Summer: A Treasure Trove of Movies To Look Forward To


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Sage Schaumburg, Entertainment Editor

“Bad Samaritan” – May 4, 2018


“Just a poor struggling artist.” Two 20-something year-olds, Sean (Robert Sheehan) and Derek (Carlito Olivero), make a living robbing others, but this time they pick the wrong target. Working as valets at a fancy restaurant, the two boys scheme to use the car’s GPS to provide an easy map to a rich home, all while the owner is unknowingly enjoying their food. However, Cale Erendreich (David Tennant) has more than what they were hoping for: a girl chained up in his office. Trying to be the good samaritan seems to be the bad decision, as now the two boys are being targeted by a psychopath for knowing too much. “You know why you’re not in their little jail right now? Because you’re in mine.” I’m always a fan of horror/thriller movies with an intriguing plot, and I hope Tennant can prove to be a great villain.


“Deadpool 2” – May 18, 2018


Marvel and Deadpool fans will hopefully be excited for another hilarious and violent chapter of your favorite anti-hero, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). There is absolutely no way to properly describe this sequel. Just expect more violence gore, more 4th wall-breaking and X-men jokes, and more Deadpool. Oh, also Cable is introduced and will be played by Josh Brolin. I hope they don’t ruin Deadpool with this sequel.


“Solo: A Star Wars Story” – May 25, 2018


More Star Wars! (WAIT I DIDN’T MEAN THIS TOWARDS YOU, DONALD TRUMP!) Finally the movie that all of you Han Solo fans have been waiting for, an action-packed origin story. Fans can agree that this prequel will definitely be better than Episodes 1-3, and I hope for their sake, the franchise doesn’t disappoint. Learn the in-depth story of how Han met Chewy and witness the first encounter with Lando Calrissian pre-Rebellion in this next chapter of Star Wars.


“Upgrade” – June 1, 2018


A man is brutally attacked while his wife is murdered in front of him, and he is desperate for revenge. This technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) decides to receive the help of a man with a computer chip called Stem and has it “installed” in him. “It’s a new, better brain.”  He regains the ability to walk, but now has a system speaking to him in his head that only he can hear. His skills now resemble those of a video game character as this Upgrade has not only allowed him to walk but has also given him superior fighting skills and identification abilities. “While I am state of the art, I am not a ninja.” This is another action-packed and gory movie with comical relief that will be a fun watch this summer.


“Tag” – June 15, 2018


As soon as I heard the plot of this story, I was intrigued. Every May, one group of friends plays tag, and they have been doing so for 30 years. They’re not kidding around with this one, and it is even based on a true story. It could be your wedding, the birth of your child, or while you’re asleep. But one of their friends, Jerry, has never been tagged. I hope you see where this one’s going. These friends are so determined to tag him and each other, that they’ll stop at nothing to get it done. “Seems like the game has really kept you guys connected.” If you have ever had a group of friends for so long, had those traditions that no one else understands, or just want a good laugh, then this movie is for you.


“The Incredibles 2” – June 15, 2018


The long-awaited movie that, personally, I wanted before Finding Dory (thanks Pixar for keeping me in suspense). When you end a movie off with a cliffhanger such as the arrival of a new villain, please don’t leave me in suspense for 14 years (most of my life). I’ve been looking forward to this movie since 2012 when I heard it was to be in the works, but viewing the trailer I wonder if Pixar forgotten what “The Incredibles” was all about. The excitement is built up with the idea of fighting the ban on superheroes, but then it seems to lose momentum. Elastigirl goes off to be the face of normalizing heroes leaving her husband Mr. Incredible to raise their 3 kids on his own. While this will definitely be a funny film filled with dad jokes, I fear it will rely too heavily on cheap comedy and lose touch with the aspect of a superhero family. I truly hope Pixar will prove me wrong, as I will definitely be seeing this one in theaters.


“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” – June 22, 2018


Oh boy, another Jurassic World movie is coming to theaters. It is almost like they are trying to recreate the magic of franchises like Star Wars and Marvel movies. This latest installment takes place four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park. “Jurassic Park: The Lost World” occurred after the same amount of time had passed from the destruction of Jurassic Park. Either Hollywood is really running out of new ideas or they’re trying to show what will happen to us if we don’t pay attention in history class. If you are a fan of Chris Pratt, dinosaurs, and action-packed chase scenes, this movie will probably be an exciting watch. If you are still grasping for that last thread of nostalgia, buy a ticket. But if you want a new and compelling plot that explains why they install such large (dinosaur-size) doors to the supposedly fool-proof cages… well, I guess you’ll just have to hope.


“Uncle Drew” – June 29, 2018


Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is desperate to win the Rucker Classic streetball tournament in Harlem and luckily encounters the legend Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving). He convinces him to return to the court, but Drew wants his old basketball squad. This sports comedy will have you laughing at Shaquille O’Neal’s believability as an old karate teacher (“You look like Wolverine’s grandfather”) and other young actors portraying older men. “You don’t stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.”


“The First Purge” – July 4, 2018


For those of you who are horror movie fans and especially enjoy “The Purge” franchise, here is a movie about how it all began. The Purge didn’t use to be the normal thing to participate in or prepare for every year; it was once a controversial experiment. “Is the Purge a political device? It is a psychological one.” The first year of crime being legalized for one night (12 hours), and all because they want to “save the country.” But it turns out that there were too many citizens resisting, so the government sends in soldiers in disguise to rile the crowds up with violence. This latest installment will creep into your fears of wondering if the government really knows whats best.

“Eighth Grade” – July 13, 2018


In this age of snapchat filters and dabbing, eighth grade is not the same jungle that it once was. 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is struggling to be herself in an environment where everyone views her as this shy and quiet person. She shares with her youtube channel more than with her own father, and her daily struggles are all too real. With this movie, written and directed by Bo Burnham, you get to experience a coming-of-age story for the younger generation.


“Skyscraper” – July 13, 2018


When I heard that Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson was going to be starring in another life or death action-packed save the family movie, I wasn’t really surprised. What did surprise me, however, is that his latest character has a prosthetic leg resulting from an incident on the job. His family has been secured an entire floor at The Pearl, the tallest and most advanced building in the world, as he is there to be interviewed by the men behind the building. “You’ve built a vertical city, but you’ve brought with it every safety and security challenge I can think of.” Of course, things start to go horribly wrong, and now you have to witness this former FBI agent save his family from the fiery skyscraper.