Midsommar (August 9th)
What is it? Cults will never not be creepy, and writer/director Ari Aster knows that to be true.
Why should you see it? Not everyone likes horror films that build their atmosphere and scares slowly and assuredly before cutting loose in the third act, but if you’re down to clown with slow-burns then this looks to be your jam. Aster’s previous film, Hereditary, is exactly that, and around these parts it’s considered to be among 2018’s absolute best horror movies. His latest looks to be an equally unsettling nightmare, but this time the terror unfolds in the bright light of day.
The New Mutants (August 2nd)
What is it? This dark entry in the X-Men saga may or may not even exist.
Why should you see it? As mentioned directly above, we’re still not convinced this isn’t some elaborate practical joke, but as of now the film is scheduled for release this August. If that holds true, the film looks to offer up a (relatively) low budget comic book romp pitting young mutants against dark forces, and that’s the kind of atypical superhero flick we can get behind.
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (July 26th)
What is it? An actor and his stunt double have fun as the sun sets on Hollywood in the 1960s.
Why should you see it? This is an easy answer. It’s Quentin Tarantino’s new film, and it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Damon Herriman, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, James Marsden, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, James Remar, Clifton Collins Jr., Bruce Dern, Martin Kove, Clu Gulager, and more.
Rocketman (May 31st)
What is it? The early years of Elton John’s career come to fantastical life.
Why should you see it? Audiences are a fickle bunch, but hopefully they turn out in as big of numbers for this far more entertaining and lively looking biopic as they did for Bohemian Rhapsody. Taron Egerton looks to be killing it as the famed singer, the film’s frequent descent into musical territory looks to offer an imaginative and playful take on the legend’s rise to fame.
Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark (August 9th)
What is it? The bestselling horror books for kids comes to life on the big screen.
Why should you see it? Guillermo del Toro is onboard as producer, but the big draw here is director Andre Ovredal whose last film — The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) — is a creepy as hell delight. The trailer above suggests that his handling of these iconic series characters is every bit as precise and terrifying, and while it’s technically a kids movie it appears not to be pulling any punches in the scare department.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (July 5th)
What is it? A spoiler that Spider-Man survived the snap after all.
Why should you see it? The luckiest teen in New York City — seriously, another out of state field trip?! — fights evil alongside Nick Fury, and after the absolute blast that is Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) we’re happy to see director Jon Watts returning too. That first film is a ton of fun while also capturing the youthful spirit of the character, and while it’s unclear if Mysterio can carry the same emotional weight as a villain as Michael Keaton’s Vulture it’s still a trip we’re excited to take.