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Five new movies to look forward to this summer

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ will add to his impressive filmography this summer. (Photo courtesy of IMDb)

It’s that time of the year again: the end of the semester. However, just because the semester is ending does not mean movies stop getting released. This summer is jam-packed with potential hits, and these are the five films I’m most excited to see this summer.

“Barbie” (2023)

This movie is directed by Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of past hits “Lady Bird” (2017) and “Little Women” (2019), which I absolutely loved. Starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu, “Barbie” looks to adapt the famous toy to the big screen. While I do not know much about the premise, I see it being compared to “The Truman Show” (1998), which can only mean good things. Also, how can you go wrong with Greta Gerwig? “Barbie” will be released on July 21. 

“The Flash” (2023)

While plagued by production halts due to complications and controversies with star Ezra Miller, this film from “It” (2017) director Andrés Muschietti hopes to set the direction of the DC Universe, helmed by James Gunn, who will appear later on this list. This film is an adaptation of “The Flash Point Paradox,” one of the most famous comic books ever. It also brings back Michael Keaton as Batman. CinemaCon reactions are calling it the best DC movie since “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021). “The Flash” will be released on June 16. 

“Oppenheimer” (2023)

This biopic, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring a stacked cast including Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh, follows the creation of the atomic bomb also known as the Manhattan Project. The film’s main character is J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by Murphy. Nolan has proven time and time again that he is an elite filmmaker — one with great vision and a flare for spectacle. Early reactions from CinemaCon call “Oppenheimer” his best movie yet, so I can’t wait. “Oppenheimer” will be released on July 21. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (2023)

This final installment in the trilogy, directed by James Gunn, looks to wrap up storylines and character arcs dating back to the first film from 2014. This will also reportedly be the final film for Bradley Cooper’s Rocket and Dave Bautista’s Drax. We can also expect a witty script from Gunn and a killer soundtrack. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was released in theaters today. 

“Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One” (2023)

This film, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is the seventh installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise that seems just to get better as they go along. This Tom Cruise-led spy movie seems to up the already high bar of practical stunt work set by Cruise and McQuarrie in the past films in the series, along with “Top Gun: Maverick” (2022). How close will Cruise come to death this time? “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One” will be released on July 12. 

These are just a few of the many films I’m most excited about this summer. I hope you all check them out and form your own opinions. Have a wonderful summer, and see you next semester!

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Sam Cohen
Sam Cohen, Movie Columnist
Sam Cohen (he/him/his) is a junior majoring in Film and Media Studies. He won the Special Grand Jury Prize for his Comedy short film “The Gum Run” at the 2019 Montclair Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Competition. Sam writes weekly reviews of recent TV Shows and Movies while occasionally reviewing older, forgotten classics. When not reviewing, discussing, or watching films, Sam is also a part of many extracurriculars on campus, including being a co-captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, and an officer of the Film Society.

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