You don’t need Amanda to tell you that this summer we will get another Jurassic Park, A Star Wars movie about young Han Solo, “Deadpool 2” and the sixth Mission Impossible movie. So instead, Amanda will tell you about those other movies with budgets that are less than the gross national product of
Book Club (May 18, Rated PG-13) I bet you can’t guess what this movie is about. You win. Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen play members of a book club whose lives get more interesting after they read Fifty Shades of Grey. It also stars Don Johnson. I predict it will be very popular in this area.
Ocean’s 8 (June 8, Rated PG-13 ) Another female-centric film with plenty of star power including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling in what’s being called an “expansion” of the Ocean’s crime caper franchise. The bad news is that means no George Clooney. The good news is from the trailer, this Ocean looks like a lot of fun and don’t get me started on the clothes.
Hearts Beat Loud (June 8, Rated PG-13) Think of this movie about a father and daughter who start a band as “The Partridge Family” with way fewer kids and instead of Shirley Jones, we get Ron Swanson. Well, we get Nick Offerman playing a dad very unlike his character in “Parks and Recreation.”
Hotel Artemis (June 8, Rated R) An eclectic cast featuring Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum and Sterling K. Brown of “This is Us,” might elevate this thriller about Nurse (Foster) who treats criminals in riot-torn 2028 Los Angeles.
Tag (June 15 - Rated R) Why am I looking forward to a movie about adult men who still play tag? A) It’s based on a true story B) It stars Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm and seriously I will watch anything that stars these two chasing each other around for two hours.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20 - PG-13) Ten years after the original “Mamma Mia,” this movie features more Abba songs, most of the original actors, flashbacks with groovy 70s costumes, a lot less Meryl Streep and Cher. Yes, THAT Cher.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (July 13 - Rated R) I am a huge fan of the late John Callahan, a writer and nationally-syndicated cartoonist who was also a quadriplegic and alcoholic. His work was sharp, funny and very politically incorrect. This biopic stars Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan and is directed by Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Good Will Hunting.”) I’m in.
Shock and Awe (July 13 - Rated R) I’m a sucker for a movie about muckraking journalists. Woody Harrelson and James Marsden play real-life Knight Ridder reporters who discover the truth about those weapons of mass destruction. It’s directed by Rob Reiner who needs a hit.
Christopher Robin (August 3 - PG) This has to be one of the more creative stories behind a movie this summer. The young boy from the A. A. Milne “Winnie the Pooh” books is now a troubled World War II veteran (played by Ewan McGregor) with a job and a family in 1949 London, when he is visited by Pooh, Tigger, Piglet et al.
Crazy Rich Asians (August 17 - Rated PG-13) There’s a lot of buzz around the film version of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel about Rachel (Constance Wu from “Fresh Off the Boat”), an American-born professor who’s dating a handsome, super-wealthy guy from Singapore. Fun fact: According to IMDB.com, this is the first Western-produced film with an entirely Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3 - Rated R) Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in what is hands down my favorite movie title of the summer (Take that “Book Club”) as roommates who get caught up in major espionage thanks to an ex who worked for the CIA.
The Happytime Murders (August 17 - ) OK, so I’m just going straight to the IMDB website for this one which I am not ashamed to admit, I really, really want to see. “When the puppet cast of an ‘80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.” Oh and it stars Melissa McCarthy as a non-puppet.