‘Rocketman’ – May 31
English director Dexter Fletcher, who worked as the second director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” focuses his next biopic on the captivating life of musician Elton John. As the film navigates John’s remarkable talent and professional success, it also takes a more somber look at the realities of his rise to stardom, such as his depression and insecurities regarding his sexuality. British actor Taron Egerton plays the music legend and even met with John in preparation for the film.
‘Toy Story 4’ – June 21
The fourth installment in the decadeslong series, “Toy Story 4” reanimates Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other toys in a film about the toys’ lives with their new owner. The movie follows Woody after he runs into Bo Peep living without an owner at an amusement park while he is looking for “Forky,” a spork-turned-toy who resents his toy existence. The cherished animated series focuses once again on the unbreakable bond between child and toy, and both longtime fans and new audiences will find something to enjoy in the fourth “Toy Story” movie.
‘Child’s Play’ – June 21
This summer’s remake of the 1988 horror film “Child’s Play” stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Hamill. The film centers around a seemingly harmless doll named Chucky, which is gifted to a young boy by his mother. Unfortunately for the Barclay family, Chucky is sentient and embarks on a murderous rampage that will satisfy fans of the slasher subgenre. Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg, the reboot keeps the original’s violence while also adapting the killer doll Chucky for the modern era. This time, Chucky can connect to his victims’ phones for additional terror.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ – July 2
The Marvel Cinematic Universe does not miss a beat; in the wake of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel returns to the story of Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man, who must now grapple with the consequences of the last Avengers film. “Far From Home” is a welcome sequel to the well-received “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with Tom Holland reprising the lead role. The film sets the stage for a new era of action-filled superhero movies in which the new stars can shine now that many of the original cast members have finished telling their stories.
‘Midsommar’ – July 3
“Midsommar” is a horror film written and directed by Ari Aster, who is also responsible for the critically acclaimed film “Hereditary.” A couple seeking a peaceful getaway in Sweden, known for its vibrant celebration of midsummer — midsommar in Swedish — soon find themselves surrounded not by playful festivities but rather by dark and violent cult activity. The cult slowly reveals its true motives and threatens the couple’s vacation and their lives. The idyllic setting, filmed in Budapest, full of green rolling hills, only intensifies the horror of the chance encounter with the unexpectedly insidious cult.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ – July 26
Quentin Tarantino’s newest film features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Tarantino reimagines a semi-fictitious 1969 Los Angeles in a dark comedy that explores the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age. DiCaprio plays a former television star and Pitt plays a stunt double; both characters attempt to reclaim celebrity while navigating the changing landscape of Hollywood. Robbie plays DiCaprio’s neighbor, Sharon Tate, the actress and model whose murder by Charles Manson made headlines and changed American pop culture.
‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ – August 9
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” brings the children’s horror book series written by Alvin Schwartz throughout the 1980s to life on the big screen with chilling and gruesome detail. Directed by André Øvredal and written in part by horror and fantasy icon Guillermo del Toro, the film pits a group of teenagers against their deepest fears in order for them to make it out alive. With bone-chilling monsters and a growing sense of dread among the haunted teenagers, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” promises to terrify.
‘Cold Case Hammarskjöld’ – August 16
“Cold Case Hammarskjöld” is a documentary about the 1961 plane crash near present-day Zambia that killed the second secretary-general of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld. Suspicion that Hammarskjöld’s plane was shot down fueled the investigation conducted by Mads Brügger and Göran Björkdahl, who attempt to prove in this grim documentary film that Hammarskjöld’s death was the work of Belgian pilot Jan Van Risseghem. The documentary surfaces as the latest project from Brügger’s investigative work, with past subjects including culture in North Korea and the blood diamond industry in Africa.