Ah, the sweet relief that is an air-conditioned theater on a hot summer day. Here, 38 movies to add to your bucket list between May and June. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for comedy, superheroes…or Ryan Gosling.
Because you love to laugh
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
In this sequel, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are forced to enlist the help of their former frat boy neighbor Zac Efron when a sorority--more terrible than the fraternity that came before--moves in next door.
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
Andy Samberg stars in this mockumentary about a Justin Bieber-esque pop star whose life and career are in a total tailspin. It’s worth watching for the A-list cameos (including Maya Rudolph, Simon Cowell, Sarah Silverman) alone.
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
This sequel to the 2013 magic-filled film reunites the original A-list cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) plus a couple of newcomers (Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan) for their biggest heist yet.
When a bullied geek (Dwayne Johnson) grows up to become a CIA agent, he enlists the help of his former high school buddy-turned-accountant (Kevin Hart) to take on the bad guys in a top-secret case.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
When two hard-partying brothers (Zac Efron and Adam Devine) place an ad online to find dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding, the ad goes viral--and they meet their hard-partying match (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza).
This Woody Allen period piece follows Jesse Eisenberg, a Hollywood dreamer in the 1930s, who hopes to make it big in the film industry. It also stars Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Steve Carell.
This remake of the 1984 classic features an all-female cast (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones), not to mention a reprise of the epically awesome original theme song, which will probably get stuck in your head as soon as the opening credits scroll.
Over-stressed moms (played by Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Jada Pinkett Smith) unite in this comedy about a group of women that go on a quest to liberate themselves of all mom-related pressures like the PTA…and Pinterest.
A billionaire businessman (Kevin Spacey) gets turned into a cat so that he has a chance to realize the errors of his workaholic ways. Um, yes. That’s the plot. (Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken also star.)
Part comedy, part thriller, this film is based on the real life story of two men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), who win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to supply arms to American allies in Afghanistan.
So many film festival darlings
Set in a near dystopian future, this romantic comedy follows a man (Colin Farell) who by law has to check into a hotel for single people and find love in 45 days…or else. Also at the hotel? The ever-lovely Rachel Weisz.
Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore star in this film about a woman (Gerwig) whose plan is to have a baby on her own, until she meets and falls in love with a married man (Hawke). Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader also make appearances.
Try not to cry at the trailer for this modern day Swiss Family Robinson starring Viggo Mortensen as a dad who raises his six kids off the grid in the Pacific Northwest. All is idyllic until tragedy strikes and he’s forced to re-enter the real world.
Alicia Vikander stars alongside Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench in this film about a painter who falls for a young married woman after he’s commissioned to paint a portrait of her during tulip season in 17th-century Amsterdam.
A man (John Krasinski) goes back to his hometown--along with his eight-months pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick)--on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery and is forced to navigate the people and places he left behind.
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU
This film is based on the true story of the 1989 summer afternoon when future President Barack Obama wooed a little lady named Michelle. Okay, we’re officially charmed.
And (mostly) kid-friendly
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
Finally--the long-awaited answer to how the birds (voiced by Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph, Sean Penn and Jason Sudeikis) got so angry in the first place.
It’s been 13 years since we first met Dory, but now the friendly-but-forgetful blue fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is back for a brand-new underwater adventure with Nemo and all of her closest pals.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
From the creators of Despicable Me, this film offers a behind-the-scenes look at exactly what your pets do when you’re not home. (Hint: They raid your fridge, watch TV and work out.) Voices include Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Louis C.K. and more.
In the not-for-little-kids category, this profanity-laced comedy follows Frank (Seth Rogen), a sausage who finds out his fate is to become dinner, and his quest to warn his supermarket pals (voiced by James Franco, Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig) of the horror to come.
We’re gripping the armrests already
Directed by Jodie Foster, this movie puts a Wall Street reporter (George Clooney) in the hot seat when an irate investor holds him--and his producer, played by Julia Roberts--hostage because of a bad stock exchange tip.
THE NICE GUYS
A private eye (Ryan Gosling) and his hired enforcer (Russell Crowe) team up to solve the case of a missing girl in 1970s L.A. Mustaches, retro hijinks and a Kim Basinger appearance ensue.
Bryan Cranston returns to the world of drugs in this film about a U.S. Customs official investigating a massive scheme involving the powerful Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Yep, the original Bourne (Matt Damon) is officially back. In the new installment, he remembers who he is and fights to uncover details about his past. Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones also star.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Apparently there’s more superhero beef that needs to be sorted. (Captain America doesn’t like Iron Man or something?) Whatever. Watch it for Robert Downey Jr., who is far and away the best to take on the genre.
The X-Men (Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) reunite to fight the arrival of the world’s first mutant (played by Oscar Isaac, who--sadly--is almost unrecognizable in his evil and bulky blue form).
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
It’s been two decades since Bill Pullman’s epic speech about the Fourth of July. Now, most of the original cast (Jeff Goldblum, Vivica Fox) is back for this sequel to save the planet once again. No Will Smith, though. Sorry.
STAR TREK BEYOND
There’s a new crew on the USS Enterprise (Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto) and they’re on a mission to get back to Earth safely, even though the ship has basically been destroyed.
Time to get the other side of the story--aka the perspective of the most famous super villains, from The Joker (Jared Leto) to Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Could be dumb. Could be kinda quirky and subversive.
You may or may not cry
ME BEFORE YOU
Based on the book by JoJo Moyes, this tear-jerker follows the love story of a woman (Emilia Clarke) who is hired to take care of a dashing quadriplegic man (Sam Claflin). Judging from the trailer, tissues are required.
Cue the Jaws flashbacks: In this film, a woman (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark while out surfing alone, but has to fight to stay alive when she is stranded--shark bite and all--just 200 yards from shore.
Already getting early Oscar buzz, this film follows the story of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton). Rounding out the cast? Laura Dern, Nick Offerman and Linda Cardellini.
A fresh take on the historic drama, here’s the epic tale of a falsely accused Jewish nobleman who endures years of slavery in order to take vengeance on the man who betrayed him. (At the very least, consider it an excuse to re-watch the Charlton Heston original.)
Fantasy and Adventure
Get transported to another time and place
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway return for this whimsical tale about Alice’s quest to go back in time and save the Mad Hatter. Another reason to see it? Alan Rickman is back as the Blue Caterpillar, his final film role.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Cue the '90s nostalgia. And the blatant TMNT cross-promotional marketing campaigns. Oh, and somehow Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Fred Armisen are also involved. Heroes in a half-shell!
Steven Spielberg directs this film based on the Roald Dahl book about a little girl who encounters the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), a kindhearted soul who--unlike his peers--isn't at all interested in eating children.
THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) has fully acclimated to life in London with Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) when he learns about suspicious activities at a mining encampment in the jungle and is forced to return to his home.
This remake of the 1977 musical about an orphaned boy named Pete who goes on the adventure of a lifetime returns to the big screen with a new cast including Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.