‘Lightyear’, ‘Nope’ and 28 other films are arriving this summer

Summer is almost here — and US movie theaters, battered by the financial losses of an endless pandemic and shaken by audiences turning to live broadcasts, finally have reason to be cautiously optimistic.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” Marvel’s latest installment, opened with $185 million and rules the global ticket sales charts. Box office predictors have high hopes for a slate of other summer scenes hitting theaters in the coming months, including the much-anticipated “Top Gun” sequel and the new “Thor” saga.

But the summer months will also bring a flurry of new works by international authors — including David Cronenberg (“Future Crimes”), Claire Dennis (“Both Sides of the Blade”) and Jordan Peele (“No”) — in addition to the usual mix of romantic comedies. and horror tales on live streaming services.

Here’s a look at 30 of the hottest new releases coming to brick-and-mortar theaters and queues streaming this summer.


“Downton Abbey: A New Era”

release day: Friday in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Focus Features, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

Earl Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery), Dowager Countess of Grantham (Damm Maggie Smith) and other high-quality favorites return for the continuation of the PBS melodrama series and 2019 movie of the same name.

“Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers”

release day: Friday on Disney +

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll provide the voices of a pair of anthropomorphic squirrels in this self-reflexive spin-off from the Disney animated series of the same name. The reboot was directed by Akiva Schaffer, a third of the comedy group The Lonely Island.

“Top Gun: Maverick”

release day: May 27 in theaters

He still feels the need for speed, folks. Tom Cruise controls the screen as Navy fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell takes over in this sequel to the classic Reagan-era action movie. “Maverick” was originally scheduled to premiere in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced repeated postponements.

“Bob Burger movie”

release day: May 27 in theaters

Fox’s popular sitcom got the big screen treatment in this musical comedy featuring the voices of the series’ regular actors John Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Merman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal.


“Pray for”

release day: June 3 in theaters

Talented British filmmaker Terence Davies chronicles 50 years of the life of poet Siegfried Sassoon (played by Jack Lowden as Young and Old by Peter Capaldi), focusing on his resistance to World War I and his experiences as a closed homosexual. A man in an intolerant time.

“Future Crimes”

release day: June 3 in theaters

David Cronenberg, master of body horror (see: Videodrome, “The Fly”) returns with this disturbing film about a performer (Viggo Mortensen) who can grow prosthetic organs. Co-starring Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

“Island of Fire”

release day: June 3 on Hulu

Festive comedian Joel Kim Buster and “Saturday Night Live” superstar actor Bowen Yang present this comedy about two friends who venture to the popular gay vacation destination. Andrew Ahn (“Spa Night”, “Driveways”) directs.

“Jurassic World Sovereignty”

release day: June 10 in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

The sixth installment in the ticket-packed “Jurassic” franchise revolves around the heroes of the sequel trilogy (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), but it also brings back Steven Spielberg’s original groundbreaking film stars, including Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum.


release day: June 10 on Netflix

Adam Sandler heads this live-to-live sports drama about an unlucky ex-basketball scout trying to get back into the game by recruiting a player from abroad to compete in the NBA. Queen Latifah and Ben Foster co-star.

“father of the bride”

release day: June 16 on HBO Max

Andy Garcia takes on the annoying father previously played by Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin in this romantic comedy that centers on a Cuban-American father grappling with his daughter’s upcoming wedding. Gloria Estefan co-stars.

“Light year”

release day: June 17 in theaters

The latest Pixar movie is a spin-off from Toy Story — sort of. Lightyear presents itself as the movie that inspired the action character Andy gets for his birthday in the original Toy Story. (Confused? How do you think your kids would feel?) Chris Evans voices the space adventurer.

Brian and Charles

release day: June 17 in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Focus Features, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

Brian (David Earle) builds a robot companion from the head of a mannequin and a washing machine in this unusual British comedy. You might think of it as “Ex Machina” filled with the eccentric spirit of “Wallace and Gromit.”

“Cha Cha Real Smooth”

release day: June 17 on Apple TV +

The breakthrough for this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a low-key drama about a bar mitzvah host (Cooper Rafe, who also directed and wrote the film) who befriends her mother (Dakota Johnson) and her autistic daughter.

