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The summer season is back!

With COVID restrictions easing and movie theaters reopening, the 2021 summer box office looks pretty crowded; there are a LOT of offerings, though as always, one anticipates the level of quality will be wide-ranging.

That said, there are few things I enjoy more than looking forward at the movie release slate to come, so now that I have the opportunity, I intend to take full advantage.

To that end, here is a list of 21 films coming to theaters over the next few months. Now, there are some of these movies that will be receiving simultaneous streaming releases – mostly the Warner Brothers/HBO Max entries and a few Disney+ offerings, with a handful of others as well – but they will all be hitting the big screen.

It’s worth noting that there will be plenty of big-time streaming-only films coming from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and the like. These movies have their own blockbuster bona fides, but I’ve chosen to focus on films hitting the silver screen for the ticket-buying public.

In addition, this is just a fraction of all the movies coming your way this summer. If I missed something that you’re looking forward to, well – apologies. And I’m not saying these are the 21 BEST movies of the summer – a quick glance should disabuse you of that notion. This is just a cross-section of the (hopefully) good, (possibly) bad and (potentially) ugly from the weeks ahead.

(Please note that all of the listed release dates are subject to change.)

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We begin this now-annual tradition as we always do: with the caveat that it seems a bit silly to be writing a summer movie preview so far in advance of summer.

Still, Hollywood has undeniably extended the season, turning the beginning of May into our summer starting point, so if we’re going to catalog the blockbusters, then this is where we start.

Although if we’re going to be real about it, the biggest movie of the year has already happened – “Avengers: Endgame” just had the biggest box office opening ever, clocking well over a billion dollars worldwide.

(Note: You can check out my review right in this very edition. If you’re reading this in print, you passed it on the way here.)

But while the biggest may have already landed, there’s still plenty to be excited about.

2018 has plenty of what we’ve come to expect from blockbuster season – plenty of sequels and a bunch of remake/reboot-type offerings and some superheroes, along with animated fare, a smattering of comedies, some kiddie flicks and maybe a horror picture or two. It’s not like we don’t know how it works.

Honestly, there’s a LOT of what we’ve seen before. But hey – familiarity isn’t always a bad thing. Let’s have a look at what the summer of 2019 has to offer.

(Please note: this not a list of the 19 best films, but rather an attempt at a representative sample of what’s coming. There are movies that I expect to enjoy that aren’t here and movies I expect to actively dislike that are. Still, it looks like there’s something for everyone.)

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