Summer 2022 Movie Preview: 'Top Gun,' 'Jurassic World' and 'Thor' sequels headline the new releases

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Butler really sings in scenes portraying young Elvis, while his voice was blended with the real Presley’s to depict the singer’s later years. “Elvis” gets theaters rocking June 24.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru”

There’s nothing despicable about this animated origin story for Steve Carell’s Gru, the lovable villain introduced in the “Despicable Me” movies.

Gru becomes a hero over the course of those films, but his venture to villainy is highlighted in this prequel, in theaters July 1. Expect plenty of screen time for his hilarious henchman, the Minions, who are always favorites among kids.

“The Forgiven”

Thrill seekers this summer need to look no further than the suspense-filled “The Forgiven,” which hits theaters July 1.

Fresh off her first-career Oscar, Jessica Chastain stars alongside Ralph Fiennes in the drama about a fatal car accident in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco — and the whirlwind chain of events that follows.

“Thor: Love and Thunder”

The latest “Thor” film is ready to electrify moviegoers.

The cast is elite, with Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in leading roles, and Christian Bale arriving as the merciless villain Gorr the God Butcher.

The film features the return of director Taika Waititi, who expertly fused humor, fantasy and action in 2017′s “Thor: Ragnorak.” Out July 8, “Love and Thunder” is poised to hammer home even more awesomeness.

“Where the Crawdads Sing”

Another twist-filled drama, “Where the Crawdads Sing” will look to captivate audiences in the same way the best-selling book it’s based on has for nearly four years.

Arriving in theaters July 15, the mystery movie stars Daisy Edgar-Jones as a young woman embroiled in a murder scandal in rural North Carolina.

The novel’s robust fan base includes Reese Witherspoon, who produced the film, and Taylor Swift, who wrote an original song for it.

“Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank”

A family film to get tails wagging, “Paws of Fury” features a doggone good voice cast led by Michael Cera as a beagle training to become a samurai.

The animated animal movie, in theaters July 15, also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, Mel Brooks and George Takei in a story loosely inspired by the classic comedy “Blazing Saddles.”

“The Gray Man”

Avengers, reassemble!


“Captain America” star Evans reunites with “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo for an action-thriller outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Evans stars alongside Ryan Gosling, who portrays a CIA mercenary targeted by his agency after learning a dark secret. Ana de Armas also stars in the movie, out July 15 in theaters and July 22 on Netflix.

With a $200 million budget, it’s among Netflix’s most-expensive films ever.


Oh yes! Peele’s movies are must-see events after his satirical-horror masterpieces “Get Out” and “Us” enlightened audiences with commentary on race and society.

Peele again wrote and directed this freaky thriller about a mysterious phenomenon that wreaks havoc on a California farm. “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya reunited with Peele for “Nope,” in theaters July 22.

“House Party”

The original 1990 “House Party” is a cult classic. This adaptation invites even more mayhem to the high-school party movie genre.

Out July 28 on HBO Max, “House Party” was co-written by Stephen Glover, best known for penning episodes of the Emmy-winning series “Atlanta” created by and starring his older brother, Donald Glover.

“DC League of Super-Pets”

This comic-book movie looks like a real treat, with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon and John Krasinski voicing powerful pets in a superhero adventure.

It’s sure to fetch audiences of all ages once it gets unleashed in theaters July 29.

“Bullet Train”

Brad Pitt is back in his first leading role since winning his first Oscar more than two years ago. Based on a Japanese novel, the film stars Pitt as a skilled assassin competing with other mercenaries to complete a mission aboard a speeding train.

Also starring Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bad Bunny, “Bullet Train” zooms into theaters Aug. 5.

“Secret Headquarters”

A new superhero film takes flight in this story about a child who discovers a secret headquarters beneath his family’s home.

Owen Wilson, who stars in Marvel’s “Loki” series, and Michael Pena, who’s part of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movies, return to the superhero genre for “Secret Headquarters,” in theaters Aug. 5.


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