End-of-Summer Movie Checklist

Buttery popcorn (with extra salt of course), ice cold water, and a seat in a movie theater is calling your name! Watching a movie in the summertime is totally underrated – people are always more excited with the thought of swimming and vacationing at first. But as the summer goes on – and heats up – escaping to the chilly theater to see a fun, romantic, or action-packed film sounds better and better. Catch the latest release or have a DIY movie night at home with currently streaming hits. Save me a seat in the middle – I’ll bring the snacks and the movie recommendations!

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The First Wives Club, Hulu (July 2019)

Settle in on your couch because one of the funniest movies from the ‘90s is now streaming on Hulu: The First Wives Club starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton! These fabulous Manhattanites and longtime friends helped their husbands reach success – and were all dumped for younger women. While we don’t necessarily like the old trope that women are always in competition, we’ll give this film a pass for three reasons: the awesome friendship of the fabulous leading ladies, their empowering decision to not let men treat them badly, and their sweet realization at the end that revenge is not the most important thing – helping others is.

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The Lion King, In Theatres (July 19, 2019)

We just can’t wait to see The Lion King! This highly anticipated film (as in, we’ve had a running countdown in our heads ever since we heard Beyonce would be in it) premiered July 19. Sing along to your favorite songs – “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” – on the big screen once again in the live action version of your favorite animated feature. Journey to the African safari where a young lion cub named Simba learns about his future from his father, King Mufasa, before tragedy overtakes the land in a battle over Pride Rock. The A-list cast includes James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Donald Glover as Simba, Queen Bey as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. We’re not crying – you’re crying.

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Amazon Prime (July 23, 2019)

Summer is not complete without scaring yourself silly with a good horror film! Keep all the lights on in your house while watching The Haunting of Sharon Tate, streaming on Amazon Prime. This thriller stars Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate, a pregnant actress who has terrifying premonitions that come true when she meets Charles Manson and his cult. This spine-tingling based-on-a-true-story film is not for the faint of heart. But true-crime enthusiasts and those looking for an adrenaline rush will not be able to look away!

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Otherhood, Netflix Original (Aug. 2, 2019)

Mothers: appreciated by everyone except their own children. Invite your mom or your best mom friends over to see the Netflix Original Otherhood, starring Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), Patricia Arquette (“The Act), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), and Angela Bassett (Black Panther). This feel-good movie is about a group of best friends and empty-nesters who decide to drive to New York City to reconnect (and surprise) their adult sons, learning a little something about life in the meantime. It’s funny, it’s emotional, it’s a little inappropriate – basically, it’s just like anytime you get together with other moms.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette, In Theatres (Aug. 16, 2019)

Who hasn’t wanted to run away every now and then? Bernadette Fox (played by Cate Blanchett) does just that in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, based on the bestselling novel of the same name. This inspirational comedy is about former architect Bernadette, who lost herself after years of taking care of her family (a familiar narrative for many of us), but decides to chase her passion once again. Make sure your passport is up to date; you’ll definitely want to go on your own thrilling adventure after seeing this!