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The top 10 summer movies that are taking aim at 'Avengers'

Jeff Strickler, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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A movie based on the music of the Beatles sounds guaranteed to exude good vibes -- until you discover that it's directed by Danny Boyle of "Trainspotting" fame. Then again, he did direct "Slumdog Millionaire," which had a certain charm, at least until that kid had his eyes poked out. Bottom line: Whatever we're expecting, Boyle is likely to give us something else. The story involves a hack songwriter (played by Himesh Patel, TV's "Eastenders") who discovers that no one remembers the Beatles, so he tries to pass off their hit songs as his own. June 28.

'SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME'

Tom Holland, who donned the Spidey suit for the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as well as the last two "Avengers" episodes, is back for this adventure. Bummed out by the way things concluded in "Avengers: Endgame," Peter Parker goes on a trip to Europe. When various evil creatures threaten to wreak havoc, he joins forces with fellow superhero Nick Fury (again played by Samuel L. Jackson) in hopes of saving the world and, by extension, the Marvel Universe. Director Jon Watts returns from "Homecoming." July 2.

'21 BRIDGES'

When this police adventure went into production two years ago, it was just a blip on Hollywood's radar. Then star Chadwick Boseman parlayed a part-time gig with the "Avengers" into last year's megahit "Black Panther," and suddenly the movie's marquee power skyrocketed. The story involves a massive manhunt for cop killers that results in the entirety of New York City being put on lockdown. The obscure title refers to the closing of the city's bridges (although the original title was "17 Bridges," and we're not sure where the four additional bridges came from). July 12.

'ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD'

This Quentin Tarantino movie has gotten as much attention for all the wrangling involved in getting it made as for the contents of the film itself. The production was thrown into disarray when the filmmaker launched a lengthy but eventually successful court battle to wrest control of the project from troubled producer Harvey Weinstein. Set in late '60s Los Angeles -- a time when the movie industry was going through massive changes, we're told -- it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. July 26.

 

'THE KITCHEN'

Last year's all-female heist movie "Widows," which a lot of insiders had pegged as a niche film, shocked box-office forecasters by becoming a hit. Was that just a one-off oddity, or does it reflect the discovery of the previously overlooked moving-going demographic of women who like action movies involving women? We should get an answer with the release of this 1970s adventure in which Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy play mob wives-turned-mobsters. Aug. 9.

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