A Look At The 20 Best Movies Coming Out In Theaters This Summer 2019

Pass the popcorn and snuggle in.

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Nothing quite beats a night at the movies with friends, family, or your significant other. The smells of buttery popcorn, the sounds of arcade games, and the taste of Coke slushies and nachos are enough to send anyone into a rage of childhood nostalgia.

I distinctly remember begging my mom to take me to redeem my free box of candy at the movie theatre every time my report card showed that I had made straight-A’s. Now, there are even luxury expansions on the classic experience that include reclining seats, dine-in options, and service at the push of a button while you enjoy the latest blockbuster. 


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Summertime is a competitive season for Hollywood. Generally speaking, people have more time and money to spend in the summer. Our wallets have finally recovered from the winter holidays and gift-giving. The rising temperatures of outside make a cool, dark theatre an appealing alternative.

Summer showers often lead to unexpectedly canceled plans, and what better way to pass the time of a downpour than by escaping to another reality inside the story of a movie?

The demand for quality content raises the expectations of movie goers; typically, Hollywood rises to the location.


With a wide range of family and subject matter, no one will be left out in the quest for big-screen entertainment. Maybe you will be taking a trip down memory road with a ticket to the live-action Lion King remake or finding out what happens next in the Avengers’ Universe while watching Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Either way, there are some pretty stellar upcoming releases heading our way.  Whether you are a comedy, romance, action, or horror fan, this summer’s line up of new releases has something for you. So, hop online and book some tickets for your most anticipated new Summer 2019 movie release!

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1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — May 31 (In theaters now)



Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown stars as Madison Russell in this action film that tells the story of a crypto-zoological agency and its members' battle against mighty monsters. It's rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.

2. Ma — May 31 (In theaters now)


The Help star Octavia Spencer plays the title character in this thriller about a group of teenagers' unlikely party host and her fixation on the high school experience. It is rated R for violent/disturbing material, language throughout, content, and for teen drug and alcohol use.

3. Rocketman — May 31 (In theaters now)

British actor and singer Taron Egerton portrays the legendary Elton John in this musical biography. This follows the trend set by Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic that won four Oscars this year. Rocketman is rated R for language throughout, some drug use and content.


4. Dark Pheonix — July 7 (In theaters now)

Game of Thrones alum and newly married Jonas wife Sophie Turner stars as Jean Gray/Pheonix in this sci-fi action X-Men movie. The film also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. Dark Pheonix is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images, and brief strong language.

5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — July 7 (In theaters now)


Patton Oswalt, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Jenny Slate, and Tiffany Haddish all voice characters in this sequel. It tells that story of Max, a puppy in the city, as his owner, Katie, gets married and has a baby. Max meets a farm dog on a family trip who teaches him about conquering fears. The movie is rated PG for some action and rude humor.

6. Men in Black: International — June 14 (In theaters now)

In this fourth addition to the Men in Black series, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson join forces as Agent H and Agent M, respectively, to fight their toughest challenge to date: a mole in the MIB organization. The film also features Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson. It is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language, and suggestive material.


7. Toy Story 4 — June 21 (In theaters now)

The iconic duo of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) join the rest of the Toy Story gang to embark on an adventure with a new group of toys to reunite Woody with an old friend, Bo Peep. The two realize that their lives have gone in different directions, leaving their ultimate desires as a toy on opposite ends of the spectrum. This fourth installment of the Disney and Pixar collaboration series acts as a convergence of generations as parents who grew up with the first movie take their children to see this one. Naturally, it is rated G.

8. Annabelle Comes Home — June 26 (In theaters now)


This rare prequel/sequel film follows a family (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and McKenna Grace) of demonologists who have secured a haunted doll, Annabelle, inside a sacredly blessed glass box. All seems to be well until a babysitter and her friend accidentally summon the demon and undergo a night of terror. The film is rated R for violence and terror.

9. Yesterday — June 28 (In theaters now)

Himesh Patel stars as Jack, a struggling artist who, after a freak accident, wakes up to find he is the only person who remembers the legendary music band, The Beatles. He passes the music off as his own and becomes an international superstar. The movie features a cameo of a real-life superstar, Ed Sheeran. The movie is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language.


10. Spider-man: Far From Home —July 2

Tom Holland suits up to reprise his role of Spider-man in this addition to the Avengers franchise. It comes as the continuation of the timeline from Endgame, so if you haven't seen the blockbuster that rounded out the school year, check it out now! Also starring in the movie is Zendaya as MJ and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Spider-Man is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments.



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11. Midsommar — July 3

The director of the 2018 thriller, Hereditary, takes the big screen again with another psychological thriller. Midsommar tells the tale of a couple with a rocky relationship that visits a mid-summer festival in rural Sweden. The event quickly turns dark as the retreat turns into a violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Starring Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh, the film is not yet rated. 


12. Stuber — July 12

Michael Dowse directs Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in this action comedy in which a detective enlists his Uber driver to find and capture a terrorist. The driver, Stu (Nanjiani), must find the balance between helping his passenger and keeping his star-rating. The film is rated R for violence and language throughout, some references, and brief graphic .

13. The Lion King — July 19


With possibly the most stacked cast of any summer release, the Disney team aims to wow audiences with this live-action remake of a classic. Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Seth Rogan as Pumba lead the cast. The Lion King is rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements.

14. Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood — July 26

In this Quentin Tarantino directed comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a washed-up television star who, along with his stunt double (Brad Pitt), makes an attempt to grace the screen one last time as the Golden Age of Hollywood comes to a close. The film is not yet rated, but will presumably be rated R.


15. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — August 2

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham star in this action comedy. A lawman and outcast unite forces to take down a genetically enhanced supervillain. The film has not yet been rated, but it will likely follow suit of the other franchise movies as PG 13.

16. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — August 9


The popular children's TV animated show, Dora the Explorer, receives a live-action storyline in this James Bobin directed film. Isabela Moner plays the teenage explorer who joins her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve a mystery along the way. The film will likely be rated G, though some activity along the adventurous path may deem it PG 13.

17. The Kitchen — August 9

Handmaid's Tale star Elizabeth Moss is joined by Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy in a crime drama about New York City gangster wives in the 1970s who continue their husbands' operations after they are found locked in jail. The film is rated R for violence, language throughout and some content.


18. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — August 9

The horror genre flourishes prior to the fall with this film. Zoe Margaret Colletti and Michael Garza lead a cast of teens who must face their fears in order to stay alive. The film is not yet rated.

19. Good Boys — August 16

In a modern coming of age story, three sixth grade boys (Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, and Keith L. Williams) skip a day of school and initiate a journey in tow of accidentally stolen drugs, a group of teenage on their tale, and a vendetta to make it home in time for an epic party. The film is rated R for strong crude content, drug, and alcohol material, and language throughout - all involving tweens.


20. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? — August 16

Cate Blanchett and Kristin Wig star in this comedy that tells the tale of a mother that, after years of sacrificing her own desires for her family, disappears to rekindle her passions in an attempt to make an epic rediscovery of life. The film is based on the national bestseller novel with the same name and is rated PG-13 for some strong language and drug material.

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Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.