By: Aaron C. Ramirez
It’s blockbuster season. This Summer, “Avengers: Infinity Wars” hit it out of the park and follow-ups like “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Deadpool 2,” “Incredibles 2” continued the streak (ahh, sequels and prequels). We’re halfway through the summer blockbusters, and it’s looking like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is going to dominate, already bringing in $1.67 billion to date. The summer box office season isn’t over, and there’s still plenty of movies to look forward to. Here’s a list of some of the most buzzworthy movies for the rest of the 2018 summer season.
The First Purge
Release date: July 4
Battles to the death are nothing new in Hollywood with the Hunger Games franchise and even foreign films like “Battle Royale.” The latest installment of the Purge series is a prelude of the carnage that is to come. One single community is testing out the purge sociological theory that allows one night of pent up aggression to be released. Symbolically being released on Independence Day, the purge is not for the faint of heart.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Release date: July 6
Since appearing as Cher’s kissing stepbrother in 90,s classic “Clueless,” Paul Rudd has become an actor no one can hate. Hollywood has rewarded him with his own superhero costume and series to boot. Still falling into the marvel Comic Universe, “Ant-Man” was a sillier but well recieved movie. This second go around intends to have heart, humor, and great action sequences. Hopefully, this one won’t rip out your heartstring like infinity wars gut wrenching ending did, and bring back the fun to marvel movies. We haven’t had this kind of adventure going small since honey, I shrunk the kids.
release date: July 13
The joys of puberty brought to you by the same studio that made other teen angst movies such as the bling ring and spring breakers. This one just seems to have more heart and true teen angst. Elsie Fisher is already being praised for her performance as Kayla a thirteen year old girl and she survives her final week of eighth grade. Originally premiering at Sundance, Kayla is going through her own journey of personal growth and self acceptance. She’s quiet, a YouTube vlogger, and a mirror of the contemporary teenager. Next stop, ninth grade.
“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”
Release date: July 20
You’re in the mood for a dance. And when you get the chance. You are the dancing queen. Welcome back the original cast members and Cher! For all your guilty karaoke pleasures ABBA is cool again. Mamma mia, here I go again My my, how can I resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again My my, just how much I’ve missed you? Yes, I’ve been brokenhearted. Blue since the day we parted. Why, why did I ever let you go?
ABBA’s catalog is so big here’s hoping for a third one.
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Release date: August 15
With demand for more diversity and representation to be showcased, Hollywood is bringing to life the Uber successful book, Crazy Rich Asians, about a Chinese-American professor played by Constance Wu, discovering her boyfriend comes from a wealthy family in Singapore and one of their most eligible bachelors. This fish out of water story meets my big fat Greek wedding is getting praise for its diverse casting and targeting a moviegoing audience that is normally overlooked. Social media is already buzzing from those who have gotten to see pre-screenings are already declaring it love letter to Westernized Asians. The movie is lavish and high chances on being the late summer breakout star.