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Everyone ready for the movies to come back big-time after COVID cleared the cineplexes for years? Good, because screens big and small are lighting up with an exciting mix of comedies, dramas and blockbusters this summer. Make your movie nights worth it with our critics’ picks of the best of what’s coming up.
COMING IN MAY
About My Father (in theaters May 26)
An immigrant with old-world ways (Robert De Niro, 79) meets his son’s soon-to-be mother-in-law, a rich U.S. senator (Kim Cattrall, 66). “She’s a control freak,” Cattrall told Screen Rant, “so when she meets the Robert De Niro character and his son it’s not what she expects or wants for her daughter. But in the end it’s exactly what she should have.”
Check it out: About My Father
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COMING IN JUNE
Shooting Stars (on Peacock June 2)
In a series adaptation of LeBron James’ early-life memoir, the coach (Creed’s Wood Harris, 53) of young LeBron (Marquis “Mookie” Cook) tries to break up his basketball crew, so they defect to a white Catholic school whose disgraced coach (Scream VI’s Dermot Mulroney, 59) hopes to make them national champs.
Check it out: Shooting Stars
Flamin’ Hot (on Hulu and Disney+ June 9)
In Eva Longoria’s film inspired by real events, Frito-Lay janitor Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia) invents a new kind of Cheetos that tastes like his Mexican immigrant dad’s fiery home cooking. (There’s some dispute about who actually invented the spicy treat, but hey, it’s a movie!)
Check it out: Flamin’ Hot
Mary J. Blige’s Real Love and Strength of a Woman (on Lifetime June 10 and 17)
A woman’s star-crossed college romance resurfaces in a later decade in this pair of linked films inspired by Blige’s hit song and album.
Check it out: Real Love and Strength of a Woman
The Flash (in theaters June 16)
Fleet-footed Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) races back in time to prevent his mother’s murder. Understandable, but this sparks a new multiverse in which annihilation-minded General Zod (Michael Shannon) runs rampant. (True, Zod died in 2013’s Man of Steel, but this is a multiverse, dude.) So the Flash must recruit Batman to save the world — and we get not one but two Batmans: Michael Keaton, 71, and Ben Affleck, 50.
Check it out: The Flash
Asteroid City (in theaters June 16)
Something out of this world happens in the American desert at a 1955 Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic confection. It’s got more stars than there are in heaven, including Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks (66), Jeffrey Wright (57), Tilda Swinton (62), Edward Norton (53), Steve Carell (60), Matt Dillon (59), Willem Dafoe (67) and Bryan Cranston (67). It will no doubt be elegantly cartoonish, because all his movies start out as “animatics,” storyboard cartoons for each scene that he acts out for the actors. “Wes makes an animatic and voices all the characters in the animatic, what he calls the cartoon,” Cranston told Collider.
Check it out: Asteroid City
The Perfect Find (on Netflix June 23)
Middle-aged fashion designer Jenna Jones (Gabrielle Union, 50), who loses her job and her fiancé, picks herself up with a new job in fashion journalism — competing with young fashionistas and working for her old boss/frenemy Darcy Vale (Gina Torres, 54), who thinks her kids need some of Jenna’s old-school wisdom. Jenna gets cozy at a party with a charming young videographer she learns is her new coworker — and the boss’ son.
Check it out: The Perfect Find
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