Good luck to you, Leo Grande.

release day: June 17 in Hulu

Emma Thompson stars in one of this year’s other iconic Sundance characters: a drama about a sexually frustrated widow (Thompson) who enlists the services of a handsome sex worker (Daryl McCormack, of Peaky Blinders fame) — Leo Grande from the title.

“black phone”

release day: June 24 in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBC News.)

Scott Derrickson, director of the first Marvel movie “Doctor Strange,” returns to his roots as a horror filmmaker in this supernatural creeper about the mysterious events inside the home of kidnapper and serial killer nicknamed the Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke.


release day: June 24 in theaters

Visually extravagant Australian composer Baz Luhrmann (“Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge!”) trains his lens on the relationship between culture-shaking and nerve-racking rock (played by Austin Butler) and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

“Marcel Sadaf wears shoes”

release day: June 24 in theaters

Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, who created one of the defining YouTube sensations of the early 2000s with their delightfully quirky shorts around cute walking shells, are back in the creative well with this long-running art show distributed by indie powerhouse A24.


Minions: The Rise of Gru

release dayJuly 1, in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

The sequel to “Minions” (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the “Despicable Me” franchise sees the return of Steve Carell (voice of former villain Gru) and features the voices of Taraji P. Henson and Michelle Yeoh.

Thor: Love and Thunder

release day: July 8 in theaters

If the sheer volume of Marvel-branded content making your way onto the Disney+ and IMAX screens wasn’t enough, Taika Waititi’s new thunderbolt could lead to success. Chris Hemsworth is back in the role of the northern god, this time amid an interstellar identity crisis.

“both sides of the blade”

release dayJuly 8 in theaters and video on demand

Famous French director Claire Denis is launching two films this year. The first, the tense romantic drama “Both Sides of the Blade,” starring Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lyndon and Gregoire Colin. The second film, “The Stars at Noon,” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Where do giraffes sing?

Edit HistoryE: July 15 in theaters

Daisy Edgar Jones stars in this adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Delia Owens. Reese Witherspoon is one of the producers of the film which also features an original song by Taylor Swift called “Carolina”.

“Mrs. Harris goes to Paris.”

release dayJuly 15th in theaters

Veteran British actress Leslie Manville (“Phantom Thread”) stars in this adaptation of the 1958 novel by writer Paul Galliko. The title character is a widowed cleaning woman who is obsessed with Dior and seeks a new beginning in the City of Light.

“the gray man”

release day: July 15th on Netflix

Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” are hoping to start a new movie series with this spy thriller from Netflix starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.


release dayJuly 22 in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBC News.)

Jordan Peele, modern horror maestro, follows “Get Out” and “Us” with this mysterious spinning around a black-owned California horse ranch that is apparently besieged by alien invaders. Co-starring Daniel Kaluuya, Kiki Palmer, and Stephen Yeon.

“DC League of Super-Pets”

release day: July 29 in theaters

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and other familiar names lend their vocal talents to this kid-friendly riff on the DC Comics universe. Johnson plays Superman’s dog, Krypto; Hart portrays Batman’s friend, Ice the Bathound.


release day: July 29 in theaters. (The film will be distributed by Focus Features, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

BJ Novak’s “The Office” begins directing with this tale of a New York radio host (Novak) who heads south to try to find out who killed his girlfriend. Co-starring Issa Ray and Ashton Kutcher.


“Bodies and Bodies”

release day: August 5 in theaters

“This is not a safe place.” This is the motto of a flick of friends gathered in a mansion during a storm. Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova (“later animated film Borat”), Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott and Pete Davidson star.

“Express train”

release day: August 5 in theaters

Brad Pitt plays a hitman named Ladybug with more blood problems than he bargained for on a fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto in this high-octane comedy. Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Brian Tyree Henry have supporting parts.


release day: August 5 on Peacock, the streaming service owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News

Veteran Hollywood screenwriter John Logan (“Gladiator” and “The Aviator”) makes his directorial debut with the LGBTQ horror drama set in a gay conversion therapy camp. Stars Theo Germaine, Kevin Bacon and Carrie Preston.

“Three thousand years of longing”

release day: August 31 in theaters

George Miller, the one-of-a-kind filmmaker behind the “Mad Max” franchise and kid-friendly treats like “Happy Feet,” is back with this epic fantasy movie starring Idris Elba and art house backer Tilda Swinton.

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