by Henry Lamb
Deadpool 2, May 18
The Ryan Reynolds’ character that reinvigorated audiences’ appetite for R-rated superhero films is back this year with the same vulgar and childish humor that made him so popular in the first film. This time, he’s recruiting fellow superheroes to form a team to protect a young mutant. This movie promises to be a good time full of laughs.
Action Point, June 1
This film brings former Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville, back to the big screen for another stunt-filled event. Unlike his other films which are shot like a reality show or employ the use of hidden cameras, Action Point follows a traditional narrative about a waterpark run by a man who emphasizes thrills over safety with his rides. Sticking to his Jackass roots, all the stunts performed in the film are real.
Tag, June 15
Based loosely on a true story, Tag follows five childhood friends who dedicate a month every year to playing an extreme game of tag, a tradition they’ve kept since first grade. The film’s star-studded cast includes Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress.
Sicario: Day of the Soldada, June 29
The sequel to the critically acclaimed 2015 Sicario, Sicario: Day of Salado returns with star Benicio del Toro fighting once again in the drug war on the US-Mexico border. Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the original film, wrote the sequel as well, promising another fast-paced, intelligent thriller.
Sorry to Bother You, July 6
This surreal film labels itself as a science fiction comedy about a young African-American man in Oakland trying to find success as a telemarketer. The man finds that once he develops and uses a white accent on the phone, he begins to thrive at his job.
Mission: Impossible — Fallout, July 27
The sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise finds Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt trying to save the world once again. Little is known about the plot, but writer/director Christopher McQuarrie returns following the critical and commercial success of the 2015’s Rogue Nation. Fun fact: Tom Cruise broke his leg performing a stunt for the film, and the take where the accident happened is used in the film.
BlacKkKlansman, August 10
Spike Lee, known for his racially-charged and critically-acclaimed movies such as Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing, directs this film about a detective who infiltrates and rises to become head a local Ku Klux Klan chapter. The detective also happens to be black. Based on Lee’s track record, this film promises to add substance and provide insight to the ongoing race debate happening in the US.