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The Only 2019 SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW You Need

The Only 2019 SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW You Need

Everyone else is doing a summer movie preview, but here’s the only one you’ll need!

Spider-Man Far from Home Promo

The 2019 summer movie season is officially upon us. Well, some would rightfully argue it’s been upon us since the end of April and the coming of “Avengers: Endgame”. This site wasn’t operational at that point, so, hey, we’re going to look the other way on that argument. This post is coming out as Memorial Day weekend dawns, and that is the historic beginning of the summer movie period.

Oh summer… the time when we’re graced with the blockbusteriest of blockbusters and the bombiest of bombs. What will win the summer? What will crash and burn?

This post won’t tell you any of that. What it will tell you, though, is my recommendation for each week of the summer. That’s Memorial Day weekend until the end of August, well, August 16th because things fall off a cliff after that date. One film to go prioritize and go see. Some weekends might be more stout than others, but, for the sake of this excerise, I’m highlighting one film a week. Pretty simple, right?

Hold onto your butts and here we go


WHAT TO WATCH IN MAY

Booksmart

Booksmart

May 24th, 2019

I’m ready to kick off the summer in style with “Booksmart”, the directorial debut from Olivia Wilde. The trailer for this film about two top students wanting to cut loose before graduation was a riot. I’m a sucker for a teen movie, and I’m a huge sucker for a good teen movie. This one looks to be aces and looks to give the genre a shot in the arm.


Godzilla King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

May 31st, 2019

May closes out with a good old fashioned monster movie, courtesy of the King of the Monsters. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” continues the story begun in 2014’s “Godzilla” and 2017’s “Skull Island”. Like a good teen movie, I’m also a sucker for a good “giant monsters fighting each other” movie, and this one looks like it will more than deliver. “Rocketman” also opens this weekend, but, yeah, my heart will be with Godzilla.


WHAT TO WATCH IN JUNE

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

June 7th, 2019

This one is more of a curiosity than anything. I’m not expecting “Dark Phoenix” to be good, especially after all the re-shoots that the production endured, but it’ll be interesting to see how the FOX version of the X-Men are closed out. I’m not expecting Disney to introduce the X-Men into the MCU any time soon so this will be the last time we see these character for a while. The “Dark Phoenix” story was already screwed up once, and, unfortunately, there’s a good chance it happens a second time. I just hope the film is enjoyable.


The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don’t Die

June 14th, 2019

Do you honestly think I’d recommend any film opening this weekend other than the one that involves Bill Murray and an INSANE ensemble cast fighting zombies in a small town?


Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

June 21st, 2019

While I’m intrigued by the remake of “Child’s Play” (Mostly because of Mark Hamill voicing Chucky), I’m still going to let Pixar punch me in the emotions with the 4th “Toy Story” installment. Some additions to the voice cast, namely Keanu Reeves and Key & Peele, are just added treats to what should be another grea turn with these characters. I’m also skipping the week of June 28th because, man, that weekend looks absolutely atrocious.


WHAT TO WATCH IN JULY

Spider Man Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home

July 2nd, 2019

The critical 4th of July weekend will belong to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “Spider-Man: Far from Home” picks up right after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”. With Jake Gyllenhal as Mysterio, talk of the Multiverse, and the first film post-Infinity Saga, “Far from Home” looks to be one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer just from the perspective of “Where does the MCU go from here?”.


The Farewell

The Farewell

July 12th, 2019

A24 looks to succeed with some counter-summer programming by dropping “The Farewell”, a bittersweet tale about a young woman going back to China after her grandmother has been given a terminal diagnosis. Awkwafina stars at Billi, the lead character, and early reviews have been through the roof. I’m rather excited to see this one as a nice change of pace in the summer schedule.


The Lion King

The Lion King

July 19th, 2019

This one is a n-brainer to the point of Disney not even having compeition from any other newly released film. If the live-action version of “The Lion King” is as good as the live-action version of “The Jungle Book”, this will be a massive hit.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

July 26th, 2019

This is yet another no-brainer for the month of July. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Quentin Tarantino’s ode to a Hollywood and Los Angeles long gone while presenting it with the looming spectre of the Manson murders in the background. Early reviews from the Cannes showing have been, well, interesting, but nothing will keep me and hordes of others away from catching this on opening weekend.


WHAT TO WATCH IN AUGUST

Hobbs and Shaw

Hobbs and Shaw

August 2nd, 2019

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but I can appreciate what it’s done since the first entry. The fact that this spin-off film is basically going to amp up the ridiculousness to a wonderful level will have me there front and center. As a wrestling fan, it will also be interesting to see how Roman Reigns does in his part.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

August 9th, 2019

I’m not the biggest fan of horror films, but I’ll make an exception for horror that has the inolvement of Guillermo del Toro. He didn’t direct the film, but his turn as writer and producer is enough to pique my interest.


Good Boys

Good Boys

August 16th, 2019

The trailer, especially the red-band one, for this film is an absolute riot. The film itself will probably anger a lot of people because of the comedy so that’s another plus. I’m highly looking forward to this one.


BOOKSMART - You Have to Live a Little

BOOKSMART - You Have to Live a Little

BEFORE SUNRISE - Linklater's Strangers on a Train

BEFORE SUNRISE - Linklater's Strangers on a Train