13 best summer movies 2022

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Movie releases just changed in the summer. While they don’t quite carry the gravity of the year-end rewards campaign, the appeal is quite simple: they’re just fun. It’s a time for Friday night big-screen blockbusters, buzzing streaming hits from the sofa when it’s too hot to go out and catching up on festival favorites as they begin to reach a wider audience. This year’s slate is particularly exciting, with highly anticipated sequels, remakes, book adaptations, and sweet indie titles all in the mix. Here are more than a dozen movies to watch in the warmer months ahead.

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First, it was the royal family; now Hollywood is taking over Downton. A shoot takes place at the famous estate – much to Mr Carson’s disbelief – with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) playing a surprising new role. Meanwhile, in Paris, an adventure in the Dowager Countess’ youth raises questions about the Crawley family history. Expect some new faces and a handful of biting one-liners from Violet (Maggie Smith) in Julian Fellowes’ film adaptation of his beloved series. —Erica Gonzales, culture editor

In theaters May 20.

Can a sequel arriving over 30 years after its iconic predecessor live up to the hype? In the case of Top Gun: Maverick, the answer is a shocking yes. Tom Cruise’s Pete Mitchell returns to the elite flight academy to train a new class of top pilots for a near-impossible mission, and one of the recruits happens to be the resentful son of the late Goose (played by Miles Teller). Expect more rule-breaking flight sequences, getting your adrenaline pumping and feeling nostalgic. -FOR EXAMPLE

In theaters May 27.

A modern and offbeat vision Pride and Prejudice with Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster? Yes please. Booster wrote the screenplay based on a real trip he and Yang took to New York’s Fire Island Pines, a historic gay hangout, complete with a copy of Jane Austen’s famous book. The resulting story follows a group of friends who go on a similar vacation to the main destination, and what happens when Howie (Yang) and Noah (Booster) become involved with two wealthy visitors. -FOR EXAMPLE

On Hulu June 3.

With decades in the business, Jennifer Lopez is far from finished. This Amanda Micheli documentary shows the actress, singer, producer, mogul and mother entering her prime (again) as she turns 50, co-directs the Super Bowl halftime, sings at the presidential inauguration, and more, all while paying homage to his Latino heritage and Bronx roots. -FOR EXAMPLE

On Netflix June 14.

During a visit to Miami, Sofia (Adria Arjona) surprises her parents by announcing that she has proposed to her boyfriend, Adán (Diego Boneta), and that the couple will start a new life together in Mexico. Stunned, Sofia’s parents, played by Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, decide to hide the fact that they plan to divorce until their daughter’s wedding in this latest incarnation of the classic romantic comedy. —Melissa Giannini, feature film director

On HBO Max June 16.

Fresh out of college, Andrew (writer and director Cooper Raiff) returns home looking for a job and lands a gig as a party starter for local bar mitzvahs. It’s there that he meets and befriends Domino (Dakota Johnson) and his daughter Lola (Vanessa Burghardt), who open his eyes to a certain kind of life he thinks he wants. Clumsy, charming, funny and sensitive, Cha Cha real smooth is a coming-of-age story for that time in your life when you are still figuring everything out, including yourself. —FOR EXAMPLE

On Apple TV+ June 17.

Director Baz Luhrmann presents a captivating portrait of 1950s, 60s and 70s America through the prism of the relationship between a music legend (Elvis, played by Austin Butler) and his charming, if deviant, manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hank). Through scenes that are both witty and seductive, vulnerable and electric, this film delves into what happens when the balance between art and business – or culture and society – is thrown off balance. —MG

In theaters June 24.

Marcel the shod shell

This film adaptation of internet sensation Jenny Slate finds Marcel living alone with his grandmother, Connie, following a tragedy that has torn their family and loved ones apart. When a documentarian moves into the Airbnb the beloved seashell inhabits, his famous web series helps fuel the search for Marcel’s missing family. Irresistibly soft and touching, Marcel the shod shell is an unexpected story about grief, connection and the importance of community. —FOR EXAMPLE

In theaters June 24.

Natalie Portman is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means her astrophysicist Jane Foster is back in Thor’s orbit. And this time, she wields Mjölnir, the famous superhero hammer. In Taika Waititi’s sequel to RagnarokThor (Chris Hemsworth) navigates love, purpose, and battles a new villain, Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale), in what the director call with love a “midlife crisis movie”. —FOR EXAMPLE

In theaters July 8.

Delia Owens’ 2018 bestselling novel will finally get its big screen, produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. normal people Star Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kya, the “Marsh Girl” who was abandoned by her parents and raised deep in the swamps of North Carolina. Kya’s life is sent into a spiral when Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson) is found dead and the townspeople assume she is the killer. —FOR EXAMPLE

In theaters July 15.

With all this talk of modern regencycore, it’s time to get back to the role model: Jane Austen. In this adaptation of her latest novel, directed by British director Carrie Cracknell, Dakota Johnson stars as Anne Elliot alongside Cosmo Jarvis, who plays Captain Wentworth, her former flame. When he reenters her life years after their romance, she must decide to put the past behind her. For your information, Henry Golding also plays. —FOR EXAMPLE

On Netflix July 15.

“What is a bad miracle? asks Daniel Kaluuya in the trailer for Nopewriter-director Jordan Peele’s latest silent horror flick (the title being the word Peele imagines delighted audiences will be screaming at the screen during Nopethe scariest moments). Keke Palmer and Minari’s Steven Yeun co-star in the film, which follows the residents of a remote California town who witness something supernatural and menacing – a bad miracle, perhaps? As usual with Peele projects, plot details are scarce, but anticipation is high. —Mg

In theaters July 22.

Halina Reijn directs this slasher comedy of the moment based on a story by Kristen Roupenian (cat person), in which a group of wealthy twenty-somethings gather for a hurricane party at a secluded mansion. Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders and Pete Davidson make up the ensemble’s lively cast. —Mg

In theaters August 5.

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