Summer Movies 2019: Here’s What’s Coming Soon to Theaters

Here is a highly select list of noteworthy films due out this season. Release dates are subject to change.

ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE Ali Wong plays a Los Angeles chef whose return to her native San Francisco occasions a reconnection (and a romance?) with an old friend (Randall Park).

DOMINO Brian De Palma’s first feature since “Passion” (2013) is a European production with a rocky history; in an interview with Le Figaro, he distanced himself from the project. Still, teeming with the director’s signature visual tricks and homages to Hitchcock, the film is recognizably his. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten play Copenhagen police searching for the killer of one of their own. Guy Pearce plays a C.I.A. operative.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Five years after the last Hollywood movie in which he stomped through town, the giant lizard returns for a monster mash-up. Now he’s more or less on humanity’s side, at least compared with Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown and Ken Watanabe are among the cast members who risk being squashed.

MA Important safety tip, teenagers: When you ask an adult to buy you alcohol, make sure you’re not cadging off someone who will develop a dangerous obsession with you and your cohorts. Octavia Spencer fills that role in this thriller from Tate Taylor (“The Help”); the cast includes Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans.

ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, who stepped in to finish filming “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired (and yes, The Washington Post reported, Fletcher was responsible for the scene derided for its terrible editing), now directs a musical biopic he can fully call his own, with Taron Egerton as Elton John.

THE BLACK GODFATHER Often called the “godfather of black music,” the industry executive Clarence Avant — who played an important role in the careers of Bill Withers and Quincy Jones, among many others — is profiled in this documentary.

PAVAROTTI Ron Howard, opera fan? He directed this documentary about the legendary tenor, with his singing mixed for Dolby Atmos.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 Just how big a paycheck did the suits have to cut Harrison Ford to lend his voice to a farm dog named Rooster? Patton Oswalt takes over for Louis C.K. as the terrier Max, while Jenny Slate and Kevin Hart return as a Pomeranian and a bunny.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL This time it’s Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth who suit up as wisecracking agents who thwart threats from nasty aliens (and prevent knowledge of the good ones). F. Gary Gray directs. Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson have also been tailored for the occasion.

OUR TIME (NUESTRO TIEMPO) This mesmerizing overshare from the Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (“Post Tenebras Lux”) stars the director and Natalia López as a couple whose open marriage is tested when she has an affair with a horse trainer. Reygadas and López are married in real life, lending a voyeuristic pull to the movie.

SHAFT Who are the cats that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Shaft!) In this movie, there are three: Samuel L. Jackson (returning from John Singleton’s 2000 reboot), Jessie T. Usher as his son and Richard Roundtree (returning, of course, from, among other things, the Gordon Parks original and several other iterations) as Grandpa Shaft. Regina Hall co-stars.

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY Drawing connections in a way that might have pleased Chris Marker, the master of the essay film, Petra Costa directs this highly personal look at recent political history in Brazil. She uses the lenses of both her family (her parents lived underground during part of the dictatorship that ended in 1985) and agreeably wonky analysis (of, for instance, the body language at the inauguration of former President Dilma Rousseff).

CHILD’S PLAY This killer-doll franchise is an excellent demonstration of the life cycle of a commercial movie property: Follow a hit original (1988) with two sequels (“Child’s Play 2” and “Child’s Play 3”) and several self-parodies (“Bride of Chucky,” “Seed of Chucky” and straight-to-video follow-ups) — then reboot. Aubrey Plaza and Gabriel Bateman star in this “contemporary reimagining,” with Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky.

CRAWL Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper get trapped in a crawlspace during a Florida hurricane. And you know what’s also native to Florida and crawls: alligators. Alexandre Aja directed.

THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang’s bittersweet, semi-autobiographical feature was a runaway success with critics at Sundance. Awkwafina, who delivers much of her performance in Mandarin, plays a young woman who travels with her family to say goodbye to her terminally ill grandmother (Zhao Shuzhen) — though they say they’re there to attend a wedding, because they can’t tell the grandmother she is dying.

STUBER Kumail Nanjiani plays an Uber driver whose latest fare is a Los Angeles cop (Dave Bautista) insistent that he be driven around while he pursues a killer. Why the cop doesn’t have his own car is, let’s hope, answered amid the wisecracks and explosions. Michael Dowse (“Goon”) directed.

SWORD OF TRUST After inheriting a sword with a dubious Civil War history from her grandfather, a woman (Jillian Bell) and her friend (Michaela Watkins) try selling it to a pawnshop owner (Marc Maron), who in turn tries his luck on the black market. Lynn Shelton (“Humpday”) directed.

THE LION KING It’s the ciiiircle of life! The 1994 animated feature lives again, reanimated in a more photorealistic style for the tastes of 2019. Jon Favreau directed, with Donald Glover providing the voice for Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor for Scar.

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW This offshoot of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise finds the rivals Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) putting their cue-ball heads together to thwart a genetically enhanced soldier (Idris Elba). Vanessa Kirby plays Shaw’s sister.

LA FLOR Lasting more than 13 hours, the Argentine director Mariano Llinás’s movie seems like a safe bet to be the longest film released this year; it is also one of the most strangely structured. The director explains at the outset that several of the film’s tales lack endings, and the final one has no beginning. Those who’ve taken the plunge at festivals say it’s worth it.

LUCE This pressure-cooked drama from the director Julius Onah — adapted from a play staged at Lincoln Center in 2013 — is theatrical in the best sense. A class project by the title character, (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a model student adopted after a traumatic early childhood in Eritrea, raises the suspicions of a teacher (Octavia Spencer) and puts her in investigative mode. As the movie explores the consequences of what she learns, nothing is as clear-cut as it seems. Naomi Watts and Tim Roth play Luce’s parents.

THE NIGHTINGALE The Australian director Jennifer Kent follows her much-loved horror film “The Babadook” with this deeply upsetting outback western. Set in the 19th century, when Britain administered its penal-colony system in Australia, it stars Aisling Franciosi as an Irish convict who, having been violently wronged by the lieutenant (Sam Claflin) responsible for her release, seeks vengeance, aided by an aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr).

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN Kevin Costner has never been great at accents (“Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Thirteen Days”), but it’s pretty hard to screw up being the voice of a dog, which he is in this adaptation of Garth Stein’s novel. Milo Ventimiglia plays the dog’s human companion.

BRIAN BANKS Banks was a high school football star convicted of rape in 2002. In 2012, after assistance from the California Innocence Project, he was exonerated and his conviction was overturned. This dramatized feature stars Aldis Hodge as Banks.

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD Dora the Explorer (Isabela Moner) goes live-action. Her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) send her away from the jungle and into to the wilds of high school against her will — but she soon has to rescue them. A city of gold is somehow involved.

THE KITCHEN “Kitchen” as in “Hell’s,” that is. It’s another DC comic adaptation — but perhaps not the one you expected. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss play mobster housewives who take care of business after their husbands go to the slammer. Andrea Berloff directed.

ONE CHILD NATION The winner of the top American documentary prize at this year’s Sundance festival, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s film looks at the legacy of China’s one-child policy. Wang, who was raised in China but now lives in the United States, examines how her perceptions of the policy have changed over time, from an upbringing saturated with propaganda promoting it to her current perceptions of it as a mother.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Alvin Schwartz’s incredibly creepy kid-lit anthology books make the leap to the big screen, with Guillermo del Toro among the producers. The conceit is that a group of children in 1968 stumble on a book of, well, scary stories, that come to life.

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