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Movies you should make time for during the summer season

Damara GillettS, Staff Writer

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The summer movie season started with an explosive box office return with the release of “Avengers: Endgame” on April 26.  With the cinematic behemoth continuing to break records as time passes, will there be anything that will be able to live up to Endgame’s performance this summer?

Actually, the summer 2019 box office promises to provide some very interesting viewing experiences. 

The strangely fun cinematic romp “Detective Pikachu” looks intriguing even to non-Pokemon fans. Pikachu (voiced by Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds) buddies up with Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) to search for Tim’s presumably deceased father, Harry, in this buddy detective movie with an interesting fantastical slant. The CGI of the various Pokemon they run into promises to be a potential visual treat for long-time fans of the franchise.

“Godzilla: King of the Beasts,” which will be released May 31, is another Japanese property being given the Hollywood treatment. The sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla,” this CGI feast tackles the rise of mythological god-like beasts emerging from their ancient slumber to vie for supreme rule over Earth, putting humanity’s existence in peril.

“Rocketman” will compete against Godzilla in the box-office on May 21. The Elton John musical biopic will star Taron Egerton as the flamboyant classic rock star. “Dark Phoenix,” the final chapter to this current X-Men iteration, will be released the following week on June 7, and will cover the Dark Phoenix Saga from the comics.

This summer is going to be saturated in Disney titles. The live-action remake train chugs along with the release of  “Lion King” on July 19, and the less-anticipated (and meme-worthy) remake of “Aladdin” on May 24. There’s also a couple of Disney sequels as well, with Pixar releasing the fourth installment to “Toy Story” on June 21, and Marvel Studios continuing their collaboration with Sony to release “Spiderman: Far From Home” in theaters on July 2. Disney will also release the cinematic adaptation to the popular young adult book series, “Artemis Fowl,” on Aug. 9.

If you’re into horror, there’s the “Child’s Play” reboot coming out on June 21, with Mark Hamill voicing the villainously possessed doll Chucky. “Midsommar” is a suspenseful flick about a festival taking place in a Swedish village which becomes bloody competitive. Directed Ari Aster, it will be out July 3. Scary “Stories to Tell in the Dark,” Guillermo Del Torro’s adaptation on the classic collection of creepy short stories written by Alvin Schwartz, will release its dark torment onto audiences Aug. 9.

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” will be out on July 26.

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Movies you should make time for during the summer season