Summer movie season is once again upon us, so Hollywood has yet another lineup of anticipated films coming soon to your local multiplex! Already 2019 has delivered some pretty solid stuff. From the epic conclusion to the Marvel Universe’s Infinity Saga raking in all the critical praise and box office bucks, to an adaptation of a nostalgic video game/anime property being pulled off beautifully, to the third chapter in a popular action franchise knocking it out of the park, indeed it is a great time to be alive!

There’s still plenty more to be excited about though, so let’s see what the rest of the summer has in store!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters  (PG-13)

Hands down my most anticipated release of the entire year! Japan’s gigantic fire-breathing radioactive lizard was one of my favorite things in the world back when I was a kid, and everything we’ve seen in the marketing for this one is looking like it will do the big green hero justice and then some! With the director of holiday horror favorites like Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus at the helm and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in a supporting role, everything seems to be in the right place here, and I am chomping at the bit to check it out! Hail to the King baby!

The Dead Don’t Die (R)

I’m always in the mood for a comedic zombie flick, but even I have to admit that the genre is incredibly over-saturated, so it takes some real talent and creativity to breathe new life into a well-worn concept. Enter Jim Jarmusch, who has pretty much perfected the art of giving old ideas new life through his trademark sense of dry humor, quirky characters and immaculate directing talents. If the idea of a former Ghostbuster and current Star Wars villain facing off against a horde of the undead sounds like a good time to you, then Ragtag Cinema in Columbia has you covered next month!

Toy Story 4 (G)

Pixar is once again ready to tug at everyone’s collective heartstrings as the lovable characters from many a 90s-kid’s childhood return to the big screen for supposedly their last outing. This studio has always stood out as a game-changer in the realm of animation and character-driven stories, so of course, lifelong Disney fans are lining up to see what they can deliver next and if this will be another amazing installment in a beloved franchise. For certain, we all have a friend in Woody and Buzz, so let’s hope their final adventure will be one to remember!

Child’s Play (R)

Speaking of toys that can walk and talk on their own, one of the most popular horror icons of all time is returning to the big screen as well this summer in a remake/reboot that actually looks like it could be a good time for many a slasher fan. With a fresh new coat of paint, a delightfully sinister atmosphere, and Luke Skywalker himself lending his voice to the evil doll (no joke) this may be an example of a horror remake that stands out from the crowd. At the very least it’ll make for a bloody fun time and devotees of the slasher genre will more than likely get enough to sink their teeth into.

Midsommar (R)

The writer and director of last year’s sleeper horror hit Heredity unleashes his next project in July, and man does it look like an eerie good time! Not much is known in terms of the story, but the contrast of beautiful colors and a bright summer setting paired up with a brutal Wicker Man-style horror story is truly intriguing and has me nothing short of curious! I’m not entirely sure of what to expect, but that’s what makes the horror genre so much fun, so let’s hope director Ari Aster can beat the sophomore slump and deliver something special!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R)

Not much is known about Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic outside of the fact that it is set in the 1970s, presents the story of an actor and his dedicated stuntman, and will feature the Charles Manson murders as the backdrop. When walking into a Tarantino film though, that’s exactly the way you want it to be! Audiences and critics never know what this guy is going to pull off next, but whatever it is, it will no doubt push buttons and pull no punches while delivering the thrills. Here’s hoping we get one more masterpiece out of this guy before his supposed retirement from the filmmaking business!

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (PG-13)

The Fast and the Furious franchise is one that seems to be really flying off the rails lately as it is becoming less and less about street racing and focusing on ridiculously goofy action and stunt work. This new spinoff appears to be dropping any and all pretense of the former and diving headfirst into the latter! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham have perfectly molded their careers by delivering over-the-top action, machismo-fueled one-liners, and endearingly goofy B-movie camp with a high-budget polish. Therefore, it was only a matter of time when the two of them would share the screen in one gloriously silly ride filled with all the cars, guns, and bone-crunching fistfights an action junkie could hope for! Not going to be Shakespeare by any means, but may still make for a cheesy good time nonetheless!