Keeping track of this summer's blockbusters? We've got 12 for your list
The tourists have all but left town and the lines at theaters are thinning out.
So it's time to return to the movie theater again to see films you've been anticipating for months, if not years.
The final Avengers hits theaters Friday, and Elton John's biopic "Rocketman" awaits classic rock fans in late May.
Here's a list of movies to consider seeing to take a break from the 92-degree days and humidity:
May 10 — "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith star in this chaotic and quirky adventure. Tim Goodman (Smith) partners up with Detective Pikachu (Reynolds) to find Goodman’s missing father. The pair chase a trail of clues through Ryme City but find a much more sinister plot forming — one that could put the entire Pokémon universe in jeopardy. The film is set at a PG rating with a runtime of 104 minutes.
May 24 — "Aladdin" If you’ve ever looked yourself in the mirror and wondered, “What would a blue Will Smith look like?” then this film is for you. And if you’ve never envisioned this phenomenon, but enjoy a Disney live-action remake, then this film is also for you. “Aladdin” stars Will Smith as the zany Genie of the lamp along with Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. This film is currently rated PG.
Disney's new extended 'Aladdin' trailer is here. The Walt Disney Studios
May 31 — "Rocketman" This biopic shows audiences the epic highs and tragic lows of Elton John’s music career. Taron Egerton stars as Elton John and visually transforms, down to the glasses, scruff and mannerisms. The film will feature Elton John classics like “Benny and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song.” Rocketman” is expected to receive an R rating.
Taron Egerton lives large as Elton John in the musical "Rocketman," due out May 31. USA TODAY
May 31 — "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" This film features an epic showdown between four big, bad monsters — Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah — that will leave the world in tatters and insurance agents in the audience foaming at the mouth. The monsters are unearthed to protect the planet, but, from the looks of the trailer, protection may not be on the forefront of their minds. This film is rated PG-13 with a run time of 132 minutes.
June 7 — "Dark Phoenix" In this latest installment of the “X-Men” franchise, the heroes face off against hero-turned-complicated-foe Jean Grey. Sophie Turner (of “Game of Thrones” fame) heads this cast of stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain. This film should continue the tradition of darker X-Men films begun in 2014 with “X-Men Days of Future Past,” but could intensify the drama now that the X-Men are forced to defeat a beloved team member. The most chill-inducing moment of any of the “Dark Phoenix” trailers is when Grey says “When I lose control, bad things happen. But, it feels good.” Dark Phoenix is not currently rated.
As Jean Grey begins to unravel, so do the X-Men as they take on her alter-ego, Dark Phoenix. USA TODAY
June 7 — "Late Night" Emma Thompson stars as a late-night talk show host who finds she’s about to be replaced. In an effort to save herself, she hires a female comedy writer (Mindy Kaling, who is also the screenwriter for this film) in an effort to quell outside concerns about the diversity problem in her all-male writers room. Hilarity ensues as the lives of both women are turned upside down. “Late Night” is rated R with a run time of 102 minutes.
June 14 — "Men In Black: International" Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth have partnered up before as two aliens trying to save their own planet from an impending apocalypse (“Thor: Ragnarok”), and now they’re together again as two humans saving their planet from aliens. “Men In Black: International” has a fresh outlook on the things that made to original “Men In Black” movies great. It’s got a leading partnership with great chemistry, off-the-wall action that’s fun to watch and aliens. Aliens are always a plus. This film is not yet rated.
June 20 — "Toy Story 4." The “Toy Story” gang is back, and this time they’re on the road. When a new toy runs away while on a road trip with Bonnie and her family, Woody goes after it and reunites with lost toy Bo Peep, who hasn’t been seen since “Toy Story 2.” Bo Peep shows Woody the wonders of life outside of being a toy for just one kid. Thus, Woody questions his purpose in life, wondering whether the only life he’s ever know is right for him — you know, normal philosophy lessons from a Pixar movie. This film also brings in new toys played by the likes of Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Keanu Reeves. “Toy Story 4” has a run time of 90 minutes and is not yet rated.
Woody finds himself on a new adventure with a spork named Forky in "Toy Story 4." USA TODAY
July 5 — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" This July, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is turning into your friendly international Spider-Man when Peter Parker and friends embark on a school trip to Europe. It looks like this film will be fun, lighthearted and action-packed, which is probably all Marvel fans will be able to handle after “Avengers: Endgame.” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is expected to receive a PG-13 rating.
Your favorite neighborhood Spider-Man meets Nick Fury and a new villain, Mysterio, on a school trip to Europe. USA TODAY
July 18 — "The Lion King" This is the second Disney live-action remake of the summer, but its star-studded cast might put it in first place at the box office. The film features Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan as Timon and Pumbaa, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa and Beyoncé as Nala. Should I say that again? Beyoncé will play Nala. Beyoncé. OK, I’ll stop now. “The Lion King” is not yet rated.
Disney released the full trailer for "The Lion King," and it's glorious. USA TODAY
Aug. 2 — "Hobbs & Shaw" Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham pair up in this “Fast and Furious” saga spin-off. The duo will face off against a “cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist” played by Idris Elba. I’m not sure what cyber-genetics are, but I am sure that Elba vs. Johnson and Statham will make for an epic — and witty — battle. “Hobbs & Shaw” is expected to receive a PG-13 rating.
Aug. 9 — “Artemis Fowl” This mystery-fantasy-sci-fi-adventure flick centers around 12-year-old Artemis Fowl who comes from a family of high-profile criminal masterminds. When his father goes missing, Fowl goes searching for him and battles fairies who have been forced underground due to the greed of humans. This cast features Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Nonso Anozie and newcomer Ferdia Shaw as Fowl. “Artemis Fowl” is not currently rated.
Artemis Fowl, a young criminal mastermind, goes against a hidden race of fairies who could be behind his father's disappearance. Disney