Superheroes, festival faves, and more: our 2018 summer movie preview

Superheroes, festival faves, and more: our 2018 summer movie preview

At last, summer is here! And that means summer movie season is upon us! It was a long winter, and it was a long wait for many of the highly anticipated titles that are coming out this season.

Avengers: Infinity War kicked things off by earning the honour of the biggest opening weekend of all time, beating the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We'd say this season has taken off with a bang, but even if Marvel movies, superheroes, action and blockbusters aren't your thing, we have a comprehensive guide to everything you can look forward to this summer, as we break down our guide to what to see for every type of movie lover. If you weren't already excited for all that summer has to offer, we're going to get you there with our summer movie preview. Read on and click the movie titles for more info including showtimes and tickets!

For fans of superheroes

For fans of festival buzz

For fans of action

For fans of laughter

For fans of not falling asleep

For fans of family


For fans of superheroes...

Avengers: Infinity War

Release Date: April 27, 2018 (Now Playing)

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin

Avengers: Infinity War is the first part in an epic two-part finale (the sequel hits theatres in 2019) that has almost every Marvel character that you could possibly think of coming together to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin), who has been collecting the Infinity Stones with the intention of destroying half the universe. The film is in theatres now, and you may want to get there sooner rather than later to avoid inevitable spoilers. Already the highest grossing opening weekend of all time, Avengers: Infinity War looks like it'll break even more records, and judging on sheer scale and ambition alone, this gigantic blockbuster deserves all of the accolades it's getting.


Deadpool 2

Release Date: May 18th, 2018

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Terry Crews, T.J. Miller, Rob Delaney

It was back in February of 2016 that we first met Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, who quickly became the most vulgar yet beloved superhero around. A role that fit perfectly for the Canadian actor and his natural sardonic wit, we're so excited for the action, laughs, and insanity that will come with Deadpool 2, which has Wade Wilson fighting against another Josh Brolin villain (Cable, who may not actually be a villain at all), as he tries to protect a child with mysterious powers. Deadpool is putting together a new squad that he's calling the X-Force, which brings together a new cast of characters including Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Peter (Rob Delaney).


Incredibles 2

Release Date: June 15, 2018

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Isabella Rossellini

Fourteen years ago, we met the most adorable family of superheroes with Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles. Now they're back, and this time Elastigirl is the star as she lands a new job saving the world while Mr. Incredible stays home and takes care of the kids. We can't wait to see these characters back in action, and love the direction that the franchise is taking by having the film focus on Elastigirl as the lead super, and promoting girl power.


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Judy Greer

Another superhero sequel arrives with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd reprises his role as Scott Lang (we last saw him in Captain America: Civil War), and this time he has a partner in The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). Still struggling to balance fatherhood with his duties as a superhero, Scott gets put on an urgent mission that uncovers secrets from his past.


Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Will Arnett

Spinning off of the popular animated series, "Teen Titans Go!", this movie sees the team of heroes attempt to prove themselves worthy of a major Hollywood superhero franchise by taking on a supervillain. There are a slew of big-name actors providing the voices, but the real attraction here is the humour. The series manages to nimbly balance kid-appropriate crass slapstick and insult comedy while also throwing in plenty of pop-culture references, sly puns, and asides that satisfy older viewers, and from the looks of the trailer the movie promises more of the same. This is one kids' movie that we won't mind watching, too!


For fans of festival buzz...

First Reformed

Release Date: May 18th, 2018

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried

One of the best films we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Paul Schrader is back in true form with his latest, First Reformed. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a chaplain grieving over the death of his son, who meets a young pregnant couple who are conflicted about bringing a baby into the world because of the state of the environment. These characters grapple with existential, religious and moral questions, and it's the smartest thing Schrader has written or directed since Raging Bull.


Eighth Grade

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Comedian Bo Burnham has been making waves in the industry since he was a teenager, and now he's behind the camera, writing and directing his celebrated debut feature, Eighth Grade. A huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Eight Grade follows an ordinary pre-teen girl who is struggling in her last year before high school. A film full of talented new actors, teen angst and a flawed protagonist, early buzz for Eighth Grade promises a relatable story that will remind you of your own adolescence, no matter how painful that may be.


Under the Silver Lake

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace

Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell is following up his successful horror hit It Follows with this quirky crime comedy that stars Andrew Garfield as a man who spends a night and falls in love with his beautiful neighbor (Riley Keough) only to have her disappear the next day. He becomes obsessed with solving the mystery, potentially losing his mind along the way.


