8 summer movies L. Kent wants to see

April 27, 2018

With eight tentpoles getting most of the summer opening hype, I chose eight movies that aren’t likely to make hundreds of millions at the box office. But I want to see them more than fifth “Jurassic Park” picture.

Here they are, in order of release/Lincoln opening date:

“Tully” (May 4) — Eleven years ago, Diablo Cody won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Juno,” her coming-of-age comedy/drama that was directed by Jason Reitman. Cody and Reitman have teamed up again for “Tully,” a comedy about a single mother, played by Charlize Theron, who is gifted a nanny at the birth of her baby.

“The Rider” (May 18) — Already the most critically acclaimed picture of 2018, “The Rider” will open at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on May 18. The film is written and directed by Chloe Zhao, who made “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” which is also set on the Pine Ridge Reservation. “The Rider” is the story of a rodeo rider forced to return home and find a new life after an injury. Its star, Brady Jandreau, will be at the Ross for the opening-night screening.

“RBG” (May 18) — Also opening at the Ross May 18 is this much-anticipated documentary detailing the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, honing in her triumphs and revealing little-known details about the Notorious RBG.

“Hereditary” (June 8) — Toni Collette is a woman who suspects her recently deceased mother is terrorizing her daughter from beyond the grave in this Sundance Film Festival hit that, by all accounts, puts a new, frightening spin on the horror movie.

“Uncle Drew” (June 29) — This one’s likely to stink, but I don’t care. A take off on the ads that find Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving dressed up as an old man, it finds his Uncle Drew putting together his old squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson and Lisa Leslie) to play in the Rucker Class streetball tournament in Harlem. It’s not to be taken remotely seriously.

“Equalizer 2” (July 20) — Sequels usually disappoint. But this one’s got the great Denzel Washington working with director Antoine Fuqua bringing back his CIA agent-turned-vigilante hero. It could be good.

“Mile 22” (Aug. 3) — Director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg have been on a roll, teaming up on “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriot’s Day,” a trio of action dramas all based on real events. They’re together again on “Mile 22,” a thriller about an American intelligence officer who tries to move a cop with sensitive information out of a foreign country. I’m guessing this one’s pure fiction.

“The Meg” (Aug. 10) — Jason Statham, the last real action star, goes up against a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark to try to save an underwater observation team from becoming lunch. A brain-free action picture to close out the summer. What’s not to like?