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Summer Movie Guide


Summer Movie Guide by Guy S. Malone, Researcher

What better way to spend a sunny summer day than in a movie theater?  Lots of ways, you say?  Then read no further and go darken someone else's blog.  Some folks want to get out of the heat, and if the choice is a dungeon, a cave, or the local cineplex guess where you will find me?  Your darned tootin'.

Below, you will find my assiduously researched and arbitrarily filtered summer movie guide, chronologically ordered by release date.  Included are blockbusters, art-house films, date movies, documentaries ... heck, you will even find movies you couldn't drag me to with Wonder Woman's lasso of truth. I've added my own snark, cynicism, and even fearless predictions (Glenn Close for an Oscar).  All that with an economy of verbiage for which Paul Komisar, my old Philosophy of Ed Prof would approve.

You're welcome,

Guy S. Malone, Researcher

04/27  Avengers: Infinity War - 22 superheroes fight for screen time and against Thanos, who aims to collect all six Infinity Stones so he can rule the Universe.  Too many stars to name, go check IMDb.

05/04  Tully - Dramedy from Diablo Cody, reteaming with director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult); Charlize Theron, a mother of three, is gifted a nanny (Mackenzie Davis) who teaches her how to be a Mom.  Awards Watch.

05/04  RBG - Documentary about the notorious RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, focuses on her 25 years as a SCOTUS Justice, even catching her gym workout. Sure to win some judgments come Oscar time.

05/11  Life of the Party - A mom (Melissa McCarthy) mortifies her daughter (Molly Gordon) when she decides to return to college to finish her degree. With Maya Rudolph.

05/11 The Seagull - Chekhov dramedy, a son's love for his narcissistic mother plays out in rustic Russia.  Amazing cast: Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elizabeth Moss, Brian Dennehy = Awards

05/18 Book Club - Comedy, Diane Keaton, Candace Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen use Fifty Shades of Grey as how-to manual with Richard Dreyfus, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, and Craig T. Nelson.

05/18  Deadpool 2 - Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back for hard-R-Rated fun, this time battling arch-villain Thanos, er, Cable (Josh Brolin), and Morena Baccarin returns to keep the "merc with the mouth's" ego in check.

05/18  On Chesil Beach - Based on Ian McEwan's dramatic romance novel, a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) struggles with love and freedom in 1960's England.  Emily Watson, Billy Howle

05/25  How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Based on a Neil Gaiman short story, Elle Fanning hitch-hikes across the galaxy, lands in a London suburb, and finds love.  A punked-up Nicole Kidman is in pursuit.  Ruth Wilson.

05/25  Solo: A Star Wars Story - Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke help beat Star Wars into the ground, though I bet this cynical remake rakes in $500 million and gets 90+ from RT and EW. 

06/01  Adrift - Based-on-true-story about a young couple (Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin) who agree to sail a boat across the Pacific, not counting on crossing paths with a Category-5 hurricane.

06/01  American Animals - Based-on-fact story of four college students plan a heist--from a college library.  Ann Dowd, Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan.

06/08  Hereditary - Horror tale of a family--Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro, and Alex Wolff--experience Ancester.com gone mad. Sundance hit.

06/08  Oceans 8 - Female Oceans 11, starring Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon.  Hopefully, Gary Ross plus great talent equals the ultimate summer popcorn flick.

06/08  Hotel Artemis - in riot-torn future LA, Jodie Foster runs a hospital for criminals; Sterling K. Brown tries to save his brother. Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, and Dave Bautista join the action, sci-fi crime fun.

06/08  Won't You Be My Neighbor? - Documentary about our favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, from back when neighbors meant something and kindness ruled the day.

06/15  Incredibles 2 - Elastigirl/Helen (Holly Hunter's voice) heads out to save the world, turning  Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson's voice) into Mr. Mom. Voices: Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Kathleen Keener. 

06/15  Superfly - Trevor Jackson in the title role remake of the 1972 blaxploitation movie.  With Jason Mitchell and Michael K. Williams.

