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The first day of summer doesn’t officially happen until June 21, but the summer blockbuster films start rolling out way before that and throughout the haziest days of the year. There’s no better time to be a movie fan because the films coming out summer 2023 in theaters are some of the most anticipated projects of the year. 

Miles Morales is back in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as the next chapter of his Spider-Man saga gets collided with an array of variant Spider people from different universes. In July there will be a battle at the box office on the 21st when Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer releases the same day.

And fellow horror fans, we don’t have to wait until Spooky Season to get great horror flicks. The horror comedy The Blackening comes to theaters in mid-June, Insidious: The Red Door comes out in early July as well as a new A24 horror film, Talk To Me, coming at the end of the month.

All through the summer, films for any type of mood are being released and Popternative has got your summer 2023 guide. Below are the most anticipated films of the summer. Which ones are you heading to the theaters to see?

June 2023

The Boogeyman (June 2)

Who’s in it: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu

Synopsis: “Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her younger sister find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2)

Who’s in it: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Jake Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Mahershala Ali, Amandla Stenberg, Jharrel Jerome, Jack Quaid, Andy Samberg, Rachel Dratch

Synopsis: “Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.”

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June 9)

Who’s in it: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Velez, Dean Scott Vazquez, Tobe Nwigwe, Aidan Devine, Peter Dinklage, Ron Perlman, Peter Cullen, Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, Colman Domingo, Michaela Jaé (MJ) Rodriguez

Synopsis: “During the ’90s, a new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – join the Autobots as allies in the battle for Earth.”

Elemental (June 16)

Who’s in it: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara, Mason Wertheimer, Joe Pera, Matthew Yang King, Innocent Ekakitie

Synopsis: “Follows Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together.”

The Blackening (June 16)

Who’s in it: Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, Jay Pharoah, Yvonne Orji

Synopsis: “Seven black friends who go away for the weekend only to find themselves trapped in a cabin with a killer who has a vendetta. Will their street smarts and knowledge of horror movies help them stay alive? Probably not.”

The Flash (June 16)

Who’s in it: Ezra Miller, Sasha Calle, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Ron Livingston, Temuera Morrison, Kiersey Clemons, Saoirse-Monica Jackson

Synopsis: “Barry Allen uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes, forcing him to race for his life in order to save the future.”

Asteroid City (Select theaters June 16, Everywhere June 23)

Who’s in it: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Sophia Lillis, Tony Revolori, Jeff Goldblum, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Rupert Friend, Rita Wilson, Fisher Stevens

Synopsis: “The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer convention is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.”

No Hard Feelings (June 23)

Who’s in it: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Scott MacArthur, Kyle Mooney

Synopsis: “On the brink of losing her home, Maddie finds an intriguing job listing: helicopter parents looking for someone to bring their introverted 19-year-old son out of his shell before college. She has one summer to make him a man or die trying.”

Past Lives (June 23)

Who’s in it: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Moon Seung-ah, Choi Won-young, Leem Seung-min, Isaac Cole, Kristen Sieh

Synopsis: “Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. 20 years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.”

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (June 30)

Who’s in it: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Karen Allen, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Boyd Holbrook, John Rhys-Davies, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, Olivier Richters

Synopsis: “Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary artifact that can change the course of history.”

July 2023

Insidious: The Red Door (July 7)

Who’s in it: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Hiam Abbass, Lin Shaye, Juliana Davies, Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager

Synopsis: “The Lamberts 10 years after the last installment, as Dalton begins college.”

Joy Ride (July 7)

Who’s in it: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, Desmond Chiam, David Denman, Annie Mumolo, Alexander Hodge, Debbie Fan

Synopsis: “Follows four Asian-American friends as they bond and discover the truth of what it means to know and love who you are, while they travel through Asia in search of one of their birth mothers.”

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (July 12)

Who’s in it: Tom Cruise, Pom Klementieff, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg, Esai Morales, Henry Czerny, Shea Whigham, Indira Varma, Ving Rhames, Greg Tarzan Davis

Synopsis: “Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.”

Barbie (July 21)

Who’s in it: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Helen Mirren, Will Ferrell, Emma Mackey, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Hari Nef, Alexandra Shipp, Ariana Greenblatt, Ncuti Gatwa, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emerald Fennell, Rhea Perlman, Connor Swindells, Nicola Coughlan, Sharon Rooney, Ritu Arya, Scott Evans

Synopsis: “To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.”

Oppenheimer (July 21)

Who’s in it: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, David Dastmalchian, Devon Bostick, Gary Oldman, Gustaf Skarsgård, Jack Quaid, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek, Josh Peck, Jason Clarke, Matthew Modine, Dylan Arnold, Matthias Schweighöfer, Scott Grimes, Emma Dumont, Dane DeHaan, Benny Safdie

Synopsis: “The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.”

Haunted Mansion (July 28)

Who’s in it: Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, LaKeith Stanfield, Chase Dillon, Tiffany Haddish, Jamie Lee Curtis, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy

Synopsis: “A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest, and a historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.”

Talk to Me (July 28)

Who’s in it: Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird, Alexandra Jensen, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto, Marcus Johnson, Alexandria Steffensen, Zoe Terakes, Chris Alosio

Synopsis: “When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.”

August 2023

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (August 2)

Who’s in it: Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, John Cena, Paul Rudd, Giancarlo Esposito, Ayo Edebiri, Natasia Demetriou, Maya Rudolph, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Brady Noon, Nicolas Cantu, Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Post Malone

Synopsis: “The Turtle brothers as they work to earn the love of New York City while facing down an army of mutants.”

The Meg 2: The Trench (August 4)

Who’s in it: Jason Statham, Wu Jing, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Skyler Samuels, Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai, Sienna Guillory

Synopsis: “Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time.”

Gran Turismo (August 11)

Who’s in it: David Harbour, Archie Madekwe, Sang Heon Lee, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet, Geri Horner, Emelia Hartford, Josha Stradowski

Synopsis: “The ultimate wish fulfilment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver. Based on a true story.”

Blue Beetle (August 18)

Who’s in it: Xolo Maridueña, Susan Sarandon, Raoul Max Trujillo, Harvey Guillén, Becky G, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Bruna Marquezine, Damián Alcázar, George Lopez

Synopsis: “An alien relic chooses Jaime Reyes to be its symbiotic host, bestowing the teenager with a suit of armor that’s capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the superhero Blue Beetle.”

Strays (August 18)

Who’s in it: Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Sofía Vergara, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Tinashe Kajese, Harvey Guillén, Josh Gad, Randall Park, Rob Riggle, Brett Gelman, Hannah Alline, Hedy Nasser, Charity Cervantes, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Demetriou

Synopsis: “An abandoned dog teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner.”

White Bird (August 25)

Who’s in it: Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson, Bryce Gheisar, Olivia Ross, John Bubniak, Orlando Schwerdt, Patsy Ferran, Jo Stone-Fewings, Stuart McQuarrie

Synopsis: “Based on the book by the best-selling author of Wonder, this uplifting movie shows how one act of kindness can live on forever.”


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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