The 12 Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters
Tent-pole season has arrived. Post Memorial Day, summer blockbusters packed with mega-stars, sky-high budgets and A-list production teams become de rigueur. Coming attractions offer a blissfully air-conditioned reprise from the encroaching summer heat, along with some of our favorite marquee names. Keep scrolling to find out what major studio films are generating the most buzz now.
Directed by Brad Bird and inspired by the beloved futuristic realm of the Disneyland theme park, the adventure flick stars George Clooney as a grown-up boy-genius on a mission to transcend both time and space by unlocking the secrets of Tomorrowland. The hopeful family-friendly saga promises to be packed with feel good vibes and stellar visual effects. In theaters May 22.
The forthcoming comedy serves as a continuation of HBO’s hit show. Fans of the series will be excited to catch up with Vince and the boys as they continue their trail of Hollywood missteps and triumphs. If you’ve never seen the act, catch up on all eight seasons now. The feature film sees Ari bankrolling Vince’s directorial debut, expensive hijinks are sure to ensue. In theaters June 3.
Melissa McCarthy teams back up with writer/director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids) in this comedy about a paper-pushing CIA agent who goes deep undercover to infiltrate a deadly arms dealer after her partner (Jude Law) goes missing. McCarthy’s signature blend of slapstick and wit will surely provide plenty of laughs. The cast includes Jason Statham, sending up his own tough-guy persona, and Rose Byrne as the villain. In theaters June 5.
Steven Speilberg’s dinosaur amusement park is open for business for a whole new generation of kids. Babes of the ‘90s recall fondly the magic of the original (trailed by sequels of varying degrees of success.) The trailer promises hyper-real CGI monsters and crazy 3D effects. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Chris Pratt as the Cesar Milan of Velociraptors? In theaters June 12.
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star along side Mark Walberg, reprising their perspective roles and the foul-mouthed Teddy Bear and his inseparable best friend. The original broke records as the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. Amanda Seyfried joins the cast as an attorney fighting for Ted’s civil rights as a bear in a man’s world. In theaters June 26.
Pixar gives life to the voices inside your head with the help of a star-studded cast of A-list vocal talent in this animated comedy from writer/director Pete Doctor (Up, Monsters Inc.) The cast includes an enviable list of comedians including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kahling, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. It’s a family-friendly tale that is equally fun for date night. In theaters June 19.
Part reboot, part prequel, the freshest chapter of the Terminator franchise Klye Reese (Jai Courtney) jettisoned back in time to 1984 to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emelia Clarke,) from a Terminator assassin. The ripple effect of time travel serves as a launching pad for a brand-new timeline for the story. Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his infamous role as a Terminator guardian while Jason Clarke plays John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet. In theaters July 1.
Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer return as scantily clothed as ever as The Kings of Tampa. The story picks up in real time, three years after Mike quit the stripper life at the height of his success, when the crew reunites for a final performance. There’s no denying Tatum has moves for days, and we can only imagine the amount of gym time cumulatively clocked between the cast. In theaters July 1.
Fresh of the wild success of Despicable Me 1 & 2, the crazy-cute sidekicks are getting their own full-length features. We’re most excited to see Sandra Bullock as the film’s villain and girl boss. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob set out to work for the most dastardly babe in the business—enter Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first ever super-villainess. In theaters July 10.
In the adaptation of Marvel’s comic book, Paul Rudd plays a con man with the ability to shrink in size caught up in a heist that just might save the world. Michael Douglas co-stars as his mentor and partner-in-crime. Who can resist the utterly lovable Rudd as a superhero? In theaters July 17.
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The fifth installment of the popular franchise will offer up more of Tom Cruise’s jaw-dropping stunt work and trademark charisma. Ethan Hunt and team are hurled into yet another all too impossible mission, this time to take down international rogue organization The Syndicate. Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg also make their return to the squad. In theaters July 31.
The reboot of the popular Marvel comic and film franchise gets a new cast shepherded by writer/director Josh Trank (Chronicle). Staring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan as the new quartet, the deck is stacked with some serious acting chops. We can’t wait to watch these actors master their mutant superpowers to save earth. In theaters August 7.