Every Must-See Movie Coming Out in Summer 2019
When it comes to summer, we’ve never met an air-conditioned movie theater we didn’t like. Of course, it helps if the movie playing on the big screen is actually worth watching. (We’re looking at you, Olivia Wilde, aka the woman behind Booksmart.) Here, to help you get a leg up on the summer entertainment that lies ahead, a breakdown of all the best films to check out in June, July and August.
Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with this film—starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever—about two college-bound seniors who go from goodie-two-shoes to party animals after realizing they may have played their high school experience all wrong.
Always Be My Maybe
A falling out causes childhood friends Ali Wong and Randall Park to not speak for 15 years. But when they reconnect, sparks fly in this modern rom-com.
Emma Thompson is a surly late-night talk show host. Mindy Kaling (who penned the script for this film) is a newbie writer. When cancellation looms, they team up.
The Dead Don’t Die
An all-star cast—Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton to name a few—appears in this film about a crew of police officers who play defense against a zombie attack on a small town.
Imagine a world without the Beatles. That’s exactly what happens when an OK singer-songwriter (Himesh Patel) gets hit by a bus and wakes up to a world where he’s the only one who recalls their existence. (Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran and James Corden also star.)
The Art of Self-Defense
When a wimpy guy (Jesse Eisenberg) gets tired of being pushed around, he signs up for karate lessons—and encounters a beautiful woman (Imogen Poots) and a not-who-he-says-he-is instructor (Alessandro Nivola) along the way.
Awkwafina stars in this dramedy about a family traveling to China from New York City with a purpose: to say goodbye to their dying grandmother.
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Blinded by the Light
A guy (Sarfraz Manzoor) who was born 30 years after Bruce Springsteen and grew up thousands of miles away from New Jersey chronicles how “The Boss” changed his life.
Seth Rogan produced this film about middle schooler Max (played by Jacob Tremblay) who, after getting invited to his first kissing party, leans on his two best friends to gather intel on how to pucker up.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
This comedy-drama—based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name—follows a disappearing mother (Cate Blanchett) and the daughter (Bee Branch) who’s determined to track her down.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
This sequel to the 2014 film—starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins and Vera Farmiga—pits members of the crypto-zoological agency against a crew of god-sized monsters, Godzilla included.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Sophie Turner (hello, Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones) plays a telepathic mutant with an alter ego—Phoenix—in the latest X-Men installment.
When his best friend dies, cyber security expert John Shaft Jr. (played by Jessie Usher) enlists the help of his family (the OG Shaft Samuel L. Jackson included) to get to the bottom of things.
Men in Black: International
Avengers duo Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson trade fighting Thanos for fighting aliens in the latest installment of this beloved franchise.
When an Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop in pursuit of a killer, things take a stressful—but occasionally hilarious—turn.
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw
It’s the ninth film in the series—and this time Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham face off against a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist: Idris Elba.
As mob wives-turned-mobsters, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss confront rival gangs—but also their own criminal husbands—in this film set in the 1970s.
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco
A black San Franciscan (Jimmie Fails) plays himself as he attempts to relive his childhood in the now-gentrified Fillmore District.
An ex-convict—and single mom—from Glasgow (Jessie Buckley) strives to become a country music star and travels to Nashville to try and see it through.
When a middle-aged woman (Octavia Spencer) gives a group of teenagers carte blanche to party at her house, they think they hit the jackpot. Until things take a sinister turn.
Mark Hamill (of Luke Skywalker fame) is the voice of Chucky in this film about a mom (Aubrey Plaza) whose son has a murderous doll.
Fresh off of Hereditary, director Ari Aster is back—this time with a film about a summer festival in a small Swedish village that takes a dark turn.
Think of it as Jaws with alligators: A father and daughter (Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario) find themselves trapped in a house during a hurricane in the Florida Everglades and quickly realize they’re not alone.
From the director of The Babadook, this horror film—starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin—follows a woman who’s out for revenge after her family is murdered.
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
After Guillermo del Toro stumbled upon this book series—about a group of teens who face their fears to save their own lives—he decided to turn it into a horror movie.
Secret Life of Pets 2
Patton Oswalt takes over as the voice of the Jack Russell Terrier in this sequel to the 2016 film about the activities of pets when we’re not there. (You’ll also hear Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish in the film.)
Toy Story 4
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for: Woody and Buzz (Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) are back, this time with a new friend—a plastic spork in the midst of an existential crisis.
The Lion King
This photorealistic trailer of the Disney classic has Donald Glover lending his voice to the part of Simba and—wait for it—Beyoncé as Nala. (Soundtrack #goals.)
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The animated children’s TV show, Dora the Explorer, gets the live action treatment, but also flashes forward: In the film, she’s in high school and heads into the jungle to confront her nemesis, Swiper the Fox (Benicio del Toro).
Based on the wildly popular series of the same name, this film tells the tale of the twelve-year-old criminal mastermind—and kicks off what could be the next fantasy franchise.