The sun is shining, the weather is changing, and movies are finally being released in theaters once again. After a long drought, studios are starting to become comfortable with the idea of putting their movies back into theaters for us to all enjoy together.
Summer has always been one of the best times to be a movie fan, as the biggest blockbusters tend to be released between the months of May and August. And it makes sense, right? Kids are out of school, people are looking to escape the heat, and most want something to do on a Saturday afternoon.
So, now that we have movies to look forward to this summer, here are some must-see films you should most definitely check out in a theater.
A Quiet Place Part II
Release date: May 28
A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski, was a massive hit when it was released in 2018, so it makes sense they decided to make a sequel. In fact, A Quiet Place Part II was supposed to be released in 2020, but it got pushed back to this summer instead. There’s nothing quite like watching a horror movie in a theater with other people, so it’s no surprise movie lovers are anticipating this release.
Release date: May 28
Starring Oscar-winner Emma Stone, Cruella is a Cruella de Vil origin story. Yes, that Cruella de Vil from the 101 Dalmatians. While you’re probably wondering why we need an origin story about a Disney villain who hurts animals, the trailer does look interesting. Also starring Emma Thompson, this will be a great film for parents to take their kids to.
In the Heights
Release date: June 11
In the Heights is not just one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, it’s one of the most anticipated films of the year. Based on the stage play of the same name (which was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda) and starring newcomer Anthony Ramos, In the Heights is all about the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City. With big musical numbers and an incredible ensemble cast, this will probably be the biggest crowd-pleaser of the summer.
Release date: June 25
Oh, you thought they were done making the Fast and Furious movies? Well, think again. Another film that was supposed to come out in 2020, F9 is certainly going to bring fans back into the movie theaters. For those looking for a giant action-packed crowd-pleaser, mark your calendars for June 25. Oh, and did I mention they’re going to space in this one? Because they are.
Release date: July 9
Movie lovers went an entire year without watching an MCU film, so there’s no question Black Widow will be on everyone’s radar this summer. While it is a prequel (it is supposed to take place between Civil War and Infinity War), it is the first MCU standalone film starring a female Avenger. After it was delayed, we can’t wait to see what this movie brings!
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Release date: July 16
Space Jam: A New Legacy isn’t just for the kids, it’s also for the millennials who grew up watching the original starring Michael Jordan. Now starring LeBron James — and all the Looney Tunes, of course — this film will certainly bring families to the theaters once again. Back in January, we were able to show you some of the leaked footage.
The Suicide Squad
Release date: August 6
If you’re wondering to yourself, “wasn’t there was a movie released in 2016 called Suicide Squad?” you’re absolutely correct. This film however, directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, is a reboot/sequel of the 2016 film that didn’t do so well. Starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, this film hopes to put the DC Universe back on the right track.