It is summer! Vacations! Sleep a lot, play a lot outside and lots and lots of movies. Every year, filmmakers line up their films for the holiday season in order to get maximum viewership. Good for us as we have a great line-up ahead of us in the coming months.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Release date: May 6th
Since it was released in early May, some of us must have seen the latest Marvel movie by now. However, if you’re one of those people who’s been busy with their exams ahead of the holidays, this should be high on the list before it hits the theatres.
Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Doctor Strange, who tries to save the multiverse from destruction with the help of friends new and old. With an all-star cast including Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong, we know some of the characters from the first film will be reprising their roles. However, this film also has Elizabeth Olsen as The Scarlet Witch as an added bonus. Who else to expect from the Marvel Universe? Well, we’ll have to watch to find out.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release date: May 27th
We’re sure that most of our US readers weren’t even born when Top Gun was released in 1986 and became an instant hit. After 36 years, Tom Cruise returns as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this sequel about an intensive training school for Navy fighter pilot aces. And boy, Tom Cruise still looks the same.
We recommend that you watch the 1986 version first so you understand why Top Gun: Maverick is such a big deal for the rest of us.
Jurassic World Dominion
Release date: June 10th
Jurassic Park returns to cinemas in this trilogy, in which dinosaurs roam free on the earth and humans try to maintain a delicate balance. This outing joins Sam Neill and Laura Dern with the human stars of recent films, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the latest sequel, is also on board.
Let’s hope we get an adequate dose of dinosaurs with the final film in the trilogy, as we may not see them any time soon.
Release date: June 17th
No, it’s not something else. Yes, you guessed it right. This is our very own Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story range, but he’s got his own movie. Tim Allen, replaced by Chris Evans for and as Lightyear, will embark on an intergalactic adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robotic companion.
Having grown up listening to Toy Story, this will be a nostalgic ride and a must-see for all of us.
Release date: June 24th
The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) as seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Set against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape, the story explores the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker, spanning 20 years from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom. This journey focuses on one of the most important and influential people in Elvis’ life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
It’s on my list mostly because of Tom Hanks. No one wants to miss the legend coming to our screens this summer. Right?
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Release date: July 1st
Admit it, we all love Minions and we all love Gru. Even though Minions were only part of the Despicable Me series, they gained more popularity than the main characters. One exception, of course, is Gru, who has our hearts in his hands from the very first film. This film will show us the first years of Gru’s life.
Set in the 1970s, Gru (Steve Carell) grows up in the suburbs amidst a flood of feathered hair and flared jeans. As a fanboy of a supervillain supergroup called Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets help from his loyal minions to wreak havoc.
Let’s wait for the movie’s release to witness the havoc these characters wreak on our screens.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Release date: July 8th
Marvel will strike again mid-year with its second superhero release with Thor: Love and Thunder. As Thor: Ragnarok has been exciting, we can’t wait to see what the new one has in store for us. Also, this one has Christian Bale as the antagonist and Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Dr. Repeat Jane Foster. Excited already, hanh!
In this film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) embarks on a journey he has never felt before – a quest for inner peace. But his retreat is interrupted by a galactic assassin named Gorr the God Slayer (Christian Bale), who seeks the annihilation of the gods. Thor and some old friends must stop him before it’s too late.
Having said that, I still can’t imagine we’ll have a Thor movie without Loki. He was an integral part of the franchise and I would definitely miss him dearly.
DC League of Super Pets
Release date: July 29th
We don’t want to be so frank about our bias towards Marvel, so just to show how balanced we are, here’s DC’s superhero pack with DC League of Super-Pets. This animated film, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Krasinski and Kate McKinnon, is both comedy and adventure.
In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends who share the same superpowers and fight crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a ragtag shelter pack – Ace the dog, PB the pot-bellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their own newfound powers and help him with the… Help rescue superhero.
So… DC Superheroes need saving? And then you ask why we prefer Marvel. Just kidding. The movie seems super fun just for the slight holiday spirit.
Release date: Eid-ul-Adha
As we have shared so much about Hollywood it is only fair to mention our own Pakistani film which we would like to show our young people to support the local film industry as well. Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad, starring Fahad Mustafa and Mahira Khan, illuminates the issues of corruption in our society. The movie’s trailer is full of colour, energy and action, a complete masala movie to put it lightly.
Directed by Nabeel Qureshi, you can count on a good script, excellent direction and superb performances that will be remembered for a long time. To support our Pakistani cinema, here are our selections for your summer film collection.