17 Films You Need to Have On Your Radar This Summer

Summer is quickly approaching, and I have to be honest with you all… I seriously can’t wait. It’s all about the sunshine, hanging out with family and friends (post-COVID vaccine, of course), and watching one of the many new movies coming out. In between all the fun summer things you’ve got planned, you also have the opportunity to watch a flick here or there, right from the comfort of your own home. That’s right, y’all, because for most of the new movies coming out this summer, there is a streaming option available for you on the day of its premiere. How cool is that? Thank goodness for sites like Disney+, Amazon Prime and HBO Max, who all have easy access for you, and mostly without breaking the bank. Score.


Thunder Force (April 9)

How to Watch: Netflix

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer join forces in what is going to be your next fave superhero comedy. As the world becomes more and more inundated with villains, Spencer’s character has figured out how to pass along superpowers to regular people. But whe she accidentally gives herself – and McCarthy’s characters – powers, they become the ultimate fighting team to take on evil.



Monday (April 16)

How to Watch: Theaters and VOD

When Sebastian Stan is not kicking ass as Bucky Barnes for Marvel, he’s starring alongside Denise Gough as one half of a love-struck couple who has a whirlwind weekend romance in Greece. The ultimate test of romance comes the next day: will they or won’t they stay together? It’s a trip full of love, honesty… and a whole lot of Sebastian Stan. Need I say more?


Stowaway (April 22)

How to Watch: Netflix

We already knew Netflix had a love of anything thriller or action. This movie is no different, following a space crew who discovers an accidental (and injured) stowaway just after liftoff. With all their resources quickly running out and too far away from home to turn back, it becomes a grim survival of the fittest for this ragtag crew.



Without Remorse (April 30)

How to Watch: Amazon Prime

Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the movie follows a NAVY seal looking to seek revenge for the murder of his pregnant wife. The result? A plot becomes exposed, threatening war between the U.S. and Russia. Yes, the subject might not be everyone’s cup of java, but one name will immediately beckon you to watch: Michael B. Jordan. That’s all you need.



Mainstream (May 7)

How to Watch: Theaters and VOD

As the star of a popular streaming channel, Link has it all: money, fame, hot women at his beck and call (ew). But at some point, his true colors come to light… just as he is about to hit the biggest point of his career. Also starring Nat Wolff and Maya Hawke, there are cameos from a couple of famous YouTubers included. It’s the movie we need to see when it comes to letting fame take over your whole life.


Cruella (May 28)

How to Watch: Theaters and Disney+ Premier Access

Ever wondered exactly how Cruella de Vil became the villain we all sort of want to be (at least in the fashion department)? Emma Stone explores the origins of the 101 Dalmatians character in her own unique way. Mischief? Check. Tomfoolery? Yup. And bad-ass outfits? Oh, you know it.



A Quiet Place Part II (May 28)

How to Watch: Theaters and Paramount+ (45 days post-premiere)

It was so close to being in theaters back in 2020, but then the pandemic hit and pushed its release back. Come Memorial Day weekend, you’ll finally be able to see what happened to the Abbott family after the events of the first film. Thank god.



In the Heights (June 11)

How to Watch: Theaters and HBO Max

Lights up on Washington Heights!… or rather, your TV screens. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical about the Dominican community in NYC gets its own movie adaptation (just a short year after it was supposed to premiere), starring some major Hollywood players: Anthony Ramos, Stephanie Beatriz, Marc Anthony and Daphne Rubin-Vega are among the cast. Prepare for the catchy tunes to be stuck in your head way past the first viewing.



Zola (June 30)

How to Watch: Theaters

While the movie initially premiered back at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, it will now be available for our viewing pleasure. Following the events of a 148-tweet Twitter thread, Zola and Stefani take a cross-country road trip in order to make tons of money in Florida strip clubs. The result? A wild weekend filled with sex, drugs… and our favorite Succession actor as the sleazy boyfriend. Perf.


Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)

How to Watch: Theaters and Paramount+ 45 days post-premiere

Yet another movie pushed from last year due to the pandemic! But don’t worry, friends, because the anticipated sequel to the 1986 film will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as a top Navy pilot just as a new class of aviators come into the picture (including one hot Glen Powell). Together, they must come together to go on a dangerous mission which might have a lot more sacrifices than anticipated. Intrigued? Good.



Black Widow (July 9)

How to Watch: Theaters and Disney+ through Premier Access

Because after such a difficult year, we all deserve to see some female bad-assery on our screens this summer. Following the origins of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), this highly-anticipated Marvel film will satisfy all those who were wondering just what happened to make this beloved Avenger pretty much the coolest chick in the MCU. And don’t deny it.



Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16)

How to Watch: Theaters and HBO Max

Just 25 years after the hit film made millions at the box office, fans are about to see a whole new set of celebs acting alongside their favorite Looney Tunes characters. Following a fictionalized version of Lebron James as he and his son get stuck in a virtual space, he must find a way to get home (with the help of some friends).



Jungle Cruise (July 30)

How to Watch: Theaters

Taking inspiration from the famed ride at Disney World, the movie follows a riverboat captain (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he escorts a scientist (Emily Blunt) to find the Tree of Life, said to have magical powers to heal whoever touches it. With adventure, comedy and plenty of hijinks, it’s bound to be a fun time. Be warned though: it might make you miss vacations.


The Green Knight (July 30)

How to Watch: Theaters

It seems like there’s always a new way to retell Arthurian legends, and this movie is no different. Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) goes on a journey in search of the Green Knight, a strangely-hued villain terrorizing the people of Camelot. The film not only features a superb cast (Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton are among them), but it’s a thriller about how knights become men of honor.


The Suicide Squad (August 6)

How to Watch: Theaters and HBO Max

The long-awaited film is finally coming. Made as a standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad (yes, we know it’s basically the same name), the film follows some of DC Comics’ most famous characters as they are sent to destroy a Nazi-era prison known to conduct harmful experiments. And if you’re wondering who’s going to appear, don’t worry: Margot Robbie will be there. But be prepared for the power that is Idris Elba and John Cena on your screens as well.



Respect (August 13)

How to Watch: Theaters

We all need a little Aretha Franklin now and then. Academy Award and Grammy winner (don’t forget she’s an American Idol alum too!) Jennifer Hudson portrays the iconic singer during her days of rising to the top of the 1960’s music charts. Filled with love, historical events, and a whole lot of singing, this movie will make you love dear Aretha just a bit more than you already do.


Candyman (August 27)

How to Watch: Theaters

Some moviegoers may remember the 1992 version, but this remake (starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is a direct spin-off of the classic horror film and brings it to a modern-day audience. Telling the tale of a visual artist who accidentally resurrects the supernatural killer just three decades after it wreaked havoc in Chicago. Oh god.

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