15 summer movies you better see on the big screen in 2022

Get your popcorn ready, that is, if you’re ready to get back into movie theaters this summer. Thankfully, we have plenty of reasons to wander into the multiplex and watch the blockbusters where they belong, on the biggest screens imaginable.

We have Marvel, Pixar, Tom Cruise, dinosaurs, Jordan Peele and the King himself reclaiming the summer movie season after two understandably dormant years.

These 15 movies will help you do you part to give Hollywood the shot in the box office arm it needs. (Keep in mind, this list does not include the summer flicks we’ll get from the major streamers like Netflix. We’re talkin’ big screen.)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)

As if the multiverse wasn’t mad enough, Marvel went and hired the great Sam Raimi to join the MCU fray — and boy, did he pick the right project. Benedict Cumberbatch reprises Dr. Stephen Strange, this time casting a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong and Wanda Maximoff. Did you say Wanda Maximoff, of “WandaVision?” Why yes, do you think Disney wouldn’t continue to cash in on the success of their streaming series? Look, the more Elizabeth Olsen, the better. Round and round we go with the MCU…

Men (May 20)

Want to get weird this summer? Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley (”The Lost Daughter) stars as a young woman who goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband, and strange things unfold in “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation” director Alex Garland’s folk horror flick co-starring Rory Kinnear and Paapa Essiedu.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)

Originally scheduled to hit theaters three summers ago, this follow-up to the 1986 fighter jet classic sees Tom Cruise back in the cockpit as Pete Mitchell, aka “Maverick,” pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. But, shocker, he is soon called in to train a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission under the orders of his fellow naval aviator friend and former rival, Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer!). Serving you all the nostalgia and high-wire stunts (with reportedly insane flight sequences), Cruise and company aim to deliver on the promise of the film the pandemic would not let live. And the early word is it delivers big-time.

Crimes of the Future (June 3)

body horror! From the brain of the one and only David Cronenberg: A deep dive into the not-so-distant future in which humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, which alters their biological makeup. I mean, if that doesn’t sound like the man behind “Scanners,” “The Fly” and “Dead Ringers,” what does? Starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, here’s a healthy (if disturbing) alternative to the blockbuster fare.

Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)

Do we really fee like giving this franchise another shot, after the evil Illuminati dino auction in “Fallen Kingdom?” The “Jurassic World” revival remains a far cry from Steven Spielberg’s majestic 1993 adventure, but when you round up Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, you have our attention. Director Colin Trevorrow returns to cash in yet again on our nostalgia for much better movies. We expect more CGI and human characters than it really needs, but we can’t help but be curious when you attract the nucleus that got the whole thing started. Call us suckers.

Lightyear (June 17)

The origin story of Buzz Lightyear, but it is for the character we know and love from the “Toy Story” movies, or it is for the toy; therefore, this is the origin story for every action figure on the aisle? In this spinoff, Buzz does his first test flight for Star Command but ends up time traveling 62 years into the future instead and must now find a way to return home, all while battling his sworn enemy Emperor Zurg. We always considered Chris Evans a young Tim Allen, which is why he’s voicing the astronaut action hero in this Pixar adventure.

Elvis (June 24)

The long-awaited music biopic “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler as the King and Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker from “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann. Despite the fear of it being just another music biopic, we’re eager to see this take on the origins of the Mississippi-bon superstar known for his string of his like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and Hound Dog,” as well as his worldwide fame and impact on music and entertainment. Butler is a California-born actor with only a few movie credits, but you might remember him as Tex Watson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 2019. But can he capture the charisma of the King?

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (June 24)

This fantastical adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusk named Marcel features Jenny Slate in the lead voice role as Marcel travels far and wide to find his parents. By late June, we’ll need a break from the big, noisy stuff on the big screen, so settle down for this seemingly stress-free PG-rated merriment.

The Black Phone (June 24)

After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. From director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “Doctor Strange”) comes this horror flick starring the always-engaging Ethan Hawke as the baddie in a creepy mask.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (June 24)

Can you believe that, by late June, we will have five “Despicable Me” movies? See (when your kids force you to) the humble beginnings of a child with big dreams of becoming the world’s greatest supervillain. In addition to mainstays Steve Carell (as Gru) and Pierre Coffin (as the Minions), get a load of the voice cast on this thing: Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)

The follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok” sees the God of Thunder back in the mix along with the Guardians of the Galaxy and his old flame Jane (Natalie Portman) suiting up in director Taika Waititi’s sequel. We also see Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his Guardian pals teaming with Thor, as teased at the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” which will be a thrill for fans. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson, Melissa McCarthy and Sam Neill. Who doesn’t love Thor?

Where the Crawdads Sing (July 15)

A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with in this adaptation of the smash hit novel by Delia Owens. Olivia Newman directors while “Normal People” breakout Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kya in this North Carolina-set drama.

Nope (July 22)

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery in Jordan Peele’s latest eerie tale, reuniting the Oscar-winning writer/director with “Get Out” pal Daniel Kaluuya. The mysterious film also stars Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun and Michael Wincott. It’s probably best to know as little as possible going into it, other than Peele’s career he should only continue to skyrocket.

Bullet Train (July 29)

Action! Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. Brad Pitt beating people up while wearing a bucket hat on a train? Also on board: Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Michael Shannon and Bad Bunny. From “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2″ director David Leitch.

Bodies Bodies Bodies (Aug. 5)

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this look at backstabbing, fake friends and a party gone wrong. This horror flick from director Halina Reijn stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders and Pete Davidson.

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