Everybody knows summer is the best time of year. It means sun, holidays, and for some reason, more beer. But there’s also another reason we love the summer – and that’s the summer blockbusters on offer. So while it may still be a month or so away, we thought we’d get you in the mood by giving you a run-down of the 5 films you need to be watching this summer!

Film Blockbusters to Watch in Summer 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover
Release Date: 25th May

Plot:
Though we’ve become accustomed to a new Star Wars film every December, Disney and Lucasfilm are returning to the traditional May release for Solo: A Star Wars Story. OK, so not technically a ‘summer’ film but it’s pretty close, right? The second standalone Star Wars film will be exploring the origins of the saga’s most popular smugglers. How did he acquire the Millennium Falcon? And where did he meet his Wookiee co-pilot? Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a young Han Solo, with Donald Glover playing a young Lando and Game of Thrones’ Emilia ‘Khaleesi’ Clarke also set for a starring role. Apart from that, we know nothing!

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
We’re trying to keep our expectation at a minimum, but despite its alleged trouble during production and a somewhat lacklustre set of trailers, anything Star Wars related is always going to be worth a watch and it’ll be interesting to see if Ehrenreich can capture that Han charm.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum.
Release Date: 6th June

Plot:
There were a few jitters among lovers of the original Jurassic Park before Chris Pratt’s reboot hit the big screen. But rather incredibly the film went on to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time, so naturally they’re doing a sequel. Set four years after the first World, Fallen Kingdom heads back to Isla Nublar. Dinosaurs now roam freely but an impending volcanic eruption means it’s down to our heroes (Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the dinosaurs from a second extinction. But the duo soon learn about a conspiracy that could result in dinosaurs taking over the Earth once again.

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
You don’t really need explaining why this is a must watch. But for those loyalists who refused to sit through the first reboot, Steven Spielberg is producing and Jeff Goldblum is also set to cameo as Dr Malcolm which will be worth the admission fee alone.

Hereditary

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd.
Release Date: 15th June

Plot:
Hereditary focuses on Annie (Toni Collette) following the death of her mother. Suspecting a presence was left behind, which has a bizarre focus on her teenage granddaughter, Charlie (Shapiro), Annie must explore the darkness to escape their inherited fate.

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
We’re in a bit of a golden age of horror with the likes of Get Out and more recently A Quiet Place setting the standard for genuinely chilling movies that still make you think. And this summer that trend is set to continue with Hereditary where early reviews have been excellent.

Incredibles 2

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger.
Release Date: 15th June

Plot:
Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack will be back for a sequel this summer where the Incredibles 2 will resume where the first film ends; with the introduction of the villain The Underminer (John Ratzenberger).

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
Believe it or not, it’s actually been 13 years since Pixar’s The Incredibles hit cinemas. And though it may have taken a little longer than usual, Pixar movies are always worth a watch whether you’d got little ones or not!

Ocean’s 8

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter.
Release Date: 22nd June

Plot:
If you’ve watched Ocean’s 11, 12 or 13, you probably know the score by now; a crew of A-list actors team up to steel stuff from the super-rich bad guy. But rather than being headed by Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 8 crew will be led by his estranged sister, Debbie, played by Sandra Bullock. Her crew is packed full of greats with Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina joining the party. Their objective? To pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s annual Met Gala and get back Debbie’s ex, played by Homeland’s Damian Lewis.

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
We absolutely love the male-dominated Ocean’s films and there’s no reason we won’t enjoy Bullock’s crew too. The trailers have looked suitably glitzy, the cast is suitably stacked, and the script looks to pack a laugh or two as well. We can’t wait!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby.
Release Date: 27th July

Plot:
Mission: Impossible 6 sees Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his gang (consisting of Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Michelle Monaghan) returns in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. The CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives, as Hunt finds himself hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
The Mission: Impossible franchise is never going to reinvent the wheel, but they’ve really found their stride in recent installations. The additions of Henry Cavill, The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby and Black Panther’s Angela Bassett also should give Mission 6 a bit of new life too.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas.
Release Date: 3rd August

Plot:
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang AKA. Ant-Man tries to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as the miniscule maestro. But when Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym present him with a new mission to bring to light secrets from their past, Ant-Man teams up with van Dyne as the new Wasp.

Why We’re Looking Forward to It:
The first Ant-Man didn’t set the world alight but it was certainly a decent enough watch with Paul Rudd’s awkwardness ideal for the franchise. The trailer for the sequel looks promising enough and we’ve always had a soft spot for Evangeline Lilly ever since Lost.

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