro’s hitman character Alejandro Gillick and Brolin’s dirty government official Matt Graver. “We learn more about Alejandro’s past, but we also learn how he acts when his back is against a wall,” said del Toro.
The First Purge (July 4): Now that everyone’s been purged after three films, we’re going back to the beginning to see how America kicked off its annual “Purge Night.” This time, Marisa Tomei joins the franchise as the architect behind the Purge experiment.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 6): Director Peyton Reed described the first one as a “heist” movie. But Evangeline Lilly (who plays the Wasp) says the follow-up has a Lost Season 4 kind of vibe owing to its place bridging Infinity War and next summer’s untitled Avengers 4. “Everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you,” she told Vanity Fair.
Skyscraper (July 13): After saving the world from alpha-predators in Rampage, Dwayne Johnson will try and rescue his family who are trapped inside a burning building. Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber described the film as “Die Hard meets Towering Inferno, with the biggest movie star in the world driving it all.”
The Equalizer II (July 20): Denzel Washington reprises his role as Robert McCall, a former special ops agent who doles out his own brand of justice. “You don’t really get to see these types of films where you have an amazing actor like Denzel Washington playing a role like this; where he is a superhero but very grounded and very real,” director Antoine Fuqua says. Interestingly, this is the first sequel in Denzel’s career.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (July 20): Star Amanda Seyfried is promising all “the magic and all the fun of the first one,” plus new ABBA songs and Cher. If that’s not enough to get grandma out to the theatre, Meryl Streep, Julia Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth and Andy Garcia also pop up in this sequel.
Mission: Impossible — Fallout (July 27): Tom Cruise is going all out for the sixth instalment in his Mission: Impossible series. This time, Tom Terrific performs an assortment of dangerous stunts — including a free fall, at speeds ranging from 130 to 200 miles per hour, from an airplane at 25,000 feet. “How much we can do that is physically possible without killing Tom,” director Christopher McQuarrie wondered while choreographing the 3-minute stunt that they say everyone told them was impossible.
Mile 22 (Aug. 3): Mark Wahlberg plays an intelligence officer trying to smuggle a police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Peter Berg, who Wahlberg collaborated with on Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day, directs.
Christopher Robin (Aug. 3): Ewan McGregor portrays the boy we know from the Winnie the Pooh books. It seems that the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. Also stars Hayley Atwell.
BlacKkKlansman (Aug. 10): On the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots, Spike Lee will bring Ron Stallworth’s story to the big screen. The story centres on an African-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. John David Washington (son of Denzel) and Adam Driver star, with Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele in the producer’s chair.
The Meg (Aug. 10): Before he battles the Rock in next year’s Fast & Furious spinoff, Jason Statham is set to tangle with the biggest shark in history in this Jaws knockoff.
Crazy Rich Asians (Aug. 17): The flashy rom-com is based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller about a Chinese-American woman who gets a culture shock when she meets the boyfriend’s family in Singapore.
The Happytime Murders (Aug. 17): Melissa McCarthy will be back in theatres later this summer, playing a human detective who is teamed up with a puppet partner to investigate some grisly puppet murders. The oddball comedy is directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson).
Slender Man (Aug. 24): Created online by Eric Knudson in 2009 as a mysterious spectre photo-edited into everyday images of children at play, Slender Man has grown into a popular boogeyman and has appeared in video games and online stories. He’s even been blamed for a real-life attack that took place in 2014.
Kin (Aug. 31): From the producers of Stranger Things and Arrival comes the story of two brothers on the run from federal agents and a street gang (led by James Franco) after one of them comes across a piece of alien weaponry. Dennis Quaid, Carrie Coon, Jack Reynor, and Zoe Kravitz also star.