Summer is a great time for many reasons, there are always so many activities to take part in, food festivals to attend, and festivals to experience.
However, if there’s a downside to the summer, it can be the heat. Sometimes it gets so hot you don’t want to do anything but sit in front of the fan.
On days where it’s particularly hot out, a great way to beat the heat is a nice cool movie theatre. Fortunately, summer is also a great time for movie buffs, as many of the biggest studios try and release their biggest blockbusters in the summer.
Below is a list of the best summer flicks you should see this year.
Men in Black: International
Released June 14, the fourth installment of the MIB franchise is doing things a little differently—this time the men in black will be led by a woman! This is also the first film in the franchise that does not star Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.
However, just because Smith and Jones are out doesn’t mean the film is lacking for stars. MIB: International cast still boasts some serious star power, and includes Tessa Thompson as Agent M, Chris Hemsworth as Agent H, Liam Neeson as High T, and Emma Thompson as Agent O.
Toy Story 4
Released on June 21, another sequel (what movies aren’t sequels these days?) makes the list. Buzz and Woody are back and, on another adventure, this time with their new owner—Bonnie. Tim Allen and Tom Hanks reprise their roles as the spacefaring Buzz and Sherriff Woody, while the film also includes newcomers Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves.
While the majority of the characters’ voice actors are returning, Mr. Potato Head’s voice actor Don Rickles passed away in April 2017. Despite his death, at the request of his family, Pixar went through 25 years of Rickles’ voice-acting work and managed to accrue enough material to use his voice in the new film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Released on July 26, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s 10th feature film, and features a star-studded cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Al Pacino.
Set in the late ‘60’s in Los Angeles, the film is an homage to the golden age of Hollywood, and received generally positive reviews from critics.
Released August 16, this film could be the first of a new genre—the raunchy pre-teen comedy. Produced by Seth Rogan, Starring Room’s Jacob Tremblay, alongside unheralded castmates Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon—who is making his feature-film debut.
This rated-R comedy follows Tremblay, Williams, and Noon, three six-grade boys on a series of misadventures as they attempt to retrieve a lost drone; woo the girls next door; and most importantly, impress the cool kids at Soren (Izaac Wang)’s party.