(Sniff, sniff) What’s that smell?
Hopefully it’s summer. And with the scents, sounds and sun of the season also (usually) comes sizable cinematic celebrations.
While there aren’t as many titles this summer that have me super jazzed there are a handful that have piqued my curiosity. So, slather on the sunscreen, grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy some insight (and quips) on the summer flicks about which I’m most excited.
When it’s out:April 26
What it’s about: With the universe in peril and its fate in question the Avengers once again assemble to try to repair the damage done in the franchise’s previous installment.
Why I’m pumped: Take a peek at the cast list; in some form or another everyone is here – everyone! If this follow-up to last year’s “Infinity War” truly is the end, it looks to be one immense and intense final bow.
When it’s out: May 24
What it’s about: Two smarty pants seniors, regretting the academic paths they took throughout high school, attempt to stuff four years of bad decisions and missed opportunities into the night before graduation.
Why I’m pumped: I think Kaitlyn Dever is hilarious, and after seeing the red band trailer for this movie, I’m sold. “Booksmart” looks to be comparable to “Superbad,” and any movie with a tag line like “getting straight As; giving zero Fs” – I mean, just take my ticket money already!
SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
When it’s out: June 7
What it’s about: It’s another look at what Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt), Chloe (Lake Bell) and their animal pals do when their owners are away.
Why I’m pumped: Its predecessor purr-fectly honored the species-and breed-specific quirks, and I want to see more. And as a mom to four fur kids, I always wonder what my pets do when I’m not home (probably nap; that’s what I would do).
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
When it’s out: June 14
What it’s about: Alien attacks are a global issue, of course, so this fourth flick in the franchise follows London-based Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) as they travel the globe to internationally battle intergalactic baddies.
Why I’m pumped: Loved the first “Men in Black” (who didn’t?!?), so I want to see if No. 4 is as enjoyable at No. 1 – or as forgettable as… the ones I don’t remember. Maybe it was the flashy thing?
TOY STORY 4
When it’s out: June 21
What it’s about: A new face joins Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of the toy crew for new adventures and shenanigans.
Why I’m pumped: Because Pixar.
When it’s out: June 28
What it’s about: Imagine (heh) that no one except you has heard of the Beatles. That’s exactly what happens when Jack (Himesh Patel) awakens after a bizarre power outage. Playing the band’s never-before-heard songs could be his ticket to ride – err, I mean success.
Why I’m pumped: Forget that this idea is crazy fresh; this flick is directed by Danny Boyle and no doubt will be chock full of Beatles tunes – and that’s a world in which I want to immerse myself for two hours.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM
When it’s out: July 5
What it’s about: Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) summer Euro trip is anything but relaxing, as he must don the Spidey suit to face a foe across the pond.
Why I’m pumped: It’s another big-action Marvel adventure, which means it’s sure to entertain, amuse and wow audiences into seeing it again (at least twice). And Holland is an amazing Spider-Man (see what I did there??)
THE LION KING
When it’s out: July 19
What it’s about: Hakuna Matata! This live-action journey tells the Simba-centric tale with which we all fell in love in 1994.
Why I’m pumped: Looking forward to seeing how director Jon Favreau delivers this beloved Disney story, since I was really impressed with his 2016 live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book.” Plus, how adorable is that lion cub? Get outta here!
Hopefully these movies just scratch the surface of an exciting season at the cinema. Let me know which flicks are on your summer must-see list – and I wish you happy viewing!
SUMMER MOVIE SCHEDULE 2019
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
A Dog’s Journey
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The Sun Is Also a Star
Godzilla: King of Monsters
The Secret Life of Pets 2
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Men in Black: International
Pixar’s Toy Story 4
Annabelle Comes Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Lion King
The Boy 2
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Dora the Explorer
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
The New Mutants
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Blinded By the Light
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Playmobil: The Movie
Angel Has Fallen
Courtesy of firstshowing.net
Release dates may be subject to change