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2019 Summer Movie Pool Preview

 Long Shot
A Dog's Journey
Annabelle Comes Home
Artemis Fowl
Avengers: Endgame
Child's Play
Dark Phoenix
Detective Pikachu
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Men in Black International
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Playmobil: The Movie
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The Hustle
The Lion King
The New Mutants
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toy Story 4
The Shamrock Shakes are gone, the Super Bloom is Super Over, and Khloe Kardashian hasn’t had a man cheat on her in the last, um, wait for it… three seconds, so it's time for the 23nd Annual Summer Movie Pool!

Will Avengers avenge again or will their Endgame be a checkmate? Can Toy Story 4 break all the animation records that The Incredbles 2 set last summer? Is Godzilla destroying all monsters enough for him to finally conquer the pool?

Make your predictions, cast your votes, and take a dip in the 2019 Summer Movie Pool! It's the pool where all you have to do is guess the Top Five domestic money makers of the season. It's not like we're asking you to do something hard like explain what music will be like in a post-Post Malone world and how soon can we get there.


As always, if I forgot some independent film about a stuffy, wig-wearing monarch or the 84th horror movie of the season, no apologies. I’m just listing the contenders here (or at least movies I couldn’t resist saying something about). Let’s get on with it!!!

April 26

- Avengers: Endgame
This may truly be the Endgame of a franchise, series, or cinematic universe ever having such a big opening weekend as fans are at a fever pitch for this film. The bigger question is whether this movie gives a good enough conclusion for people to come back time and again or is one “I think my bladder is going to explode after this three-hour run-time” experience enough? Depends Adult Diapers, assemble!

May 3

- Long Shot
What’s the longer shot: Charlize Theron falling for Seth Rogan, your old babysitter turning out to be Charlize Theron, or your old babysitter turning out to be Secretary of State. Yeah, Charlize Theron falling for Seth Rogan.

- Uglydolls
I guess since Trolls was a hit musical/animated comedy someone else has to try the same thing, just not as well. I mean, it pains me to say Kelly Clarkson is no Justin Timberlake, yet every time I compare the two films casts, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that Joe Jonas, Pitbull, and Wanda Sykes aren’t going to make me “Dance, dance, dance.”

May 10

- Detective Pikachu
The voice of Deadpool inside, squishy, fluffy, lovable Pokemon Pikachu?! What should be nothing more than an SNL sketch has gotten everyone from Pokemon Go to original Game Boys players ready to believe this can actually work. Pika Pika!

- The Hustle
I have nothing against Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson remaking Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I only have a problem that I wrote this same thing a year ago, meaning this movie’s been delayed for awhile. Now that’s dirty.

- Poms
One of the most-uplifting stories I ever read was about a group of 80 year-old women playing in a basketball league in San Diego, so there’s no way I’m mocking this movie’s senior-citizens entering a cheerleading contest. Bring it on! And if Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union remake this movie 20 years from now, I’m there opening night!

May 17

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Don’t call it a comeback, Keanu Reeves has been here for years! His latest revival project is now three movies in and even having me google things like “What does Parabellum mean?” Apparently, it’s latin for “prepare for war.” You see, it’s the thinking man’s action movie.

- A Dog’s Journey
This is so weird. I thought that other dog movie in January, A Dog’s Way Home, was the follow-up to A Dog’s Purpose. This is the one? All I know is these trailers are all the same.They basically show the whole movie in two-minutes and it drives my soon-to-be high school graduating son insane. I’ve taught him well.

May 24

- Aladdin
Prince Ali, mighty is he, Ali Ababwa. As for the rest of this movie, I have no clue. The first of two Disney live-action remakes coming out this summer (and third of the year… Seriously, fellas, pace yourself!). Is it weird that we’ve reached a place where we’re kinda glad Will Smith isn’t in the Men in Black film this year and worried that he is in this one?

- Brightburn
Imagine a world where Superman came to Earth as a baby and grew-up to be a murderous supervillain in middle-school. Puberty sucks no matter the planet.

May 31

- Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla’s back to save the world from all three of his famous nemeses from the 50’s and 60’s films: Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah. Of course, he won’t save it before a lot of the world is already destroyed or it wouldn’t be much fun, which is a little odd to say.

- Rocketman
Fresh off the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody’s success comes this biopic about Elton John. Are filmgoers ready from some more Crocodile Rock or are they going to go breakin’ his heart?

June 7

- The Secret Life of Pets 2
The first Pets’ $368.4 million was the 8th highest gross for an animated film ever… and if you’d given my 80 guesses for what that 8th film was before I Googled it, I’d never have guessed. Do people want more secrets or are some things better left unshown?

- Dark Phoenix
What kind of contract did Jennifer Lawrence sign back in X-Men: First Class that she still has to get all blued-up as Mystique four film later?! This lady has better things to do than continually set the background story for a character that had so much depth in the original films she was played by Rebecca Romijn Stamos. We’ll see if this remake of X-Men: The Last Stand ends this season as well before Disney’s Marvel Universe takes over.

