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13 films NPR critics are looking forward to this summer: NPR


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Just like there are too many TV shows to keep track of, the summer movie slate is crammed full after years of turmoil caused by the pandemic.

As temperatures rise, burgers, bat bats, and Baz Luhrmann are heading to the big screen. Here’s what NPR critics see, in order of release date.

Bob Burgers movie

In theaters May 27

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I’ve seen every episode of Bob Burger At least once. Every week, my partner and I would sit down and have dinner and watch the new episode. We are excited about this movie.

Little was revealed. We know the main cast will be there – Bob, Linda, and Tina, all of them. Apparently, they have, like, a week to keep their restaurant afloat, and the kids are getting into some kind of puzzle to try and memorize it. The trailer is a lot of gene screams for the other siblings, and a lot of one-off bushings.

There are a lot of things Bob Burger He does well. But obviously one of the best things is the music and the songs, so I’m excited about those.

I’m worried that this movie is kind of buried. It’s opening in theaters, but I’ll probably see it good on first airing. – Aisha Harris

fire island

Hulu, June 3

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This is a movie written and starring hilarious actor Joel Kim Buster and directed by Andrew Ann. I direct two films that I love Spa night And the arcade. Both films are really kind of calm and introspective, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This seems to be some kind of gay romcom in a very special vacation destination, Fire Island.

The idea behind this movie is very simple and inescapable. take bones Pride and prejudiceAnd, drawing it on the way gay men tend to categorize ourselves into these very isolated groups based on things like race, income level, age, body fat percentage, and frankly, it just works. It is important that he tells the story, because the two protagonists of the film are Booster and Bowen Yang. You’ll tell this all-too-familiar story from a perspective we haven’t seen often before. According to the trailer, at least, it’s going to be addressing directly the white and cis antique franchise of the queer community, and Fire Island in particular. – Glenn Weldon

Neptune Frost

In theaters June 3

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An African-American science fiction musical set filmed and shot in Rwanda, this debut film by poet/composer Saul Williams and actor/writer Anisia Ozeman debuted in 2021 in Cannes and became a beloved festival invited to screen in Toronto, Sundance, London and New York. And a host of other festivals last year. It’s mysterious, poetic, allegorical, operatic, grotesque, and firmly non-linear, and it’s hard to tell what’s going on at any given moment. But if experiential dependence and ambition appeal to you, this has a lot of those two qualities. – Bob Mondello

future crimes

In theaters June 3

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David Cronenberg, back to his old trippy/gooey/annoying tricks and physical horror, is back in parquet. This time around, Viggo Mortensen and Lea Seydoux are a pair of performers who perform live surgery in front of the crowd, illustrating how Viggo’s character can grow and change his internal organs due to a condition called “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome”. Sing with me: “An old tale like tiiiiiiiiime….” – Glenn Weldon

father of the bride

HBO Max, June 16

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One of the movies that is a huge comfort food choice for me is ’90s Nancy Meyers father of the bride With Steve Martin. This is clearly a remake of the Spencer Tracy movie, in which Elizabeth Taylor played his daughter. Of course, you definitely don’t want to spend a lot of time with a reckless dad to pay for an expensive wedding. But I always thought this movie was funny and at the end really sweet.

The ’90s was a very special era for Steve Martin. There is a moment in this movie where Martin, a sneaker mogul, has a dazzling pair of designer tennis shoes for his daughter to wear under her wedding dress. And when my sister got married a few years after that movie, which we both loved, I made her a pair of dazzling tennis shoes, which she wore to the reception under her dress when she slipped out of her heels.

They’re remaking this with a Latin family; Andy Garcia is the patriarch, and Gloria Estefan is the mother. And I’m really excited. – Linda Holmes

Cha Cha Real Smooth

In theaters and Apple TV + June 17

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Cooper Raiff is following up on his charming (albeit with a terrible title) debut in the film industry. S *** house, with independent romance at least twice. Rafe is a seasoned writer/director and entrepreneur, a recent college graduate who sleeps on a cot in his little brother’s bedroom. When his mother makes him take the kid to his friend’s racket, he meets and falls in love with Dakota Johnson, makes her autistic daughter dance, and is immediately swarmed by Jewish mothers who want to hire him as a starter for their kids’ party. Bar and Mitzvahs.

