Whether you’re sitting in a movie theater, freshly buttered popcorn and a soda in hand, or you’re curled up on your couch at home- nothing beats a movie night. Even if you’re not a cinephile, watching a movie is like immersing yourself in a new journey. It could be a journey to find love or a journey across the stars or a journey toward self-discovery. A great movie will give you a journey worth taking and this summer has given us some great ones.
1) Palm Springs
You may be sick of the whole Groundhog Day phenomenon in movies, but Palm Springs has found a way to give it a really fresh take. Starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, the movie involves two wedding guests getting stuck in the same day over and over on a time loop. With two comedic actors as the stars, this movie involves hilarious stunts and proves itself to be original and unique despite starting with a concept with which you’re already familiar.
2) How to Build a Girl
Starring Beanie Feldstein, from the critically acclaimed Booksmart, How to Build a Girl is the story of a 16-year old girl who is on a journey to reinvent herself and propel herself to the top of the 90’s rock music scene. It includes both humor and touching coming-of-age details that make it a must-watch for the summer, though it came out toward the earlier summer months.
3) The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island comes to you from director Judd Apatow, who brought you many comedy classics including 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, and many more. Loosely based on actor Pete Davidson’s life, who plays the main character Scott, the movie involves a man who lost his firefighter father at age seven. When his mother starts dating another firefighter, played by comedian Bill Burr, Scott is forced to reexamine his grief and find a way to move on and grow up.
4) Da 5 Bloods
This film (starring Delroy Lindo, Clark Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock) tells the story of four African American Vietnam War Vets who return to Vietnam to collect a buried treasure and the buried remains of their Squad Leader. Brought to you by award-winning director Spike Lee who also brought you Malcolm X, Blackkklansman, and many more. This film is not only action-packed, but also tackles heavy themes and includes superb acting performances.
5) New Mutants
Filmed years ago and finally being released this summer, this movie is an extension of the X-Men universe for anyone out there missing superhero movies this year. A dark take on an already dark universe, this movie takes place in a mental hospital as a group of young mutants attempt to get a hold of their powers while being terrorized by hallucinations and flashbacks. Categorized as a blend between horror and fantasy, this long-anticipated movie will give viewers a different take on a world they know.
The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan movie, Tenet, involves a hero embarking on a time-bending mission to stop a future war. This movie comes from the all-star director of movies like Inception, Prestige, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and more. It also includes an all-star cast such as Robert Pattinson, Clemence Poesy, John David Washington, and Kenneth Branagh. Although it’s possibly the most highly anticipated movie of the summer, the release date has been pushed back several times because they’re planning a theatrical release. The latest release date for the action thriller is September 3rd.