Movies to Watch this Summer


Beat summer boredom with these blockbuster films.

1. Frank & Penelope (June 3)

As a thriller, this film explores a tale of love and violence. Frank (Billy Budinich), seemingly heading nowhere, ventures into a strip-club where he finds Penelope (Caylee Cowan). This is where a red hot love story erupts. Leaving their lives behind, Frank and Penelope venture toward the West, with no idea of where they would go. After a chance meeting with a cult leader, the two lovers who had nothing to live for find themselves in a battle for their lives.

2. Crimes of the Future (June 5)

Featuring Kristen Stewart, this horror film explores a future where mankind must learn to adapt to synthetic surroundings. The movie takes a deep-dive into what could (but very unlikely) happen in the real future. Peoples’ bodies undergo transformations and mutations, as their environment pulls them into a state of metamorphosis. Amidst metamorphosing organs, a mysterious group attempts to shed light on the next chapter of human evolution.

3. Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)

When the world’s lab-created dinosaurs were released on the mainland after the destruction of the island Isla Nublar in the previous movie, humans and dinosaurs are forced to coexist. Stars like Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern will all return for this next chapter. In contrast to the two films that came before it, Jurassic World: Dominion follows two parallel storylines that are fated to intersect. 

4. Lightyear (June 17)

Most people have seen Buzz Lightyear in one or more of the beloved Toy Story movies. However, this movie has nothing to do with Toy Story, and is set in an entirely different universe. The film features Lightyear (Chris Evans), his recruits, and his feline robot companion as they travel through galaxies on a risky adventure.

5. Escape from Spiderhead (June 17) 

In an effort to shorten their prison sentences, two inmates, Jeff and Lizzy, (Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollet) volunteer to be test subjects for a strange new drug that has the ability to change emotions, especially the ability to love. The inmates form a connection as they question their identities after being affected by the drug.

6. Elvis (June 24)

Starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, the movie explores the life and music of Elvis Presely. After an unexpected performance from Presely, he finds a manager, Colonel Tom Parker. As American culture evolves and Presely faces personal struggles, the relationship between Parker and Presley becomes increasingly more strained over 20 years. 

7. The Black Phone (June 24)

This horror film follows the story of Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), a 13-year-old boy being held in a basement by a callous, masked murderer (Ethan Hawke). Shaw hears the disconnected black phone on the wall ring, and soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s past victims through it. The voices are keen to protect Shaw from the fate that befell them.

8. Shotgun Wedding (June 29)

In this movie, Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and her fiance Tom (Josh Duhamel) gather their rather opinionated families for a destination wedding. Soon, everyone’s lives hang in the balance as they’re taken hostage. Darcy and Tom must work to save their loved ones from both their kidnappers and each other.

9. Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)

This film tells the story of Gru (Steve Carell), first appearing in Despicable Me in 2010. Set in the 1970s, Gru attempts to join a group of supervillains, Vicious 6, after they kick out their leader. The interview goes south, and Gru and his minions must go on the run. On his journey, Gru finds an unlikely ally and realizes that even villains need a little help.

10. Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)

As a continuation of Thor’s story, in this movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will explore his identity. Not wanting to be a hero anymore, Thor must explore who he is when he doesn’t have a mission to pursue. One detail to note is that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor’s love interest in the first two Thor Movies will make an appearance, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

11. Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (July 15)

In this movie, a hound with a difficult upbringing, Hank (Michael Cera), ventures into a town inhabited by cats. He discovers these cats need saving from a villain devoted to wiping them out. With training from a retired great samurai, Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson), Hank must take on the role of hero and fight alongside the cats to save them. However, the cats ruthlessly hate dogs.

12. Where the Crawdads Sing (July 15)

In this film, we meet a woman, Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who raised herself in marshes of the South after being abandoned by her parents. This is where she meets a man with whom she falls in love. Years later when they are no longer together, the man is found murdered in the marshes. The woman becomes the main suspect in the case, and there seems to be no one on her side.

13. The Father of the Bride (July 16)

A father (Andy Garcia) that is very close to his daughter (Adria Arjona) still sees her as “his little girl” even though she’s all grown up. After learning his daughter is engaged, the father struggles juggling multiple relationships within his family. However, he is devoted to making his daughter’s dreams come true.

14. Nope (July 22)

In this horror film, two caretakers (Keke Palmer and Daniel Kuluuya) at a lonely California horse ranch are faced with mysterious forces. These forces affect the behavior of both humans and animals. As the people and animals at the ranch are met with more and more mystery, they must fight for their lives.

15. Bullet Train (July 29)

In a seemingly chance encounter, five assassins find themselves on the same bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka, Japan, all on the same mission. With a small number of stops between their destination and Morioka, the assassins soon discover the similarity of their missions. Featuring actors such as Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Joey King, and Lady Gaga, the assassins must all fight each other to win their prize. May the best assassin win.