Sorry to Bother You

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer

Probably the most talked about film coming out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Sorry to Bother You follows Cassius Green, a telemarketer who finds a magical key to success, setting him on an epic journey in an alternate present-day version of LA. Director Boots Riley is a prominent rapper who has proven to have a unique and mind-boggling cinematic vision, and we can't wait to see it. 


Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Gus Van Sant adapts the autobiography by John Callahan detailing the life-changing car accident that left him paralyzed, which didn't help his will to get sober from his drinking problem. However, John (played by Joaquin Phoenix) finds solace in a new talent, drawing newspaper cartoons that gain an enormous following, giving him a new outlook on life. Gus Van Sant is known for his uplifting films, and we're sure that's what we'll get with this one.


BlacKkKlansman

Release Date: August 10, 2018

Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace

One of the most anticipated titles at this year's Cannes Film Festival is Spike Lee's latest, which tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs. The film follows him as he attempts to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and become the head of the local chapter. Adam Driver plays his partner, and Topher Grace plays a member of the KKK. Spike Lee is known for his racially charged films, and this one looks like it'll be the director back to his top form. We'll be anticipating early word about the film when it premieres at Cannes in May and competes for the Palm D'or.


For fans of action...

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release date: May 25th, 2018

Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany

We can't help but feel blessed to have another Star Wars film so close on the heels of The Last Jedi. This time we're getting to know the young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich (who stole the show amongst a cast of A-listers in Hail, Caesar!), finding out how he met Chewbacca and the gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) before joining the rebellion. We're expecting a more light-hearted Star Wars film, simply due to the fun nature of the character originated by Harrison Ford, but we won't be surprised if we get something deeper with this one too.


Adrift

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Based on the incredible true story, Adrift follows a young and in love couple who set sail together across the ocean for an epic adventure, but face tragedy instead when they encounter one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in history. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, we're sure this duo are going to have intense chemistry, and the film promises a mix of action, romance, and ultimately, an unbelievable story of survival.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Release Date: June 22nd, 2018

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum

Twenty-five years after the InGen corporation first toyed with nature in the original Jurassic Park movie, it seems like no-one has learned their lesson. When a volcanic eruption threatens Isla Nublar, home of the closed Jurassic World theme park, former park manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) convinces former dino trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) to return in an effort to rescue the doomed the creatures and bring them to the mainland. No spoilers, but we're betting that this will turn out to be a very bad idea, and frankly we are here for all the chaotic dino action!


Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado

Release Date: June 29, 2018

Stars: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Keener

Denis Villeneuve delivered a masterpiece in suspense with Sicario. It's not the kind of film that usually gets a sequel, which has us extra intrigued. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles, as they continue to fight the drug war on the US-Mexico border. Writer Taylor Sheridan returns with this new screenplay, so we know that this is going to be good.


Skyscraper

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Noah Taylor

Dwayne Johnson stars in his second big action film of the year (following Rampage), and this time, he's hanging off of skyscrapers! Here he plays an FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran who now works in security for skyscrapers. He finds himself framed for the burning down of the world's safest building in Hong Kong, and must not only save his family from inside the building, but also clear his name.


Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin

Just hearing the name "Mission: Impossible" gets that catchy theme song in our heads. Tom Cruise is back again as Ethan Hunt, and you can expect to see the action star hanging from some more planes and jumping from building to building (he even broke his ankle during one of the stunts, halting production of the film). Henry Cavill joins the franchise, sporting the mustache that was famously digitally removed in the opening of Justice League. In this latest and potentially last film of the series, Hunt is racing against time after a mission gone wrong.


For fans of laughter...

Life of the Party

Release Date: May 11th, 2018

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan, Julie Bowen

Coming-of-age stories aren't just for teenagers. After her husband leaves her, Deanna decides to go back to school to get her degree, joining her daughter and her friends in their crazy campus lifestyle. Melissa McCarthy is the reigning queen of comedy, and Life of the Party looks like a hilarious, heartfelt story about a woman finding herself later in life.


Book Club

Release Date: May 18th, 2018

Stars: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Four of our best leading ladies are coming together to read "Fifty Shades of Grey" on the big screen. Book Club follows how the popular erotica novel spices up the love lives of these four best friends when they choose to read it for their monthly book club. We're so excited to see this brilliant cast of women working together, especially at a time where roles for women over the age of forty are hard to come by.


