Everything old is, well, a new sequel at the box office this Father’s Day. Dads can pick from Godzilla, Shaft, X-Men and Men In Black: International — even though of the men is a woman. Also in the mix — Rocketman — an (extremely) up-close look at one of pop music’s all-time superstars. Taron Egerton shines as Elton John, whose string of hits throughout the 1970s resulted in more than 300 million records sold. This film comes on the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody — the Academy Award-nominated biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen. Trivia: Rami Malek, whose turn as Queen’s frontman earned him an Oscar, nearly had a cameo in Rocketman. But Dexter Fletcher, who directed both films, eventually passed on the idea.
It’s been seven years since the last installment in the Men In Black franchise, but fans of the series finally have the chance to return to the action-filled, alien-inhabited world starting Friday. MIB: International will be the first Men in Black film not to feature Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones in leading roles; instead, the main characters of Agent M and Agent H will be played by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. A perfect pick for the dad who still has a Neuralyzer hanging around — somewhere — if only he could remember.
Egerton’s best known for his central role in the Kinsgman spy-film franchise. Until now. Critics love his performance as a young Elton John in this film that revolves around the iconic singer’s rise to notoriety. While Rocketman’s not be an entirely accurate retelling of Elton’s early days (the tagline on the initial posters read “Based on a True Fantasy”), it captures the energy and spirit of the man who unapologetically lived his life on his own terms. Great for fathers who won’t stop insisting that the music was just better back in their day. “Grey Seal,” anyone? Note: Rated R
Look who’s back. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is for the movie viewer who loves to watch creatures of impossible size cause mountains to not only break, but disintegrate; acre upon acre of forested land to go up in a fiery blaze; and entire cities to be leveled with nothing but rubble left behind. In sum, the new Godzilla film is for the kind of dad who really just wants to see stuff blow up and giant monsters duke it out while he reaches for another handful of delicious, buttery popcorn. If this is your pops, then this is your Father’s Day movie of choice.
After the celebrated success of Avengers: Endgame, which now holds the record for the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, avid fans of the Marvel universe may be left with a bittersweet feeling. Now that Endgame has been released, superfans may still desire more Marvel content. Dark Phoenix swoops in to quickly fill the superhero-shaped hole in Marvel lovers’ hearts. The sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the film follows the ensemble of mutants as they deal with a new force — one that comes from within. If you’ve had trouble getting Dad to watch anything but Avengers fan-theory videos on YouTube in the last couple of months, then Dark Phoenix might be the solution to your problem.
The latest sequel in the Shaft series, which dates back to the original 1971 film of the same name, features Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as John Shaft II alongside Jessie Usher, who plays John Shaft Jr. The first three Shaft films (including the oft-forgotten Shaft’s Big Score! and Shaft in Africa) were representative of the blaxploitation genre, and the 2000 film Shaft is recognized for its grittier, darker tone. Based on the trailer and various reports, 2019’s Shaft will utilize a more comedic approach in its addition to the classic crime series. Can you dig it? Dad probably will. Note: Rated R