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Summer Arts Preview

Summer movie release dates

Emma Nelson and Cate Blanchett in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”
Emma Nelson and Cate Blanchett in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”(Wilson Webb/Annapurna Pictures)

MAY 24

ALADDIN Disney continues to go the live-action route with its past animated hits. This time it’s the 1992 tale from the “Arabian Nights” about a certain genie in a certain lamp. Stepping into Robin Williams’s big slippers as the genie is Will Smith.

ALL IS TRUE Kenneth Branagh directed and plays Shakespeare in this drama about the Bard’s final days. Judi Dench and Ian McKellen costar.

BOOKSMART Actress Olivia Wilde makes her feature directing debut with this comedy about a pair of high school best friends. Soon to graduate, they decide to start overachieving socially as well as academically.

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MEETING GORBACHEV As in Mikhail, of course — and meeting as in with Werner Herzog, definitely not of course. That makes the idea of this documentary, which Herzog co-directed with Andre Singer, all the more intriguing.

THE SOUVENIR It’s the early ’80s, and a female film student becomes involved with an older man. Honor Swinton Byrne plays the student, Tom Burke the ungentlemanly gentleman, and Tilda Swinton, Byrne’s mother, the student’s mother.

Also opening: Brightburn

MAY 31

ROCKETMAN Rami Malek won an Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury. How will Taron Egerton do playing Elton John? Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jamie Bell (as Bernie Taupin) costar.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS The big guy is back. Once again he’s up against good old Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah. Sally Hawkins, having fared so well with a saurian costar in “The Shape of Water,” stars.

HALSTON The designer who put the ultra into Ultrasuede is the subject of this very ’70s documentary from director Frédéric Tcheng.

MA A nice woman in the neighborhood (Octavia Spencer) lets some local teens hang out in her basement. Except what if it turns out she’s not so nice? Juliette Lewis and Allison Janney costar.

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THE TOMORROW MAN He fears what lies ahead. She shops like there’s no tomorrow. Do they have a future? John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star.

JUNE 7

DARK PHOENIX This latest arrival in the X-Men series focuses on the title character, a.k.a. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). On hand are such familiar faces as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.

LATE NIGHT Mindy Kaling wrote the script for this pointed comedy about a talk show host (Emma Thompson) who finally gets around to adding a woman (Kaling) to her all-male writing staff.

PAVAROTTI Ron Howard directed this documentary about the much-loved and ever-irrepressible primo don.

WALKING ON WATER A documentary look at the artist Christo’s most ambitious installation, a saffron-colored walkway floating on an Italian lake.

Also opening: The Secret Life
of Pets 2

JUNE 14

THE DEAD DON’T DIE Jim Jarmusch, that indie totem, made a vampire movie six years ago, “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Now it’s time for him to make a zombie movie. The very undead cast includes Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and Steve Buscemi.

THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE The wrong man ends up with two sacks of cash in Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand’s comic thriller.

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN
FRANCISCO
The debut feature by writer-director Joe Talbot, this drama about the way we live now looks at class and race in the city by the Bay.

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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (reunited from “Avengers: Endgame”) wear the Ray-Bans in this latest iteration of the franchise.

SHAFT Nineteen years later, Samuel L. Jackson returns as John Shaft II, nephew of that famous cat who won’t cop out when there’s danger all about.

Also opening: Framing John DeLorean, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

JUNE 21

TOY STORY 4 The original “Toy Story” (1995) showed how good Pixar could be. The second (1999) and third (2010) showed how good sequels could be. What will the fourth show (other than Woody and Buzz and Jessie and the rest of the gang)? Josh Cooley, who helped write “Inside Out,” makes his feature directing debut.

THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES Mark Cousins, the man behind the epic “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” tackles one of the epic figures in the history of the medium.

Also opening: Hampstead

JUNE 28

YESTERDAY Imagine a world in which just one person (Himesh Patel) remembered the Beatles and their music. That’s what director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millioniare”) has done in this truly one-of-a-kind feature. Lily James and Kate McKinnon costar.

