• JuJu Ling

Promising Movies: Summer 2018

During the summer, a frenzy of new movies are released into theaters. People are more relaxed and easy-going-- the perfect time to bring someone into the theater. That being said, with so many movies in the theater, which ones are actually going to be any good? Here are my top promising movies for Summer 2018. ** I’m not including sequels to big, hot franchises at the moment (no matter how excited I am for Jurassic World 2).


  1. American Animals

A true story, four friends decide to perform their own “heist” and steal one of the most valuable books from a college library. It looks quirky and relatable. By the end, we all will have fallen in love with the leads.

  • Director: Bart Layton

  • Starring: Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson

2. Hereditary

A new age, artful, tasteful horror film about a deceased mother haunting her children from the dead. Although I’m terrified of horror films, this movie moves us away from the stereotypical Hollywood jumpscare we are so used to today. A24 is going to deliver something promising one again.

  • Director: Ari Aster

  • Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd

3. Incredibles 2

Your favorite animated superhero family is back! This time, Elastigirl is asked to be the main superhero in the family, which creates complications for the family.

  • Director: Brad Bird

  • Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson

4. Tag

Although I’m not usually a fan of comedy movies nowadays because everything is slapstick, I think this movie might actually have tasteful humor. This is a comedy about a group of friends that has been playing a game of tag for over 30 years.

  • Director: Jeff Tomsic

  • Starring: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Tracy Morgan

5. Under the Silver Lake

A boy meets an intriguing girl, who presumes to disappear the next day, leaving him a singular clue that leads him on a chase to find her. A24 does it again...this movie looks incredible and beautiful.

  • Director: David Robert Mitchell

  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough

6. The Catcher Was a Spy

A baseball player (Paul Rudd) turned WWII spy looking to find out if the Germans really created an atomic bomb. It looks to have a stellar cast and a very interesting plotline. I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan of the way the trailer was edited, but I have high hopes for the movie itself.

  • Director: Ben Lewin

  • Starring: Paul Rudd, Connie Nielsen, Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti


  1. Sorry to Bother You

A satirical movie about a black telemarketer who flourishes after discovering that he is more successful when he uses his “white voice.” This movie looks like it will lightfully explore race, while remaining hilarious and artful.

  • Director: Boots Riley

  • Starring: LaKeith Steinfeld, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews

2.  Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

After a drunk driving accident, John Callahan is left a quadriplegic. He soon discovers his talent of creating cartoons. Gus Van Sant looks to direct a wonderfully sweet and heartfelt movie.

  • Director: Gus Van Sant

  • Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

3. Blindspotting

This comedy addresses issues of race and class. In a lighthearted way, we get to witness some of the deepest issues engrained in America today.

  • Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada

  • Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

4. Hot Summer Nights

Breakout star Timothée Chalamet stars in this beautiful coming-of-age story where a boy goes to the Cape for the summer, enters the weed dealing business, and falls in love. The coloring, just from the trailer, is enough to get me excited for the overall mood of the film. A24...they’re doing it to us.

  • Director: Elijah Bynum

  • Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Thomas Jane


  1. Christopher Robin

A live action movie about Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh starring Ewan McGregor. How much better can it get? My mother cried when she heard Winnie the Pooh speak in the trailer. It’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

  • Director: Marc Foster

  • Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Hayley Atwell

2. BlacKkKlansman

Set in the 70's, a black police officer is committed to serving his duty as a law enforcer and black nationalist. He stumbles upon the idea of infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan's meetings by making his white co-police officer be his "face" while using his words. This white police officer has an awakening of his own. I've loved Adam Driver ever since the TV show Girls, and I cannot wait to see what he does now.

  • Director: Spike Lee

  • Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver



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