Summer Must-See List by Alex Blake

Summer tends to be a bland time of year for this film fan. Fortunately this summer isn’t shaping up to be too bad. Here are six movies I am looking forward to:

Late Night (June 7):

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Emma Thompson plays a late night talk show host who is on the verge of losing her show. Written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, this film flips the script on the male dominated world of late night television. This film premiered at Sundance in January and the buzz has not stopped since. If you are a fan of female driven comedies, this will probably be the one for you this summer.

The Dead Don’t Die (June 14):

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I am not usually a huge fan of zombie movies, but the cast of this one is making me so excited! It seems as if this is going to be your typical small, sleepy town taken over by zombies plot line. But, seriously, this cast: Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, and Tilda Swinton. Honestly, my celebrity dream team. This is not a film I expect to be ground breaking, but I think it will be good fun.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2):

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I am not a huge Marvel fan. Honestly, I am proud of the fact that I still have not seen Avengers: Endgame. However, I do really love Tom Holland as Spider-Man. This newest installment in the series takes place post endgame and finds Peter in Europe on a class trip. I don’t want to spoil too much for you, but as you can imagine, Spider-Man finds a bad guy to fight. Again, I don’t think this will be ground breaking, but it will be fun and we all need more of that in our lives.

The Farewell (July 12):

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Lulu Wang’s newest film follows a Chinese family as they deal with a tragedy. It looks like this is going to tackle the politics of family, the trauma of loss, and the dependence on tradition. This cast is led by Akwafina (last seen in Crazy Rich Asians), which honestly is enough to convince me to see this film.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26):

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The newest Tarantino film looks promising. It follows Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) through Hollywood in 1969. It was originally rumored that this was going to be a film about Charles Manson, but it seems that it is more focused on his victim Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). The true crime nerd in me is really excited for this. As with all Tarantino’s work I’m sure it will be full of twists and turns that leave us uncomfortable and stay with us days later.

Blinded By the Light (August 14):

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Any Bruce Springsteen super fans out there? This film depicts a British teenager, played by Viveik Kalra, as he discovers his love for Springsteen’s music, which is featured heavily as we follow the teen’s journey of musical discovery. It is based on journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir “Greetings from Bury Park.” I have not read the book yet, but I look forward to doing so while I jam out to some Springstreen.

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