nobody movie_Cinema preview summer 2022: films for every audience, on every screen size

Jurassic World Dominion might offer a lesson on how to wrap up a world-spanning franchise properly.Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment via AP

We’re finally back to a normal summer film season…sort of. While theaters are at full capacity, the production pipeline is still a bit shaky (there are 37 percent fewer releases this summer compared to 2019, with an exceptional drought in August), and audiences only seem to be returning in full force for films about Multiverse and hedgehogs. But there is hope, as the upcoming season is aimed at every type of audience on every type of screen.

For children at heart

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Unless you’re a huge fan of Zach Braff and/or Wimpy Kid Diaries, the Disney+ film lineup so far hasn’t been exactly inspiring. And I was about to write off Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangersalso, until I saw that the Lonely Island comedy troupe (Popstar: Never stop, never stop) is behind the revamp, with Akiva Schaffer directing and Andy Samberg voicing Dale. An animated/live action hybrid similar to Who tricked Roger Rabbit?this conversion of a creaky mansion looks like insanely fun, with a stellar voice cast including John Mulaney as Chip and Will Arnett as middle-aged Peter Pan. (Streaming on Disney+ May 20)

For real kids

Minions: The Rise of Gru

I’m only speaking from personal experience, but the minions ruined my life. Or maybe endured? It’s a fine line living with three kids under the age of seven, one of whom (the two-year-old) wakes up demanding every morning.”mean!” I suppose at some point I’ll have to admit to my brood that a new Minions adventure is on the way and we’re going on a big screen pilgrimage. At least compared to other animated franchises, Illumination Entertainment’s series is kindhearted, playful, and exquisitely animated. So: mean for all! (In theaters July 1)

For Marvel Acolytes

Thor: Love and Thunder

Somehow, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most honest superhero has become its funniest, thanks to director Taika Waititi reimagining the God of Thunder in 2017 Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi and his charming leading man, Chris Hemsworth, are back again this summer Thor: Love and Thunder, which promises more neon-lit antics and dead jokes, even if they’re fenced off by the typical MCU template. Oh, and this time the Guardians of the Galaxy are in the party, as is Natalie Portman, although the latter appears to have sworn off the series after a dreadful 2013 Thor: The Dark World. Must be Waititi’s influence. And/or the dump trucks full of money that drove to her house. Let’s watch and find out. (cinema, July 8)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP

For Blockbuster fans who aren’t Marvel Acolytes

Top Gun: Maverick

Please believe me when I tell you that Tom Cruise is the gonzo banana movie star that we all need so much today. Sure, outside of Kenny Loggins, no one asked for a sequel three decades later top gun — maybe not even Cruise himself, who has that Impossible Mission franchise to satisfy his need for speed. But after watching Top Gun: MaverickMaking its world premiere at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, I can say with 100 percent certainty that this is the electrifying, knowingly ridiculous, adrenaline-pumping extravaganza that will make this summer one to remember. Find the biggest screen you can. (Theatrical release, May 27)

Jurassic World Dominion

There are a number of fascinating case studies to be found in the bones of Jurassic World Dominion (whose title screams after a colon). The first major film made in the early stages of COVID, JWD Set the script for how to keep making films in the face of a pandemic (answer: big bucks). But the supposedly last chapter of the Jurassic Park Sextet could also provide a lesson on how to wrap up a world-spanning franchise properly. At least director Colin Trevorrow was smart enough to revisit the show’s original stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern to correct the dino errors of modern science. (Theatrical release June 10)

For blockbuster fans who want nothing to do with franchises

The gray man

Think of the 1995 film assassin, in which Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas try in vain to kill each other in two sweaty hours? It was awful, I know, even though it was there Internet the GIF by Banderas having an orgasmic reaction after closing his laptop. But hopefully some instructive lessons have been learned from it assassin‘ many mistakes made by the filmmaker siblings Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of The gray man, another killer-versus-killer story starring Ryan Gosling as a CIA agent who targets a former colleague played by Chris Evans. I’m sure Stallone could still crack Gosling or Evans his back above his kneecap with ease, but sure, I’m picking this new kill-or-be-killed pair as well. (Netflix, July 15)

fast train

Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Tokyo, guns and a very fast train: What’s not to love about this new action comedy from director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, dead pool 2). An adaptation of the Japanese novel Maria Kaefer (good call for title change), fast train looks like the bright, bloody, super-fast, mindless shoot-’em-up that might accustom audiences to the idea of ​​taking a trip to the multiplex without having a multiverse in mind. (cinema, July 29)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brad Pitt on the bullet train.Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures via AP

For Lesley Manville fans

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris

Don’t pretend you’re not out there, Manville heads. And for those who know what I’m talking about, here’s a little slice of suave British comedy that appears to be the unofficial prequel phantom thread, in which Manville plays a cleaning lady in 1950s London who, after receiving an unexpected widow’s pension, travels to the City of Light in hopes of buying a Dior couture dress. Isabelle Huppert and Jason Isaacs co-star in a highly predictable but highly effective late-life dramedy. (Theatrical release, July 15)

For those who have never left the building


Listen, we’ve had Elvis (Elvi?) on screen before. In the 1979s there was Kurt Russell elvisDavid Keith in the 1988s heartbreak hotelMichael Shannon in 2016 Elvis and Nixonsand of course Bruce Campbell as the Egyptian mummy fighter king in the 2002s Bubba Ho-Tep. But judging from footage I’ve seen of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film, it just has the title elvis, there is perhaps no better substitute for the man himself than Austin Butler. The actor seems to nail Elvis’ eyebrows, lip curls and pelvic bumps perfectly – and Luhrmann is all in red mill/Romeo + Juliet Super Extreme Excess mode here. The Aussie director even snapped up Tom Hanks to don a heavy suit and an accent of unknown origin to play Elvis svengali Colonel Tom Parker. Get the peanut butter and banana sandwiches. (In theaters June 24)

Austin Butler in a scene from Elvis.Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

For scaredy-cats


If Go out scared you and Us confuses you, then Jordan Peele’s third film nope could achieve both at the same time. I’m still not entirely sure what nope is about – although I have my educated guesses – but it’s safe to say that some sort of trippy, out-of-the-ordinary event comes with a heavy dose of cutting socio-political commentary. Whatever the plot, Peele assembled a killer cast (Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott) to center his story of what the heck terror. (Theatrical release June 22)

For sickos

body body body

A slasher for the TikTok generation that is SXSW certified body body body promises horror with a hipster edge. Following a house party thrown at a remote mansion during a hurricane, Dutch actress/writer/director Halina Reijn’s film is currently riding an intriguing wave of hype, backlash, backlash-to-the-backlash, and backlash-to-the -backlash-backlash, a nice sort of cinematic 2022-era ouroboros. Oh, and there’s Pete Davidson, which is always good for attention. (In theaters August, exact date TBD)

For Canadian sickos

crimes of the future

After eight long years without a new David Cronenberg film, the Canadian champions are back crimes of the future, a long-running look at the filmmaker’s favorite themes: sex, pain, technology and the indescribably perfect physical attributes of Viggo Mortensen. Set in a world where people can grow their own organs, the film follows Mortensen’s performance artist Saul and his partner (Lea Seydoux) as they are pursued by an obsessive investigator (Kristen Stewart) from the National Organ Registry. The film’s teaser trailer is freaky enough, with Heavy videodrome/existence vibrations. Pump it up my veins, David! (In theaters June 3)

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