Most anticipated movies of the summer


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There are many highly anticipated movies coming out this summer, including Lightyear and Top Gun: Maverick. The Sidekick staff writer Havish Premkumar writes about the movies he’s most excited for and what makes them so exciting to him. Graphic by Avani Munji

Havish Premkumar

This summer looks to fire on all cylinders and offer the most tried and true moviegoing season since the emergence of COVID-19. 

Here are the top five movies releasing this summer, that I’m looking forward to the most. 

Jurassic World Dominion 

Release Date: June 10

Synopsis: The future of mankind hangs in the balance as humans and dinosaurs coexist following the destruction of Isla Nublar.

This movie directs the Jurassic Park franchise into new territory with a plot of dinosaurs and humans coexisting with each other, helping viewers overcome the stigma associated with such a notion. Additionally, this movie ushers in past actors of the Jurassic Park franchise, through the comeback of the franchise’s alumni, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum), who merge with the new members of the franchise, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). 

Let’s hope this movie fulfills its core incentives as a fun popcorn flick, and more significantly, a satisfactory conclusion to the Jurassic Park saga.


Release Date: June 17

Synopsis: Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) embarks on an intergalactic adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion.

After exclusively releasing films on Disney+ since late 2020, Pixar has boomeranged back onto the big screen, with this Toy Story spinoff centering around the real-life interpretation of the Buzz Lightyear character. The decision in making this movie narratively and tonally distinguishable from the Toy Story franchise registers as an ideal decision, as it helps to meaningfully give this movie its own identity. It also allows the directors to go all out treating it as a space movie that isn’t forcefully confined in the Toy Story world. 

Thor: Love And Thunder 

Release Date: July 8


Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) attempts to find inner peace, but must return back to action and recruit Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taiki Waititi), and Jane Foster (Natilie Portman) – who has become the Mighty Thor – to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all the gods.

With the release of this movie, Thor will become the first Marvel character to have his standalone series supersede a total of three films. Though some may say a fourth film is unnecessary, there is a sea of potential stories that can be explored in the  Thor franchise. The character arc of Thor deviates from his ongoing stature as superhero in favor of satiating his pursuit for peace, which is a refreshing direction to take his character. 

Bullet Train

Release Date: August 5th

Synopsis: Five assassins find themselves on a fast moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. They discover their missions are not unrelated to each other.

Finally, let’s delve into the David Leitch action comedy, Bullet Train. From the teaser trailer, the movie looks to be an electrifying action flick. The teaser includes gorgeously shot and well choreographed action scenes and set pieces, fused in with effective humor, mainly churned out from the protagonist, Ladybug (Brad Pitt). 

Bottom line, I am going to keep my fingers crossed, that the five movies, and to a broader extent overall summer movies this season, will fulfill the promise of a stupendously thrilling time.

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