2022 Summer Blockbusters, Must-See Movies, & Family Films

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 16, 2022

MAY 6: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Fantasy/Adventure | PG-13) The Marvel saga continues, and I am here for it! In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange said, "The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little." In the latest Marvel movie, Steven Strange opens the door to the multiverse — and we all come out a little wiser.

MAY 13: Firestarter (Horror | R) Based on the Stephen King novel about a young girl who is pyrokinetic — she has the power to start fires with her mind — stars Zac Efron as Andy McGee and Ryan Kiera Armstrong as young Charlie.

MAY 27: The Bob's Burgers Movie (Animated Comedy | PG-13) Bob and Linda Belcher are trying to keep their restaurant from closing during the critical summer season as a sinkhole forms in front of it. Meanwhile, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family's restaurant. The primary writers and cast from the show are all involved in the project so if you love the show, you'll surely enjoy the feature film!

MAY 27: Top Gun: Maverick (Action | PG-13) It's a good thing Tom Cruise doesn't age since this movie's release date has been pushed back multiple times. It finally arrives to kick off the summer season. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is back in the danger zone, now dealing with drone technology and his own group of Top Gun graduates, including Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick's dearly departed friend Goose.


JUNE 3: Phantom of the Open (Biopic | PG-13) The true story of golfer Maurice Flitcroft whose disastrous performance at the 1976 British Open Golf Championship made him a folk legend. The point is to dream big... no matter how it turns out.

JUNE 10: Jurassic World Dominion (Sci-Fi | PG-13) OG stars Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill are back to save us from ourselves in the third installment of the Jurassic Park spinoff.

JUNE 17: Lightyear (Animated Adventure | PG) Learn the story of astronaut Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) as he goes to infinity and beyond.

JUNE 24: Elvis (Biopic | PG-13) Elvis Presley gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment in this musical biopic starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll and Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

JUNE 24: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (Comedy | PG) Marcel is an endearing talking mollusk, voiced by Jenny Slate. The original shorts gained quite a loyal following. This beloved character gets his big-screen debut in a hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connections in the smallest corners.


JULY 1: Minions: The Rise of Gru (Animated Comedy | PG) Learn the origin story of how a 12-year-old Gru (Steve Carell) aspired to become the world's greatest supervillain.

JULY 8: Thor: Love and Thunder (Superhero Action | PG-13) Move over Chris Hemsworth; Natalie Portman is stepping up to the plate in the fourth movie of the Thor saga. It's sure to have plenty of action... and maybe a little romance too.

JULY 15: Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (Animated Comedy | PG) Oh, what a cast! This story about an adorable dog that wants to become a samurai includes the voices of Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, Mel Brooks, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, and many more!

JULY 15: Where the Crawdads Sing (Drama | TBD) Based on Delia Owens' popular but controversial debut novel, a young woman named Kya raises herself in the marshes of the deep South in the 1950s. When her ex-boyfriend is found dead, she instantly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

JULY 22: Nope (Horror | TBD) Fans have been eagerly anticipating Jordan Peele's follow-up to 2019's Us. The residents of the Haywood Ranch bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. "What's a bad miracle?"

JULY 29: DC League of Super-Pets (Animated Comedy | PG) When the members of the Justice League are captured by Lex Luthor, Superman's dog Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) forms a team of shelter pets with super-powers: a hound named Ace (Kevin Hart), who becomes super-strong; a pig named PB (Vanessa Bayer), who can grow to giant-size; a turtle named Merton (Natasha Lyonne), who becomes super-fast; and a squirrel named Chip (Diego Luna), who gains electric powers.

JULY 29: Vengeance (Mystery/Comedy | R) The hilarious B.J. Novak wrote, directed, and stars in this story about a radio host from New York City who attempts to solve the murder of a girl he hooked up with.


AUGUST 5: Bullet Train (Action | TBD) In this adaptation of Kotaro Isaka's 2021 satirical novel, five assassins board a fast-moving bullet train, all with the same mission. Who will make it to their destination alive?

AUGUST 5: Secret Headquarters (Action/Adventure | TBD) Young Charlie Kincaid discovers a secret headquarters under his home that seems to belong to a superhero, and he and his friends begin to believe that his estranged father might be living a secret double life.

AUGUST 19: Beast (Thriller | TBD) A father (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters are hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.

AUGUST 26: Samaritan (Action | PG-13) A young boy learns that a superhero who was thought to have gone missing after an epic battle twenty years ago may, in fact, still be around.


SEPTEMBER 9: Salem's Lot (Horror | TBD) Another remake based on another Stephen King novel, this one about a writer who travels to a town where the people become vampires.

SEPTEMBER 16: Distant (Sci-Fi Comedy | PG-13) After crash-landing on an alien planet, an asteroid miner must make his way across harsh terrain hunted by strange creatures to reach the only other survivor.

SEPTEMBER 16: The Woman King (Historical Drama | TBD) Inspired by true events that happened in one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, Nanisca (Viola Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter, fought the French and neighboring tribes who threatened to destroy everything they'd lived for.

SEPTEMBER 23: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Animated Comedy | TBD) Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of Puss in Boots. Upon realizing that he has burned through eight of his nine lives, Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore them.