Hard to believe, but the Summer Movie Season is already upon us. With the launch of Avengers: Infinity War kicking things off, 2018 has another stacked slate of Summer films. Our contributors have once again joined together to present to you the top five films they’re looking forward to during the Summer months.
Perhaps their choices will mirror your own, or give you some new films (or ones you forgot were coming) to put on your list to watch. Check out their picks and tell us which films you’re looking forward to the most this Summer movie season.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – Considering all of the most recent Star Wars films have been dominating the Christmas season, it’s kinda neat to be able to put this up on my Summer list. While the film has had its share of behind the scenes trouble, all the footage so far has me excited. At the very least, it looks incredibly fun.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – I know not everyone was thrilled with Jurassic World, but I thoroughly enjoyed the return to the franchise. Jurassic Park has always been a franchise I’ve loved and I can’t wait to see how Fallen Kingdom builds on it, especially after that last, amazing, trailer.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – I can’t say that I’ve been the biggest Mission: Impossible fan (Tom Cruise in general has lost his luster for me), but the last film was so damn good, it’s hard to not feel excited for Fallout. Hopefully it manages to still feel fresh and deliver on another fun adventure.
Hotel Artemis – This movie wasn’t even close to being on my radar until that trailer dropped the other week. The idea itself is brilliant, and the cast is pretty stacked. Couple that with some insane looking action, and Hotel Artemis could end up being the surprise hit of the Summer.
The Meg – I’m a sucker for shark movies and always have been. As such, The Meg has been on my radar for quite some time now, since filming initially began. The trailer was a ton of fun and promised some crazy monster action pieces that will undoubtedly look amazing on the big screen. Hopefully, this one turns out to be more than a dumb fun, popcorn flick.
The Predator – As a huge fan of the Alien franchise I can’t also help but be a little partial towards the Predator franchise. Although the last film was good enough, I’m hoping Shane Black can make something more fun to watch.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Tom Cruise said that this film is probably the film with the most practical stunts ever made. And that’s coming from Tom Cruise, the guy who does all his stunts. I think he knows what he is talking about. I can’t wait to see this one, it should be hard-hitting, and hopefully just as engaging as the last two installments.
Upgrade – The premise is straight out of some cheesy sci-fi B-movie, and the trailer does make the film look a bit one-dimensional. But I don’t care. This is my pick for check-your-brain-at-the-door R-rated violent summer popcorn flick.
Sicario 2: Soldado – Taylor Sheridan has written some very solid films of late, and that includes the original Sicario. That film had Villeneuve as director whereas this sequel does not. That’s a huge hole to fill, but I am interested to see what direction they tale this one in.
Sorry to Bother You – RARELY do movie trailers single-handedly make me want to watch a film anymore, but the trailer from this film is fantastic. The film looks innovative, colorful, energetic, funny, and smart. This is my pick for the film that will sneak in and blow everyone away. Watch out!
Ocean’s 8 – Let me start by saying that I have been a big fan of the Ocean’s movies for some time now. You can argue that 1 was the only good one and that the sequels were a waste of time, but that’ll never stop me from enjoying a good ol’ fashioned heist movie. The series takes a new direction by putting in some of Hollywood’s best actresses and I couldn’t be more excited! Summer movies are typically about bullets flying and giant explosions, but sometimes all it needs is a good heist film.
Hotel Artemis – Speaking of bullets flying and giant explosions, I CANNOT wait for Hotel Artemis! Sterling K. Brown has seen his career skyrocket, over the past year or so, to the point that he now gets his own John Wick-type movie, and boy does it look fantastic. Top it off with the fact that the great Jeff Goldblum is playing the villain and you’ve got me throwing money at the screen.
Incredibles 2 – 14 years. 14 YEARS, people! That’s how long I’ve been waiting for an Incredibles sequel. How it didn’t happen within that time frame is beyond me, but we’re here, it’s real, and I’m so ready. The trailers have looked fantastic, but I did kind of hope that we would’ve seen the kids all grown up, to some extent, but that’s really not a big deal. I’m just glad we’re getting a sequel in the first place.
Tag – Until last month, I had no idea this was a movie. Then the trailer dropped, and boy did it have me. It’s a simple premise, to be sure, “A bunch of friends playing a game of tag for 30 years and it happens to be a true story”, but the starpower it has mixed with the outrageous moments we know are coming from the trailer, and it’s got to be looked at as one of the top comedies of the movie season. It’ll likely get overshadowed, but you better believe I’ll be sitting in that theater, ready for the laughs.