Supposedly, Raiff is more motivated in real life than his character – you don’t get two movies made in three years without sharp elbows – but he makes the pups’ vulnerability hugely appealing. – Bob Mondello

Good luck to you, Leo Grande

In theaters and at Hulu on June 17

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A widowed ex-teacher (Emma Thompson) hires a younger companion (Daryl McCormack) in the hope that he’ll offset a lifetime of sexual shyness and boredom in this surprising, funny, poignant and feminine (if not specifically feminist) take on self-discovery.

Sophie Hyde’s direction is delicate, and the performers have wonderful chemistry – Thompson initially distracted each escort’s attempt to do what she had hired to do; McCormack is alternately comforting (“You conflict; conflict is exciting”) and gentle (“Can I kiss you on the cheek?”). Admittedly, their roles will change over time — “I have some comments and some achievement goals,” Thompson says at the start of the second meeting — and the situation gets interestingly more complex. – Bob Mondello

Elvis

In theaters June 24

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Austin Butler is Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks is his manipulative director “Colonel” Tom Parker in what director Baz Luhrmann told interviewers is an impressionist tapestry that explores mid-20th century America, with all its relation to race relations and celebrity culture.

“It’s a bit like [how] Shakespeare takes a historical figure and uses it to look at a bigger picture” Entertainment Weekly. Suspicious minds might wonder about it, but since Luhrmann did a decent job with Leonardo DiCaprio / Claire Dance Romeo and JulietMaybe we can take him at his word. He went on to say it’s the king’s tale told in three acts — Elvis the punk, family-friendly movie star Elvis, and fan Elvis of the ’70s jumpsuit. – Bob Mondello

the princess

Hulu, July 1


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Little is known about this R-rated dark fantasy film in which a princess (Joey King) refuses to marry the evil man she is betrothed to (Dominic Cooper), gets trapped in a tower, and sets out to kick her ass in the Middle Ages to save her. Her family as mercenaries are attacking. We know it’s directed by Le-Van Kiet, the Vietnamese director who premiered in 2019 immediately, a very hilarious martial arts action movie, featuring a mother rescuing her daughter from a smuggling gang. This princess is not a girl. – Glenn Weldon

Thor: Love and Thunder

In theaters July 8

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See, you have your own world Motorcycle rental people and you don’t have much Thor: Ragnaroas people. I am the first. I suspect Motorcycle rental It was full of good jokes. Thor: Love and Thunder It’s another Taika Waititi ox A movie and I’m here for it.

Not for nothing, the thing I liked the most in the original MCU ox She was Natalie Portman, and Natalie Portman will be back for this movie. You also have Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson. At this point with the MCU, I want funny movies. I’m somewhat more practical than everything else. – Linda Holmes

no

In theaters July 22

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We know very little about what this movie is about, which is always a good sign with Jordan Peele. I feel the less we know about getting into whatever it is he’s working on, the better.

There are little hints in the trailer. The book begins with the character Keke Palmer who talks about how one of the first motion pictures created was of a black man riding a horse. She claims that this is her great-grandfather, and that she is now part of a group of the only black horse trainers in Hollywood. But the trailer is a lot of pictures back and forth, which is pretty cool. You have Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips Part II” sliced, diced, and turned into scary music, the way we handle trailers.

I’ve seen people actually trying to decode the movie, and if you’re doing it, you’re doing it wrong. – Aisha Harris

Express train

In theaters August 5

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Five assassins work on interconnected missions in a 250-mph dash across Japan in this action comedy by man-turned-acrobatic director David Leach. Brad Pitt is the one who left his gun at home – “If you put peace in the world, you’ll get peace back,” therapist Sandra Bullock (who replaced Lady Gaga in the middle of filming) told therapist.

Based on a novel by Kotaro Izaka, the film faces headwinds to give non-Asian actors lead roles, although the author is recorded as being excited. – Bob Mondello

Three thousand years of longing

In theaters August 31

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Based on a short story by A.S. Byatt, this fictional film about a seeker (Tilda Swinton) who frees a jinn (Idris Elba) while visiting Istanbul, is the first co-writer/director George Miller film since the stunning visual (and logistical) movie. Mad Max: Fury Road. The trailer is dazzlingly visual, a story spanning thousands of years that is epic in scope (and kind of funny), and a protagonist who, fortunately, knows all too well how stories about magical wish-granting usually end. – Glenn Weldon

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