Battle of the summer movie blockbusters


This summer was packed with huge movie releases. There were too many to even talk about them all. Here are a few of the best -and worst- movies that hit the silver screen this summer.

Avengers: Infinity War

As the culmination to 10 years and 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, expectations for “Avengers: Infinity War” were very high. In the face of these expectations, the Russo Brothers crafted one of the best MCU movies yet. “Infinity War” is full of spectacle and heart, every one of the Avengers is given a chance to shine and grow as a character. Josh Brolin as Thanos was surprisingly one of the greatest characters in the movie, thanks to Disney’s near-magical command over CGI. “Infinity War” is a surreal experience, the clashing of so many characters in exciting and colorful combat truly feels like a comic book brought to life.


Deadpool 2

“Deadpool 2” is bigger, funnier and gorier than its prequel. Where the first “Deadpool” tested the waters for a raunchy, R-rated superhero comedy, the follow-up capitalized on its massive success and kicked everything up a notch. Ryan Reynolds once again proves that he was born to play the “Merc with a Mouth,” and Josh Brolin makes his second appearance in a superhero movie this summer as the time-traveling hero, Cable. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead make their return, joined by many new and surprise “X-Men” characters.


Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney’s most recent “Star Wars” film didn’t have the smoothest production. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, best known for “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” were replaced by Ron Howard after “Solo’s” production was nearly complete. Howard reshot an estimated 70% of the movie, delaying the project and drastically increasing the budget. However, despite these production issues, and underperformance at the box office, the final product turned out fairly well. From street-rat to scoundrel, “Solo” answers all the questions no one was really asking, like “How did Han meet Chewbacca?” or “What is Childish Gambino doing in a ‘Star Wars’ movie?” In the end, “Solo” is a fun, albeit mostly unnecessary romp exploring the titular hero’s past.



Ari Aster’s directorial debut sets the new standard for modern horror. After her mother passes away, the artist Annie Graham turns to supernatural forces to cope with her grieving. As more of the deceased matriarch’s secretive past is revealed, Annie’s simple family life is thrown into chaos. Acting as a spiritual successor to “The Exorcist” and “The Shining,” A24’s “Hereditary” is a slow burn, building tension through mystery and dialogue. Instead of of shoving traditional horror elements in audience’s faces, the film builds tension through family drama. This focus, combined with stellar performances from Toni Collette and Alex Wolff, Aster’s creative filmmaking and Colin Stetson’s eerie score, results in one of the most disturbing films of the year. “Hereditary” is certain to leave viewers in a state of shock.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Beyond Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park,” the “Jurassic” franchise isn’t exactly known for its critical acclaim. With each subsequent worse than the last, at film number five “Fallen Kingdom” had little chance for success. As talented as he has proven himself to be with “A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona’s direction had no chance to salvage Collin Trevorrow’s SYFY channel-quality script. Much of the movie feels like a ten year old taking the reins of the “Jurassic World” series, with velociraptors narrowly escaping huge explosions, the evil dinosaur playing peekaboo with its prey, surprise clone reveals and Chris Pratt rolling around on the ground to avoid approaching lava flow. But, like most other movie-goers, I’m a slave to stupid-explosion-dinosaur movies, and will be the first in line on opening night for “Jurassic World 3.”


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel’s follow-up to the devastating “Avengers: Infinity War” is the much needed remedy to audience’s superhero-based depression. With hopes to save his wife from the Quantum Realm, Hank Pym enlists the help of Ant-Man, and his daughter, who has now taken up the mantle of “The Wasp.” While far from the best MCU movie, there’s a certain charm to the “Ant-Man” series that makes it absolutely irresistible. Paul Rudd and Michael Peña have stand-out performances, both actors oozing charisma. Since the first movie, the titular character has gained new abilities, allowing for some great sized-based humor. A large chunk of the movie’s runtime spent on the subpar villain, Ghost, whose melodramatic story ultimately places this as the worst of the superhero movies this summer.


Mission Impossible: Fallout

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” or “How can Tom Cruise Out-Crazy Himself: The Movie.” Summarizing “Fallout” would be a near impossible task, the writers confusing plot twists for a well developed story. And there are a lot of plot twists. Where “Fallout” shines are the absolutely insane stunts that Tom Cruise does (mostly) by himself. Between the fast paced motorcycle chases, intense fist fights, and Ethan Hunt’s very first helicopter flight, the movie was a wild ride that didn’t let up from beginning to end.