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Jul 22, 2019








Avengers: Infinity War. Courtesy photo.

Thanos and friends
Suit up for the summer movie season


 By Amy Diaz
Even if it snows, April 27 is the start of summer — at least at the movies.
After pushing its release date up a week, Marvel is putting Avengers: Infinity War in theaters starting Friday (or, if you can’t wait, Thursday starting at around 7 p.m. at many area theaters; see you there!). I’ll admit to being jaded, all “oh, great, more Thanos or whatever” at some of the various Marvel post-credits sequences and I have completely forgotten some of those Phase Two movies (Thor: The Dark World — like, I know I saw it but...) but Avengers: Infinity War is The Movie the past 10 years of Marvel movies have been building toward. If you liked any of the Marvel movie characters since 2008’s Iron Man then this is your movie because nearly all of them will/may/could show up. And, even though this thing has been hyped since forever and I thought I was past being excited about Marvel movies, (1) Black Panther reminded me that, no, I very much am not and (2) I legitimately got chills when I first saw the trailer in a theater. 
But, of course, Infinity War isn’t all this summer movie season has going for it. Here are some of the other movies I’m looking forward to (with the caveat that dates may change):
Tully (R, May 4) From screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (the same line-up as Juno and Young Adult) comes this movie starring Charlize Theron as a mother with a newborn and several small children. I’m not sure if it’s the scene in the trailer where she accidentally drops a cell phone on her baby she’s finally gotten to sleep or the look she gives her husband (played by Ron Livingston) when he makes a comment about her serving frozen pizza again but I am in with this movie. 
Deadpool 2 (R, May 18) “Overly jokey and too meta” are only criticisms if they aren’t funny. Ryan Reynolds found his superhero speed with the first Deadpool, which was able to integrate the humor into a solid superhero story, and the trailers suggest that this second outing isn’t just R-rated rat-a-tat turned up. 
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25) Am I excited about this Han Solo origin story from director Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich? Eh. But am I willing to tolerate whatever this turns out to be in exchange for getting to watch Donald Glover play a young Lando Calrissian? Why, yes, yes I am.
Ocean’s 8 (June 8) I get the argument that movies need fresh ideas, not just remakes of the same old but, forgive me for squealing, this movie looks so fun! Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna are the top billed ladies of this caper film wherein Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny, pulls a heist.
Incredibles 2 (June 15) After some 14 years, one of Pixar’s very best animated movies gets a sequel, written and directed by Brad Bird and featuring all of the voices you remember from the first movie. Pixar has had a bumpy go of it lately but trailers appear promising.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13, June 22) I don’t know if I’m looking forward to this so much as I feel obliged to mention it but I am generally a fan of Chris Pratt. Plus, Jeff Goldblum!
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (R, June 29) The original Sicario was one of the best overlooked movies of 2015 and while this sequel doesn’t have the very best thing about that movie (Emily Blunt), it does have Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro as well as writer Taylor Sheridan, who also penned the first movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6) I enjoyed the 2015 introduction of this character, as well as his Captain America: Civil War appearance, so I’m genuinely excited about the return of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly in a fancy new The Wasp suit and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The idea of a lower-pressure part of the Marvel universe complementing the operatic Infinity War is kind of fun. And most important, IMDB has Michael Peña on the cast list.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! (PG-13) Lily James and Cher join Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Julie Walters for this sequel that may or may not include Meryl Streep? Trailers make it seem like her overalls-wearing Donna character is no longer with us but she’s still listed on the IMDB. 
• The Equalizer 2 (July 20) Denzel Washington returns to the role of Robert McCall in this sequel to the 2014 adaptation of the TV show. Because it’s Washington and based on the trailer, one senses that, even if this movie isn’t great, it has the potential at least to be fun.
Mission Impossible: Fallout (July 27) Trailers for this movie suggest that Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is ! Going! Rogue! Which, isn’t he always going rogue? To me, this movie is most famous for being the reason Henry Cavill had a mustache that required the terrible, distracting CGI of Justice League. But Simon Pegg’s back, so I’m still plenty excited.
• Christopher Robin (Aug. 3) The boy of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories grew up to be Ewan McGregor and the bear is now CGI in this continuation of Disney’s live-action-ification of its classic properties.
• The Meg (Aug. 10) Already a grab-bag of weirdness, August’s movie schedule seems the least set in stone so I’ll finish off with this movie about Jason Statham and a giant shark. This could be terrible or it  could be this-is-awful-see-it-now terrible. 

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