As much as I’d like to complain about the number of sequels and reboots on the summer schedule, the sick truth is I want to see Gerard Butler play a Secret Secret service agent yet again in “Angel Has Fallen.”
We all have our weaknesses. And I wouldn’t mind seeing the Rock and Jason Statham team up against Idris Elba in “Fast and Furious 10,” or whatever number we’re on.
But not everything is unoriginal. There’s a Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and a Richard Linklater (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”), and a Danny Boyle (“Yesterday”), so there’s a little fan service for the auteur crowd.
Here is a partial list of the summer titles, dates subject to change.
“Men in Black: International” (Friday). Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, that cute couple from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Thor: Ragnarok), headline this reboot of the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones action comedies about secret agencies regulating a secret society of space aliens. With Emma Thompson.
“Shaft” (Friday). Samuel L. Jackson returns as the iconic private eye, this time solving cases with his father (original shaft Richard Roundtree) and son (Jessie T. Usher). Directed by F. Gary Gray.
“Toy Story 4” (June 21). When a combo spoon/fork becomes a plaything named Sporky (Tony Hale), Woody (Tom Hanks) helps him find his place in the world of toys.
“Yesterday” (June 28). A Danny Boyle comedy about a musician (Himesh Patel) who wakes up in an alternate reality wherein no one has heard of the Beatles, and considers the ethics of appropriating their music for his own purposes.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 2). Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to relax on a European vacation with his buddies (Zendaya and Jacob Batalon) but ends up helping Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) do superhero-related stuff.
“Midsommar” (July 3). Call it thinking man’s horror: Ari Aster, who directed Toni Collette in the critically acclaimed Hereditary, returns by bringing Florence Pugh to a once-a-century festival in Scandinavia. But it’s not just maypoles and flower crowns in a place where the sun never sets.
“Stuber” (July 12). A cop (Dave Bautista) who can’t see well enough to drive shanghais a harried Uber driver (Kumail Nanjiani) and leads him through a series of dangerous situations in this riff on 1980s action comedies.
“The Lion King” (July 19). The Disney drive to reboot its animated classics with a combination of live action and CGI continues here. Jon Favreau — who had success with the Jungle Book adaptation — directs. The voices are provided by Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover. July 19.
“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” (July 26). Quentin Tarantino re-creates late ’60s Hollywood in this story of a fading star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) in a narrative related to the murder of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) by the Manson family.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” (Aug. 2). This sequel is fast, but nobody’s furious, because Vin Diesel is not in it. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) teams with buddy/rival shaw (Jason Statham) to take down some bad guys.
“The Kitchen” (Aug. 9). A DC comic adaptation, but an offbeat one. When mob bosses are sent off to prison, their wives (Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss) take over the “family” business.
“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (Aug. 9). The popular children’s TV show gets the live-action big-screen treatment in this adventure comedy about a girl (Isabela Moner) on a jungle mission to rescue her missing parents (Michael Peña, Eva Longoria).
“Blinded by the Light” (Aug. 14). When the son (Viveik Kalra) of Pakastani immigrants in the U.K. falls in love with the music of Bruce Springsteen, it causes consternation among friends and family.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (Aug. 16). Richard Linklater adapts the Maria Semple novel about a woman (Cate Blanchett) and her mysterious disappearance. Aug. 16.
“Angel Has Fallen” (Aug. 23). Top Secret Service guy (Gerard Butler) gets fired, but returns to protect the president (Morgan Freeman) when stuff gets real. Aug. 23.
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