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The Ultimate Summer 2023 Movie Guide, from ‘Barbie’ to ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’

No summer is complete without a visit to the movie theater—especially when there is salted popcorn and free air conditioning involved. But you know what makes the experience even better? Movies that keep us entertained from start to finish. 

Fortunately, there’s an incredible lineup of new films coming to theaters and streaming platforms this summer, from Barbie and DC’s The Flash to Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Keep reading for the best titles to check out in June, July and August.

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Extraction 2

(June 16)

Much like the first movie, Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black ops mercenary, returns for another deadly mission. This time, he must save a family that’s imprisoned by a ruthless gangster. 

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Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One

(July 12)

Although plot details are scarce, we do know the movie follows the events of Mission: Impossible–Fallout. According to director Chris McQuarrie, Ethan Hunt embarks on a more “emotional journey” this time around. 

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Paramount Pictures

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

(June 9)

Set during the '90s, the seventh installment revisits the conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Only this time, the war is even more intense with the involvement of the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons.

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Warner Bros.

The Flash

(June 16)

When Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) travels back in time to save his mother's life, he unleashes a new threat and winds up trapped in an alternate reality. Can Flash save this world before returning to his own?

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Heart of Stone

(August 11)

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot returns to the big screen as Rachel, a CIA agent who’s tasked with her most dangerous mission yet. Jamie Dornan, best known for the Fifty Shades franchise, also stars as Parker.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

(June 30)

The legendary archaeologist teams up with his goddaughter to retrieve a dial that could change history. And along the way, they come face-to-face with a former Nazi who has dangerous plans.

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20th Century Studios

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20th Century Studios

The Boogeyman

(June 2) 

When Will, a grieving therapist, agrees to help a new patient, he unknowingly welcomes a dangerous entity that wreaks havoc on his family. Among the cast is Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina and Vivien Lyra Blair.

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RLJE Films

The Angry Black Girl & Her Monster

(June 9)

Vicaria (Laya DeLeon Hayes) is convinced that death is just a disease that she can cure. But when she sets out to bring her dead brother back to life, it’s a total disaster.


The Blackening

(June 16)

When a group of Black friends go away for the weekend, they soon find themselves trapped in a cabin with a mysterious killer.

Screen Gems

Insidious: The Red Door

(July 7)

Ten years after the events of Insidious: Chapter 2, Josh and his son, Dalton, are forced to confront the same demons. Can they defeat them…for good?

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The Perfect Find

(June 23)

Gabrielle Union is Jenna Jones, a 40-something woman who decides to pursue a career in beauty journalism. The problem? She has a complicated history with her new boss, Darcy. 


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The Out-Laws

(July 7)

The crime comedy follows Owen (Adam DeVine), a bank manager and groom-to-be who believes his future in-laws are responsible for robbing his bank. It’s produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, so expect all the laughs.


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Joy Ride

(July 7)

If you enjoyed Girls’ Trip, you’ll love Joy Ride. The comedy follows a group of four friends who embark on a wild, debauchery-filled adventure after Audrey’s international business trip goes south. 



(July 21)

Step into Barbieland with Greta Gerwig's star-studded movie adaptation, which follows the doll as she tries to find happiness in the real world. Cast members include Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae and Dua Lipa. 


They Cloned Tyrone

(July 21)

John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx portray an unlikely trio who become involved in a major government conspiracy. Prepare to put on your detective hat.

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Happiness For Beginners

(July 27)

Ellie Kemper, AKA the queen of optimism, stars as Helen, a woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after her divorce. Her plan? To sign up for a wilderness survival course. 


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Amazon Studios

Red, White, and Royal Blue

(August 11)

This adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s LGBT romance novel follows the relationship between a British prince and the son of the U.S. president. The film stars Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine. Step aside, Love, Simon.


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Vacation Friends 2

(August 25)

Ron and Kyla join newlyweds Marcus and Emily for another fun adventure at a Caribbean resort. But things get messy when Kyla's dad crashes the party after getting released from prison.


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(June 9)

A Border Terrier named Reggie (voiced by none other than Will Ferrell) teams up with a group of stray dogs to get revenge on his former owner for abandoning him. Other cast members include Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher and Randall Park.

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Columbia Pictures

No Hard Feelings

(June 23)

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a delivery driver who’s so desperate for cash that she takes on her most unique gig yet: dating a socially awkward teenager who has zero interest in finding love.

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A Beautiful Life

(June 1)

The romantic drama revolves around Elliott, a young fisherman who has a voice of gold. When a music producer discovers him at a party, he receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow his dreams.

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Flamin’ Hot

(June 9)

Grab a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and check out Eva Longoria's directorial debut. It tells the true story of Richard Montañez, a Frito Lay janitor-turned-businessman who made waves in the food industry after inventing Flamin' Hot Cheetos. 

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(July 21)

Ever wondered how the atomic bomb was created? Meet theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The biopic details how his contributions led to the creation of the first atomic bomb.

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Columbia Pictures

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

(June 2)

In this sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales teams up with Gwen Stacy for a journey through the multiverse, where they face off against an even bigger threat. 

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

(June 30) 

Zachary Levi and Zooey Deschanel star in this live-action adaptation of the classic book, which follows a young boy named Harold. When his baby brother is born, he uses a magical purple crayon to cope.


Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

(August 4)

Our favorite turtle brothers—Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael—are on a mission to win the hearts of New York residents through their heroic deeds.

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Shooting Stars

(June 2)

Inspired by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger's namesake book, the doc details how the basketball player and his childhood friends became the top high school team in the country.

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(June 9)

In this fascinating doc, a curious mother investigates the damaging effects of technological progress on humanity. Is it truly helping society, or is it causing more isolation?

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Stephen Curry: Underrated

(July 21)

Directed by Peter Nicks, the sports documentary examines the career of basketball player Stephen Curry, beginning with the 2008 NCAA Tournament and ending with the 2022 season.


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