Streaming giant Netflix has shared its 2023 Summer Movie Preview which highlights the many films that will be available exclusively on their platform over the next four months. Throughout the summer Netflix will have something for everyone, offering up an interesting variety of movies that includes blockbusters, animated features, family films, documentaries, exciting sequels, and surprising spin-offs. And it all kicks off this Friday, May 12th.
Below you’ll find their slate of summer movies along with links to where you can learn more about them. (All Images Courtesy of Netflix)
Logline: An assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men.
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Paez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci and Gael García Bernal
Director: Niki Caro
Read more about The Mother and its cast.
“Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me“
Logline: From director Ursula Macfarlane (Untouchable) and producer Alexandra Lacey comes an unflinching and humanizing examination of the life, death and secrets of Vickie Lynn Hogan — better known as model and actress Anna Nicole Smith. From her first appearance in Playboy in 1992, Anna Nicole’s dizzying ascent was the very essence of the American dream, brought to a tragic halt with her untimely passing in 2007. With access to never-before-seen footage, home movies and interviews with key figures who have not spoken out until now, Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me reveals new insights into the story of the quintessential blonde bombshell hardly anyone really knew.
Director: Ursula Macfarlane
Read more about Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me HERE.
Logline: On her first solo investigation, journalist Rae de Leon travels nationwide to uncover a shocking pattern: Young women tell the police they’ve been sexually assaulted, but instead of finding justice, they’re charged with the crime of making a false report, arrested and even imprisoned by the system they believed would protect them.
Director: Nancy Schwartzman
Read more about Victim/Suspect HERE.
Logline: Chris Hemsworth returns as Tyler Rake in Extraction 2, the sequel to Netflix’s blockbuster action film Extraction. After barely surviving the events of the first movie, Rake is back as the Australian black ops mercenary, tasked with another deadly mission: rescuing the battered family of a ruthless Georgian gangster from the prison where they are being held.
Hemsworth reunites with director Sam Hargrave, with Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO producing and Joe Russo writing. Golshifteh Farahani reprises her role from the first film, with Adam Bessa, Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Bernhardt and Tinatin Dalakishvili also co-starring. Get to know the cast of Extraction 2 here.
This is a sequel to the first film that was based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, from a story by Ande Parks, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, with illustrations by Fernando León González. Extraction 2 is produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot, Chris Hemsworth, Patrick Newall and Sam Hargrave, with Jake Aust, Benjamin Grayson, Steven Scavelli, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely as executive producers.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Daniel Bernhardt and Tinatin Dalakishvili
Director: Sam Hargrave
Read more about Extraction 2 HERE.
“Take Care of Maya“
Logline: When 9-year-old Maya Kowalski was admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2016, nothing could have prepared her or her family for what they were about to go through. As the medical team tried to understand her rare illness, they began to question the basic truths that bound the Kowalskis together. Suddenly, Maya was in state custody –– despite two parents who were desperate to bring their daughter home. The story of the Kowalski family –– as told in their own words –– will change the way you look at children’s healthcare forever.
Director: Henry Roosevelt
“The Perfect Find “
Logline: After a high-profile firing, Jenna’s (Gabrielle Union) fashion career comeback hits a snag when she falls for a charming, much younger co-worker (Keith Powers) — who happens to be her boss’ son. As sparks fly, Jenna must decide if she’ll risk it all on a secret romance.
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, Aisha Hinds, D.B. Woodside, Janet Hubert, Alani “La La” Anthony and Gina Torres
Director: Numa Perrier
Read more about The Perfect Find HERE.
Genre: Animated family film
Logline: When Ballister Boldheart (Riz Ahmed), a knight in a futuristic medieval world, is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, the only one who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona (Chloë Grace Moretz), a mischievous teen with a taste for mayhem — who also happens to be a shape-shifting creature Ballister has been trained to destroy. But with the entire kingdom out to get him, Nimona’s the best (or technically the only) sidekick Ballister can hope for. And as the lines between heroes, villains and monsters start to blur, the two of them set out to wreak serious havoc — for Ballister to clear his name once and for all, and for Nimona to… just wreak serious havoc.
Directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, Nimona is an epic tale about finding friendship in the most surprising situations and accepting yourself and others for who they are. Based on the National Book Award-nominated, New York Times best-selling graphic novel by ND Stevenson.
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Beck Bennett, Indya Moore, RuPaul Charles, Julio Torres, Sarah Sherman
Director: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
Read more about Nimona HERE.
Logline: In 1982, the best of friends and still teenagers –– George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as WHAM! set out to conquer the world. By June of 1986 they played their very last gig at Wembley Stadium having done exactly that. Now for the very first time, told in their own words, the amazing story of how in four years they dominated the charts around the world with timeless and classic pop songs. Hit after hit –– “Club Tropicana,” “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Freedom,” “I’m Your Man” and of course “Last Christmas.” Their time in the spotlight was white-hot, becoming the very first western pop act to play in China. It was a time that both encapsulated and epitomised not just their youth, but also those of the many millions of fans that adored them. Wham! is a feature-length documentary that captures this magical time, from director Chris Smith (Tiger King, “Sr.”) and producers John Battsek (The Deepest Breath) and Simon Halfon (Supersonic) With unprecedented access to both George and Andrew’s personal archive including remarkable and never-before-seen footage, alongside rare, candid and previously unheard interviews. Wham! charts their incredible journey from school friends to superstars.
Director: Chris Smith
Read more about Wham! HERE.
Genre: Action comedy
Logline: Owen Browning (Adam Devine) is a straitlaced bank manager about to marry the love of his life, Parker (Nina Dobrev). When his bank is held up by the infamous Ghost Bandits during his wedding week, he believes his future in-laws (Pierce Brosnan and Ellen Barkin), who just arrived in town, are the infamous Out-Laws.
Cast: Adam Devine, Nina Dobrev, Michael Rooker, Poorna Jagannathan, Julie Hagerty, Richard Kind, Lil Rel Howery, Blake Anderson, Lauren Lapkus, Laci Mosley, with Ellen Barkin and Pierce Brosnan
Director: Tyler Spindel
Read more about The Out-Laws HERE.
“Bird Box Barcelona“
Genre: Action thriller
Logline: From the producers of the global phenomenon Bird Box comes Bird Box Barcelona, an expansion of the film that riveted audiences in 2018. After a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, Sebastian must navigate his own survival journey through the desolate streets of Barcelona. As he forms uneasy alliances with other survivors and they try to escape the city, an unexpected and even more sinister threat grows.
Cast: Mario Casas, Georgina Campbell, Diego Calva, Alejandra Howard, Naila Schuberth, Patrick Criado, Lola Dueñas, Gonzalo de Castro, Michelle Jenner and Leonardo Sbaraglia
Director: Álex Pastor, David Pastor
Read more about Bird Box Barcelona HERE.
“The Deepest Breath“
Logline: A champion freediver trains to break a world record with the help of an expert safety diver, and the two form an emotional bond that feels like fate. This heart-stopping film follows the paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world, documenting the thrilling rewards — and inescapable risks — of chasing a dream through the silent depths of the ocean.
Director: Laura McGann
Read more about The Deepest Breath HERE.
“They Cloned Tyrone“
Genre: Mystery action thriller
Logline: A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper.
Cast: John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Grier, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Tamberla Perry, Eric Robinson Jr. with Kiefer Sutherland and Jamie Foxx
Director: Juel Taylor
Read more about They Cloned Tyrone HERE.
“Happiness for Beginners“
Logline: Helen (Ellie Kemper) has always lived her life as far from the edge as possible. Newly divorced, she joins a quirky group of strangers on a survival course for the “adventure of a lifetime” with the hope of learning how to live — and love — again.
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos, Blythe Danner, Ben Cook, Shayvawn Webster, Esteban Benito, Gus Birney, Julia Shiplett
Director: Vicky Wight
Read more about Happiness for Beginners HERE.
“Heart of Stone“
Logline: Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is an intelligence operative, the only woman who stands between her powerful global peacekeeping organization and the loss of its most valuable — and dangerous — asset.
Cast: Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Alia Bhatt, Sophie Okonedo, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jing Lusi, Paul Ready
Director: Tom Harper
Read more about Heart of Stone HERE.
“The Monkey King“
Genre: Animated family film
Logline: Inspired by an epic Chinese tale, translated into an action-packed comedy, a Monkey and his magical fighting Stick battle demons, dragons, gods and the greatest adversary of all — Monkey’s ego.
Cast: Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu, Andrew Pang, Andrew Kishino, Jodi Long, James Sie and BD Wong
Director: Anthony Stacchi
Read more about The Monkey King HERE.
“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah“
Genre: Family comedy
Logline: Stacy and Lydia are BFFs who’ve always dreamed about having epic bat mitzvahs. But things start to go comically awry when a popular boy and middle school drama threaten their friendship and their rite of passage.
Cast: Idina Menzel, Jackie Sandler, Adam Sandler, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Samantha Lorraine, Dylan Hoffman, Sarah Sherman, Dan Bulla, Ido Mosseri, Jackie Hoffman and Luis Guzmán
Director: Sammi Cohen
Read more about You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah HERE.
Genre: Interactive rom-com
Logline: Cami Conway has it all. She’s got the job she wants and is headed toward engagement, marriage and kids with her wonderful boyfriend, Paul. And yet, she feels something is missing. Cami faces a kaleidoscope of tempting but tough choices: from serious ethical dilemmas to the frivolous “Truth or Dare.” What she chooses depends wholly on you, the viewer. But be careful! Things don’t always play out like you think!
Cast: Laura Marano, Avan Jogia, Jordi Webber and Scott Michael Foster
Director: Stuart McDonald
Read more about Choose Love HERE.
OK, with the exception of The Mother, Nimona, Extraction 2, They Cloned Tyrone and the Wham! documentary. I don’t find any of these projects appealing. Plus, I have to be honest about Anna Nicole Smith. She was a terrible person who was nothing more than gold-digger and made a career in being stupid and ignorant. I don’t think a documentary about her is going to change anything her as I just see this as another cash-grab fluff piece in the same vein as that documentary on David Foster and Gloria Allred who are both awful people.
I’m also into Heart of Stone, The Deepest Breath, and Bird Box Barcelona.
That’s a lot to look at. I don’t know if I have time and the money to get to the picture show to see all these pictures. And then it gets expensive getting them sodee pops and popcorn.
Claude, these will be on Netflix, a streaming service for home viewing.
Just need a Netflix subscription. You can watch and enjoy them at home.
Plan on watching: Victim/Suspect, Extraction 2, Take Care of Maya, The Out-Laws, They Cloned Tyrone, and Happiness for Beginners. The rest: blah. Thanks for the previews of Netflix Coming Attractions, Keith!
Absolutely. 👍🏼 Not into Heart of Stone?
Jamie Dornan is a draw but not much else. Maybe…
That Choose Love thing makes me kind of nauseous. Just knowing how popular that will be. That interactive choose-your-own-ending is almost a cool idea, but the whole premise just REEKS of privilege. Hard, hard pass. Actually, on many of these things. Netflix is awful
Yep. Choose Love doesn’t interest me at all. I haven’t been drawn to any of those “interactive” movies.
I remember being very glued to Anna Nicole’s story via the tabloids back in the early aughts, so I’ll definitely watch that documentary. I had no idea Bird Box was getting a sequel.
I didn’t either. The BB film caught me by surprise
The Mother, Extraction 2 and Heart of Stone for me!
Nice selections. I’ll have a review of The Mother in a few hours.