THE QUIET ONE This documentary about the original Rolling Stone everyone forgets about, Bill Wyman, poses the musical question “Have you seen your bassist, baby, standing in the shadow?”

Also opening: Annabelle Comes Home, The Spy Behind Home Plate

JULY 2

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) goes on a European vacation a lot more than his spider-sense starts tingling. Caught in Spidey’s net are Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the ever-welcome Samuel L. Jackson.

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JULY 3

OPHELIA Daisy Ridley stars in the title role, as director Claire McCarthy offers “Hamlet” from a very different
perspective. Naomi Watts (Gertrude), George MacKay (Hamlet), Clive Owen (Claudius), and Tom Felton
(Laertes) costar.

Also opening: Midsommar

JULY 5

MAIDEN Alex Holmes’s documentary follows the first all-female yachting crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race.

JULY 12

STUBER Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) plays an Uber driver who gets dragooned by a cop (Dave Bautista) into pursuing a terrorist. It’s a comedy, especially if you’re a Lyft driver.

Also opening: Crawl

J ULY 19

THE LION KING Twenty-five years after the original, Disney updates one of its greatest animation triumphs. Voice talent includes Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Beyoncé. James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa.

THE FAREWELL Generations and cultures clash in this comedy about a young woman (Awkwafina) who goes to China to visit her seriously ill grandmother.

Also opening: Sword of Trust,
Trespassers

JULY 26

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Tinseltown in 1969, the year of the Manson murders. Hmm. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a TV actor, and Brad Pitt plays his stunt double. Hmm? Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed. Hmm! Margot Robbie and Al Pacino head a wild supporting cast.

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Also opening: Brahms: The Boy II, David Crosby: Remember My Name

AUG. 2

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW A spinoff from everyone’s favorite in-the-passing-lane franchise. Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and Jason Statham (Shaw) team up to battle a genetically-altered bad guy (Idris Elba) with the truly fabulous name of Brixton Lore.

AUG. 9

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN Garth Stein’s best-selling 2008 novel comes to the screen. Kevin Costner provides the voice of Enzo, who tells the story of his race car-driving owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), and his wife (Amanda Seyfried).

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD Dora the Explorer (Isabela Moner) comes to the big screen. Lending a hand are Benicio Del Toro, Michael Peña, and Eva Longoria.

THE KITCHEN It’s New York in the ’70s in this crime drama, and some mob wives take up where their husbands left off when the gents end up in prison. Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy star.

Also opening: The Nightingale, One Child Nation, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

AUG. 14

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) directed and co-wrote this coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old in Briton in the late ’80s whose life is changed by the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Also opening: The Angry Birds
Movie 2

A UG. 16

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Richard Linklater directed this adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel about what happens when friends and family go looking for a woman (Cate Blanchett) after she disappears. Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, and Laurence Fishburne costar.

GOOD BOYS Three sixth-graders get involved in a drug deal. It’s a comedy. Jacob Tremblay (“Room,” “Wonder”) stars.

THE INFORMER An ex-con (Joel Kinnaman) goes undercover in a maximum-security prison to foil a drug deal. Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen costar.

AUG. 23

ANGEL HAS FALLEN Gerard Butler plays a Secret Service agent falsely accused of an attempted presidential assassination. Trying to avoid capture, he has to find the real bad guys. Piper Perabo and Morgan Freeman costar.

Also opening: Aquarela, Overcomer, Ready or Not

AUG. 30

PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE Hey, it worked for Lego, right?

SEPT. 6

IT: CHAPTER TWO Just because more than a quarter century has passed doesn’t mean bad things can’t happen again. This is a Stephen King story, after all. James McAvoy, Javier Botet, and Jessica Chastain star.

OFFICIAL SECRETS Gavin Hood (“Eye in the Sky”) directed and co-wrote this based-on-fact story of an English whistleblower (Keira Knightley) who revealed information about the buildup to the US invasion of Iraq. Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes costar.


Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe.com.