In a shocking turn of events, there are actually a ton of movies I’m excited for this summer. In years past, I’ve struggled to round out to an even 10. This year, however, I’m expanding to 15 titles that have a lot of potential, even if most of them are recycled IP.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26)
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson
Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
I’m not concerned with them whiffing the ending of this 22-film deep saga. I’m more concerned with them not cheapening the already cheapened experience of Infinity War, which undercut its gutsy cliffhanger by offing characters we know will be back for future movies (including one that opens later this summer). By limiting the footage we’ve seen in the trailers and ads (including curiously few shots of Mark Ruffalo), they’re doing a good job of keeping the mystery up. Now they just have to solve it. Well, that and the mystery of Jeremy Renner’s hairstyles.
Long Shot (May 3)
Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Dan Sterling
Directed by Jonathan Levine
I was a bit skeptical of this rom-com – about the Secretary of State (Theron) falling for her speechwriter (Rogen) – until the glowing reviews came in from SXSW. Granted, some of those opinions may have been influenced by alcohol and a free concert by Boyz II Men. Still, their chemistry seems genuine and Jonathan Levine needs a win after his last few projects were a bit compromised.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (May 17)
Starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Ian McShane
Screenplay by Derek Kolstad
Directed by Chad Stahelski
By far the sequel I’m most excited for this summer. Keanu Reeves’ re-emergence as an action star has been exciting to see. Plus, they’ve figured out how to top the incredible stunts of the first two films: Put Keanu on a damn horse.
Booksmart (May 24)
Starring Caitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis
Screenplay by Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Directed by Olivia Wilde
The reductive view is that is just Superbad for ladies. But even if it is that? That means it’s going to be an amazing comedy. Dever and Feldstein have been stealing scenes for years. Now they get to strut their stuff and carry their own film.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)
Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford
Story by Max Borenstein and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields
Screenplay by Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields
Directed by Michael Dougherty
I was underwhelmed with Gareth Edwards’ 2014 reboot, despite its impressive cinematography. A clear example of the “awesome trailer, OK movie.” Somehow, I’m all in on this sequel, which introduces all of Godzilla’s foes at once, and features a murderer’s row of TV all-stars, including Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and CCH Pounder (The Shield).