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Summer 2019 Movies

Something, BOOKSMART and Aladdin are just a few of the summer's most-anticipated movies.

Classes have ended. Textbooks have been returned. Sure, you could spend all of summertime soaking up sun and sipping lemonade, but you could also seek the cozy darkness of CoMo’s movie theaters and watch an upcoming blockbuster or hidden indie gem. Vox rounded up some of the biggest and best titles coming to the big screen this summer. 


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Release Date: May 17

Director: Chad Stahelski

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry

The plot: Keanu Reeves is back as gun-wielding hitman John Wick in the third installment of the action series. This film finds Wick in New York City evading the attacks of fellow hitmen after a $14 million bounty is put on his head.


Booksmart

Release Date: May 24

Director: Olivia Wilde

Stars: Kaitlyn Denver, Beanie Feldstein

The plot: When two straight-A high schoolers confront their lack of fun memories on the eve of graduation, a wild night of partying ensues. Lady Bird’s Beanie Feldstein finds herself in the spotlight of this high school comedy, which is also Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut.


Aladdin

Release Date: May 24

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud

The plot: All of the Aladdin favorites are back on the big screen, but this time, they’re real actors instead of animated — and Will Smith is blue! The live-action remake of the Disney classic follows the same lovable Aladdin in his journey from the city streets to the royal palace, where he intends to win the heart of Princess Jasmine.


Rocketman

Release Date: May 31

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Stars: Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard

The plot: Elton John’s life is coming to the silver screen. The film recounts the singer’s start at the Royal Academy of Music, where his talent was immediately clear. With one of John’s most famous songs as the title, the biopic promises to be a music-filled spectacle.


The Secret Life of Pets 2

Release Date: June 7

Director: Chris Renaud

Stars: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish

The plot: For those of us still wondering just what our pets are up to when we're away, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is here. In this sequel, Max the Jack Russell Terrier adapts to his owner's new married lifestyle. Along the way, he meets new companion Rooster, a Welsh Sheepdog voiced by Harrison Ford.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Release Date: June 7

Director: Simon Kinberg

Stars: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence

The plot: Wait, Sophie Turner is in something other than Game of Thrones? Indeed she is! Turner takes on the titular role of the next X-Men installment as Dark Phoenix (a.k.a. Jean Grey). It takes the entire team of mutants to help out when Grey begins to spiral into an unstable rampage that threatens the entire world.


The Dead Don’t Die

Release Date: June 14

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Adam Driver, Bill Murray

The plot: This summer horror-comedy is promised to be the “best zombie cast ever disassembled.” When the town of Centerville is overrun by zombies, the local police and residents must band together to save themselves from the flesh-hungry foes. With Bill Murray at the helm of law enforcement, anything is possible.


Toy Story 4

Release Date: June 21

Director: Josh Cooley

Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

The plot: In the fourth Toy Story installment, Woody, Buzz and the gang hit the road to reunite with Little Bo Peep. We’ll meet a new member of the gang named Forky, a spork-turned-toy, and inevitably leave the theater with a whole lot of tears and nostalgia.


Yesterday

Release Date: June 28

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James

The plot: What would a world without The Beatles look like? Yesterday attempts to answer that question. The film’s central character is Jack Malik, a musician in search of stardom. After a bus accident, Malik awakes in a world where The Beatles never existed, and he achieves fame and fortune after performing some of their greatest hits.


Midsommar

Release Date: July 3

Director: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Will Poulter

The plot: If last year’s Hereditary didn’t terrify you enough, you’re in luck! Horror connoisseur Ari Aster is back this summer with Midsommar, his ultra-creepy second feature. When a young couple travels to Sweden for what they think is a bright and airy festival celebrating midsummer, they stumble into a horrific competition with some major cult vibes.


Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release Date: July 3

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya

The plot: Tom Holland’s next jaunt as Spider-Man is the first return to Marvel since April’s Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker journeys to Europe on a school trip, and the high-school hero finds himself recruited by Nick Fury to deal with international threat, the Elementals.


The Lion King

Release Date: July 19

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Donald Glover, Beyoncé

The plot: It’s the summer of Disney remakes, apparently. Another beloved tale returns to the big screen, this time with a star-studded cast of voices to bring the inhabitants of Pride Rock to life.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release Date: July 26

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie

The plot: Perhaps the most star-studded cast of any summer blockbuster, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s first feature since 2015’s The Hateful Eight. The film is an ode to Hollywood’s final golden age in the year of 1969.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Release Date: August 9

Director: André Øvredal

Stars: Zoe Colletti, Austin Abrams

The plot: Based on the series of children’s stories, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will wrap up the summer with an array of spooky tales on screen. Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro is billed as a co-writer for the film, which finds a group of teens in the town of Mill Valley plagued by scary happenings.

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