The 5 Summer Movies You Can’t Miss

Marvel, Disney and Warner brought out their entire arsenal to dominate the summer in movie theaters. However, producers like the alternative A24 have become a threat to the traditional ones at this time of year. 

Still from the movies 'Thor: Love and Thunder’, 'Lightyear' and 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

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LatinAmerican Post | Julián Gómez

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Although summer is characterized by giving priority to vacations and family time, production companies and studios have been able to manage some titles so that they fit into that family environment. In the past, classics have been released for this time of year such as Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing', 'The Parent Trap' -the highest grossing starring Lindsay Lohan- or 'Mamma Mia!', Meryl Streep's hit to name a few. Here is a ranking of the best movies that have been released so far this summer.

5. 'Thor: Love & Thunder'

 Taika Waititi directs this new installment of Marvel's famous Asgardian god. Trying to find inner peace, Thor is threatened by the "Butcher of the Gods". To defeat this threat, Thor seeks the help of Korg and Valkyrie, although the center of the story is the melodrama that he lives with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman . This addition of melodrama gives a different touch to the general structure of the Marvel Studios movies.

4. 'Elvis'

The first things that come to mind with this release are predecessor movies like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' about Freddie Mercury or 'Rocketman' with Elton John. When talking about 'rockstar', the first thing that comes to mind is Elvis Presley, whether it be in the musical aspect of rock & roll, the style of his clothes or the dance that he incorporated into his art. Although he does not internalize the recurrent denunciations of cultural appropriation in his art, this biopic explores the singer's complicated relationship with his manager Tom Parker, having Priscila Presley as a substitute axis in the story.

3. 'Lightyear'

Although it is not the first time that the world's most famous astronaut has hit theaters – his first film was released in August 2000 – this new installment has given much to talk about in the film industry. First with the strike of its employees due to the company's silence on the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which sought to eradicate the terminology of the LGBTIQ community in the classes, and this was related to the scene of the lesbian kiss between two of the Lightyear characters. If 'Toy Story' is based on Buzz's life as a toy, 'Lightyear' explores the origin of the character that motivated Andy to buy the space ranger action figure.

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2. 'The Janes'

A few weeks ago, the repeal of the Roe v. Wade went around the world. Almost by coincidence, HBO Max premiered this documentary, whose theme is focused on the problems of abortion, even before the case of Roe v. Wade. The film directed by Tia Lessin tries to follow the story of a group made up of seven women who worked clandestinely with an organization in favor of abortion in the city of Chicago. In 1972 the organization that called itself "The Janes" was dismantled by the Police Department. This film serves as the perfect excuse to take into account a background context of the famous Roe v. Wade, who for more than 5 decades made access to abortion a legal practice in the United States. At the moment it is one of the best films for critics according to Metacritic.

1. 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

It's the movie everyone is talking about. It's achieving a similar effect to what 'Parasite' had when it was first released. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the story of A24 -which as a producer assumes the antithesis of Disney- is narrated in three chapters in which the possibilities in each situation are infinite with the characters and parallel dimensions. The argument finds Evelyn, who together with her husband tries to manage a laundry and among that hustle and bustle they leave Joy, the daughter they have, in the background. Each character lives their own problems, Joy who demands attention from her parents while wanting to be accepted as a lesbian woman, Evelyn who does her best not to drop the business that cost her so much -in addition to saving the world in the other parallel dimensions- and Waymond, who wants a divorce because work clouded the couple's youthful dreams when they immigrated to the United States. All this is raised with subplots that contrast with each character in countless parallel dimensions.

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