We break down the hottest movie releases of summer with this handy guide to the best (and worst) the silver screen has to offer.

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Dark Phoenix


The Last Black Man in San Francisco
June 7, R
Jimmie Fails wrote and stars in this film about a black man from San Francisco coming to terms with the rapidly changing nature and
populace of the city he loves.

Dark Phoenix
June 7, not-yet-rated but probably PG-13
Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner stars as the legendary X-Men champion Jean Grey—who, you may recall, can probably kill everyone everywhere should she so choose.

Men in Black International
June 14, not-yet-rated but probably PG-13
It's the sequel no one wanted to the franchise that just won't seem to die! This time out, Chris "Thor" Hemsworth and Sorry to Bother You alum Tessa Thompson (also from Thor) fight aliens and face a potential mole within MiB. It's probably gonna be kooky.

June 21, PG-13
When Jack smashes his head one night, everyone else in the world forgets The Beatles ever existed. He then becomes rich by stealing their songs and horning in on their hard work, songwriting and general vibe in director Danny Boyle's newest. James Corden is in this one, so … yuck.

Toy Story 4
June 21, PG
One wonders how many perilous adventures a bunch of toys can fall into at this point but, even more so, one wonders how much longer we're supposed to suffer Tim Allen.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Last Black Man in San Francisco


Spider-Man: Far From Home
July 2, Not Yet Rated but Probably PG-13
Look, it's not like we think the never-ending stream of comic book movies is good per se, but the last Spider-Man was pretty fun and this one will probably also be pretty fun. Don't act like you're not going to see it.

July 3, R
Former Santa Fean and horror film wunderkind Ari Aster (Hereditary) reveals his next opus about a couple on a vacation that doesn't work out. Death, we bet, follows. We're getting Wicker Man vibes.

The Lion King
July 19, not yet rated but probably PG
Beyoncé, Donald Glover, John Oliver and a whole host of other super-hot celebs lend their voices to this "live action" retelling of the animated The Lion King (which itself was pretty much a retelling of Hamlet, which itself was a commercial for Denmark, we think).

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
July 26, R
QuentinTarantino has a new one, it's this one, and Leo DiCaprio is in it along with Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant and Brad Pitt. Others, too, probably. It's about Hollywood's fading Golden Age, and it'll feel exactly like all his other movies. You'll mansplain to people about it using words like "brilliant" and "visionary" despite those things being patently false. No, we haven't seen the movie, but we have seen your future, obviously.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
July 31, not yet rated but probably PG
The onetime cartoon gets the big-screen archaeological thriller treatment, and before you start whining about how that's stupid, it's a big-budget movie with some serious Latinx representation. Ya been told!


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
August 9, not-yet-rated but probably PG-13, maybe R
Those books your parents somehow let you read when you were in elementary school become a fully full-on film with production help from Guillermo del Toro and a whole lot of nostalgia.

The Informer
August 16, R
A cop with a dark past goes to prison on purpose to do cop stuff and stop crimes. This is the epitome of a rainy-day, you-had-nothing-else-going-on-even-at-all movie.

August 23, PG
The Kendrick brothers (a filmmaker team we're apparently supposed to know about, but we honestly don't) helm this pic about a small town facing factory layoffs and the way in which high school sports somehow becomes a salve unto that.


It Chapter Two
September 6, R
Pennywise the dancing clown returns as the Loser's Club, now adults, gear up to fight the cosmic fear machine. Bill Hader's in this one!

Downton Abbey
September 20, PG
All those rich British people you love for some reason return to fret over the socioeconomics of servants vs. not-servants. The music swells; Maggie Smith says something you wouldn't expect a dowager to say.