Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more

From The Lion King to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, these are the 2019 blockbusters to bust your blocks.


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2019 blockbusters

Summer time is here again, and that means summer blockbusters. Superheroes lead the way with Marvel characters X-Men and Spider-Man, while new Men in Black and Fast and Furious movies put a different spin on favourite franchises.

Kids will enjoy Toy Story, Angry Birds and Playmobil movies, while Disney reveals live action versions of The Lion King and Aladdin. Quentin Tarantino returns with a star-studded trip to 1960s Hollywood, while Guillermo Del Toro, Sam Raimi and James Gunn produce horror chillers.

Click through the pictures to see the films that hit theaters this summer.

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Release date: May 24 Disney's animated classic Aladdin gets the live-action photo-real reboot treatment.

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Release date: May 22 Taron Egerton headlines the real-life story of music legend Elton John in Rocketman, a musical fantasy from one of the directors behind Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Release date: May 24 A superpowered alien raised by humans -- but this Superman is evil. James Gunn produces Brightburn, a horror twist on the superhero genre.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release date: May 31 The mighty Godzilla takes on various creature contenders to prove he's King of the Monsters.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Release date: 7 June Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner is Jean Grey as the X-Men face a new version of the Dark Phoenix Saga comic storyline.

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I Am Mother

Release date: 7 June A teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate Earth after humanity is wiped out. Intriguing sci-fi I Am Mother stars Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank and streams on Netflix from June.

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Men in Black: International

Release date: 14 June Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson -- stars of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame -- reunite as the new Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones for Men in Black: International.

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Toy Story 4

Release date: 21 June Pixar's Toy Story 4 reunites Woody, Buzz and their fellow playthings, with new friend Forky along for the ride.

Tom Holland
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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release date: 2 July Tom Holland takes a trip as Marvel's friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, goes Far From Home with Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Release date: 12 July Kumail Nanjiani is an Uber driver who picks up tough cop Dave Bautista in action-comedy Stuber.

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Release date: 12 July In horror thriller Crawl, a massive hurricane hits Florida trapping a father and daughter with some deadly creatures as the water rises.

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The Lion King

Release date: 19 July Disney gives animated classic The Lion King a live-action makeover featuring the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key and James Earl Jones.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release date: 26 July Quentin Tarantino heads to 1960s LA, the era of the Charles Manson Family murders. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and assorted contemporary actors playing the movie stars of yesteryear.

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Furious 7" - Red Carpet
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Hobbs & Shaw

Release date: 2 August Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw stars Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson as the best of frenemies. Idris Elba is the superpowered villain.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Release date: 9 August Guillermo del Toro produces this chilling horror film about a terrifying book of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark haunting a small town. 

17 of 21 Columbia Pictures

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Release date: 16 August Angry Birds is still a thing, apparently.

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Playmobil: The Movie

Release date: 16 August Kids' toy Playmobil gets a movie. Well, it worked for Lego.

19 of 21 New Line Cinema

It: Chapter Two

Release date: 6 September 2017's smash hit Steven King adaptation returns for a sequel, It: Chapter 2. Bill Skarsgard reprises his role as the evil clown Pennywise, while James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are the grown-up versions of the first movie's kids.

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Downton Abbey

Release date: 13 September (UK) / 20 September (US) You're cordially invited to Downton Abbey for a movie version of the aristocratic TV hit.

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17 Bridges

Release date: 27 September Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman burns bridges in action thriller 17 Bridges.

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