20 Must-See Movies of Summer 2019

20 Must-See Movies of Summer 2019

Though in Thailand we’ve been baking in the sun for a while, in the US, summer has just barely begun. In Hollywood, the season is the prime time for film studios to release their top-shelf titles.

As these massive blockbusters compete for a spot at the box office, we the audience get to reap all the benefits - spectacular special effects and casts full of A-listers. US ‘summer movies’ are typically released between April and August.

Summer 2019 opens with the record breaker, Avengers: Endgame, which has been top-trending globally from the moment it hit the cinemas. Theaters everywhere were packed full of fans. It currently stands as the second highest-grossing film of all time, snatching the #2 spot from the classic Titanic.

With this kind of epic start, things are already looking exciting. We’re taking it as a good sign and hope the 2019 summer program would be chock-full of awesome flicks. For cinephiles out there, we’ve listed 20 films coming soon to Bangkok theaters. Scroll down for more details, release dates, and synopsis.

1. Aladdin

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Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
Director: Guy Ritchie
Release date: May 22, 2019

After achieving global success 27 years ago for the animated version, Aladdin returns as a live-action movie.

It’s the tale of Aladdin - the thief who discovers an oil lamp that contains Genie. Per the pauper’s request, the djinn transforms him into a prince. Unfortunately, the evil sorcerer Jafar is also searching for the wish-granting lamp. Aladdin must stop him from getting the magic artifact at all cost.

Click here for more information on Aladdin

2. Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Cast: Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins
Director: Michael Dougherty
Release Date : May 30, 2019

In this MonsterVerse sequel, members of the Monarch agency faces a battalion of behemoths when Godzilla battles Mothra, Rodan, and his nemesis - the three-headed King Ghidorah. As the titans stir from their slumber, humanity might yet again face the threat of extinction.

Click here for more information on Godzilla: King of the Monsters

3. Long Shot

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Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen
Director: Jonathan Levine
Release Date: May 30, 2019

In an unlikely partnership, Fred Flarsky - a talented, but rebellious, journalist - joins with Charlotte Field - one of the world’s most influential politicians. Long before any of this, she was his babysitter and first crush. When Charlotte runs for the Presidency, she hires Fred as a speechwriter. Their reunion is the beginning of a hilarious campaign.

Click here for more information on Long Shot

4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Simon Kinberg
Release Date: June 6, 2019

After an unknown force strikes Jean Grey during a mission, it imbues her with an immense amount of power. That power, however, spirals out of her control in a devastating explosion. Jean lashes out at those closest to her, including her former teammates. The X-men must find a way to help Jean and remind her who her family is.

Click here for more information on X-Men: Dark Phoenix

5. The Secret Life of Pets 2

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Voice Cast: Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish
Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val
Release Date: June 6, 2019

The animated film for pet lovers returns in a much-awaited, adorable sequel. We’ll get a peek into the secret lives of our beloved furry friends. What do they do while we’re away? What kind of mischievous mix-ups do they get into? Find out soon in the cinemas.

Click here for more information on The Secret Life of Pets 2

6. Men In Black International

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Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson
Director: F. Gary Gray
Release Date: June 12, 2019

When an unsolved murder plunges the world of space secret agents and Earth’s alien residents into chaos, an MIB rookie is sent to London to deal with a new threat that could endanger humanity.

Click here for more information on Men In Black International

7. Toy Story 4

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Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen
Director: Josh Cooley
Release Date: June 20, 2019

Woody returns in an all-new adventure at the house of his new kid. On a mission to rescue their latest member, Forky, the toy gang travels to the strange outside world. They face many daunting obstacles and challenges during their trip, and Woody is unfortunately separated from his friends.

Click here for more information on Toy Story 4

8. Rocketman

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Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Release Date: June 20, 2019

This biographical drama musical follows the life of Elton John and his journey from a musical prodigy to a songwriting legend. To create a truly awe-inspiring experience, Elton himself has re-recorded all of the featured songs. His fans will, without a doubt, love the new rendition of the artist’s greatest hits.

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9. Annabelle Comes Home

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Cast : Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Director : Gary Dauberman
Release Date : June 27, 2019

In an incident that takes place before the events in The Conjuring, the Annabelle doll, kept locked in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s artifact room, is possessed by a malevolent spirit. The evil entity is reawakened, and this time, its target is not the demonologist couple, but their daughter, her friends, and the babysitter.

