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Summer movies 2018: 'Deadpool 2,' 'Ocean's 8,' more big releases

Summer starts strangely early this year thanks to the Disney-Marvel pop-culture machine. The studio pushed its long-awaited “Avengers: Infinity War” from May 4 to April 27, which in turn led Warner Bros. to bump its action-blockbuster “Rampage” a week earlier to April 13 — and now the summer movie season is basically starting in early spring. Here’s a look at some of the big movies coming to Long...

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Summer starts strangely early this year thanks to the Disney-Marvel pop-culture machine. The studio pushed its long-awaited “Avengers: Infinity War” from May 4 to April 27, which in turn led Warner Bros. to bump its action-blockbuster “Rampage” a week earlier to April 13 — and now the summer movie season is basically starting in early spring. Here’s a look at some of the big movies coming to Long Island.

'Rampage' (April 13)

Video game adaptations rarely make even half-decent movies, but this one has reportedly been testing well in advance screenings. It stars Dwayne Johnson as a man who must stop three massive monster-animals — wolf, crocodile, gorilla — from terrorizing North America.

'Avengers: Infinity War' (April 27)

Nearly every character who has ever appeared in a Marvel movie – from Iron Man to Nebula – will come together in this, the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It involves those Infinity Stones we’ve been hearing about for so many years. 

'Overboard' (May 4)

When a wealthy playboy (Eugenio Derbez) develops amnesia, his ill-treated housecleaner (Anna Faris) pretends to be his wife. It’s a remake of the 1987 rom-com that starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

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'Breaking In' (May 11)

 A mother (Gabrielle Union) must rescue her two children from a kidnapper in an impenetrable house.

'Life of the Party' (May 11)

A newly-dumped housewife (Melissa McCarthy) decides to go to college — the same one attended by her daughter (Molly Gordon). Written by McCarthy with her husband, Ben Falcone, who directs. 
 

 

 

'Deadpool 2' (May 18)

Ryan Reynolds is back as Marvel’s family-unfriendly anti-hero, Wade Wilson, this time fighting a time-traveling villain named Cable (Josh Brolin).

'Show Dogs' (May 18)

A detective (Will Arnett) and his canine partner (the voice of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) must go undercover at a famous dog show to crack a case. 

'That Summer' (May 18)

Another perspective on East Hampton’s legendary Beale women, seen in long-lost footage taken before the famous Maysles brothers documentary “Grey Gardens.” 
 

 

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' (May 25)

The back story of a young space-cowboy named Han Solo, played by relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich. Directed by Ron Howard.

'Adrift' (June 1)

A young couple (Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley) struggle to survive on a boat battered by a massive storm. Based on a true story. 

 

'Ocean's 8' (June 8)

This all-female spinoff of the “Ocean’s 11” series stars Sandra Bullock as the sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney, in the previous films), and they apparently share a gene for masterminding heists. The intriguingly eclectic cast includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter.

'Incredibles 2' (June 15)

Nearly 15 years after “The Incredibles,” we find Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) playing Mr. Mom while Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) saves the world. Brad Bird returns to write and direct. 

'Super Fly' (June 15)

The 1972 Blaxploitation classic “Superfly,” about a cocaine dealer trying to exit the business, gets a modern update from music-video veteran Director X. With Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell.

'Tag' (June 15)

Five friends who have been playing a continuous game of tag refuse to stop — even into their 40s. With Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Burress and Jon Hamm. Based on a true story. 

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' (June 22)

The second film in the rebooted series brings back Chris Pratt as Navy vet Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as theme park honcho Claire Dearing. The new director is J.A. Bayona, known for his 2007 horror film “The Orphanage.” 

'Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado' (June 29)

A sequel to the 2015 crime-drama “Sicario,” with Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro returning as strange bedfellows in the war against drug cartels. Directed by Stefano Sollima. 

'Three Identical Strangers' (June 29)

A documentary on three young men who meet for the first time and discover they were triplets separated upon their birth at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. 

'Ant-man and The Wasp' (July 6)

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly play the title roles in this sequel to 2015’s freewheeling Marvel entry “Ant-Man.” Peyton Reed returns to direct.

'Sorry to Bother You' (July 6)

A black telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) uses his “white voice” to climb the ladder of success. With Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer and Danny Glover. 

'Whitney' (July 6)

Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald (“One Day in September”) focuses on Whitney Houston, the dazzling pop-soul singer who died of drug-related causes at the age of 48. 
 

 

'Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot' (July 13)

The story of John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), a quadriplegic who launched a successful — but controversial — career as a cartoonist. Directed by Gus Van Sant. 

'Skyskscraper' (July 13)

A former FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) must rescue his family from a burning building, even though he’s been framed for setting it ablaze.

'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' (July 13)

In this animated threequel, Drac (Adam Sandler) takes a luxury cruise with his family. With new addition Kathryn Hahn. 

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' (July 20)

Ten years after the ABBA movie-musical “Mamma Mia!,” the original cast returns. With Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and new addition Cher.

'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' (July 27)

Cartoon Network’s recently rebooted series, about young superheroes who are also roommates, is now a feature film with the voices of Will Arnett and Kristen Bell. 

'Disney's Christopher Robin' (Aug. 3)

The son of A.A. Milne, now grown and played by Ewan McGregor, re-connects with his childhood friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the gang. 

'The Darkest Minds' (Aug. 6)

When teenagers mysteriously develop superpowers, they find themselves persecuted by adults — and forced to fight back. With Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore.

'Crazy Rich Asians' (Aug. 17)

New Yorker Rachel (Constance Wu) discovers that her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), is actually one of the wealthiest bachelors in his native Singapore. Based on Kevin Kwan’s novel. 

'Kin' (Aug. 31)

A sci-fi thriller about a recently released con (Jack Reynor), a vengeful criminal (James Franco) and a weapon of mysterious power. Also with Zoe Kravitz and Carrie Coon.