Summer movie preview: Family films worth finding

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Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) in 'Detective Pikachu'.
Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) in ‘Detective Pikachu’.

Image: Warner Bros. / VICKY LETA / MASHABLE

The summer movie season is upon us, flooding our theaters with intriguing new releases. So here we are to help you navigate that storm, with a look ahead at some of the most exciting titles to come. 

You can’t choose your family — but with our help, maybe you can choose what movie you see with them. Whether you’re hanging with a nature-loving nephew, a mild-mannered mom, or a cranky teen cousin, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here’s what to watch if you’re with the family …

… and they freaking love Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (May 10)

Once you get over the extreme weirdness of “realistic”-looking Pokémon, one of whom sounds exactly like Deadpool, Detective Pikachu looks pretty freaking fun. It’s a murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of a neon-soaked metropolis — only one of the hardboiled detectives is an absolutely adorable little fuzzball, and the persons of interest are as likely to be Pokémon as they are actual people.   

… and you want just wanna feel good: Poms (May 10)

Poms looks poised to scratch a very specific itch — the same one films like Book Club, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Home Again have scratched in years past. You know, the one for sweet comedies about grown-up women living their best lives, chasing their dearest dreams, and maybe even finding true love in the process. Aw, we’re feeling warm and fuzzy already. 

… and you guys are nature people: The Biggest Little Farm (May 10)

If you’ve ever fantasized about getting closer to nature, The Biggest Little Farm might inspire you to finally make a move — or stick to daydreaming. The documentary chronicles a California couple’s effort to start a farm in harmony with nature, and though it’s got no shortage of cuddly animals and breathtaking vistas, it’s most fascinating when it’s confronting the challenges of sustainable farming head-on. 

… you want to terrify the kids: Child’s Play (June 21)

Okay, okay, a disclaimer: Please do not take actually traumatize a small child for life by introducing them to Chucky too soon. But if you’re hanging out with some older kids who seem ready for a formative fright or two, try this one on for size. Watching a movie that scares the bejesus out of you is a time-honored tradition of adolescence, after all. 

… and you’re up for a good group cry: Toy Story 4 (June 21)

Just when you thought the Toy Story movies couldn’t get any more emotional, 4 introduces existential despair into the mix, in the form of Forky (Tony Hale), a suicidal spork who is Bonnie’s new favorite toy. Woody (Tom Hanks) subsequently begins to question his own purpose in life, especially after reuniting with his old pal Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Heavy stuff for a family film, we know, but if anyone can make that combination work, it’s Pixar. 

… including a skeptical teenager: Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5)

Not even superheroes are immune from teen angst, as evidenced by Spider-Man: Homecoming and now Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland) steps out for a class trip to Europe, only to find himself in a fight against Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) — though even that seems nerve-wracking than the prospect of flirting with MJ (Zendaya). 

Our 2019 summer movie preview runs all week long. Come back to learn what to watch if… 

Monday:
Tuesday: … you feel the need for speed   
Wednesday: … you’re with the family   
Thursday: … you want to feel something  
Friday: … you just want the best

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