What to Watch This Summer: Summer Movies Part I

Dark Phoenix

Release Date: June 7th

Rating: PG-13

Length: 1 hr and 53 mins

Plot: The movie follows the story of one of X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey. It follows Grey’s transformation into the legendary DARK PHOENIX. In the process of a risky rescue mission in space, Grey is struck by a cosmic force, in which propels her change into what is to become one of the most powerful mutants ever. In struggling to handle a volatile and growing power, alongside her own personal demons, Grey loses all sense of control, finding herself tearing the beloved X-Men family to pieces as well as threatening to destroy the stability of the globe. The film is predicted to be one the most emotionally provocative movies of the X-Men series, culminating 20 years of cinematography. The family of mutants is set to face their hardest challenge yet- a deeply loved member of their own.


Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Director: Simon Kinberg

Genres: Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Fantasy


Toy Story 4

Release Date: June 21st, 2019

Rating: G

Length: 1 hr 40 min

Plot: The movie is the fourth of the Toy Story Series, and follows beloved Buzz and Woody, as well as the rest of the toys, as they travel on a road trip with their new owner, Bonnie, and her handmade toy, Forky. The movie picks up not long after the last, and the toys’ adventure begins unexpectedly, morphing into a reunion as Woody ends up taking a detour leading him to his former love interest, Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo Peep revisit their past, their individual images of life as a toy are radically different.


Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Laurie Metcalf, Bonnie Hunt

Director: Josh Cooley

Genres: Fantasy, Children, Comedy, Animated, Adventure

Pets 2

Release Date: June 7th, 2019

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hr 26 min

Plot: The story follows Max the terrier, as he must learn to adapt to a new life when his owner gets married and has a baby. When Max and his family travel to the countryside Max is forced to cross paths with canine-intolerant cows, a scary turkey, and hostile foxes. Tides soon change for Max, however, when he meets Rooster, a blunt farm dog, who tries to show Max a new way of life, and cure him of his rampant nerves.


Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Ellie Kemper

Director: Chris Renaud

Genres: Adventure , Comedy , Children , Animated

Surprise Me:

Release Date: June 21st, 2019

Rating: (Pending)

Length: 1 hr 30 min


The movie Surprise Me follows the story of Genie; Genie is a surprise party planner who ironically despises surprises. Her relationship is less than perfect, with her partner, Steven, calling out seemingly every flaw she possesses. Her friend Danny would be the perfect choice for her, but she can’t seem to bring herself to pull him out of the friend zone. Then, along comes Jeff. Jeff is a manifestation of all the things she has she spent her life trying to avoid.

Genie’s agency, Surprise Enterprise is hired by an anonymous Hollywood producer in order to throw a surprise wedding for his girlfriend. Genie struggles with coaxing the bride-to-be down the aisle, while not revealing to her the surprise her boyfriend is planning.

All the while, while Genie struggles to perform her job to the best of her ability, Jeff is begging for a commitment, and Danny’s new girlfriend is super annoying. Genie seems to fall prey to cookies and cereal each night rather than romance. As Genie balances one thing after another she comes to realize that in real life there are complications, and emotions, struggles, and most of all SURPRISES.

Cast: Fiona Gubelmann, Nicole Sullivan, Jonathan Bennett, Sean Faris, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Heidi Johanningmeier, DuShon Monique Brown, Brian King


Genres: Romantic comedy

Length: 1 hr 55 min


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