The movie industry has become completely saturated with superhero movies and CGI-dominated blockbusters. While I love superhero films as much as anyone (I have seen 95% of Marvel and DC films during their opening weekend), what about the other guys? This summer, there are some great non-superhero movies slated for release. I’m here highlighting 10 movies that I believe you should see in theaters this summer.
Movie #10: Action Point – June 1st
Starring Johnny Knoxville and a few former Jack-Ass actors, this movie tells the story of how Action Point, a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park came to be. With an increase in competition threatening to put this park out of business, Johnny Knoxville essentially turns the park into Jack-Asstopia, where there are no rules or safety. If you’re a fan of the Jack-Ass tv show and movies, then this will be your perfect start to your movie watching summer.
Movie #9: Mission Impossible: Fallout - July 27th
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back in theaters for the fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Similar to the Fast and Furious series, the plots of the previous movies have all kind of blended together, but at this point, does it really matter? I know that when I purchase my ticket, I’m going to see some of the best car chases and action scenes that will come from any movie this year.
Movie #8: Crazy Rich Asians - August 17th
Based on the best-selling trilogy of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is your contemporary, and not-so-contemporary, summer romantic-comedy. After dating for more than a year, Nick Young, played by Henry Golding, decides it’s time for his girlfriend, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), to meet his Singapore-based family. Rachel, discovering that Nick belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Asia, decides that she must win over the approval of Nick’s traditional and overbearing mother, played by Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery). The general plot of the movie does get its origins from rom-coms, but it will be the first major Hollywood film in 25 years to have an all-Asian cast. Plus, taking place in an Asian country, will no doubt bring a breath of fresh-air (and a lot of laughs) to moviegoers.
Movie #7: Ant-Man and the Wasp - July 6th
I’ll be honest, I thought the first Ant-Man movie was going to be the first true disappointment in Marvel’s cinematic universe. So much so that I didn’t even go see it in theaters, and if you know me, I don’t miss many superhero flicks. But I was wrong to have doubted the Marvel formula and least of all, Paul Rudd. Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where Scott (Rudd) struggles to balance life as both Ant-Man and his responsibilities as a father. If this movie is anywhere near as charming as the first one, Marvel will have another blockbuster on its hands.
Movie #6: Searching - August 3rd
This movie follows a desperate father, played by John Cho (Harold and Kumar, Star Trek), trying to find his missing daughter. Gaining access to her laptop, he uses her online accounts to discover what might have happened to her. What’s unique about this thriller is that the entire story is told through computer screens, which could set the trend of modern-day found footage films. An Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film festival this year, Searching is a movie that will most likely make its mark upon its wide-release on August 3rd.
Movie #5: Hot Summer Nights - July 27th
A 1980’s era coming-of-age story, Hot Summer Nights is about young Daniel (Timothee Chalomee) spending the summer selling weed in Cape Cod. Now I know what you're thinking, it’s going to be just another nostalgia inducing film about being young and growing up during the 80’s. However after watching the trailer, I’ve got a really good feeling that first-time director Elyjah Bynum is going to deliver a unique and stylized story. Be sure to watch out for some breakout performances from this film, especially Maika Monroe, who has been stellar in every movie I have seen her in so far.
Movie #4: American Animals – June 1st
After seeing the trailer for this movie, it automatically shot up on my “I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THIS” list of movies. American Animals is about four college friends looking for some sort of excitement in their lives. Warren, played by Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men Apocalypse), devises an “easy” plan to steal a book worth 12 million dollars and convinces his pals to help him do it. Considered to be a crime-thriller, I also have a sneaking suspicion that there might be a hint of comedy as well.
Movie #3: The Incredibles 2 – June 15th
I personally have been waiting for this movie for the last 14 years, easily making it one that I’m looking forward to seeing the most. The first Incredibles is hands-down a top-5 Pixar movie, if you haven’t seen it, you really should. This second movie takes place right after the events of the first movie. The main difference is Elastigirl being the one tasked with going on secret missions and attempting to bring “Supers” back into the public’s good graces, while her husband, Mr. Incredible, is left in-charge of their three super-powered children. I cannot wait to see what original writer and director Brad Bird has in store for this highly-anticipated sequel.
Movie #2: Eighth Grade – July 13th
If you’re like me and have consumed just about every piece of content produced by YouTube star/actor/comedian Bo Burnham, then you’re probably as intrigued as I am to see his directorial debut. This movie follows Riley (Elsie Fisher) as she navigates her way though the last week of 8th grade. The trailer describes Riley as a misunderstood, lonely teenage girl, living with just her dad. Being my favorite type of movie genre (the coming-of-age tale) and thanks to the comedic genius/talent of Bo Burnham, you can expect me to see this movie multiple times in theaters.
Movie #1: Sorry to Bother You – July 6th
Taking place in an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, the plotline of Sorry to Bother You follows telemarketer, Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) as he raises to corporate success while navigating through some extremely bizarre events. This movie is written by first time director Boots Riley and contains an extremely talented cast that includes Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Patton Oswalt, and Terry Crews. I’m not sure if it will gain the same financial success but I’m hoping it will be just as entertaining and socially conscious as Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
There you have it, the 10 movies I think you should see this summer. Are you excited about any of these movies, or do you think I left something major off the list? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions below!