Most Anticipated Hits and Busts of This Summer’s Cinema

Faizaan Amanat and Sean Carroll

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1. Spider-Man: Far From Home
We all know this is gonna be good. Avengers: Endgame made tons of money and Spider-Man: Far From Home should be a breath of fresh air after the emotions of Endgame. Far From Home
looks to be the best teen comedy/coming of age movie of the summer that just so happens to have Spider-Man in it. The multiverse aspect should signal where the MCU is heading (peep possible XMen and Fantastic 4?) for its phase 4 of movies. If you’re looking for a good summer blockbuster, this is probably the one you should have the highest on your list. In theaters July 2nd.
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino is arguably one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Films from Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds are all heralded as classics and all time greats. His 9th and possibly penultimate film stars Leonardo Dicaprio as a fading film star and Brad Pitt as his stunt double, as they deal with a changing Hollywood in 1969 as well as the Manson murders. Expect lots of violence, sharp humor, and cursing in a must see 3 hour movie for film fans. In theaters July 26th.
3. The Lion King
This is more based on curiosity than anything else. The original 1994 Lion King is one of the best animated films of all time, so remaking it into a Live- Action/CGI version is risky. But Jon Favreau, the director of the original 2008 Iron Man and 2016’s Jungle Book should know what he’s doing. It has a stacked cast and team behind it, so it should be interesting to check out. We all know the story, but much like Shakespeare, it’s how it’s presented and acted, rather than the actual story. This should be a really fascinating technological experience that should break the bank this summer. In theaters July 19th.
4. Toy Story 4
This movie shouldn’t really exist in all honesty. Toy Story 3 was a great conclusion to arguably the greatest trilogy in film history, it doesn’t really need a sequel. But if there’s an animation studio we should always trust, it’s Pixar. Early reports of the movie signal laughs and tears, so expect to cry again. It should be fun to see Woody and Buzz on screen together in a movie I’m happy is here, but not exactly clamoring for. In theaters June 21st.

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