Did we even have a spring? How is it the summer season already?
It’s actually been summer at the movies for a couple of weeks now, with the likes of such blockbusters as “The Avengers” and “John Wick” making some noise.
But Hollywood has more in store. Here’s a look. (Release dates subject to change.)
”Ma.” A lonely woman (Octavia Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house, but soon things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Rating: R (violent/disturbing material, languagethroughout, sexual content, teen drug and alcohol use). Theaters: Four Seasons, AMC 18, Red Cinemas, Brassfield, The Grande, Palladium, AMC 8.
”Dark Phoenix.” The next film in the X-Men saga is the story of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into a powerful mutant.
”The Secret Life of Pets 2.” More adventures with Max the dog and his pet friends when their owners leave for work or school.
”Late Night.” Oscar winner Emma Thompson stars as a late-night talk show host whose world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the screenplay).
”Men in Black: International.” This “Men in Black” spin-off has Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson using high-tech weaponry to battle mischievous aliens on Earth.
”Shaft.” FBI agent John “JJ” Shaft Jr. (Jessie Usher) turns to his estranged father — the legendary John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) — to uncover the truth behind his friend’s disappearance in this sequel that also stars the original Shaft from the ‘70s, Richard Roundtree.
”Toy Story 4.” Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with a new toy named Forky.
”Child’s Play.” The world probably didn’t need a Chucky reboot, but we’re getting one anyway, with a new origin story, as a mother gives her son a toy doll (voiced by none other than Mark Hamill) for his birthday, unaware of its sinister nature.
”Annabelle Comes Home.” The seventh installment in “The Conjuring” franchise has paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) locking up the possessed doll in an artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, a night of terror ensues for the couple’s young daughter and her friends.
”Yesterday.” A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. So he performs their songs as his own, naturally, and becomes a big star.
”Spider-Man: Far from Home.” Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
”21 Bridges.” After uncovering a massive conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) joins a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue — and who’s in pursuit of him.
”Stuber.” Action/comedy about a mild-mannered Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) who picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer.
”The Lion King.” Jon Favreau directs this CGI remake about a young lion prince who flees his kingdom thinking he caused his father’s death, only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. With the voices of Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Earl Jones.
”Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Quentin Tarantino directs this tale set in 1969 Los Angeles, as a fading television star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double (Brad Pitt) make their way around a changing industry that they hardly recognize anymore.
”Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” Duane Johnson and Jason Statham star in this “Fast & Furious” spin-off as their characters Hobbs and Shaw, respectively, who form an unlikely alliance when a “cyber-genetically enhanced” villain threatens the future of humanity.
”The Kitchen.” When gangster husbands wind up in prison in the 1970s, their wives take over their organization and become Hell’s Kitchen’s most powerful mobsters. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, Domhnall Gleeson and Melissa McCarthy.
”The Angry Birds Movie 2.” The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level in this sequel.
”Good Boys.” Three sixth-grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. Expect this to be a pretty raunchy comedy.
”Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” A loving mom (Cate Blanchett) becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer also star.
”Angel Has Fallen.” The third film in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series has Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) framed for the attempted assassination of the president and must uncover the real threat.