Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer which means hot weather and even hotter movies coming to theaters over the next few months. From galaxy origins to long-anticipated super sequels, we are going to have jam-packed summer blockbusters to enjoy at all the major theaters everywhere.
Journey back to a galaxy far, far away where we meet a young Han Solo as he meets his co-pilot/future best friend Chewbacca and encounters notorious gambler Lando Clarissian while navigating the criminal underworld on his way to becoming the loveable scoundrel and unlikely hero in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
Sunset Drive-In - Colchester
will be featuring a special double showing opening night starting at 8:50 p.m. June will be heating things up at the box office from Majestic 10
, Palace 9
, Merrill's Roxy Cinemas
, Essex Cinemas
and Sunset Drive-In with new original movies such as the hilarious comedy “Tag” where five lifelong friends play for one month a year an extreme game of tag that risk their lives, jobs, and relationships, but when their undefeated player is getting married, they see it as their chance to finally make him “It” on June 15th.
Also riding the comedy train is “Action Point" telling the story of a crackpot amusement park owner named D.C. who has his teenage daughter come back into his life the same time a new, safer and more efficient amusement park comes to town forcing them to come together to save their park. Shaquille O’Neal rounds it out playing the aging basketball player “Uncle Drew” who recruits a team of retired players to compete in a tournament on June 29th.
June also features major sequels to beloved films. After fourteen years, The Incredibles return to the big screen on June 15th in “The Incredibles 2” where we pick up right where they left off along with Baby Jack-Jack’s numerous powers.
Also picking up after the events of the previous film on June 22nd is “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. Claire, the former park manager now an advocate for protecting the freely roaming dinosaurs in the ruins of the former park recruits Owen, the former raptor trainer to save the dinosaurs when an erupting volcano puts them at risk of extinction, again.
Rounding out June on the 8th comes an all-female cast of leading ladies looking to score with Sandra Bullock in “Ocean’s 8”, where Debbie Ocean and her crew will pull off one of the greatest heists in history at the Met Gala in New York.
Andrew Garfield gets in deep when investigating the disappearance of his beautiful neighbor and finds clues through East Los Angeles a sinister conspiracy involving billionaires, celebrities, pop culture and urban myths in “Under the Silver Lake” on June 22nd.
July keeps them coming with prequels and sequels. Starting off with a bang on the 4th is the story of how the violent night that comes once a year in a future America where all crime becomes legal for twelve hours in “The First Purge”.
On a lighter note on July 13th comes the third installment of those lovable monsters as they set out on a cruise where Dracula may have potentially found love or doom in “Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”.
The fun and music doesn’t stop when “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” comes on July 20th. When Donna’s daughter Sophie finds herself pregnant and in a similar situation to her mother, she finds comfort from her mother’s friends and “fathers” as they give her insight to what her mother did when she was young as we see in flashbacks how it all began.
Along with new chapters comes new originals this July when on the 6th Jackie Chan gets back into action when he plays a hardened special forces agent set on protecting a young woman who he seems to have a connection with from a criminal gang in “Bleeding Steel”.
It wouldn’t be summer without more super hero movies and July has two. First up on the 6th, Ant-Man returns and this time, he’s got a partner on the fly in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as they work together to uncover secrets from the past.
For those who are a little too young for a Marvel movie, the kids will love seeing their favorite Teen Titans in their first movie, “Teen Titans Go!: To the Movies” where the five teen superheroes try to foil a villain’s plot for world domination as they seek Hollywood stardom and acceptance as real heroes on July 27th.
As summer begins to slow down in August, the hits keep coming with a beloved bear making his first live-action appearance in “Christopher Robin” on the 3rd. Christopher Robin now all grown up reunites with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh and the hundred-acre wood gang to rediscover the joys of life he thought had gone away with childhood.
Mila Kunis brings the hits and her boyfriend brings the deadly assassins and her friend played by Kate McKinnon gets taken along for the heart-racing ride in “The Spy Who Dumped Me”.
The laughs don’t stop when Tyler Perry’s Madea must travel to the Georgia backwoods to plan a family funeral where family secrets threaten to be revealed in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” both coming on August 3rd as well.
For those looking for more suspenseful films, you’ll find yourself needing a bigger boat come August 10th when a deep-sea submersible piolet dives into the Mariana Trench and accidentally unleashes a 70-foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct in “The Meg”. Go back 20,000 years on August 17th when a young early man left injured and for dead by his people befriends a lone wolf left by its pack as they face the odds and countless dangers to find their way home before the cold of winter sets in.
Round out your summer with a fright as you find that “The Slender Man” a long-armed faceless creature responsible for taking children and teenagers may be more than the stuff of nightmares on August 24th, if you dare.
With any luck, you should have no trouble finding a cinematic piece that piques your interest and brings you out of the hot weather for a cool A.C. theater experience with a bag of popcorn to enjoy as you take in a show.