Summer Movie Calendar 2018

A month-by-month breakdown of the best summer movies 2018 has to offer, from Deadpool 2 to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

Is it arguable that the summer movie season this year really begins with the April 27 release of Avengers: Infinity War? Yes, maybe so, but we’ve gotta draw the line somewhere, and that line is May 1. Plus, there are still plenty of thrills, chills, laughs, cries, and WTFs to be had from all of the other summer movies 2018 has to offer, whether you’re looking for some mindless escapism or thought-provoking drama. Check below for the full calendar of the biggest movies of summer 2018 (Solo: A Star Wars StoryDeadpool 2Incredibles 2), as well as a few smaller releases (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Sorry to Bother You) you will want to keep an eye out for.

Bad Samaritan (2018)
David Tennant stars in this thriller from Geostorm director Dean Devlin about a thieving valet (Robert Sheehan) who encounters more than he bargained for when he finds a captive woman in the home of a wealthy victim. More

Directed By: Dean Devlin

Overboard (2018)
In this gender-swapped remake of the 1987 film, Anna Faris plays a working-class mother who saves the life of a spoiled, wealthy playboy (Eugenio Derbez) and pretends to be his wife when she realizes he lost his memory in the accident. More

Directed By: Rob Greenberg

Tully (2018)
Director Jason Reitman reunites with writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron in this comedy about a struggling single mother of three who forms an unlikely bond with the young nanny (Mackenzie Davis) her brother has hired for her. More

Directed By: Jason Reitman

RBG (2018)
This biographical documentary hones in on the untold story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recounting her professional triumphs and revealing seldom shared details about her personal life. More

Directed By: Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Breaking In (2018)
In something of a reversal of David Fincher’s Panic Room, this thriller follows a determined mother (Gabrielle Union) attempting to break into a fortified home to save her children from the band of robbers who have taken it over. More

Directed By: James McTeigue

Life of the Party (2018)
Melissa McCarthy teams up with her husband, director Ben Falcone, for their third outing together in this comedy about a recently single mother who decides to go back to college and ends up in the same class as her daughter. More

Directed By: Ben Falcone

Deadpool 2 (2018)
Everybody’s favorite Merc with a Mouth is back, and this time he’s got some new friends, as Deadpool teams up with a band of soldiers to protect a young mutant from being kidnapped by a time-traveling commando named Cable. More

Directed By: David Leitch

Book Club (2018)
Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen star in this comedy for the older set, about four lifelong friends whose lives are rejuvenated when they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey together. More

Directed By: Bill Holderman

Show Dogs (2018)
If talking animals are your thing, you’ll want to check out this family comedy, which stars Will Arnett as a detective and Ludacris as the voice of his canine partner, as the pair go undercover to solve a case at a prestigious dog show. More

Directed By: Raja Gosnell

On Chesil Beach (2017)
Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan stars in this period drama that recounts the romance between a young grad student and a violinist from vastly different cultural bakgrounds. More

Directed By: Dominic Cooke

Alden Ehrenreich steps into Harrison Ford’s shoes as Han Solo in the latest standalone spinoff in the Star Wars universe, which depicts the young smuggler years before he met Luke and Leia and helped take down the Empire. More

Directed By: Ron Howard

Mary Shelley (2018)
Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star in this dramatized account of the relationship between poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, as well as the fateful night that led the latter to write FrankensteinMore

Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Action Point (2018)
Like Bad Grandpa before it, this comedy weaves real — and hilariously dangerous — Jackass-style stunts into a story about a young amusement park owner (Johnny Knoxville) who pulls out all the stops in order to save the park from closure. More

Directed By: Tim Kirkby

Adrift (2018)
Based on a true story, this survival drama stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as a young couple who set sail across the ocean together but find themselves marooned at sea after an unexpected encounter with a powerful hurricane. More

Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur

American Animals (2018)
Based on a true story, this crime drama follows four friends who, struggling with life and inspired by heist movies, attempt to rob a college of its valuable private book collection. More

Directed By: Bart Layton

Upgrade (2018)
Logan Marshall-Green stars in Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thriller about a mugging victim who seeks revenge for the death of his wife after he recieves an experimental treatment that gives him superhuman abilities. More