June 14

- Men in Black International
Thor and Valkyrie from Ragnarok (or Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson for those who don’t follow comic book movies) take over this series and look like they bring the fun from Ragnarok with them. The first Men In Black film came out in 1997, the very first year of the Summer Blockbuster Pool, so it’s got some special memories for me… Unfortunately, so does Speed 2.

- Shaft
Wait, what? Didn’t we already remake this film 20 years ago? Samuel L. Jackson returns to hand-off his shaftiness to his son also named… wait for it… Shaft!

June 21

- Toy Story 4
Woody, Buzz, and the gang are back with new owner Bonnie. Toy Story 3 ended-up (at the time) as the third biggest animated film of all-time. It’s fallen to fifth after the success of Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2. Can the O.G. Pixar series reclaim its place at the top of the Pixar mantle?

- Child’s Play
Well, they’ve brought back every other 80’s horror series. What’s one more? Chucky has returned and this time he’s voiced by Mark Hamill, probably doing his variation of the Joker voice. Unless they’ve updated Chucky to be a character in Fortnite, how can they expect an audience to ever believe a boy would play with him?

June 28

- Yesterday
So, a guy wakes up in a world where no one’s ever heard of the Beatles and is able to make himself the biggest music star in the world by playing their music as his own? I could see where Yellow Submarine gets him into Baby Shark YouTube fad territory, but Revolution 9 ain’t ever going to fly away from vinyl. We have the power of “Alexa, next song” now.

- Annabelle Comes Home
How did we get to three Annabelle movies before we got three Conjuring movies?! More importantly, how is this creepy doll movie being released just a week after the “other” creepy doll movie, Child’s Play?! No wonder Toys R Us went out of business… Everything’s creepy!

July 5

- Spider-Man: Far From Home
While we still don’t know whether this film is pre-Infinity War or post-Endgame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline (It feel’s “pre” though, like last year’s Ant Man & The Wasp), what we do know is this is Jake Gyllenhaal’s first big-budget, blockbuster movie since Prince of Persia: Sands of Time nine years ago. Let’s hope his Mysterio doesn’t cause another nine-year desert for him.

July 12

- Stuber
Batista takes off his Drax make-up to play a cop using an uber driver to chase down a brutal killer in this action comedy. Sounds like this summer’s version of Central Intelligence but without The Rock’s fanny pack.

July 19

- The Lion King
It is weird to call this a live-action remake when it’s almost all CGI. The first Lion King was the biggest animated hit of all-time when it came out in 1994. Can this version really challenge the top films of Summer 2019 or will it get lost in the shuffle? Be prepared!

July 26

- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino, but he really knows how to cast his movies. Two of his veterans return (you know, little ole Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio) in this winding story based around the final “golden days” of Hollywood in the late 60’s. So, wait, The Love Bug and Barberella were in the “golden days” of Hollywood?

August 2

- The New Mutants
This “other” summer film set in the X-Men Universe has been delayed since April 2018 and rumor has it it may be delayed again. These “New” Mutants are going to be card-carrying AARP members by the time this film is released.

- Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Dora the Explorer makes her live-action debut as a perky high-schooler trying to rescue her parents and, you know, find the Lost City of Gold. It’s kinda right there in the title.

- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Here it is. The F&F franchise didn’t just seem to jump the shark. They ran over it, backed-up, and then ran over it some more. Gene-therapy altered bullet-proof Idris Elba? Check. The Rock chewing up scenery like he’s facing Stone Cold Steve Austin? Check. Jason Statham just glad to be getting a paycheck again? Check.

August 9

- Artemis Fowl
Kenneth Branagh directs this Disney adaption of the best-selling kids book series about a brilliant, teenage, criminal mastermind. Disney’s obviously hoping for some Harry Potter-lite success, like something in the Divergent lane. They could also stall in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid track. That would be a Loded Diper.

August 16

- Playmobil: The Movie
Seriously, someone pitched this toy manufacturer “If they can make a hit movie with Legos, we can make an even bigger hit movie with Playmobil” and they bought it? Fantastic. Lincoln Logs: The Movie, you’re on deck.

- The Angry Birds Movie 2
The first AB movie was sort of a surprise $100 million-plus hit in 2016. Three years later they’re burying the sequel at the end of summer. I guess the app reviews have really gone down lately. At least now the birds finally have something to be angry about.

by Matt Neuenburg on 04/17/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Long Shot, A Dog's Journey, Aladdin, Annabelle Comes Home, Artemis Fowl, Avengers: Endgame, Brightburn, Child's Play, Dark Phoenix, Detective Pikachu, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Men in Black International, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Playmobil: The Movie, Poms, Rocketman, Shaft, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Stuber, The Angry Birds Movie 2, The Hustle, The Lion King, The New Mutants, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4, Uglydolls, Yesterday
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