Summer is just getting started, but the best way to get the most out of some of the biggest weekends of the year is to make plans. So, we’re looking forward to Labor Day, when we can get our last dose of warm-weather escapism for the year.
For 2019, we can let Jason Statham and The Rock guide us through the end of August or turn to any of the action, comedy, horror and drama offerings below to liven up those last days of summer.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
This spinoff from THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS gives The Rock and Jason Statham — aka Hobbs and Shaw — their own over-the-top action spectacle, as they face off against a super-powered villain played by Idris Elba. The bickering frenemies are armed with bulging biceps and big guns, but the only weapons these two antiheroes need are their quick wits. (August 2)
Blinded by the Light
Way back in 2002, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha had a huge indie hit with the comedy BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, which featured the first big performance from Keira Knightley. Now Chadha has a new star in the making, Viveik Kalra, playing the lead of this story about a Pakistani teen growing up in Britain in 1987, who finds a whole new way to look at the world when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. (August 14)
Angel Has Fallen
Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has served his country faithfully, but his skill of protecting the president is probably exactly why he has become a target himself. When Banning is framed for a failed assassination attempt on President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), the disgraced agent goes on the run in an attempt to clear his own name and, of course, to protect the president and guard the entire country against imminent danger. (August 23)
Dave Bautista has faced Thanos, Blade Runner and the best that pro wrestling has to offer — but now he has to deal with the most fear-inducing character of all: a 9-year-old girl. Bautista plays an ultra-capable CIA agent conducting surveillance on the kid’s parents. When young Sophie (Chloe Coleman) catches the agent at work, she brokers a deal — she won’t give him up if he teaches her how to be a spy. (August 23)
Ready or Not
No one asked for our advice but we’ll offer it anyway: Get to know your partner’s family before getting married. Samara Weaving plays a young woman who has just married a guy (Mark O’Brien) from a rich and, um, eccentric family. A post-wedding weekend with her husband’s parents (Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell) and brother (Adam Brody) turns into a terrifying experience when a family tradition turns into a potentially deadly game. (August 23)