Movies: Summer 2020

Monarch Movie Recommendations

Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’brien, Chiwetel Ejiofor

McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. A secret group that call themselves “Infinites” come to his rescue, revealing to him that his memories are real – but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it.

In the Heights
Director: Jon M. Chu Starring: Anthony Ramos, Stephanie Beatriz, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Polanco

Based on real-life child journalist Hilde Lysiak who, at age 9, published her own local paper, the Orange Street News, and famously broke news of a homicide in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in 2016. From a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes (who wrote the book for “In the Heights” on Broadway), the movie adaptation just dropped its first full-length trailer, which promises lavish musical numbers, grand production values and a rich emotional sweep to mirror that of the Broadway original. Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, “In the Heights” tells the story of an immigrants’ son played by Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway and Ramos here — and his vibrant community over the course of three eventful days.

Daniel Espinosa Starring: Jared Leto, J.k. Simmons, Michael Keaton

Dr. Michael Morbius was a brilliant biochemist suffering from a rare blood disorder, who tried to cure himself with an experimental treatment involving vampire bats. While saving his life, it turned him into a pale-white, blood-craving creature with most of the attributes of a vampire (even a weakness to daylight), minus the undead aspect.

Director: Pete Docter Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett

Pixar mainstay Pete Docter pulls the strings behind another crowd-pleasing animated adventure, this time with the help of co-director Kemp Powers. The story, about a jazz musician, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who falls down a manhole and meets a cynical infant soul, who sounds a lot like Tina Fey, has a lot going for it.

The king of Statem island
Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Pamela Adlon, Steve Buscemi

A semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about Pete Davidson, written by Apatow, Davidson and former “SNL” writer Dave Sirus. Apatow delivers a deeply moving feature about Davidson growing up in Staten Island, documenting his journey including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand up comedy.