17 summer Hollywood movies to watch, from ‘The Gray Man’ to ‘Nope’

With Disney and Marvel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Kicking off the summer box office season with a bang as a movie with one of the widest releases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, happy times are once again shaping up for cinemas.

A selection of big-budget, high-profile blockbusters awaits behind the scenes this season, among the anticipated sequels (Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion) to star-studded films such as The gray man and Elvis. There is also another version of Marvel in the form of Thor: Love and Thunder.

Here are 17 summer movies to watch in theaters and on streaming platforms:

1. “Let’s go for the ride”

Cast: Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, Kate Bosworth, Andie MacDowell, Dermot Mulroney

Plot: Adapted from the novel of the same name by Sarah Dessen, this drama tells the story of Auden who meets the mysterious Eli, a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden live the fun, carefree teenage life she never thought she wanted.

Release date:May 6 on Netflix.

2. ‘Firestarter’

Cast: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon

Plot: First adapted in 1984, Stephen King’s sci-fi horror tale is getting a 2022 reboot. In this version, Efron stars as a father who must protect his daughter after she develops pyrokinesis – the ability to create and control fire with the mind – and is hunted by a secret government agency that intends to capture and control her.

Release date: May 13 (US)

3. “The Innocents”

Cast: Rakel Lenora Flottum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim

Plot: After making waves at the Cannes Film Festival last year, this Norwegian supernatural thriller is gearing up for a world tour. The film follows a group of children who, during a Nordic summer, acquire mysterious powers. But what starts out as innocent fun quickly takes a dark and violent turn as the children begin to use their powers freely.

Release date: May 13 (US)

4. “Men”

Cast: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear

Plot: From Alex Garland, the acclaimed director behind films such as Ex-Machina and Annihilation, comes this thriller about a woman who travels to the countryside after a personal tragedy. Instead of peace, she finds a waking nightmare. Buckley, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for her role in The lost girlplays the main role.

Release date: May 20 (US)

5. “Top Gun: Maverick”

Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer

Plot: One of the most anticipated films, Cruise returns in one of his most beloved roles in this Superior gun sequel that is over three decades in the making. After years of working solo as a test pilot, Maverick is called back to form a new group of fighter pilots, including Goose’s son, played by Teller.

Release date: May 26 (UAE); May 27 (US)

6. ‘Blessing’

Cast: Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi

Plot: Known for his biographies, British screenwriter and director Terence Davies directs this biographical drama about British poet Siegfried Sassoon, imprisoned for being anti-war during World War II. He later converts to Catholicism but soon develops a crisis of faith. Lowden and Capaldi play Sassoon at different ages.

Release date: May 20 (UK)

7. “Jurassic World Dominion”

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Plot: The so-called “conclusion” of the Jurassic World franchise merges the Pratt and Dallas Howard films with the stars of the original Jurassic Park – Dern, Neill and Goldblum. About four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, released in 2018, the film brings director Colin Trevorrow back to the helm. Trevorrow led the shot jurassic world in 2015, helping to revive the franchise after 14 years.

Release date: June 9 (UAE and USA)

8. ‘The Light Year’

Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Uzo Aduba

Plot: A spinoff of the hit Toy Story franchise, this one focuses on space guard Buzz Lightyear. Long before he landed in Andy’s room, Buzz was a young astronaut trying to get home from a hostile planet, as told in this movie-within-a-movie origin story. And this time, Lightyear is voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Release date: June 17 (US)

9. “Spider Head”

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett

Plot: Hemsworth plays a scientist who experiments on inmates, played by Teller and Smollett, with psychedelic drugs in this adaptation of a dystopian short story by George Saunders Escape from Spiderhead.

Release date: June 17 on Netflix

10. “Elvis”

Cast: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks

Plot: Baz Luhrmann takes a look at Elvis Presley, played by Butler, and his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks) over 20 years in this music-filled journey. Luhrmann, who also co-wrote the film, is known for his musical masterpieces. The Australian director, screenwriter and producer is behind Romeo + Juliet, Red Mill! and Gatsby the magnificent.

Release date: June 23 (UAE); June 24 (US)

11. “Minions: The Rise of Gru”

Cast: Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Plot: Minions are back in this spin-off that explores what Gru was like before he became an evil mastermind. Apparently just a young suburban boy with dreams of world domination.

Release date: June 30 (UAE); July 1 (US)

12. “Mr. Malcolm’s List”

Cast: Freida Pinto, Theo James, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park

Plot: Yes Bridgerton left you wishing for more Regency-era dramas, this one, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Allain, might be your answer. Set in 1800s England, it follows a young woman who enlists the help of her friend to get revenge on a suitor who rejected her for failing a requirement on his list of qualifications.

Release date: July 1 (US)

13. “Thor: Love and Thunder”

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista

Plot: Retirement won’t last long for Hemsworth’s thunder god in this Taika Waititi-directed extravaganza, featuring the return of Portman’s Jane Foster who is now able to wield the magic hammer on her own, and the introduction of a villain played by Bale.

Release date: July 16 (US)

14. “No”

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun

Plot: Horror master Jordan Peele returns to terrify audiences with “a new pop nightmare” in his latest film about residents of the Inland Empire, played by Kaluuya, Palmer and Yeun, who witness a chilling event.

Release date: July 22 (US)

15. “The Gray Man”

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Rege-Jean Page Dhanush, Billy Bob Thornton

Plot: One of Netflix’s most expensive films to date, this spy thriller comes from former Marvel directors Anthony and Joe Russo. It follows Court Gentry, the CIA’s most skilled mercenary, who accidentally discovers dark agency secrets. A psychopathic former colleague then places a bounty on Gentry’s head, sparking a global manhunt by international assassins. South Indian superstar Dhanush is making his big Hollywood debut.

Release date: July 15 on Netflix

16. ‘DC League of Super-Pets’

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne

Plot: It’s the Justice League that needs rescuing in this animated film, featuring the voice of Johnson as Superman’s dog. He brings together a team of pets with special powers who embark on an unforgettable adventure.

Release date: July 28 (UAE); July 29 (US)

17. “Bullet Train”

Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bad Bunny, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman

Plot: In David Leitch’s star-studded adaptation of Kotaro Isaka’s novel, Pitt plays an assassin named Ladybug who has one last job to retrieve a briefcase from a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Unfortunately, he is not the only assassin on board.

Release date: July 29 (US)

— Release dates are subject to change. Additional reports by AP.

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