Another summer season is about to start and with it a swath of celluloid distractions from the impending heat and humidity outside, projecting eye-popping entertainment some 40 feet high amid air-conditioned comfort (and hopefully accompanied by some sugary and / or salty snacks to munch on as well). There are an ever-growing abundance of sequels and remakes again this summer that will vie for audience attention, as well as a number of literary adaptations, kids fare, and maybe even the odd "original" movie (what a concept!). At the very least, any one of these blockbusters will be a respite from reality, and sometimes, that's all you need to get by for a while.
Keeping with the ever-encroaching race to be the first to debut and cash out at #1, this year's summer movie season for all intents and purposes began back in March with the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which was then followed up in April by the equally pop culture crushing behemoth of Avengers: Infinity War. Both films have garnered enough interest from patrons to catapult those search terms and their related-topic searches to the top of our most searched catalog items for the past few months now.
So, how many summer sequels can a summer sequel-heavy summer get?
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
Young Han Solo (with Alden Ehrenreich putting on Harrison Ford’s vest and blaster) in a solo (get it?) adventure that pre-dates the original Star Wars trilogy timeline.
The First Purge (July 4)
The rare summer horror movie and a sequel that is actually a prequel to the deadly Purge film franchise.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)
Thief-turned-superhero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) takes on a crime-fighting partner (Evangeline Lilly) in this comic book continuation.
Now, how about some familiar movies given a fresh "reimagining"?
Ocean's 8 (June 8)
In this spinoff of the previously rebooted 60s heist film, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (sister to George Clooney’s Danny), who gathers an all-female team—consisting of Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter—to steal a prized outfit from the famous Met Gala in New York City.
The Hustle (June 29)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in this remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as they compete with each other to rob a wealthy heiress out of her fortune. Did I mention it's a comedy?
And now for the book to screen adaptations...
Book Club (May 18)
While not necessarily an adaptation, this movie does revolve around one specific book and how Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen play BFFs whose lives are rejuvenated when they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey together.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (May 25)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell directs this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel set in 1977 about a group of punk English teens who wind up at a party full of aliens.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (July 20)
The popular DC Comics-based, Cartoon Network-animated series comes to the big screen.
The Darkest Minds (August 3)
Based on the YA novel of the same name, this sci-fi fantasy follows a group of teens with superhuman powers on the run from the government after a plague has killed off the majority of the country’s children.
There are some actual documentaries and biopics to check out on screen this summer too!
Mary Shelley (May 25)
Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star in this dramatized account of the relationship between poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, as well as the fateful night that led the latter to write Frankenstein.
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (July 13)
Gus Van Sant directs this based-on-true-events drama about renowned cartoonist John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix), who only discovered his talent when he became a quadriplegic after a drunk driving accident.
Christopher Robin (August 3)
Ewan McGregor stars as A.A. Milne, the creator of honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh.
And here are some movies that defy simple classification...
Tag (June 15)
Perhaps this year's Emoji Movie, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner star in this high-concept comedy—based on a true story—about a group of friends who have been engaged in an elaborate, decades-long game of tag.
Sorry to Bother You (July 4)
Surreal social satire about a black telemarketer whose career is propelled by the ability to use a "white voice" on the phone.
Skyscraper (July 13)
90 minutes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson jumping buildings in a single bound.
BlacKkKlansman (August 10)
Spike Lee's newest film, a social commentary-filled dramedy on racism in America, is based on the true story of a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum (who created the genre-breaking and award-winning Get Out in 2017).
The Meg (August 10)
Jason Statham + a giant shark = “Pleased to eat you.”
The Happytime Murders (August 17)
In the "WTF?!" category all by itself, Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks star in an over-the-top comedy alongside foul-mouthed puppets, directed by Brian Henson (yes, Jim Henson's son!).
A.X.L. (August 24)
The story of a boy and his A.I.-enhanced cybernetic dog in the vein of other kid-friendly and abbreviation-heavy sci-fi adventures like E.T. and D.A.R.Y.L.
And that isn't even every film screening this summer!
If all of the above is just too overwhelming, you can always catch a flick at a neighborhood library near you—we have over 130 screenings throughout this summer alone! Or search our catalog and borrow some movies or stream them immediately to have your own film festival in the comfort of your home.
No matter what season it is, your Free Library card is the only movie ticket you need!
What movies are you looking forward to possibly seeing this summer? Let us know in the comments below!