The classic summer blockbuster. Films that have been hotly anticipated over the year are typically released just in time for the holidays. If the heat is getting too much, a retreat to the cinema could be a good remedy. And although “blockbuster” seems to be synonymous with “superhero franchise sequel 146..” nowadays, there is actually a good selection of other genres that should be on your radar! Here are our top picks for the best action, sci-fi and comedy films coming out this summer (Avengers: Infinity War not included).
Sci-fi thriller Replicas sees Keanu Reeves play scientist Will Foster who attempts to bring his family back to life after a tragic car accident. As Foster fights both the authorities and the laws of science, we are presented with a future of scientific possibilities and the inevitable moral dilemmas that follow, which doesn’t seem to be all that far away.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The fifth chapter of the Jurassic Park series, and sequel to 2015 update featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Fallen Kingdom focuses on a classic, action-packed rescue mission – but this time, of the dinosaurs themselves, whose existence is endangered by a volcanic eruption. As a nostalgic boost, Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
For a little light-hearted relief, Tag tells the “based-on-real-life” story of a group of 30-something friends who have taken their childhood game of Tag to the next level, playing a month-long game every year and trying to outsmart one another as they trail each other on holiday, at work, even at weddings. This time, the friends group together to try and get the ever-elusive Jerry before the game comes to its end forever and they are forced to consider how their friendship will stay strong without it.
Witty, slick and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes this year, Spike Lee’s take on race issues in the US is at once smart, comedic and powerful. It’s 1978 and Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, creates an ambitious undercover plot to infiltrate the KKK. Due to be released on the one-year anniversary of the far-right rallies that took place in Charlottesville, the film explores themes about racial inequality that are clearly just as relevant today.
An all-female reboot of the classic crime-drama Ocean’s series, the all-star cast alone, from Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett to Rihanna and James Corden, is pretty impressive. Undoubtedly, comparisons will be made to the Ghostbusters reboot, which didn’t prove to be the hit producers had hoped for, and here-in lies the inevitable focus that will be placed on the theme of an all-female cast. Comedy and cons galore are promised in this heist adventure centred around the pop culture phenomenon of the Met Gala.
What will you be watching this summer? Any recommendations to add to our list? Let us know in the comments.
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