2018 has been a great year so far in terms of films. The second instalment of the Jurassic World series hit theatres, Han Solo returned to the big screen, and Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther made their way to the highest grossing movies.
It’s finally summertime and what a better way to catch a break from the heat than locking yourself in a cinema surrounded by friends and tons of popcorn? Are you dying to know what to expect from this summer’s new releases? Stay tuned as I reveal the most promising movies of summer 2018.
Tag is a comedy based on a true story. For one month every year, 5 long-time friends reunite to play a game of tag, but this time something is different. The only undefeated member of the group is getting married and makes him an easy target. Or so they thought… Who’s gonna be the last man standing and is it worth jeopardising careers and relationships along the way?
Starring: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.
Director: Jeff Tomsic.
What to expect: Find out what Hawkeye has been up to instead of saving the world from Thanos.
UK release date: June 29
Mary Shelley depicts the life of the famous literary author behind the world-famous Frankenstein: Mary Shelley. The movie explores her love affair with poet Percy Shelley and reveals how it inspired her greatest work.
Starring: Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley. Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Ben Hardy, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane and Joanne Froggatt.
Director: Haifaa al-Mansour.
What to expect: Get ready for some of the British finest and discover more about Britain’s history in this indie movie (includes a reunion between Arya Stark and Stannis Baratheon).
UK release date: July 6
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
10 years after the massive success of Mamma Mia! and a huge fan support, the cast reunites for the long-awaited sequel. This time Sophie learns about Donna’s past as she finds out about her own pregnancy.
Starring: Lily James as Young Donna. Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Dylan, Cher and Dominic Cooper.
Director: Ol Parker.
What to expect: Finally finding out who Sophie’s father is – probably. And me singing along to all the ABBA songs.
UK release date: July 20
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Taking place after Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and The Wasp is the first movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released after the game-changing Avengers: Infinity War. Welcome back Scott Lang in the Ant-Man’s sequel as he partners up with The Wasp on a new mission.
Starring: Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp.
Director: Peyton Reed.
What to expect: Rumour has it that Ant-Man and The Wasp could be used as a marketing tool for the upcoming Avengers movie (Avengers 4). Ant-Man, MIA from the infinity war, could be instrumental in winning the war and fans should keep an eye open as the title could be revealed at the end of the movie when Ant-Man’s return will be announced.
UK release date: August 3 (July 6 for the US)
THE DARKEST MINDS
Alexandra Bracken’s young adult novel has been adapted into a major picture by 20th Century Fox. The Darkest Minds tells the story of a group of super-gifted teens who form a rebellion and take revenge on the evil government that killed most of America’s children.
Starring: Amandla Stenberg as Ruby. Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie and Harris Dickinson.
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
What to expect: The Maze Runner series meet comic-book superheroes.
UK release date: August 10