Click here for more information on Annabelle Comes Home

10. Yesterday

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Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran
Director: Danny Boyle
Release Date: June 27, 2019

Jack Malik is a small-town British singer-songwriter who hasn’t had the most successful career. It all changes when he gets hit by a car one night and wakes up to find himself the only person in the world that remembers The Beatles.

After Jack plays the band’s music to his audience, he’s launched into instant fame. But he’s not so fortunate when it comes to romance, and is forced to choose between love and a career in the limelight.

Click here for more information on Yesterday

11. Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya
Director: Jon Watts
Release Date: July 2, 2019

After the events in Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man travels to Europe on a summer field trip with his friends. Circumstances lead him to join forces with Mysterio against a common enemy, The Elementals.

**The trailer contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame**

Click here for more information on Spider-Man: Far From Home

12. Ma

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Cast: Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney
Director: Tate Taylor
Release Date: July 11, 2019

This thriller revolves around the life of a lonely woman. Finding new friends in a group of teenagers, she let them party in her home’s basement. After the celebration dies down, however, things take a turn for the sinister. The teens start to question whether this nightmare was Ma’s plan all along.

Click here for more information on Ma

13. Child’s Play

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Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman
Director: Lars Klevberg
Release Date: July 11, 2019

The genre-defining and horror fans’ favorite franchise gets the reboot it truly deserves. In this new iteration, the story begins when a mother purchases a hi-tech doll for her son. But the toy becomes a terror when it malfunctions and goes on a killing spree, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.

Click here for more information on Child's Play

14. 21 Bridges

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Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller
Director: Brian Kirk
Release Date: July 11, 2019

Starred by one of the most prominent actors at the moment, Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), and directed by the talented Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones), this action/thriller follows an NYPD detective hunting for a criminal disguised as one of his own.

Click here for more information on 21 Bridges

15. The Lion King

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Voice Cast: Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: July 17, 2019

As another live-action remake of a legendary animation, the film features the tale of Simba, a lion from the Pride Rock. After being framed for his father’s murder by his jealous uncle, Simba flees from his painful past and takes on a new life motto. But now, he must go on a journey to face his fate and find love.

Click here for more information on The Lion King

16. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren
Director: David Leitch
Release Date: August 1, 2019

The spin-off of the iconic franchise, Fast & Furious, follows Hobbs - a lawful federal agent - and Shaw - a former high-level British officer who’s now an outlaw. Though previously at odds, the reluctant duo must work together to bring down an enemy that could prove even more powerful than both of them.

Click here for more information on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

17. Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña
Director: James Bobin
Release Date: August 8, 2019

Dora the explorer lives with her family in the jungle. She has just moved to a high school in the city when she has to leave on a new adventure. Teaming up with her monkey buddy, a mysterious man from the woods, and her teenage friends, Dora will help her parents uncover the secrets of the City of Gold.

Click here for more information on Dora and the Lost City of Gold

18. Brightburn

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Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
Director: David Yarovesky
Release Date: August 22, 2019

After an extraterrestrial child crash-lands on Earth, a couple adopts him as their son. They discover that he has extraordinary abilities, but these gifts are used to terrorize the town as the boy unleash his unstoppable urge for destruction.

Click here for more information on Brightburn

19. Good Boys

IMP Awards

Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Release Date: August 29, 2019

This movie may star children in the lead roles, but it isn’t intended for a young audience.

In a quest to entertain themselves, a trio of twelve-year-olds steals one of their dads’ drones to spy on their teenage neighbors. The drone crashes, and the boys need a way to fix it before the dad gets home. This series of twisted events leads to a comical adventure.

Click here for more information on Good Boys

20. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Cast: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date: September 12, 2019

Based on a true story of a grisly murder in 1969, the story is told through two fictional characters: Rick Dalton - a cowboy movie star - and Cliff Booth - Rick’s trusty stuntman. The two are trying to break into the movie industry, but things aren’t working the way they had hoped. Until a gripping mystery happens, that is.

Click here for more information on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Please note that the release dates are subjected to change according to the film distributors.

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