Welcome back to our 2018 summer movie preview, where we tell you what’s coming and what you need to see. Yesterday was all about the action; today’s all about the feels.
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There’s no time like summer for a movie that’s all good vibes. You head into the theater, watch a good movie that warms your heart, and then walk back out to glorious sunshine.
But first, you’ve gotta figure out what movie’s gonna give you that happy, bouncy feeling.
That’s what we’ve got for you today. From uplifting documentaries to witty romances, this summer has all sorts of movies guaranteed to bring good cheer. Here’s what to watch if you wanna feel all fuzzy on the inside…
… and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is your kind of badass: RBG (May 4)
Truth be told, we thought about putting RBG in the “action” section of our summer movie preview, because what is Ruth Bader Ginsburg if not a woman of action? But the documentary works just as well here, where it gets to spark inspiration and invite celebration. Ginsburg’s been a public figure for so long that it’s easy to take her for granted, but RBG promises to remind us just how extraordinary her story truly is.
… and Mr. Rogers is your childhood hero: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (June 8)
The real world can be scary and unkind place, especially if you’re very little and just starting to get the lay of the land. Luckily, there’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a look at Fred Rogers, who, for generations, did his part to make this world a better place for kids – and encourage them to make the world a better place for others in turn.
… and you karaoke to ABBA: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (July 20)
Did we really need a second Mamma Mia! movie? We didn’t think so, but you try watching this trailer and see if you can resist its ABBA-soundtracked charms. Here We Go Again is simultaneously prequel and sequel, advancing Sophie’s story while delving back into Donna’s past to look at the bright, fierce young woman she used to be.
… and you don’t mind weeping first: Christopher Robin (August 3)
Everyone grows up sometime, even little boys who used to spend entire days hanging out with his stuffed-animal pals in the forest. Well – every human grows up sometime. Based on the first trailer for Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh is just the same as he ever was. Which turns out to be just as well, when an adult Christopher finds himself in need of Pooh’s magic again. Excuse us, is it just me or did it suddenly get really dusty in here?
… and you’re in the mood for romance: Crazy Rich Asians (August 17)
If you like your love stories Austenesque – which is to say, thrillingly romantic but also hilariously biting – then Crazy Rich Asians is for you. Constance Wu stars as an ordinary American gal who discovers her boyfriend is actually one of the richest and most powerful bachelors in Asia, with all the drama that entails. (It’s also worth pointing out that Crazy Rich Asians is one of the first Hollywood films in years with a majority-Asian cast. More warm fuzzies!)
All week, we’ll be running our 2018 summer movie preview. Come back every day to find out what to watch if…
Monday: … you’re ready for some action
Tuesday: … you wanna feel all warm and fuzzy inside
Wednesday: … you’re in a dark and twisted mood
Thursday: … you’re taking care of kids
Friday: … you only have time for five films this summer