10 excuses to go to the movies this summer

Our resident indoor person picks the best things on the silver screen this sweaty season.

June 28

Danny Boyle returns with a new Patel in tow—Himesh, no relation to Slumdog Millionaire star Dev—for an alternate timeline comedy in which The Beatles don't exist, allowing Patel's Jack to become a huge star. There's too much Ed Sheeran in the trailer for our liking, but there's also lots of Kate McKinnon.

FIN Outdoor: Summer Sing-alongs

To mark 20 years of screening films outside, the Atlantic International Film Festival wants you to scream out your joy every Friday in July at the Public Gardens. Indulge in summer lovin' with Grease (July 5), go again with Mamma Mia! (July 12), do the Time Warp with The Rocky Horror Picture Show (July 19) and escape from reality with Bohemian Rhapsody (July 26).

July 5

Florence Pugh, the star of 2016's Lady Macbeth and this year's sleeper wrestling drama Fighting With My Family, travels to Sweden with her boyfriend to a creepy festival of some sort. Directed by Hereditary's Ari Aster, so brace yourself.

July 12
The Farewell

Awkwafina stars in her first dramatic role in the second film from Lulu Wang, adapted from an episode of This American Life. With her grandmother given—unbeknownst to her—only a short time to live, her family stages a bunch of happy moments before the end.

July 19
The Lion King

Possibly the laziest reboot tactic in an inherent lazy genre, Disney continues to remake its cartoon properties, showing up this summer with a live-action version of its highest-grossing traditional animation. Director Jon Favreau did a terrific job with 2016's The Jungle Book and the voice cast includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Amy Sedaris and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, so it'll probably be reasonably good.

July 26
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino puts a couple of crags together in Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio as Hollywood action guys in the 70s who get new neighbours in Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and her husband. Tarantino, who sulked in Cannes after being challenged by a woman reporter on Robbie's lack of dialogue, is in his best element when he can riff on his hometown of Los Angeles, and the reviews confirm this is his best in years.

August 9
The Kitchen

Like Widows circa 1978, this New York crime drama features an equally astonishing cast—Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss—picking up where their imprisoned mob spouses left off. It also marks the directorial debut of Andrea Berloff, who co-wrote Straight Outta Compton.

August 16
Blinded By The Light

May brought Elton John worship, June had The Beatles, August has The Boss. A Pakistani teen (Viveik Kalra) in 1987 navigates Thatcher's England with the help of Bruce Springsteen. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham).

August 16
Good Boys

This Superbad-for-tweens features Room's Jacob Tremblay as part of a trio of kids on a wacky day-long adventure where the goal is to get to a party and kiss a girl. (Sounds a lot like Booksmart too.) The directorial debut of The Office's Gene Stupinsky.

August 16
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

This delayed Richard Linklater adaptation of Maria Semple's novel finally arrives with Cate Blanchett in the title role of a wife and mother trying to reclaim herself. (Is there a more perfectly named Blanchett character than Bernadette Fox?) Kirstin Wiig and Judy Greer are also in the excellent cast.

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