A long time ago, like in the 1990s, the summer was traditionally Blockbuster Movie season. In part, that success was because air-conditioned movie theaters offered relief from the summer heat and in part because kids were off from school and could spend lots of money and time at the local theater. Now, however, big-budget movies can find box office purchase pretty much any time of year with the right marketing campaign and 24/7 streaming services like Netflix grant us access to nearly unlimited content any time we want it.
In other words, the movie release landscape is changing. One big player in the game is, obviously, Netflix. The platform and the folks behind have been pretty sneaky with their release dates in the past, normally waiting until just before a feature or TV show goes online to let people know about it. In fact, while some new titles and anticipated movies will get a release-date marketing campaign or at least a targeted newsletter, most of the new content shows up unannounced. Today, however, Netflix got ahead of their own game by releasing images, synopses and, surprise, release dates for their summer schedule.
A few of these titles are ones we’ve covered before. Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, leads off the season this May. After premiering at SXSW, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, a comedy starring Josh Brolin, Carrie Coon, and Danny McBride arrives to start the Fourth of July weekend. And Susan Johnson‘s romantic drama To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before closes out the season.
Here’s a quick guide to the upcoming Netflix Original Movies this Summer:
- Cargo – May 18th
- Ibiza – May 25th
- Set It Up – June 15th
- Graduates – June 29th
- The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter – July 6th
- Alex Strangelove – July 20th
- Like Father – August 3rd
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – August 10th
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – August 17th