2019 Summer Blockbusters, Family Films, and Must-See Movies

By By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher June 15, 2019

Whether it's family night, girls' night, or date night, this summer's movies are sure to please!

May 3

Long Shot (Romantic Comedy | R) Charlize Theron is Secretary of State. Seth Rogen is her friend. They end up together. Only in Hollywood.

UglyDolls (Animated Comedy | PG) In Uglyville, weird is celebrated and strange is special. When they discover the Institute of Perfection, the UglyDolls must face what it means to be different and learn that it is who you truly are that matters.

May 10

The Hustle (Comedy • PG-13) This remake of the '80s classic comedy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, stars two of my personal favorites — Anny Hathaway and Rebel Wilson — as con artists, each targeting a tech billionaire.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Comedy Adventure | PG) In this live-action version of the worldwide phenomenon where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a young teen with a chip on his shoulder comes across an intelligent Pikachu — voiced by Ryan Reynolds — who longs to become a detective. From Deadpool to Pokémon to hilarious Twitter banter... Reynolds has some serious RANGE! Still, it's going to take a lot of wine to convince me to go see this one.

POMS (Comedy | PG-13) A group of older women living in a retirement community decide to form a cheerleading squad. This will be a sweet feel-good movie that you can take your mom and your grandma to for Mother's Day!

Tolkien (Biographical Drama | PG-13) Fans of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy will adore this movie based on the life of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien. The events he experienced and relationships he developed as a young man helped shape his imagination to create the stories that continue to enthrall readers around the globe.

The White Crow (Biographical Drama | R) Rudolph Nureyev was one of the most gifted dancers of the 20th century. While performing in Paris in 1961, when Russian citizens lived behind an iron curtain, he successfully defected, eventually becoming an Austrian citizen. It looks like a compelling and exciting action story accented with incredible ballet performances.

May 17

A Dog's Journey (Family Adventure| PG) The story of A Dog's Purpose continues when Bailey finds a new purpose by the side of a little girl named C.J. A perfect movie for every dog-lovin' member of your family!

The Sun is Also a Star (Drama | PG-13) "What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me?" Based on the acclaimed bestseller, which received numerous accolades including 2016 National Book Award Finalist and the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016, The Sun is Also a Star tells the story of two teens, one magical day, and finding love against all odds.

May 24

Aladdin (Adventure | PG) This thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic tells the tale of the charming "street rat" Aladdin (Mena Massoud), the courageous and determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) who may be the key to their future.

Booksmart (Comedy | R) Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Gigi (Billie Lourd) hit the books through high school but realize too late they should have played a little more. Can they cram four years of good times into the night before graduation? It's time for a night out with your besties. (Side note: Jason Sudeikis did get a part but I heard he had to sleep with the director! 😉)

May 31

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Action-Adventure | PG-13) Following the global success of Godzillaand Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history, including his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Rocketman (Drama | R) Part biography, part fantasy, Rocketman explores the story of Sir Elton John (Taron Egerton) and his breakthrough years in an epic musical, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Like the singer, the movie looks to be a bit unusual. But what a soundtrack!

June 7

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Sci-Fi Adventure | PG-13) The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own. After Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) is hit by a mysterious cosmic force, she develops incredible powers that corrupt her and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. The X-Men must decide whether to save her... or fight her.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Animated Comedy | PG) The sequel to 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and director Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Like the first one, it really is the cast that makes me want to see it: Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswalt, and Tara Strong... just to name a few! 

June 14

The Dead Don't Die (Zombie Comedy | R) The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, and Tom Waits.

Men in Black: International (Action Comedy | PG-13) The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. We loved the originals starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, but with cute Chris Hemsworth as Agent H and a female lead with Tessa Thompson as Agent M, we might love this one even more!

June 21

Toy Story 4 (Animated Comedy | G) Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie are back in the first Toy Storymovie in nearly a decade! Take a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends to discover how big the world can be for a toy.

June 28

Maiden (Documentary | PG) Tracy Edwards started as a cook on charter boats but, at age 24, became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitebread Round the World Race in 1989. Prepare to be inspired!

Yesterday (Fantasy/Comedy | PG-13) Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter. One day, after a mysterious global incident, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles never existed and he is the only one who knows some of the greatest rock songs ever written. Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and featuring new versions of some of The Beatles' most beloved songs, this movie is not to be missed!

July 2

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Super Hero Action | PG-13) Tom Holland returns as the geeky teen-turned-superhero, this time facing off against Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) on a European vacation. Zendaya will appear as Mary Jane. But alas, rumor has it that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will NOT be making an appearance in this film.

July 12

The Farewell (Comedy | PG) Billi (Awkwafina) returns to the town in China where she was born because the family's beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, only has weeks to live. Instead of telling Nai-Nai the truth, the family decides to plan a wedding to gather everyone to Nai-Nai's side. It looks like a funny, uplifting story. Grab your mom, your besties, and your besties' moms!

Stuber (Action/Comedy | TBD) When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life... and his five-star rating!

July 19

The Lion King (Action-Adventure | TBD) One of my favorite stories of all time is now a live-action feature film and it looks simply gorgeous! James Earl Jones returns as the voice of Mufasa, and the rest of the cast is just as perfect, from Seth Rogen as Pumbaa to John Oliver as Zazu. Just thinking about seeing this movie makes me smile!

July 31

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Adventure | TBD) Dora the Explorer is growing up. Now a high school student with her cousin Diego, she leads her friends on a dangerous and exciting advnture to save her parents and solve the mystery behind the Lost City of Gold.

August 2

Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw (Action | TBD) Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) team up to save the world when a genetically-enhanced soldier threatens the fate of all humanity.

August 9

Artemis Fowl (Sci-Fi Adventure | PG) Based on the book by New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colf, Artemis Fowl is the young and wealthy descendent of criminal masterminds who will do anything to find his missing father. In the process, he and his Butler discover an ancient, underground world of fairies, and Artemis Fowl concocts a plan to kidnap the Fairy LEPreco Officer Holly Short. I've never read the books but I am so intrigues by the trailer!

The Kitchen (Crime Drama | R) Are you ready to see the serious side of Tiffany Haddish? Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, and Elisabeth Moss play mob wives who become mobsters themselves, pitting themselves against the FBI, rival gangs, and event their own husbands. I have to admit, I'm intrigued!

August 16

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Animated Comedy | TBD) Not much is known about this sequel to the 2016 film but it is starring comedic geniuses like Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Rachel Bloom. Expect a healthy dose of bathroom humor and cartoon violence.

Blinded by the Light (Comedy/Drama | TBD) Many teens who grew up in the '80s connected with Bruce Springsteen's music... even if they lived across an ocean 3,000 miles away. This uplifting movie from the director of Bend It Like Beckham is already being hailed as one of the best movies of the year. Adapted from Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir, Greetings from Bury Park.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Comedy/Drama | PG-13) Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) has it all. When she suddenly vanishes, her husband and daughter embark on an adventure to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Based on Maria Semple's 2012 bestselling novel.