How’s your summer been? Hot, gross and miserable? You should go the movies more often.
Aside from air-conditioning, there’s another bonus to movie theaters this summer: good movies. If you doubt that — and who could blame you? — well, you’re not alone. Ticket sales so far are down 21 percent compared to last summer, according to BoxOfficeMojo. (Keep in mind Hollywood’s summer doesn’t “officially” end until Labor Day.) Apparently not even the heat dome was enough to drive skeptical moviegoers to theaters.
That’s too bad given all the smart comedies, great kids’ movies and potentially crowd-pleasing art-house titles that have hit screens this summer. Here’s a look at the ones you might have missed, ones you could still chill out to and a few to avoid.
"The Secret Life of Pets": Best non-Disney animation
"Weiner": Best summer documentary
"Bad Moms": Biggest surprise