Your Guide To Movie Releases and Film Events This Summer

Lots of action movies will be hitting the screen all summer long.

Bored of the current movie selections because you’ve already seen Infinity War twice? Well, don’t worry. The movie releases for this summer are mainly action-based. You’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat with these upcoming films.

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Movie Releases



When: June 22
It’s been four years since Jurassic World has been destroyed. But when the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chriss Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) must rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Also, Jeff Goldblum is in this one.



When: June 29
If you didn’t see the first Sicario, you absolutely should. In the first movie, we see characters torn between ethics and laws when fighting the Mexican drug cartel. The sequel once again features the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) fighting drug lords, until a daughter is seen as collateral damage, and makes the trigger-happy men question everything.



When: July 6
Where was Ant-Man during Infinity War? Will this movie answer the question, or just further complicate the Marvel timeline? The trailer promises lots of action sequences and similar humour that audiences loved in the last movie. It also looks like we’ll get lots of The Wasp finally fighting crime, which she desperately wanted in the last film.



When: July 6
It’s been too long since the world has seen Jackie Chan on our screens, kicking butt. This action-packed drama pays homage to ‘80s techno-sci-fi thrillers. The movie also has a deranged, mecha-enhanced villain, a lost bio-chemical invention, and Jackie Chan doing all sort of unbelievable stunts.



When: July 6
Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history, and her death shocked the world. In this documentary, we see her family from behind the scenes. We also get to know what her life was like beyond the headlines, using never-before-seen archival footage, demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives, and original interviews.




When: July 13
Oh, eighth grade. That time when your face is covered in acne, your hair is scraggily and greasy no matter how much you wash it, none of your clothes fit, and your parents just try way too hard to relate. You actually see all of those in the trailer. From the mind of Bo Burnham, we have a movie starring actual young people, not adults in teen roles. This movie looks promising, primarily because of how awkwardly realistic it is at portraying how much we all hated middle school.



When: July 20
This movie calls itself “a comedy in a world that won’t let it be one.” In the film, we see a man struggling with freedom in the last week of his probation. His whole life changes as he witnesses a fatal police shooting. If you’re looking for a movie with just as mark dark commentary as dark comedy, Blindspotting is your must-see.



When: July 27
This is the second Mission: Impossible movie that Christopher McQuarrie directed, the last being Rogue Nation. This film takes place after an important mission goes wrong, and a global catastrophe seems imminent. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) then takes it upon himself to go against the CIA in a race against time to save the world. Featuring with all the same action-packed stunts you loved before!



When: August 3
Teenagers all over start developing strange powers and are detained for testing by the government, killing most of the youth in the process. However, when a small group of 16-year-olds escape, they must fight for their freedom. The producing team behind Stranger Things brought this best-selling book to life, and definitely looks like The Darkest Minds will be enjoyed by similar audiences.



When: August 10
This Spike Lee/Jordan Peele movie tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), as the first African-American detective in Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. Realizing the nearby prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, he teams up with his White (and secretly Jewish) co-worker to go undercover, infiltrate, and take down the organization. And if this movie didn’t seem wild enough, it’s all based on a true story.




When: August 15
This highly-anticipated movie was based off the hilarious, internationally best-selling book by Kevin Kwan. Here we see Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American-born Chinese University professor, accompanying longtime boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) to Singapore. She realizes he comes from one of Asia’s wealthiest families. Their love is put to the test as a target is immediately put on her back. This movie has action, culture, and leaves the characters questioning their identities.



When: August24
What better way to close off the summer than yet another amazing Keanu Reeves movie? It’s almost as if he’s seen all the internet memes questioning if he’s immortal, because this movie is all about Reeves playing a scientist desperately using technology to bring his dead family back to life. The movie also takes place in a slightly dystopian future.


Film Festivals


When: June 20-August 22

If you prefer a less theatre approach to your films, check out Toronto’s Open Roof Festival. A ticket gets you into this amazing outdoor festival, and you get to watch a band before the movie. Each week, a different movie is playing. And yes, there will be food and booze.

Christie Pits Film Festival

When:June 24th – August 19th

Christie Pits film festival detailed their full 2018 summer programming this morning with some great picks on the list. The Toronto Outdoor Picture show is a free/Pay-What-You-Can event in Christie Pits on Sunday nights where film fans can enjoy the silver screen in the great outdoors. This year the festival’s theme is ‘Cinematic Cities,’ showcasing iconic places around the globe as displayed on film. Some films this year include Hairspray, Oceans 11 and Casablanca.



When: July 11-August 15
Summer screening series runs every Wednesday here in Toronto’s Regent Park. If the movies in the theatres don’t interest you, consider checking out one of the free films being shows in the park. Some of this year’s selections include Coco, Sister Act, and the 1997 live-action remake of Cinderella.


When: August 10-11
If you’re looking for a cute spot to watch a movie on a warm August night, check out Sail-In Cinema. Movies will be shown under the stars on a two-sided screen in the Toronto Harbour. You can anchor your boat and watch the movie on the water, or bring a chair and see it from the beach. Movie selections are decided y popular votes on their website.

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