Summer movies are the best movies. You know…if you’re into explosions, slapstick and Cher. So, pack a lightweight sweater and get thee to an air-conditioned theater—you’ve got a whopping 48 films to see.
The Ultimate 2018 Summer Movie Guide - PureWow
Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy plays a mom who’s disappointed in herself for never earning a college degree. So she enrolls at the same school as her daughter.
When Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen elect to read Fifty Shades of Grey, their love lives reap the benefits.
Based on a true story, this film—starring Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner—tracks a group of grown men that reunite every year to play tag.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Spoiler alert: Meryl is out, but Cher (and the rest of the cast) are in…and singing all the ABBA in this sequel, which follows a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in Greece.
John David Washington (as in, the son of Denzel) plays an African-American cop who decides to go undercover in the Ku Klux Klan. (Adam Driver also stars.)
Crazy Rich Asians
It’s not until Constance Wu travels to her boyfriend’s native Singapore that she discovers the truth about him and his family: He’s rich AF.
The Happytime Murders
Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks all star in this film about a group of puppeteers who get murdered. (Did we mention Jim Henson’s son Brian directs?)
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Sure, Robert Pattinson is the headliner of this western about a businessman who decides to join his fiancé in the mountains, but the miniature pony (a wedding gift for his bride) steals the show.
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The Spy Who Dumped Me
After a breakup with a C.I.A. operative, two pals—played by Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon—find themselves at the center of international intrigue.
Based on the Nick Hornby novel, Rose Byrne plays a museum curator who strikes up an email relationship with a rock star (Ethan Hawke) whom her boyfriend (Chris Dowd) is obsessed with.
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Support the Girls
Regina Hall plays the mother hen always looking out for the girls she employs at a Hooters-like restaurant in this workplace comedy.
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Measure of a Man
A bullied teen (played by Blake Cooper) learns to stand up for himself in this coming-of-age film. (Judy Greer and Luke Wilson also star.)
A military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) comes to terms with the death of his son while one of his parishioners (Amanda Seyfried) is grappling with her husband’s suicide.
On Chesil Beach
Set in 1962 England and based on the novel by Ian McEwan, a young couple (played by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle) try to find a balance between sexual impulses and societal pressure.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
A group of teens living in 1977 England stumble into a party full of aliens in this film from John Cameron Mitchell (aka the guy behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Nicole Kidman also stars.
A Kid Like Jake
Claire Danes and Jim Parsons play parents who are coming to terms with the fact that their four-year-old might not have a traditional gender identity.
Hearts Beat Loud
In the summer before college, a father (Nick Offerman) and daughter (Kiersey Clemons) team up to form a band together.
Christopher Plummer plays an aging pot dealer who goes on a road trip with his daughter. (Vera Farmiga, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Fonda also star.)
Sorry to Bother You
A man (Lakeith Stanfield) living in Oakland, California, rises through the ranks as a telemarketer working for an over-the-top entrepreneur (Armie Hammer).
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix plays cartoonist John Callahan in this film based on his memoir about a drunk driving accident that left him a quadriplegic.
An eighth grader (played by Elsie Fisher) has all the confidence in the world in her web videos where she doles out advice…but not so much in real life.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Chloë Grace Moretz plays a high schooler who gets sent away for gay conversion therapy in this film set in the 1990s.
When Emily Mortimer decides to open a bookshop—the first of its kind in a sleepy English town in 1959—it becomes social revolution, but one she plans to ride out. (Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson also star.)
Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening tackle Chekov on the big screen in this film about romance (and rejection) on a country estate.
Fresh off I,Tonya, Margot Robbie plays a waitress who is leading a double life. (Simon Pegg also stars.)
When the family matriarch dies, strange—and terrifying—things start happening to her family (headed up by Toni Colette) who’s left behind.
When Shailene Woodley and her boating partner (Sam Claflin) get caught in a hurricane, the odds are against them as they navigate the stormy sea. (FYI, it’s based on a true story.)
The Catcher Was a Spy
He only hit six home runs in 15 years in the major leagues, which is why Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) was the perfect under-the-radar candidate to become an American spy.
Under the Silver Lake
Shortly after a man meets a mysterious blonde, she goes MIA—leading Andrew Garfield to search all over L.A. to find her.
Woman Walks Ahead
Jessica Chastain plays Catherine Weldon, the painter who famously captured Sitting Bull and became an activist for Native American Rights. (Sam Rockwell also stars.)
Shock and Awe
A couple of journalists (Woody Harrelson and James Marsden) dig deep to question the Bush administration’s assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer, this film follows a writer (Glenn Close) who gave up her career to support her hubby (Jonathan Pryce) who’s about to receive the Nobel Prize.
This time around, Josh Brolin plays the villain going up against the wise-cracking Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds).
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Alden Ehrenreich steps into the shoes of Harrison Ford in a film that re-imagines the early days of the charming space rogue.
Fresh out of prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) celebrates her release by planning to steal all the diamonds at the Met Gala with help from an all-star crew (Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna to name a few).
Jodie Foster is at the helm of this hotel hospital that treats patients who have been banned from society. (Sterling K. Brown also stars.)
It’s a remake of the 1970s Blaxploitation film about a cocaine dealer who wants to do one more deal before retiring.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles dodging dinosaurs at the worst theme park of all time.
Ant Man and the Wasp
Paul Rudd shrinks. Evangeline Lilly plays the wasp in this sequel to the hit Marvel film.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays an F.B.I. officer who is tasked with evaluating security for the world’s tallest building, a mission that goes awry when it goes up in flames.
The Equalizer 2
Reprising his role as a retired government assassin, Denzel Washington proves there’s still revenge to pay in this adrenaline-fueled sequel.
Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Tom Cruise is back doing plenty of his own stunts (including freefalling from a plane traveling at 25,000 feet) in the sixth installment of this blockbuster series.
Mark Wahlberg plays an intelligence officer with a top secret job: smuggling a police officer out of the country.
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It’s not summer without a Jaws-inspired film: This time Jason Statham goes head-to-head with the prehistoric fish.
The Incredibles 2
The Parr family is back! Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl team up to fight the mysterious Screenslaver in this Pixar sequel. (Voices include Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Craig T. Nelson.)
Ewan McGregor steps into the shoes of an adult Christopher Robin, who reunites with his beloved Winnie-the-Pooh bear.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
In the third installment, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and everyone else at the hotel embark on a summer cruise.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Kristen Bell and Will Arnett lend their voices to this film about five teenage superheroes who have to take on an evil villain on their quest to Hollywood stardom.