Action? Romance? Drama? These hot flicks have all that and more. Here are 10 summer movies that are worth the price of admission at Cineplex.

Sizzling Sequels
These movies are all part of existing franchises you know and love. As the saying goes: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)
Jurassic World (2015), the previous installment in the series, got mixed reviews, but we’ve got one good reason you should buy a ticket for this one: Jeff Goldblum. The charismatic actor reprises his role as Ian Malcolm for the first time since the earlier (’90’s!?!) films. Oh yeah, and there are dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs. This time around, a volcano threatens them with extinction (or re-extinction — is that a thing?), but Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) are there to save the day.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)
It’s been a big year for Marvel Studios (ahem, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), and while Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t expected to draw those kinds of crowds, it’s still a fun, light-hearted flick for those of you that need a superhero fix. In this follow-up to 2015’s Ant-Man, Paul Rudd dons his incredible shrinking suit once more, and partners with the Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) for a brand-new mission.

Mission Impossible - Fallout

Mission Impossible – Fallout (July 27)
You can always count on Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and friends to get your pulse racing, and this latest Mission Impossible movie is no exception. From car chases to fight sequences, this flick has them all. And did we mention death-defying stunts? Yup, they’re here too. Fun fact: 55-year-old Cruise does many of the stunts himself. Let that sink in as you help yourself to another handful of popcorn (with extra butter).

Best Book Adaptations
It’s always fun comparing the book to the movie version and vice versa. Here are two novel-based flicks we can’t wait to discuss.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians (August 15)
Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, this is one movie that isn’t short on eye candy. We’re talking breathtaking scenery, glamorous costumes, fancy cars and, um, abs (hellooo, Henry Golding). Golding’s character, Nick Young, is basically the most eligible bachelor in Asia, unbeknownst to his girlfriend Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu). If you’ve read the book you already know the rest, and if you haven’t, let’s just say this film has all the right ingredients to become your new fave rom-com.

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger (August 31)
If you like suspenseful period films, you’re in luck. Acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson (of Room fame), brings Sarah Waters’ eerie novel to life on screen, and you’ll be mesmerized by the goings-on at Hundreds Hall, a haunted house with a twist. (Bring a friend who doesn’t mind having their hand squeezed!)

Oddball Picks
These two movies are so out there you’ve got to see them to believe them (even if it’s morbid curiosity). Let’s just say they’re definitely not basic.

The Meg

The Meg (August 10)
Starring Jason Statham, and a 70-foot shark (a.k.a. megalodon, a.k.a. “the Meg”), this movie is no Jaws, and it probably won’t win any awards, but if you’re looking for some mindless entertainment on a hot day, this is a good bet. Bonus points for comic relief from The Office alum Rainn Wilson.

The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders (August 17)
With a tagline like “No Sesame, All Street”, you know these tricks aren’t for kids. Directed by Brian Henson (son of the famous Jim Henson), this offbeat/off-colour movie has an amazing cast of puppets — oh, and humans like Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph to name a few. It’s definitely the summer’s most unique flick, and we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably the first puppet-centric murder mystery you’ve ever seen.

Indie Flicks
Summer movies are traditionally all about big budgets and special effects, but if you’re craving a change of pace, these films are sure to fit the bill.

Damsel

Damsel (June 22)
This movie is a Western/Comedy/Drama starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson as pioneer Samuel Alabaster. Intrigued? We thought so. The super-talented Mia Wasikowska also stars as Alabaster’s plucky fiancé Penelope. The film was well-received at Sundance, and it’s definitely a safe bet if you’re looking for something off-the-beaten-path.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade (July 13)
This intimate look at modern adolescence will give you all the feels (painful teenage flashbacks included). The movie is so realistic, it almost feels like a documentary (which it’s not). Eighth Grade generated lots of buzz on the film festival circuit, and we’re predicting big things for lead actress Elsie Fisher.

Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights (July 27)
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird) can do no wrong these days, so you know he’s going to be worth watching in the aptly named Hot Summer Nights. Described as a coming-of-age tale set in Cape Cod, this drama definitely has a dark side (watch the trailer and you’ll know what we mean).

Authors
Nicole Keen

Nicole Keen is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. Formerly the fashion market editor at Glow Magazine, her work has also been published in Fashion Magazine, Weddingbells, Where Toronto and the Toronto Star. When she's not shopping for work, she's shopping for pleasure-and she loves a good bargain.