Summer 2018 Sci Fi and Fantasy Movie Preview

By | April 19, 2018
 

Summer is almost upon us according to Hollywood’s calendar. We know the official beginning of Summer according to the solstice is Jun 21st, but Summer Blockbuster Season kicks off each year in May, and this year it is getting pushed up a bit more to August 27th. That’s the day that Avengers: Infinity War hits the theaters and gets the Summer season started. It will be followed by many more blockbusters, as well as a few modest entries, all the way to the end of August, and we have all the listings for the sci fi and fantasy entries below (along with trailers where available).

This Summer brings the usual sequels, spin-offs, prequels, etc. that we expect this time of year, though it is almost completely devoid of reboots (thankfully). There are also not quite as many genre films as in past years when we had a new sci fi / fantasy entry almost every week. And later in the Summer we actually get some new blood among genre films. So expect plenty of action early on with some hopefully fresh stories popping up toward the end of the season.


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Note that we have not included the more family-friendly animated films in this list, even if they do have genre elements. The exception to that is The Incredibles 2 which is widely embraced by genre fans. The synopses below are from either Rotten Tomatoes (RT) or Wikipedia. Expect some of these release dates to shift, especially for the films currently scheduled for August. Check back here for updates and also be sure to follow our Sci Fi Box Office posts to find out how these films are performing and to get the latest schedule info.


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May

Avengers: Infinity War
(April 27th Wide Release)

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. RT

Credits: Anthony Russo (Director), Joe Russo (Director), Christopher Markus (Writer), Stephen McFeely (Writer)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch


Bad Samaritan
(May 4th Wide Release)

A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer (David Tennant), and discovers  a woman being held captive in his home.   Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind. RT

Note: This film does not appear to have any sci fi or fantasy elements, but since it is directed by Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day) and stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), it may be of interest to genre fans.

Credits: Dean Devlin (Director), Brandon Boyce (Writer)

Starring: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon Jacqueline Byers


High Power
(May 11th Limited Release)

When the Universe decides what it wants, it’s pointless to resist. With his family’s life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it. RT

Credits: Matthew Santoro (Writer / Director), Julia Fair (Writer)

Starring: Jade Tailor, Ron Eldard, Jordan Hinson, Austin Stowell


Deadpool 2
(May 18th Wide Release)

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. RT

Credits: David Leitch (Director), Rhett Reese (Writer), Paul Wernick (Writer)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison


Solo: A Star Wars Story
(May 25th Wide Release)

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. RT

Credits: Ron Howard (Director), Lawrence Kasdan (Writer), Jon Kasdan (Writer)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover



June

Updgrade
(June 1st Wide Release)

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead. RT

Credits: Leigh Whannell (Writer / Director)

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie


Hotel Artemis
(June 8th Limited Release)

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. RT

Credits: Drew Pearce (Writer / Director)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto


Hereditary
(June 8th Limited Release)

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. RT

Credits: Ari Aster (Writer / Director)

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro


The Incredibles 2
(June 15th Wide Release)

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”–but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again–which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. RT

Credits: Brad Bird (Writer / Director)

Starring: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
(June 22nd Wide Release)

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs–along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. RT

Credits: J.A. Bayona (Director), Colin Trevorrow (Writer), Derek Connolly (Writer)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum


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July

The First Purge
(July 4th Wide Release)

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation. RT

Credits: Gerard McMurray (Director), James DeMonaco (Writer)

Starring: Y’Lan Noel, Melonie Diaz, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez


Ant-Man and the Wasp
(July 6th Wide Release)

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. RT

Credits: Peyton Reed (Director), Andrew Barrer (Writer), Gabriel Ferrari (Writer)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Michael Douglas


Unfriended: Dark Web
(July 20th Limited Release)

20-something Matias opens up a new laptop he found in a lost-and-found bin and finds a cache of secret files on it. While on a video call with his friends, he discovers the disturbing nature of the files. They soon discover that the previous owner is aware of this and has been watching them, and they will do anything to get the laptop back. Wikipedia

Credits: Stephen Susco (Writer / Director)

Starring: Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio


Mission: Impossible – Fallout
(July 27th Wide Release)

When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe. Wikipedia

Credits: Christopher McQuarrie (Writer / Director)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan




August

The Darkest Minds
(August 3rd Wide Release)

After a plague kills nearly all of America’s children, the ones left are given special abilities. 16-year old Ruby is one of the most powerful, and runs away from her government internment camp with other teenagers. The group comes to realize they can form a rebellion and gain retribution against those in power who have tortured their generation. Wikipedia

Credits: Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Director), Chad Hodge (Writer)

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie


The Meg
(August 10th Wide Release)

A deep-sea submersible–part of an international undersea observation program–has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew–and the ocean itself–from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below. RT

Credits: Jon Turteltaub (Director), Dean Georgaris (Writer)

Starring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose


Captive State
(August 17th Wide Release)

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, CAPTIVE STATE explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. RT

Credits: Rupert Wyatt (Writer / Director), Erica Beeney (Writer)

Starring: John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors


Replicas
(August 24th Wide Release)

Set in a Christian collectivist future, a daring synthetic biologist who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science. Wikipedia

Credits: Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Director), Chad St. John (Writer), Stephen Hamel (Writer)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, John Ortiz


Slender Man
(August 24th Wide Release)

In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim. RT

Credits: Sylvain White (Director), David Birke (Writer)

Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso


Kin
(August 31st Wide Release)

A released ex-con and his younger brother, who are forced to go on the run from a vengeful criminal, the government, and otherworldly soldiers, have to defend themselves by using a mysterious weapon of an unknown origin. Wikipedia

Credits: Jonathan Baker (Writer / Director), Josh Baker (Writer / Director), Daniel Casey (Writer)

Starring: Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, Dennis Quaid


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