06/15  Tag - Highly-competitive friends annually play a kids game; John Hamm, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress try to tag elusive Jeremy Renner.

06/22  Boundaries - Pot-dealing dad (Christopher Plummer) thrown out of his nursing home; what's a daughter (Vera Farmiga) to do?  (Saving Grace, Part 2?)  Film recommended by Babs delaCine.

06/22  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Want to know why dinosaurs went extinct?  Oversaturation.  Now, they are rescuing the dinosaurs from a volcano.  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine.

06/29  Leave No Trace - Debra Granik drama, a father (Ben Foster) and his daughter (Thomasin McKenzie), living off the grid outside of Portland, OR are pulled into urban social services and fight to get back to the wilderness.

06/29  Sicario: Day of the Soldado - Sequels of excellent movies don't always work if they forget what made the original good.  Thia looks like twice the killing, half the surprise and intrigue.

07/06  Ant-Man and the Wasp - Sequels of excellent movies sometimes do work if they don't take themselves at all seriously--and if they have cluelessly cool superhero Paul Rudd, plus Evangeline Lilly (Wasp).

07/13 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - Drac receives a vacation on a monster cruise so he doesn't have to serve others at his hotel.  Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi.

07/13  Shock and Awe - In the wake of 9/11, two journalists (Woody Harrelson, James Marsden) work to uncover the truth about the Bush Administration claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

07/13  Skyscraper - Hostage-team rescuer Dwayne Johnson leaps tall buildings in a single bound, but this time with an inner-world as a war vet with an amputated leg and a tough past. Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber.

07/13  Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - Gus Van Sant dramedy/biopic, Joaquin Phoenix as a man using art to rehab from a life-changing accident.  Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill

07/20  Blindspotting - Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this dramedy about race and class clashing in a gentrified Oakland, CA.  

07/20  Equalizer 2 - Only makes the list because it's Denzel as Robert McCall, delivering very satisfying vigilante justice, but what if it's someone he loves? Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Pedro Pascal.

07/20  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again - Against our better judgment, we mention this, and we believe they had this sequel's name before they made the original. Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried.

07/27  Mission Impossible: Fallout - All together now: Ethan and his IMF team race against time in a mission gone wrong.  Rebecca Ferguson is back, does the plot matter? Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg.

08/03  Christopher Robin - An adult Christopher (Ewan McGregor) reunites with Pooh (Jim Cummings' voice) who helps him to enjoy life again.  Hayley Atwell; voices of Chris O'Dowd, Toby Jones, Brad Garrett, Sophie Okenodo.

08/03  The Spy Who Dumped Me - Comedy, two best friends (Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon) become embroiled in international intrigue when one of the women discovers her former boyfriend was a spy.

08/03  The Darkest Minds -  Based on Alexandra Bracken's YA dystopian thriller, four teenage plague survivors develop strange skills and must escape bounty hunters. Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie.

08/03  The Wife -  A wife (Glenn Close) gives up her career aspirations to support her Nobel Laureate husband (Jonathan Pryce). Also, Elizabeth McGovern, Christian Slater.  Close finally scores an Oscar.

08/10  Dog Days - Various Los Angelenos' lives are changed as they are brought together through their mutual love of dogs.  Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Lauren Lapkus, Adam Pally, Finn Wolfhard

08/10  The Meg - Guilty pleasure as Jason Statham pursues a shark that makes Jaws look like a minnow to save folks trapped in a submersible.  Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose.

08/17  Crazy Rich Asians - An Econ prof (Constance Wu) travels to her boyfriend's (Henry Golding) hometown of Singapore to find she is the target of an army of golddiggers who want her man.  Michelle Yeoh.

08/24  The Bookshop - In small-town England in 1959, a woman (Emily Mortimer) opens a bookshop, becoming an unlikely political and social lightning rod of polite tyranny.  Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson.

08/24  Papillon - Remake of 1973 Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman biopic of Henri Charriere's time on Devil's Island, this time with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. 

08/31  Kin - Earthly and alien forces pursue an ex-con and brother, who are in possession of a strange weapon. James Franco Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon.

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