There are many reasons to look forward to summertime. Good weather (unless you’re in Australia where winter is coming), vacation time, time to relax and catch up with things that have escaped you throughout the first half of the year. But of course, like the rest of the year, summer is also a good time to watch new films, and there is always a vast selection of films coming out in the period between June and August.
So here is a list of 10 films that are being released this summer. Although, of course there are other films coming out at the time, these are some of the most anticipated by the general public.
10. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima, June 2018)
“Sicario,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, was very well received back in 2015. Now the torch has been handed over to Stefano Sollima for the second installment of the action hit. Like the first one, “Sicario 2” is dealing with drug cartels; this time, however, they are smuggling something other than drugs over the border – terrorists. The war escalates and the fate of a young girl is in the hands of the FBI and operative Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), forcing difficult choices that question their beliefs.
“Sicario 2” continues with some of the cast from the first film, including Del Toro and Josh Brolin as FBI agent Matt Graver, although we will not be seeing Emily Blunt. “Sicario” set a high bar, and hopefully “Day of the Soldado” will not disappoint when it comes out at the end of June.
9. The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel, July 2018)
“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is a fun action-filled film starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends Audrey and Morgan, whose lives change after they discover that one of the men they dated is actually a spy. This leads to them getting trapped in an unexpected adventure full of danger and conspiracy, running away from assassins and other agents out to get them. Surprisingly, both to themselves and to everyone around them, the two ladies end up saving the world.
The film is a perfect mix of action and comedy and is perfect for a mid-summer break at the movies.
8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie, July 2018)
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” will be the sixth installment of the popular action franchise, starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. As the title and previous films suggest, this mission will definitely go wrong, as Hunt and his team race to put things back into order and save the day when things don’t go as planned.
“Fallout” is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who is better known for his screenwriting efforts, having written the scripts for various hits such as “The Usual Suspects” (Singer, 1995) and “The Stanford Prison Experiment” (Alvarez, 2015). However, having directed the previous Mission film, “Rogue Nation” back in 2015, he is quite familiar with the franchise and what is expected of it. So, we will see next month whether the film lives up to the Mission expectations.
7. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Go Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant, July 2018)
Knowing the director, and considering the incredibly talented cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill and Jack Black, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Go Far on Foot” is looking to be a good one. The film is based on the true story of John Callahan, played by Phoenix.
After facing a near-death experience during a car accident, John finally agrees to attempt to give up alcohol by participating in a recovery program. In the process, he finds he has an unexpected talent for drawing, which leads to him becoming one of the leading newspaper cartoon artists in the U.S.
Apart from the great acting, and equally great directing from Gus Van Sant, the film creates a great 70’s feel to it, through the setting aesthetics and costume,s highlighted by great cinematography that brings out the colours of the period.
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, July 2018)
“Ant-Man” is Marvel’s new superhero film of the summer, and it looks like it will be a good one. Following Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who is stuck with dealing with his actions as both a parent and superhero, he is thrust into a risky adventure after a confrontation by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) that pushes him to once again join forces with Wasp, as the two battle both a new enemy and the past.