Top 5 summer movies a mix of genres

Luis Velazquez, Business Director

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No doubt 90’s kids are this summer’s big winners with both a live-action remake of the Lion King, and another installment of Toy Story. However, the box office still has something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of horror, super hero movies, or just a good drama. To give you a better idea, here are our top 5 movies of summer 2019.

1. Midsommar

Described as a breakup movie by its director, this psychedelic odyssey into Swedish culture and folklore encompasses far more elements that a rocky relationship. Dani, played by Florence Pugh, tags along with her boyfriend and his friends to a Midsummer festival in Sweden. Lots of mushrooms, mysterious drinks, flowers, forbidden temples and academic arguments ensue, but the events of the festival turn out to be a bit more macabre than any of the American companions bargained for. Overall beautifully shot, incredibly written, horrifying, tense, bright, and surprisingly funny, Midsommar is a perfect summer horror that should definitely be checked out.

2. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Following Marvel’s largest endeavour, “Avengers: Endgame”, Spider-Man: Far From Home offers seasoned fans and casual viewers a more lighthearted piece of the franchise. Following Peter Parker and his class on a trip to Europe, the now reluctant superhero gets roped into a web of missions by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, when all he really wants to do is spend time with his crush. This film offers a lot of explosive action, as any MCU movie does, and lots of jokes. Spider-Man is inarguably the most family friendly superhero, so this film is great for hard-core comic book fans and kids alike.

3. Toy Story 4

Disney-Pixar movies have an unspoken quality of being just as much for adults than for the children they’re marketed towards. Toy Story 4 is no exception. Returning to voice the classic toys we all know are Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, we’re also introduced to new lovable characters. This film speaks about accepting yourself as an individual and the concept that nothing lasts forever. It’s as emotionally rewarding as it is incredibly fun, and it’s one last hoorah for the beloved toys ingrained in American pop culture.

4. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Regarded as Tarantino’s second to last film by the man himself, this film takes you back to 1969 Los Angeles, California. With cinematic veterans Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth- a self-doubting actor and his stunt double / driver, you’re guaranteed stellar performances from the start. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, who is most often known as the victim of a brutal murder by the Manson Family. We’re given “Inglorious Bastards”-esque tension and suspense once more with the looming knowledge that Charles Manson is leading up to his orchestration of the murders at Cielo Drive. In his ninth film, Tarantino gives his classic over the top action and dry humor with a lot of fast cars and retro nostalgia. You’ll be guaranteed tons of laughter and suspense.

5. The Farewell

Offering an introspection into Chinese and Chinese-American culture, The Farewell is a beautiful and striking film about a young woman named Billi, played by rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina, who has to learn how to deal with her grandmother’s lung cancer diagnosis and her whole family’s decision to keep it a secret from the ill matriarch. Billi and her family travel to China under the excuse of a cousin’s wedding, but in reality they want everyone to spend her grandmother’s last months together. This film has been praised endlessly by critics and is a beautifully sentimental, touching, and personal film that is certain to make you cry.

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