Directed By: Leigh Whannell

Hereditary (2018)
A rousing crowd-pleaser at Sundance where it premiered, this supernatural horror film stars Toni Collette as a woman who suspects her recently deceased mother is terrorizing her daughter from beyond the grave. More

Directed By: Ari Aster

Ocean's 8 (2018)
In this spinoff of the hit Steven Soderbergh trilogy, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (sister to George Clooney’s Danny), who gathers an all-female team for a heist at the famous Met Gala in New York City. More

Directed By: Gary Ross

Bring your handkerchiefs for this insightful documentary look at the life of Fred Rogers, the man behind the influential TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which entertained and educated children for generations. More

Directed By: Morgan Neville

Hotel Artemis (2018)
Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Jeff Goldblum lead an all-star cast in this dystopian action film that revolves around a woman who runs a secret hospital for criminals. More

Directed By: Drew Pearce

Incredibles 2 (2018)
Pixar’s superpowered Parr family are back in this sequel that picks up literally right where The Incredibles left off and follows Elastigirl’s return to fame, while Bob and the kids try to get used to normal life. More

Directed By: Brad Bird

Superfly (2018)
Trevor Jackson stars in this updated remake of the 1972 film, and while we don’t have an official plot synopsis yet, the original follows a cocaine dealer trying to secure one last deal before leaving the business. More

Directed By: Director X.

Tag (2018)
Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner star in this high-concept comedy — based on a true story — about a group of friends who have been engaged in an elaborate, decades-long game of tag. More

Directed By: Jeff Tomsic

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles in the latest chapter of the Jurassic Park franchise, which finds their characters returning to the island to save the dinos from a volcanic eruption. More

Directed By: J. A. Bayona

Boundaries (2018)
Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer star in this road-trip comedy about a single mother who is forced to drive her father from Seattle to Los Angeles after he’s kicked out of his retirement home. More

Directed By: Shana Feste

The latest from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell stars Andrew Garfield as a disillusioned man who meets a mysterious woman and then embarks on a search through Los Angeles to find her when she suddenly disappears. More

Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return — sans Emily Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve — for this sequel that focuses on a federal agent’s efforts to curb drug trafficking at the US-Mexico border. More

Directed By: Stefano Sollima

Uncle Drew (2018)
Have you seen those videos where NBA star Kyrie Irving dresses up in old-person makeup, calls himself Uncle Drew, and destroys opposing teams in pick-up basketball games? This is that, in feature-length form. More

Directed By: Charles Stone III

The Hustle (2019)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in this remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels about a pair of conmen competing with each other to bamboozle a wealthy heiress out of her fortune. More

Directed By: Chris Addison

Terminal (2018)
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Mike Myers headline this stylized crime thriller about a pair of hitmen whose mysterious — but lucrative — mission is compromised by an equally mysterious woman. More

Directed By: Vaughn Stein

The First Purge (2018)
The Purge franchise finally goes the prequel route, this time tracing the origins of the national day of mayhem that allows any crime to be committed for a 12-hour period with no legal consequences. More

Directed By: Gerard McMurray

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas return for this post-Ifinity War Marvel sequel, in which thief-turned-superhero Scott Lang takes on a partner and struggles to balance his dual life. More

Directed By: Peyton Reed

Sorry to Bother You (2018)
LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer star in rapper Boots Riley’s directorial debut, a surreal social satire about a black telemarketer whose career is propelled by the efficacy of his “white voice.” More

Directed By: Boots Riley

In this third installment of the animated series, Dracula (Adam Sandler) takes his family on a vacation cruise, where he falls in love with the ship’s captain, much to his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) dismay. More

Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

Skyscraper (2018)
The 2018 Dwayne Johnson destruction tour continues, as the affable action star plays a building inspector framed for a crime he didn’t commit who must clear his name and rescue his family. More

Gus Van Sant directs this based-on-true-events drama about renowned cartoonist John Callahan (played by Joqauin Phoenix), who only discovered his talent when he became a quadriplegic after a drunk driving accident. More

Directed By: Gus Van Sant

Eighth Grade (2018)
Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy centers on a young teen (Elsie Fisher) trying to make the best of the last week of her dreadful eighth grade year. More

Directed By: Bo Burnham

The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Denzel Washington returns to reprise his role as Robert McCall, the former CIA operative who becomes a vigilante hero, in this seqeuel directed by frequent collaborator Antoine Fuqua. More

Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and the rest of the cast — along with Cher — are back in this sequel to the 2008 musical comedy, which cuts back and forth from the present to Donna’s romantic past. More

Directed By: Ol Parker

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of high-octane spies come back to the big screen under the guidance of director Christopher McQuarrie, who also helmed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015. More

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

The popular DC Comics-based animated series comes to the big screen as the Teen Titans search for a director to helm their own movie, only to be set back by the nefarious plans of their nemesis Slade. More

Hot Summer Nights (2017)
Indie darlings Timothée Chalamet and Maika Monroe star in this coming-of-age drama about a young man who arrives in Cape Cod for the summer, starts selling weed, and falls in love with his business partner’s sister. More

Directed By: Elijah Bynum

Blindspotting (2018)
Daveed Diggs co-wrote and stars in this comedy — about a man on probation who witnesses a police shooting — that utilizes humor to address issues of race, class, and gentrification. More

Directed By: Carlos López Estrada

The Darkest Minds (2018)
Based on the YA novel of the same name, this sci-fi fantasy follows a group of teens with superhuman powers on the run from a government after a plague has killed off the majority of the country’s children. More

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Christopher Robin (2018)
This CGI/live-action family film stars Ewan McGregor as the titular A.A. Milne character, who’s all grown up and needs a little nudge from a certain honey-loving bear to rekindle the spirit of his youth. More

Directed By: Marc Forster

Mile 22 (2018)
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have worked on three Certified Fresh films together, and they hope to do it again with their latest, about an intelligence operative attempting to smuggle a high-value target out of the country. More

Directed By: Peter Berg

Searching (2018)
John Cho and Debra Messing star in this thriller about a desperate father trying to locate his missing daughter by following clues discovered in her laptop with the help of a local detective. More

Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon join forces for this action-comedy about a pair of best friends who find themselves in the middle of a life-or-death conspiracy when one of their exes suddenly appears with assassins on his trail. More

Directed By: Susanna Fogel

A-X-L (2018)
This sci-fi adventure film in the vein of E.T., D.A.R.Y.L., and Short Circuit centers on a teenager who discovers and befriends a state-of-the-art A.I. in the form of a dog and attempts to keep it safe from the evil scientists who want it back. More

Directed By: Oliver Daly

Dog Days (2018)
Ken Marino directs this ensemble comedy that follows several Los Angeles dog owners whose lives begin to intertwine and impact each other in unexpected ways. More

Directed By: Ken Marino

The Meg (2018)
It’s got Jason Statham. It’s got a giant shark. Its tagline is “Pleased to eat you.” You know exactly what you’re getting into here. More

Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

Captive State (2019)
John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller that explores the impact on the lives of people living in a Chicago neighborhood that was occupied by alien forces a decade earlier. More

Directed By: Rupert Wyatt

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh star in this comedy about a woman who accompanies her boyfriend back to Singapore, only to discover he comes from an ultra-wealthy family and he’s one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. More

Directed By: Jon M. Chu

Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks headline this noir-ish comedy from Brian Henson about a human cop and a puppet detective who must work together to solve the serial murders of the cast of a popular 1980s children’s show. More

Directed By: Brian Henson

Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas star in this crime thriller about a former soldier and criminal who reenters prison undercover for the FBI and risks being outed when a drug deal goes wrong. More

White Boy Rick (2018)
Matthew McConaughey stars in this true story about a young man during the 1980s crack epidemic who became a police informant for Detroit police, who then unceremoniously sentenced him to life in prison. More

Directed By: Yann Demange

Replicas (2018)
Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve star in this sci-fi thriller about a man who becomes obsessed with bringing his family back — in any way possible — after they are killed in a car accident. More

Directed By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Slender Man (2018)
Based on the meme-inspired legends, this supernatural horror film follows a group of girls who attempt to debunk the existence of the titular specter but suspect they might be wrong when one of them goes missing. More

Directed By: Sylvain White

Kin (2018)
James Franco and Zoë Kravitz star in this sci-fi action film about a pair of brothers who are forced to go on the run by a vengeful criminal, with only a mysterious weapon of unknown origins at their disposal. More

Directed By: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker