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Summer Movie Calendar 2024

A month-by-month breakdown of the best summer movies 2024 has to offer, from Furiosa and Deadpool & Wolverine to MaXXXine, Alien: Romulus, and More.

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It’s that time of year once again, when school is out (or is about to be), the weather is getting warmer, and we’re all just looking for a bit of adventure, romance, comedy, or gleeful terror to entertain us. Enter the summer movie season, when studios big and small roll out their biggest crowd-pleasers and screen spectacles. As usual, we’ve got a lot to look forward to over the next few months, so to help you plan your schedule, here’s your handy month-by-month breakdown of the most notable movies hitting theaters and streaming services in Summer 2024.


MAY


The Idea of You (2024)


Premiere Date: May 2, 2024 on Prime Video
Director: Michael Showalter
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Reid Scott

After directing The Big SickThe Lovebirds, and Spoiler Alert, Michael Showalter brings us another unique look at love with this adaptation of a 2017 novel about a divorced single mom who takes her daughter to see a boy band at Coachella and ends up in a relationship with the group’s much younger frontman.


The Fall Guy (2024)


Release Date: May 3, 2024
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stephanie Hsu, Winston Duke, Hannah Waddingham

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt kick off the summer movie season with this action-packed love letter to stunt performers, appropriately helmed by stuntman-turned-director David Leitch. Gosling plays a stuntman who gets roped into a risky mission when the actor he’s doubling for goes missing.


I Saw the TV Glow (2024)


Release Date: May 3, 2024
Director: Jane Schoenbrun
Starring: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Helena Howard, Danielle Deadwyler, Conner O’Malley, Fred Durst

Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine star in A24’s latest offering, a psychological thriller about a teen who becomes obsessed with a late-night TV show and, as a result, begins to feel the reality around him bending and cracking in unexpected ways.


Unfrosted (2024)


Premiere Date: May 3, 2024 on Netflix
Director: Jerry Seinfeld
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Hugh Grant, Bill Burr, James Marsden, Christian Slater

Jerry Seinfeld makes his directorial debut with this tongue-in-cheek “history” of the corporate rivalry between American cereal companies Kellogg’s and Post that ultimately resulted in the invention of the Pop-Tart. Seinfeld also wrote, produced, and stars in the film alongside a huge, star-studded ensemble cast.


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)


Release Date: May 10, 2024
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Kevin Durand, William H. Macy, Peter Macon

Maze Runner director Wes Ball takes the helm for the latest entry in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, this time set 300 years after the events of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, when a young chimpanzee joins forces with a feral human girl to rebel against a tyrannical ape king.


Babes (2024)


Release Date: May 17, 2024
Director: Pamela Adlon
Starring: Ilana Glazer, Michelle Buteau, John Carroll Lynch, Hasan Minhaj, Stephan James, Oliver Platt

Another notable directorial debut, Babes is the first feature from Better Things star Pamela Adlon. The film stars Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau as childhood best friends whose relationship is tested when one of them gets pregnant from a one-night stand and seeks help from the other, a married mother of two.


Back to Black (2024)


Release Date: May 17, 2024
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Starring: Marisa Abela, Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Lesley Manville

Industry star Marisa Abela takes on the role of Amy Winehouse in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s biopic of the late singer’s life, charting her rise to fame, the circumstances that led up to the creation of the film’s titular album, and her troubles thereafter.


IF (2024)


Release Date: May 17, 2024
Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming, John Krasinski, Finoa Shaw, Steve Carell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Maya Rudolph, Sam Rockwell, Jon Stewart

Few summer movies can boast the kind of all-star cast that John Krasinski has put together to voice the various imaginary creatures in his live-action/animated hybrid movie IF, about a young girl who gains the ability to see imaginary friends and uses the power to reunite them with the adults who abandoned them.


The Strangers: Chapter 1 (2024)


Release Date: May 17, 2024
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Froy Gutierrez, Rachel Shenton, Gabriel Basso, Ema Horvath

The 2008 horror thriller The Strangers gets something of a reboot with this film, intended to be the first in a new trilogy, about a young couple on a road trip who stay at an isolated rental home, only to be terrorized by a trio of intruders in masks. All three movies in this new trilogy were filmed concurrently, so you can expect Chapters 2 and 3 to follow relatively soon.


Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)


Release Date: May 24, 2024
Director: George Miller
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Nathan Jones, Angus Sampson

George Miller returns to the world of his Oscar-winning action extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road with this prequel that tells the story of Furiosa, the character played by Charlize Theron in the previous film and now portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy.


The Garfield Movie (2024)


Release Date: May 24, 2024
Director: Mark Dindal
Starring: Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Guillen, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Brett Goldstein

Garfield is back on the big screen, and this time the whole thing is animated, with Chris Pratt taking over as the voice of the orange cat who hates Mondays and loves lasagna. The story, as it were, finds Garfield and Odie (voiced by Harvey Guillen) meeting Garfield’s dad (Samuel L. Jackson) and embarking on a high-stakes adventure.


Robot Dreams (2023)


Release Date: May 31, 2024
Director: Pablo Berger

This Spanish animated treat actually debuted at Cannes last year, after which it was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar earlier this year. It contains no dialogue, but follows the friendship between a lonely anthropomorphic dog and the robot he builds to keep him company.


Young Woman and the Sea (2024)


Release Date: May 31, 2024
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Stephen Graham, Christopher Eccleston

Daisy Ridley stars in this biopic chronicling the life and achievements of Gertrude Ederle, a New York City woman who won a gold medal at the 1924 Olympics and went on to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel.


JUNE


Bad Boys: Ride or Die (2024)


Release Date: June 7, 2024
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Nunez, Eric Dane, Joe Pantoliano, Tiffany Haddish

Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back on the case for a fourth go-round, this time to root out corruption in their own department after their captain (Joe Pantoliano) is posthumously accused of shady dealings and the two of them are set up.


Hit Man (2023)


Premiere Date: June 7, 2024 on Netflix
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Glen Powell, Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Retta

In between lighting up the screen with Sydney Sweeney in Anyone but You and chasing tornados in Twister, Glen Powell stars in Richard Linklater’s comedy about an undercover police officer who poses as a hitman to capture people trying to secure his services, only to fall in love with one of them.


The Watchers (2024)


Release Date: June 7, 2024
Director: Ishana Night Shyamalan
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell, Oliver Finnegan, Olwen Fouéré

If the director’s name strikes a familiar nerve, that’s because she is, in fact, the daughter of M. Night Shyamalan, making her own feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the eponymous novel about a woman stranded in an Irish forest who stumbles upon a remote shelter where she meets other survivors who are trapped there, hunted by mysterious creatures in the night.


Inside Out 2 (2024)


Release Date: June 14, 2024
Director: Kelsey Mann
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edibiri, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Paul Walter Hauser

Amy Poehler returns to voice Joy in this sequel to the Oscar-winning 2015 film about the anthropomorphized emotions swirling around inside a young girl named Riley. This time, Joy and the other emotions from the first film are supplanted by new emotions as Riley enters adolescence and must fight to regain control.


The Bikeriders (2023)


Release Date: June 21, 2024
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Norman Reedus, Boyd Holbrook

Director Jeff Nichols’ (MudLoving) latest film is inspired by the 1967 photo book of the same name and follows the relationships between the members of a fictional 1960s motorcycle club over the course of a decade as seen through the eyes of some of its key members.


Fancy Dance (2023)

Isabel DeRoy-Olson and Lily Gladstone in Fancy Dance

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Release Date: June 21, 2024 (streaming June 28 on Apple TV+)
Director: Erica Tremblay
Starring: Lily Gladstone, Shea Whigham, Isabel DeRoy-Olson, Audrey Wasilewski

Recent Oscar-winner Lily Gladstone stars in Erica Tremblay’s narrative feature directorial debut as a Native American woman on the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Reservation who hits the road to find her missing sister with her niece before her own father attempts to take custody of her.


Kinds of Kindness (2024)


Release Date: June 21, 2024
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Emma Stone, Jess Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, Hunter Schafer

Hot off of their Oscar-winning collaboration on Poor Things, director Yorgos Lanthimos reunites with Emma Stone (and Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley) for at least part of this anthology film that tells three separate stories with a star-studded cast.


Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 (2024)


Release Date: June 28, 2024
Director: Kevin Costner
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Michael Rooker, Danny Huston, Luke Wilson

The first chapter of Kevin Costner’s epic, two-part Western hits theaters in June, telling a sprawling story about the expansion into the American West during the Civil War era.


A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)


Release Date: June 28, 2024
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou

Pig director Michael Sarnoski makes the leap to genre blockbuster with A Quiet Place: Day One, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn in a prequel to John Krasinski’s hit 2018 thriller that depicts how one woman fought to survive the initial invasion of the aliens who hunt by sound.


JULY


Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)


Premiere Date: July 3, 2024 on Netflix
Director: Mark Molloy
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot, Kevin Bacon

More than three decades since we last saw Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley on screen, he returns for another adventure — this time on Netflix — that sees the Detroit cop return to Los Angeles to team up with his daughter, her ex-boyfriend, and a few familiar faces to uncover a conspiracy.


Despicable Me 4 (2024)


Release Date: July 3, 2024
Director: Chris Renaud
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Joey King, Sofia Vergara, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan

Gru and Lucy are back, and this time, not only are they the proud parents of their adoptive daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes, but they’ve also given birth to Gru Jr. As Gru learns to embrace this new chapter of his life, he and his family must also face off against an escaped criminal who’s out to get him.


MaXXXine (2024)


Release Date: July 5, 2024
Director: Ti West
Starring: Mia Goth, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Lily Collins, Halsey, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Bacon

The third and final chapter of Ti West’s horror trilogy starring Mia Goth takes place in the 1980s, as the lone survivor of 2022’s X, Maxine, heads to Los Angeles to become an actress just as the infamous serial killer known as the Night Stalker is at the height of his rampage.


Fly Me to the Moon (2024)


Release Date: July 12, 2024
Director: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jim Rash, Ray Romano, Woody Harrelson

Love, Simon director and longtime TV vet Greg Berlanti helms this romantic dramedy inspired by the 1960s Space Race. Channing Tatum plays the NASA director in charge of the Apollo 11 mission, who develops a relationship with the marketing guru (Scarlett Johansson) brought in to film a fake moon landing as a back-up in case things go sideways.


Longlegs (2024)


Release Date: July 12, 2024
Director: Osgood Perkins
Starring: Maika Monroe, Nicolas Cage, Alicia Witt, Blair Underwood

For those of you who have seen one or two of this film’s cryptic trailers and couldn’t make heads or tails of it, that’s likely intentional. The film stars Maika Monroe as an FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer (Nicolas Cage) in 1974 who uncovers evidence of occult involvement and a personal link to the killer himself.


Sing Sing (2023)


Release Date: July 12, 2024
Director: Greg Kwedar
Starring: Colman Domingo, Clarence Maclin, Paul Raci, Sean San Jose

Inspired by a true story and a real rehabilitation program at the titular maximum security prison in New York, this drama centers on a group of inmates, including a wrongly convicted man, who find purpose in putting on their own stage production.


Twisters (2024)


Release Date: July 19, 2024
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Starring: Glen Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos, Maura Tierney, Brandon Perea, Daryl McCormack, Sasha Lane, Kiernan Shipka

Another director transitioning from small indie drama to explosive blockbuster is Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar-nominated director of 2020’s Minari, who helms this sequel to the 1996 disaster thriller Twister. Glen Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, and Anthony Ramos star as three storm-chasers with vastly different personalities who unite under their shared passion and race to capture rare tornado events.


Deadpool & Wolverine (2024)


Release Date: July 26, 2024
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, Matthew MacFadyen, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand

Arguably the biggest movie of the summer, Deadpool & Wolverine follows up with the Merc with a Mouth as he is enlisted by the shadowy Time Variance Authority to recruit a certain mutant with adamantium claws to help protect the multiverse. Expect plenty of cheeky R-rated jokes and meta references to familiar franchises.


AUGUST


Cuckoo (2024)


Release Date: August 2, 2024
Director: Tilman Singer
Starring: Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Marton Csokas, Greta Fernández, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey

Euphoria star Hunter Schafer stars in this psychological horror-thriller about a teen who moves to the German Alps with her father and his new family and discovers that her father’s new boss may not be exactly what he seems.


Harold and the Purple Crayon (2023)


Release Date: August 2, 2024
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howery, Zooey Deschanel, Jemaine Clement, Alfred Molina

In the midst of all the horror we have coming out in August, here’s a family film based on the popular 1955 children’s book of the same name. Zachary Levi stars as Harold, who emerges from his book and into the real world with his magical purple crayon, only for it to fall into the wrong hands, forcing Harold and his new friends to save the world.


The Instigators (2024)

Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in The Instigators (2024)

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Release Date: August 2, 2024 (streaming August 9 on Apple TV+)
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Hong Chau, Paul Walter Hauser, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Ron Perlman, Jack Harlow

Director Doug Liman wasn’t too happy about his last film, the Road House remake, skipping a theatrical release to head straight to Prime Video, so at least this one is getting a limited release before it hits Apple TV+. And look at that cast! Matt Damon and Casey Affleck lead an all-star ensemble in a heist thriller about a pair of thieves who hit the road with their therapist after a botched robbery attempt.


Borderlands (2024)


Release Date: August 9, 2024
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Ariana Greenblatt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gina Gershon, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez, Florian Munteanu

Fans were somewhat perplexed by some of the casting choices for Borderlands, based on the popular video game series of the same name, but the trailer seems to have alleviated some of those concerns. Maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see if director Eli Roth can deliver something that will appeal to both hardcore fans of the games, and newcomers who just want to have a raucous good time at the movies.


Trap (2024)


Release Date: August 9, 2024
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills, Alison Pill, Marnie McPhail

Not to be outdone by his own daughter, M. Night Shyamalan is also releasing a new film this year (co-starring another one of his daughters, Saleka). This one stars Josh Hartnett as a man who takes his young daughter to see a pop star in concert and learns the police have set an elaborate trap to capture a serial killer. He just happens to be the killer they’re looking for.


Alien: Romulus (2024)


Release Date: August 16, 2024
Director: Fede Álvarez
Starring: Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn, Aileen Wu

Veteran horror director Fede Álvarez (2013’s Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) takes on the next installment of the Alien franchise, set between the events of Ridley Scott’s original 1979 film and James Cameron’s Aliens. The story centers on a scavenger crew who stumble upon a derelict space station and encounter, well, aliens. Familiar, yes, but here’s hoping the simplicity of the setup yields some creative thrills.


Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 2 (2024)


Release Date: August 16, 2024
Director: Kevin Costner
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Michael Rooker, Danny Huston, Luke Wilson

If you thought you’d have to wait a year or more to get the second chapter of Kevin Costner’s Horizon, you are in for a treat. Just about a month and a half after Chapter 1 hit theaters, we’re getting Chapter 2, continuing the epic story of western expansion during the Civil War.


Blink Twice (2024)


Release Date: August 23, 2024
Director: Zoë Kravitz
Starring: Channing Tatum, Naomi Ackie, Alia Shawkat, Simon Rex, Adria Arjona, Christian Slater, Haley Joel Osment, Kyle MacLachlan

Zoë Kravitz makes her directorial debut with this dark comedy-thriller (which she also co-wrote) about two cocktail waitresses (Naomi Ackie and Alia Shawkat) who are invited to an impromptu getaway on a private island owned by a wealthy tech mogul (Channing Tatum), where things slowly turn sinister.


The Crow (2024)


Release Date: August 23, 2024
Director: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, FKA Twigs, Danny Huston, Isabella Wei

Alex Proyas’ 1994 adaptation of the comic book series The Crow is infamous for the on-set death of star Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, during filming, so it has become something of a cult classic. Rupert Sanders and Bill Skarsgård hope to live up to that reputation with a new take on the story of a murdered man who comes back to life to exact revenge on his killers.


They Listen (2024)
Release Date: August 30, 2024
Director: Chris Weitz
Starring: David Dastmalchian, Keith Carradine, Katherine Waterston, Riki Lindholme, John Cho, Havana Rose Liu

We don’t know much yet about They Listen, except that it’s a Blumhouse horror film directed by Chris Weitz and starring John Cho, Katherine Waterston, and, hot off his acclaimed performance in Late Night with the Devil, David Dastmalchian. And frankly, that’s enough to keep us interested.


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