SALT LAKE CITY — With "Avengers: Endgame's" current box office (and pop cultural) domination, it might be hard to remember that there are other movies — even exiting and anticipated movies — on the horizon. Summer is usually the time for the big action movies, and this summer brings a few of those, as well as plenty of others that will give us a good, cool place to take refuge from the summer heat. Here are 18 upcoming films to get you out of the house this summer, and give you a little break from work-a-day living.
May 10: "The Hustle"
Rated: PG-13 (for crude sexual content and language)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con-women join forces in this remake of the 1988 hit comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine.
May 10: "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"
Rated: PG (for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor and thematic elements
There was a lot of head scratching when the first trailer for this one dropped, but by now, that head scratching seems to have given way to actual excitement. We don't know who to thank for casting Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the big-eyed, little yellow cutie Pikachu, a favorite character from the global phenomenon that is Pokémon, but if the trailer is any indication, "Detective Pikachu" will be clever and acerbically funny.
May 15: "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon"
Everyone's favorite sheepdog, head sheep and flock are back on the big screen, this time to deal with an alien encounter. The clever folks from Aardman Animations rarely disappoint — they are the crew that gave us "Wallace and Gromit," "Chicken Run" and plenty of other gems — and we think the word "Farmageddon" is funny. We're excited.
May 17: "A Dog's Journey"
Rated: PG (for thematic content, some peril and rude humor)
A movie about a dog who reincarnate as … another dog! Actually, not just another dog, but an adorable puppy, which is so much better. This sequel to 2017's "A Dog's Purpose" stars Josh Gad as the voice of the aforementioned puppy who, in his new life, now showers love and protection on his former owner's granddaughter, played by Kathryn Prescott.
May 24: "Aladdin"
Rated: PG (for some action/peril)
Remember when Guy Ritchie was a hip indie director making his feature debut with "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" at Sundance? And then how he was married to Madonna? And now is the director of a live action … Disney movie? Dude, you've changed. But we're keeping an open mind, even about Will Smith's blue body paint, and are hoping for the best. Mena Massoud stars in the title role with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.
May 29: “Artemis Fowl”
Fans of Eoin Colfer's book series have been waiting a long time for a big-screen adaptation and while the trailer doesn't give much away, perhaps director Kenneth Branagh will tap into the sly joy of these books about humans and fairies. Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw will play the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl who decides to steal from the fairies, with Nonso Anozie as Butler, his heavy with a heart of gold. Lara McDonnell plays fairy captian Holly Short, Judi Dench as Commander Root and Josh Gad as the wiley dwarf Mulch Diggums.
May 31: "Rocketman"
If "Bohemian Rhapsody" taught us nothing else, it proved there is a movie-ticket buying public eager for rock music biopics. The latest one to hit the big screen is about Elton John (Taron Egerton), taking viewers from the start of his impressive career as a darling at the Royal Academy of Music and through to his continuing musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin. We hope no rhinestone was spared — or injured — in the making of this movie.
May 31: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters"
Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language)
You may have missed the announcement that Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures teamed up a few years ago to bring the movie-going public a series of epic monster movies. First, they gave us "Godzilla" in 2014; then came "Kong: Skull Island" in 2017; and now we get Godzilla fighting legendary Japanese monsters Rodan, Mothra and his main foe, the three-headed King Ghidorah in "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." Next year, we'll finally get the two super-sized monsters together in "Godzilla vs. Kong."
June 7: "The Secret Life of Pets 2"
Rated: PG (for some action and rude humor)
Pets continue to have secret lives! Lives that will be further revealed in this sequel to 2016's "The Secret Life of Pets." Kevin Hart returns to voice Snowball the fluffy bunny, with Patton Oswalt as Max the dog this time around, along with an all-star cast that includes Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Pete Holmes and plenty of others. Max must contend with a new family life at home when his owner gets married and has a baby.
June 7: "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"
The X-Men are back in "Dark Phoenix" as they take on their most dangerous enemy yet: X-Men member Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). When Jean is hit by what the movie's website calls a "cosmic force," her powers increase, but so does her instability. The X-Men must come together to save their friend and the planet. Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult star.
June 14: "Men in Black International"
The title of the popular alien-buddy cop franchise doesn't really work with this new spinoff, now that Tessa Thompson and Emma Thompson are joining the ranks of the alien law enforcement agency. In this 2019 iteration, Chris Hemsworth is the more experienced agent, a la Tommy Lee Jones, while Tessa Thompson is the newbie in the vein of Will Smith, but they are still doing what they can to rid the universe of its alien scum.
June 21: "Toy Story 4"
After the heartrending ending of "Toy Story 3," the loveable characters of the "Toy Story" world are back for another adventure, this time with Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) trying to show newcomer Forky (voice of Tony Hale) what it means to be a toy. In addition to all of "Toy Story's" familiar characters, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and plenty other newcomers join the crew.
June 28: "Yesterday"
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") has teamed up with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis ("Love Actually) to bring us "Yesterday." Himesh Patel stars as Jack, a small-time singer-songwriter who, after a mysterious accident, discovers he and only he knows the music of the Beatles. As his fame grows playing the legendary musicians' tunes, Jack finds his old life and friendships slipping away. Kate McKinnon and Lily James co-star.
July 2: "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, there's so many Spider-Men. But this time, its more of Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man and he's been a great Spidy. This sequel to 2017's "Homecoming" will apparently take place after "Avengers: Infinity War" so hopefully things on Earth are better post-Thanos. Jake Gyllenhaal will play the supervillian Mysterio.
July 19: "The Lion King"
Disney is really mining their blockbuster animated films from the '90s, this time, looking to their megahit "The Lion King" for their second live-action remake of the year. While from the trailer, "The Lion King" doesn't exactly look like a live-action film, we suppose it would be tricky to get a whole cast of animals to speak and tell a specific story. The good news is that the remake will include Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" with a whole bunch of new songs; the bad news is that it will also likely include "Hakuna Matata."
August 2: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”
It's almost been 20 years since Dora and her purple backpack first appeared on Nickelodeon, teaching kids Spanish and how to get along. Now, in this feature-length live-action film, Dora is a teenager who lives in the city with her cousin Diego. There's a good chance adventure awaits the plucky explorer.
August 2: "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"
Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw team up in this "Fast & Furious" spinoff to stop a cyber villain. Love 'em or hate 'em, the "Fast & Furious" movies do deliver exactly what they promise, and this one seems like a good summer option.
August 14: "The Angry Birds Movie 2"
We would have suggested going for a snappier title like, "Angier Birds: Quit Your Flapping" but apparently the first movie made enough money (to the tune of $350 million worldwide) that they don't really have to get too creative with the second one's title. According to Rotten Tomatoes, in "The Angry Birds Movie 2" a "hilarious all-star cast of new and returning talent are brought together as the flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level." So, that's what that one's about.