Ant-man & The Wasp – You may look at my list and think, “Where are the superhero movies?! No Avengers? No Deadpool 2?”. Nope! While yes I am excited for those movies, they are bit on the nose. I want to look to a superhero movie that hasn’t been recognized nearly as much as the other films on Marvel (and DC)’s docket for 2018. Much like the first Ant-man was overlooked as one of the best films of the MCU, Ant-man & the Wasp has quietly put out solid trailers that are just as memorable as a giant Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser. I can’t wait to see where the MCU goes from here because this will be the first film after Avengers Infinity War, so it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds.
Mike (Casual Cinecast)
Solo: A Star Wars Story – This is one that I‘ve been curious about for some time now (along with everyone else, right?). As the time has drawn closer to its release, I find myself more and more feeling like I’ll enjoy this at least as much as Rogue One. I’m liking all the Han/Chewie stuff we’ve seen in the trailers. Everyone on the internet seems pretty high on Donald Glover already, but I actually really enjoyed Alden Ehrenreich in Hail! Caesar, so I think he will be good. He may not sound like Ford, but he has a pretty good scoundrel-like swagger down.
Hereditary – This moody horror film stars Toni Collete and Gabriel Byrne, so what’s not to be excited about? The trailer for this movie is extremely eerie. It seems like it could be slow and deliberate, which would be nice. There’s a shot of someone on fire on the trailer that seems super intense and visually striking. It’s also been getting a lot of good word of mouth. Plus, it’s not a sequel!
Mission Impossible: Fallout – I’ve seen every one of these Mission Impossible movies in theaters so far, and I don’t expect to stop now. This is one of those rare franchises that only seems to improve as it goes on. Tom Cruise is still going strong, doing all those crazy stunts for our entertainment. This one brings back Rebecca Ferguson, which is nice. She was great in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Plus there are some others returning that have me excited, but it might be spoilery to post them here.
The Incredibles 2 – The first Incredibles movie is my favorite Pixar film (with the exception of maybe UP… if I feel like being sad). However, since I like the first so much, the idea of the sequel makes me slightly nervous. Although, director Brad Bird is back at the helm, so maybe they can recapture some of that magic that made the first so wonderful.
Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado – It’s missing Emily Blunt and Denis Villeneuve, but oh well. It’s still a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River, Hell or High Water), so I’m sure it will be solid. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are back and ready to cause some mayhem. This used to have a much cooler title under just Soldado, but oh well. Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado will have to do.
Chris (Casual Cinecast)
Sorry to bother You – Lakeith Stanfield is an up and coming actor that I have enjoyed watching rise. This movie may just propel him into stardom if the trailer is any indication. Remarkable co-star Tessa Thompson and an inspired concept make it one of my most anticipated movies of the summer.
Under the Silver Lake – This is David Robert Mitchell’s follow up to the 2014 horror film It Follows. With Under the Silver Lake, he takes on one of my favorite genres, noir. A solid cast, including Jimmy Simpson, Riley Keough, and Andrew Garfield, makes me very excited to see this film.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor – A documentary about Mr. Rogers. When I was young, I don’t think I watched any show more and I believe he started my love of film. I’m ready to dive in to the behind the scenes to find out more about the man I spent so much time with as a kid.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – I’m most excited to see what this movie turns out to be. With so much drama behind the scenes, is Ron Howard able to save it? Whether or not it’s a mess, it’s going to be fascinating to watch.
Avengers: Infinity War – The Russo brothers showed they could handle a large ensemble but now there’s even more, and a villain Marvel has been teasing for ten years. Good or bad it’s going to be interesting.
Deadpool 2 – I’ll be honest here, this is pretty much the only movie I’m super excited about and will go see on opening day. I watched the first one so many times in theaters, and have kept that up ever since it released on Blu-ray. Ryan Reynolds reminds me of the film student I was, very passionate about my projects and being so engaged with that one project you love. He has hardly even broken character since being attached to the franchise.
Incredibles 2 – Can I do these lists without one animated movie? No. It’s friggin Incredibles 2 first of all, so all of us kids (at heart) have waited forever for this to happen! It’ll be another one of those kids movies that has the theater filled with adults and I’ll enjoy every second of it.
Teen Titans Go (To The Movies ) – Speaking of animated movies! Yes I enjoyed the original Teen Titans, yes I would prefer to have Teen Titans with a story back, and yes I still enjoy Teen Titans Go! What? That’s unheard of?! No, Teen Titans Go! has been successful for Cartoon Network and some of us simply enjoy the humor it provides, and the movie is so exciting for those of us following the series. I for one will be sitting in a theater and enjoying this movie too.
Venom – Not sure if I’m breaking rules here and reaching too far out, but I’ll let my editor yell at me later. After a rather disappointing first reveal, the follow up trailer which just so happened to release in time for me to write this totally blew me away! They got so many fine details right with this one and I feel like they are trying to impress the real fans for once. Venom isn’t lame like he was in Spider-Man 3, and the whole feel of the trailer was godly.
Overlord – Not sure when this movie is planned to actually release thanks to delays and the randomness of the franchise, but the next Cloverfield movie is expected to release sometime this summer (or late in the year.) I’m still a Cloverfield fan even after the Netflix debacle and feel the franchise can continue to be strong. The rumors circulating the next release have it sounding very interesting with an alternate WWII history and supernatural beings. Of course I’m more excited for the viral marketing to start up, which is pretty iconic with every Cloverfield story.
Sorry To Bother You is also on my list, but we got that covered above. I think it’s going to be hysterical, and the directing for it seems phenomenal.
Deadpool 2 – Do I really need to explain why I want to see this movie. Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth is back. With Josh Brolin pulling some double duty in summer movies starring as Cable in this one. I’m counting on lots of action and lots of laughs.
Ocean’s 8 – I loved Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, & Thirteen. So when it was announced that they were gonna do Ocean’s 8 with an all female cast, and a pretty fantastic female cast at that I was very interested. Also the fact that the movie releases on my birthday doesn’t hurt either.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man was a superhero I didn’t know much about and seeing that marvel was making a movie based on the hero had me scratching my head as to why. And like Guardians they knocked it outta the park as far as i’m concerned, now with the addition of Wasp into the mix I’m hyped to see what they will do with Scott Lang this go ‘round.
The First Purge – I loved the Purge series from day 1, plus we will get a 10 episode Purge TV series which will air on SYFY and USA and details what goes on during the year between purges. Umm yes sir, I’m in.
Avengers: Infinity War – 10 years ago Marvel started a story, This summer is the beginning of the end of that story. Who will make it out alive …. Probably not Hawkeye.
I am going to leave Avengers: Infinity War off this list, seeing as it comes out this week, and we are still in April. Plus I wouldn’t say I am anticipating it, because I already know I am going to love it, the Marvel pedigree speaks for itself. I am going to focus on films I am excited to see, cause I don’t know what to expect. Honorable Mention will go to The Predator, Tag, and Ant-Man & The Wasp.
Deadpool 2 – Now this could be considered the same category as Infinity War. The first film was so good, I should expect greatness. However with the director departing, and rumors that were swirling, plus the fear of sequelitis, can Deadpool live up to the hype? I think it can, and I hope it does. I have not watched any trailers other than the first teaser, and I don’t plan to watch anymore. Hopefully the sequel can live up to its predecessor. I do know, I will be there opening night.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – Again, could fall into the category of Star Wars which has yet to truly let me down. However this is the first Star Wars film that is truly a test. It is out of their comfort zone of December and in the thick of the early summer season. Deadpool 2 will still be pulling in audiences, and while they won’t have anything to fight in their second week, right behind that is Ocean’s 8. Plus a film we didn’t want, and are uncertain about the lead. How will this play out? I am excited to see.
Skyscraper – It’s Die Hard with The Rock, with one leg. It’s Sky Hard. The worry here is that while Rampage didn’t get bad reviews, they weren’t exactly glowing. But this film has great potential. The Rock will always be on my most anticipated list, and while he has great franchises to take part of, he has yet to pull in that great action film. He needs his Die Hard. A critically acclaimed classic action film. And Sky Hard has the potential to be that for him.
Christopher Robin – Not your typical blockbuster summer film, but I am overly excited for this. From the moment I watched the first teaser trailer and heard Pooh Bear’s voice I have been hooked. It took me back to my childhood growing up on Winnie The Pooh. Add Ewan McGregor, and you have a recipe for excitement. A good family film that will prolly hit us right in the feels. Plus Disney has been killing it with their live action films.
The Meg – It’s Jason Statham Vs a Giant Shark. Did you see that Shark? How could you not be excited! IT’S A GIANT FREAKING SHARK!
Like I said, there are a TON of great movies to look forward to. From the big budget blockbuster, to the lower key films, Summer 2018 could be among the best film seasons in a while. Which ones are you looking forward to this year? Be sure to share your lists with us here!