The summer movie season is upon us, flooding our theaters with intriguing new releases. So here we are to help you navigate that storm, with a look ahead at some of the most exciting titles to come.
Feeling overwhelmed in your day-to-day life is generally a bad thing, sure. But feeling overwhelmed at the movies? Sometimes, that’s exactly what you want.
Whether you’re eager to feel triumphant or terrified, passionate or perplexed, there’s something out there for you. Here’s what to watch if you want to feel feelings …
… and you’re looking for inspiration: Knock Down the House (May 1)
The ending of Knock Down the House is a foregone conclusion, since it covers elections that took place in 2018. But this documentary is less about any one race or candidate (though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez understandably draws attention) than it is the movement that’s swept all these women to the fore. You’ll leave with tears in your eyes, a smile on your face, and your fist in the air.
… and you want to swoon: The Sun Is Also a Star (May 17)
You don’t have to believe in fate to fall under the spell of a really good movie about it, and the Sun Is Also a Star has some powerful magic going for it indeed. Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton star as a pair of impossibly beautiful young people drawn together after a chance encounter in New York, even as their circumstances threaten to tear them apart for good.
… and Elton John gets you: Rocketman (May 31)
Rocketman‘s epic soundtrack is a given, since it’s an Elton John biopic with permission to use Elton John’s music. Even more intriguing, however, may be Taron Egerton’s performance. That’s really him singing as John, and he sounds fantastic. (The real John thinks so, too.) Dexter Fletcher, who helped steer Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer’s departure, helms this slightly fantastical tale of genius and fame.
… and you wanna be creeped out: Ma (May 31)
Every unsettling suspicion you’ve ever had about grown-ups who spend way too much time hanging with teens proves true in Ma, starring Octavia Spencer as a middle-aged woman who takes an overly intense interest in her young new friends. Spencer’s rarely looked this creepy, which is part of the fun: Who’d have though she had it in her?
… and that feeling is WTF: Yesterday (June 28)
Yesterday has the kind of premise that’ll have you replicating the white guy blinking gif irl: A struggling musician (Himesh Patel) wakes up in a world where nobody’s heard of the Beatles. But it’s got a solid team in director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis, a rising star in Patel, and a soundtrack that should prove absolutely irresistible to anyone watching from a universe in which the Beatles still exist.
… and you’re prepared to get dark: Nightingale (August 2)
The Babadook director Jennifer Kent is back with another brutal, bruising piece — though of a completely different sort. Nightingale is a revenge thriller set in 19th century Tasmania, following an Irish woman (Aisling Franciosi) out for blood after a horrific encounter with a British lieutenant (Sam Claflin). By all accounts, it’s a tough watch, but a worthwhile one.
Our 2019 summer movie preview continues all week long. Here’s what to watch if…
Wednesday: … you’re with the family
Thursday: … you want to feel something
Friday: … you just want the best