Ocean's 8

Release Date: June 8, 2018

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina

The Ocean's franchise is getting an extreme makeover with this amazing cast of A-list women taking over. Sandra Bullock leads the pack as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who must put together a crew of intelligent women to pull off an incredible heist during the Met Gala in New York City. The film looks like it'll be hilarious, action-packed and glamorous, and we can't wait to see it.


Tag

Release Date: June 15, 2018

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress

Remember the game tag from elementary school days? Now imagine playing that same game of tag with your group of friends for thirty years. Yes, that is the premise of Tag, which is based on the unbelievable but true story of a group of friends who keep in touch through an ongoing game of tag that they play every May. The film features a cast of some of our favourite funny people, and the premise is so absurd that you'll have to see it to believe it.


The Spy Who Dumped Me

Release Date: ​August 3rd, 2018

Stars: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux

We're excited for the pairing of Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, who play best friends that become entangled in an international conspiracy after discovering that the ex-boyfriend of Audrey (Mila Kunis) was actually a spy. We'll be watching these two get themselves into some sticky situations, but we have a feeling these two funny women will somehow come up on top at the end, defending themselves against the people who are after them.


Crazy Rich Asians

Release Date: August 17th, 2018

Stars: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians seems a long time in the making. This is the first Hollywood film with an entirely Asian cast in more than twenty-five years, and we can't wait for this representation on the big screen and hope it'll spark more films like it. Rachel (Constance Wu) travels with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to his best friend's wedding in Singapore, where she learns that Nick's family is insanely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse - Nick's disapproving mother.


For fans of not falling asleep at night...

Hereditary

Release Date: June 8th, 2018

Stars: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd

In a year full of buzzed-about horror films, we could not be more intrigued by Hereditary. This debut feature from writer/director Ari Aster is being called a masterpiece from early screenings, with Toni Collette's performance being hailed as Oscar-worthy. The film follows the effect that the death of a matriarch has on her family, as terrifying secrets about their ancestry are unveiled.


The Darkest Minds

Release Date: August 3rd, 2018

Stars: Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Amandla Stenberg

Based on the popular teen novel, The Darkest Minds takes place in a world where children are feared and imprisoned because of their strange mutant superpowers. A group of teenagers create a resistance group to fight against the adults and reclaim their future. The film features a group of young new actors, most notably Harris Dickinson, the breakout star of last year's Beach Rats, and Amandla Stenberg, the star of Everything, Everything.


The Meg

Release Date: August 10th, 2018

Stars: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson

The megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived millions of years ago, which is why Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) appears crazy when he says he encountered such a shark during a mission. Losing his reputation and his family, he is called upon when another submersible is threatened by what might just be megalodon, and now it's his chance to redeem himself by saving the day. We love shark movies, and The Meg looks like it'll be on a whole other level, considering the megalodon is the largest shark to ever exist.


Slender Man

Release Date: August 24th, 2018

Stars: Joey King, Javier Botet, Annalise Basso

The internet sci-fi/horror icon Slender Man is getting his own movie this summer. The film follows this thin, tall, faceless creature that stalks, abducts and traumatizes children. He's a fictional character that was created by somebody on the internet, and that eventually went viral, even leading to a real-life murder that was committed in his name. We're expecting to be horrified with this film adaptation.


For fans of family movies...

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Steve Buscemi

Our favourite vampires are back for the third installment in the Hotel Transylvania series! We've always been a big fan of this voice cast, which includes Adam Sandler as well as great talents like Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks and Fran Drescher. This time, Mavis (Gomez) surprises her family with a cruise vacation, and Dracula falls for the ship's captain, who happens to be a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, an enemy to all monsters.


Christopher Robin

Release Date: August 3rd, 2018

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jim Cummings, Chris O'Dowd, Brad Garrett, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones

We're always game for a new Winnie the Pooh movie, but we're especially excited for this one. The latest gem in Disney's new line of live-action family fare, it follows an adult Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor), who re-encounters his old friend Pooh, encouraging him to rediscover the joys of life. Indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry penned the script for this, which means it's going to be witty and great.


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Release Date: July 20, 2018

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Cher

One of the most joyous films in recent memory was 2008's Mamma Mia, and ten years later we're getting a sequel. The whole cast returns, and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant, but she knows who the father is. Her pregnancy makes her feel even more connected to her mother, and the film gives us backstory on Donna (Meryl Streep) through flashback, where she's played by Lily James. Cher joins the cast, making this an unmissable event.


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