Summer Movie Previews

By Alaister McFarren

The spring of 2018 has been jam-packed with films draw moviegoers to the theaters in droves.  Between “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel has dominated the box office, but other productions have impacted the market as well.  “The 15:17 to Paris,” “A Quiet Place,” “Ready Player One” and the most recent Maze Runner film are some of the more popular installments to come out since January.

The summer movie rush, however, promises to bring more thrills to theaters near you.  Here are the most highly anticipated (Grace appropriate, of course) films that will open between the end of May and the end of August.

  1. May 25 – “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

The second film in the Star Wars universe to be released without being a part of a trilogy, “Solo” promises to be an action-packed heist film that introduces us to the origins of the rogue smuggler.  This includes exposition on his friendships with Lando Calrissian (played by Donald Glover), Chewbacca and Emilia Clarke’s character Kira. While the actor chosen has some fans skeptical, the film does look to be worth the price of admission.

  1. June 8 – “Ocean’s 8”

“Ocean’s 8,” an all-female spinoff of the popular heist film “Oceans 11,” promises to bring some big-name stars to the world of movie heists.  These actresses include Sandra Bulloch, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett.

  1. June 15 – “The Incredibles 2”

Nearly 14 years after the release of the original, “The Incredibles 2” will bring both kids and kids-at-heart to the theaters in hordes.  Although little about the film can be garnered from the trailers, the heroes that many college students grew up with aim to bring exiled superheroes back into the public eye in this highly-anticipated sequel.

  1. July 6 – “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

In the first Marvel movie since the shocking events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the “Ant-Man” sequel will incorporate Evangeline Lilly in the role of the Wasp alongside Paul Rudd’s Ant-man.  It will be interested to see how exactly the heroes factor in to the post-Infinity War Earth.

  1. August 3 – “Christopher Robin”

Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Christopher Robin – Winnie the Pooh’s human best friend – in Disney’s most recent live-action adaptation.  The focus of the film is yet to be determined.

  1. August 24 – Slender Man

Based on a popular horror game introduced earlier in the 2010’s, “Slender Man” will tell the tale of several young girls aiming to debunk the idea of the horrific monster known as “Slender.”  The film will most certainly not be appropriate for all ages, but promises spooks galore for any brave enough to venture into the theatre.