The black phone (in theaters June 24)
Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Finney Shaw
What is it about : Kidnapped by a serial killer (Hawke), a child (Shaw) tries to escape before becoming the final victim – with the help of a mysterious phone and voices from beyond.
Why it’s worth leaving home for: After parting ways with Marvel before the second strange doctor movie, Derrickson reunited with the team that previously worked together on Claim and, like that movie, it looks scary as hell.
Future Crimes (in theaters in June)
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Viggo Moretensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart
What is it about : Set in the near future, David Cronenberg’s first film in eight years – and his first from an original story in decades – features performance artists, rapidly changing bodies and plenty of scenes that will make even the the most hardened cinephiles. (We’re guessing on that last detail, but it’s a pretty safe guess.)
Why it’s worth leaving home for: It’s Cronenberg. It’s sure to be a movie you won’t soon forget, even if you hate it.
Thor: Love and Thunder (in theaters July 8)
Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale
What is it about : The God of Thunder (Hemsworth) faces his greatest threat yet in the form of Gorr the Butcher God (Bale), a serial killer who specializes in divine beings.
Why it’s worth leaving home for: There was a model for the Marvel movies. You play in three solo adventures, you appear in all the other Marvel movies that need your character, you go out. (See: Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans.) Apparently no one told Hemsworth, though, who’s back for an all-time fourth Thor film. Part of the story is about passing the torch: Thor discovers that his ex, Jane Foster (Portman), can now wield the hammer that only he and Captain America could previously lift. More: Christian Bale!
Nope (in theaters July 22)
Director: Jordan Pele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
What is it about : Do we know much about Peele’s latest news beyond what’s suggested in his chilling trailer, featuring a horse ranch, bizarre weather conditions and Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips (Part 2)” ? No. Should it matter? No.
Why it’s worth leaving home for: Peele quickly established himself as a director of terrifying and broadly resonant horror films. There’s no reason to think his latest will break that pattern and, as with get out and Weperhaps it would be better to deepen this knowledge as little as possible.
High-speed train (in theaters July 29)
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry
What is it about : A group of assassins – including a pair at opposite ends of their careers (Pitt and King) – become entangled on a bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Why it’s worth leaving home for: A stunt double (among others for Pitt) turned filmmaker, Leitch helped redefine the modern action film with John Wick. Tracks like Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 suggest that he is the ideal man to direct a funny/violent thriller on a train. And with Pitt involved, it’s almost guaranteed to be at least fun.