“Avengers: Endgame” launched the summer movie season with a superhero punch. Debuting April 26, the Marvel Studios juggernaut crossed the $2 billion box office mark in a record-breaking 11 days.
More superhero action is on the way with “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” But a few nonsuperhero trends are manifesting themselves. This summer will see many movies by female filmmakers, telling stories featuring women as principal characters. And following last year’s Freddie Mercury biopic hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” more music-related movies will be in theaters.
The female-led films include “The Nightingale,” a revenge tale from Jennifer Kent, the Australian writer-director of the 2014 horror masterpiece, “The Babadook.” Writer-director Andrea Berloff’s “The Kitchen” tells an Irish mafia story about three resourceful women in New York City, circa 1978. Holly Gent Palmo co-wrote “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”, a Richard Linklater-directed comedy-drama starring Cate Blanchett as a woman who leaves her family to follow her muse.
Also, actress Olivia Wilde makes her feature-film debut as director with “Booksmart,” a coming of age comedy from a female perspective. Emma Thompson plays a TV talk show host in “Late Night,” written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and directed by Nisha Ganatra. Lulu Wang wrote and directed “The Farewell,” a comedy-drama about a Chinese-American family and its ailing matriarch. Other female-centric films include director Claire McCarthy’s reset of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as “Ophelia.”
The summer’s music films include the Elton John biopic, “Rocketman.” Songs by the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen inspired “Yesterday” and “Blinded by the Light,” respectively. And there are documentaries about opera star Luciano Pavarotti and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.
Meanwhile, this summer has its share of sequels, remakes and spinoffs, including Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” “Godzilla: King of Monsters” and Disney’s remakes of the animated classics “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”
Many of the movies opening from May 17 through August are listed below. Opening dates are subject to change, and not all films play in every market.
“A DOG’S JOURNEY”: In this sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose,” Bailey forms a new bond that leads him to places he never imagined. Cast: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger.
“JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM”: Keanu Reeves’ super-assassin has a $14 million reward on his head. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne.
“PHOTOGRAPH”: A struggling photographer in Mumbai convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Akash Sinha.
“SHADOW”: Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”) directs a story about a commander who uses a lookalike to trick a kingdom into war. Showing at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge.
“THE SOUVENIR”: A timid film student finds her artistic voice. Written and directed by Joanna Hogg. Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Robert Pattinson.
“THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR”: Daniel, a college-bound romantic, and Natasha, a Jamaican-born pragmatist, fall in love hours before she’s to be deported. Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton.
“TRIAL BY FIRE”: A Houston woman finds evidence that may prove a death-row inmate’s innocence. Cast: Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern.
“ALADDIN”: Disney’s 1992 animated classic, “Aladdin,” gets the live-action treatment. Will Smith stars as the Genie and Guy Ritchie directs. Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott.
“BOOKSMART”: The coming of age high school story of two academically overachieving young women. Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow.
“BRIGHTBURN”: An evil alien child falls to Earth. Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn.
“RAFIKI”: Set amidst the colorful world of Nairobi’s youth culture, “Rafiki” is a love story about two young women in a country that criminalizes homosexuality. Showing at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge.
“THE WHITE CROW”: A dramatization of Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West. Cast: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann.
“GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS”: Godzilla battles his old foes Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe.
“MA”: In a twist on Octavia Spencer’s mentor and mothering roles, the Oscar winner plays a loner who buys liquor for teenagers. Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle.
“ROCKETMAN”: A biopic about music star Elton John. Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell.
“ALL IS TRUE”: Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as William Shakespeare in his final years. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen.
“X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX”: Following a rescue mission in space gone bad, Jean Grey, aka Phoenix, becomes infinitely more powerful. Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain.
“LATE NIGHT”: A late-night talk show host adds a woman to her all-male writing staff. Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling.
“THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2”: Max the terrier must cope with major changes in his life after his owner gets married and has a child. Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan.
“PAVAROTTI”: Ron Howard directs this documentary about opera star Luciano Pavarotti.
“HAMPSTEAD”: Diane Keaton’s American-in-London character begins an unlikely relationship with an eccentric Irishman. Cast: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville.
“MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL”: The Men in Black organization must unearth a mole in the ranks. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson.
“SHAFT”: Action hero Shaft teams up with his son, John Shaft Sr. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Richard Roundtree.
“THE DEAD DON’T DIE”: The new project from indie film icon Jim Jarmusch promises the greatest zombie-movie cast ever. Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, Tom Waits.
