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2022 – An old/new Summer in Cinemas (Part 2)

The summer movie season is finally here, and even though the beginning of summer is over, we’ve had some pretty good hits (Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion), and the next few months have something for all ages. We’ve selected some of the most promising premieres of the near future…

Heroes and villains have dominated the summer movie circuit for most of the last two decades. This year is no different, and it looks like the month of July will be the month of… From 1 July you can see the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru takes the stage, starring the famous thief and his even more famous, charming little sidekicks. This week sees the release of what promises to be one of the next big hits of the summer, Thor: Love and Thunder. Taika Waititi’s second Thor outing was loved by critics, with special praise for the naturally “excellent” Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale – who plays the butcher – was put on a shelf with Heath Ledger’s Joker and Danny Devito’s Penguin Man.

DC League of Super-Pets is all about Superman’s super-dog: Krypto can, of course
fly, has a bit of swagger, and fights alongside Metropolis’ vicious criminals.
But all the members of the Justice League, including Superman, are kidnapped by a major villain,…and the dog is on his own. Krypto has assembled a strange group: a dumb bloodhound, a not-too-fast turtle, and a squirrel that’s always talking, and together they
with whom he throws himself into the rescue mission. Along the way, they all discover new superpowers which causes some trouble, but comes in handy when fighting the supervillain.

Jordan Peele’s last directorial effort, Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o, was released over two years ago, so we’ve been waiting to see what he’d come up with again. And Nope is about to hit cinemas, arriving on 12 August to be precise. The director has called the film a “great American UFO story”, adding that he wanted to create a spectacle that would make it worth revisiting the cinemas after a long break due to the outbreak. In the film, Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer play siblings who are caretakers on a horse farm when suddenly a malevolent force from the sky begins to influence the behaviour of the people and animals.

Coming to cinemas at the very end of the summer is 3000 Years of Desire, directed by George Miller, whose first film since Mad Max: Fury Road. Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, the film stars Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) as a lonely woman who is content to live a life isolated from her fellow man. A woman who values science and logic above all else, her life is turned upside down. is turned upside down when, on her way to Istanbul, she is drawn into a fateful affair with a genie (Idris Elba). The magical creature is determined to grant her three wishes, but Alithea is not willing to give in. Alithea doesn’t want to go down that road, as many sagas have chronicled how badly things usually go wrong, when one tries to achieve something by magic. To convince her of this the opposite, the genie tells her stories of her long and exciting life in different parts of the world. In the end, Alithea is on the ropes, but her wish surprises even her.