The start of summer marks the beginning of a new and exciting blockbuster summer movie season. From action films and comedies to musicals and thrillers, this summer’s lineup will give you plenty of opportunities to beat the heat by enjoying the thrill and chill of the theater.

Life of the Party (Now Playing)

The hilarious Melissa McCarthy stars in this mother-daughter comedy that will have everyone rolling in the aisles. When her husband dumps her, Deanna (McCarthy) goes back to college to get her degree — right alongside her daughter. 

Deadpool 2 (May 18)

Not a huge fan of action movies? This superhero flick might be exactly what you’re looking for. It has all the excitement of a Marvel film with extra humor added that is sure to have you laughing out loud. Plus, who doesn’t love Ryan Reynolds?

Show Dogs (May 18)

Think “Miss Congeniality” but with dogs. Max, a talking Rottweiler police dog, is ordered to go undercover as a show dog alongside his human partner in order to save a kidnapped baby panda. This funny film will be the perfect choice for dog lovers.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

Finally get the story on Han Solo’s past. Follow him as he adventures into a dark criminal world where he eventually meets his future Millennium Falcon co-pilot, Chewbacca, and find out what really happened on that infamous Kessel Run. A must-see for any hardcore “Star Wars” fan.

Ocean’s 8 (June 8)

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Need we say more?

The Incredibles 2 (June 15)

Our favorite superhero family is back again in this sequel where Mr. Incredible is left to take care of the kids while Elastigirl is out saving the world. Fourteen years (yes, you read that right) have passed since the first “Incredibles” movie came out, but baby Jack-Jack is still just as adorable as ever. This film will be fun for the whole family.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

When the island’s dormant volcano starts to show signs of life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) spearhead a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from the threat of extinction. But will the dinosaurs end up causing human extinction as a result? By the looks of the trailer, maybe.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

We hear you — another Marvel movie? But bear with us here. This one stars Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, who tries to balance being a superhero and a parent. He teams up with Evangeline Lilly and together, they make the film exciting and hilarious.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20)

In this romantic musical comedy, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds out more about her mother’s past when she seeks guidance on how to handle her own pregnancy. Lily James plays young Donna Carmichael, who moves to Greece on a whim and meets three dreamy men.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout (July 27)

The fate of the world rests in the hands of 55-year-old Tom Cruise, who can still jump across roofs, climb mountains without ropes, and throw men through walls.

Christopher Robin (Aug. 3)

This nostalgic film stars grown-up Christopher Robin, now a working-class family man who is struggling with an issue at work. Thanks to a serendipitous encounter with his childhood friend, Winnie-the-Pooh, he finds a way to rediscover all of the joys life has to offer.

 

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Maddy SimsMaddy Sims recently graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied magazine journalism. Her work has also been featured on Bustle, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy, Bicycling, and The Medill Olympic Media Project. She’s passionate about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle topics. Outside of writing, she loves to spend her time cooking yummy vegan recipes, attending music concerts, watching movies, and reading books. She is a huge supporter of the Special Olympics and has volunteered at several local events.