“WILD ROSE”: An Irish woman just out of prison wants to be a country music star. Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters.
“ANNA”: Beneath her fashion-model beauty, Anna Poliatova is one the world’s most feared assassins. A Luc Besson film. Cast: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren.
“CHILD’S PLAY”: In this remake of the 1988 slasher hit, a single mother who’s apparently never seen “Child’s Play” gives her son a Buddi doll. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill.
“TOY STORY 4”: Woody and his gang of toy friends take a road trip. Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Joan Cusack.
“THE QUIET ONE”: A documentary about original Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.
“ECHO IN THE CANYON”: A film about the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene that included the Byrds, Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and the Mamas and the Papas. Showing at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge.
“OPHELIA”: A reinvention of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” featuring Ophelia as principal character. Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton, Clive Owen, George MacKay.
“YESTERDAY”: A romantic musical comedy from director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Yesterday” imagines a world where everyone but a bloke named Jack has never heard the Beatles. Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran.
Also in June
“THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO”: A young man wants to reclaim his grandfather’s Victorian house in San Francisco. Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover.
“SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME”: After Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, travels to Europe with friends on vacation, he joins Nick Fury to fight Mysterio. Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal.
“ANNABELLE COMES HOME”: Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren lock a possessed doll in their artifacts room. Cast: Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga.
“BRAHMS: THE BOY II”: A young family, ignorant of Heelshire Mansion’s terrifying history, moves into the estate’s guest house. Cast: Katie Holmes, Christopher Convery.
“CRAWL”: After a hurricane destroys her Florida hometown, a young woman searches for her missing father. Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper.
“MIDSOMMAR”: A reluctant young woman’s summer trip with her boyfriend goes terribly wrong. Cast: Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper.
“STUBER”: A mild-mannered Uber driver takes a harrowing ride when a passenger turns out to be a cop chasing a killer. Cast: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan.
“THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE”: Jesse Eisenberg stars in a dark comedy set in the world of karate. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots.
“THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE”: After a delivery turns deadly, the deliveryman finds millions of dollars left for the taking. Cast: Maxim Roy, Éric Bruneau, Maripier Morin.
“TRESPASSERS”: A desert vacation turns bloody. Cast: Angela Trimbur, Fairuza Balk, Janel Parrish, Jonathan Howard, Zach Avery.
“THE LION KING”: Another of Disney’s live-action remakes of animated-musical classics. Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones.
“ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD”: In Los Angeles in 1969, everything is changing around former TV western star Rick Dalton and his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning.
“THE FAREWELL”: After a Chinese-American family learns their revered matriarch is terminally ill, the clan organizes a family reunion in China. Written and directed by Lulu Wang. Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo.
“DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD”: Dora saves her parents and solves the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria.
“THE NEW MUTANTS”: Young mutants realize the “hospital” they’re in is a haunted house. Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Antonio Banderas, Alice Braga, Charlie Heaton.
“FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW”: “Fast & Furious” characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw appear in this spinoff. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren.
“THE NIGHTINGALE”: Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to “The Babadook.” In 1825 in the Tasmanian wilderness, a young Irishwoman seeking revenge targets a British officer. Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr.
“ARTEMIS FOWL”: Twelve-year-old genius Artemis Fowl visits an ancient underground world populated by super-fairies. Cast: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Judi Dench.
“SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK”: The scary stories a young girl wrote years before become real for teenagers who enter the mansion where the girl once lived. Written by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush.
“THE KITCHEN”: Writer-director Andrea Berloff (“Straight Outta Compton”) stages a female-driven Irish mafia drama set in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson.
“BLINDED BY THE LIGHT”: The songs of Bruce Springsteen help a British teen of Pakistani descent endure intolerance. Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell.
“GOOD BOYS”: Twelve-year-old Max and his friend Lucas embark on a series of misadventures involving accidentally stolen drugs, a frat-house, the police and, most terrifying of all, teenage girls. Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Will Forte.
“THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2”: The flightless birds of Bird Island and green pigs on Pig Island join forces to battle a common enemy. Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Awkwafina, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage.
“WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?” Cate Blanchett plays a woman who leaves her husband and daughter to pursue her creative passions. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario, Billy Crudup.
“ANGEL HAS FALLEN”: A Secret Service agent is framed for the attempted assassination of the president. Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte.
“PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE”: In this animated comedy-adventure, Marla searches for her little brother, Charlie, after he vanishes into the magical universe of PLAYMOBIL. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert, Jim Gaffigan, Anya Taylor Joy.
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