Must See Movies This Summer

By Rina Weaver

Whether you’ve been waiting two years for the Top Gun sequel, or ready to watch Pixar films, Hollywood is hooking everybody up. Plus, streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV+ are also debuting at-home options for those who enjoy watching new flicks on their couch.

Here are the ten movies that you must see this summer:

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27) 

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller

Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Stars:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern

Cha Cha Real Smooth (June 17)

A young man who works as a Bar Mitzvah party host strikes up a friendship with a mother and her autistic daughter.

Director: Cooper Raiff

Stars: Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Evan Assante

Lightyear (June 17)

Lightyear follows the story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond.

Director: Angus Maclane

Stars: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Dale Soules

Elvis (June 24)

A look at the life of the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley.

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (June 24)

Feature adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusk named Marcel.

Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp

Stars: Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp, Isabella Rossellini

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8) 

Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg, and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Director: Taika Waititi

Stars: Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman, Karen Gillan 

The Gray Man (July 15)

When the CIA’s most skilled operative-whose true identity is known to none-accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling

Nope (July 22)

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

Director: Jordan Peele

Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun

Bullet Train (July 29)

Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz