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A little old and a little new in Jurassic World Dominion. Photo credit: John Wilson/Universal Pictures

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Editor's note: The following is a list of summer movies Richard is looking forward to.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6) 

Feels like there's a multiverse of multiverses these days, and I fully expect to get lost in the weeds at some point during this latest chapter from the Marvel catalog - but with Benedict Cumberbatch once again suiting up as the Sorcerer Supreme, we know there's going to be some legit Shakespearean acting amidst all the mind-bending twists and dazzling CGI. Expect to see at least a couple of high-profile MCU cameos in this story, which picks up a few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Emergency (May 20) 

Already clocking in at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after a triumphant Sundance showcase, Emergency is a buddy comedy with a social conscience, starring Donald Elise Watkins and RJ Cyler as college seniors who get mixed up in all sorts of hijinks straight out of a 1980s romp. The darkly funny slapstick material is said to also contain a good measure of biting and insightful commentary on the state of our country in 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)

After nearly three years of postponements, the long-awaited sequel to 1986's Top Gun is finally here! We think. We hope. We're sure of it! Tom Cruise's Maverick is joined by his old rival/buddy Iceman (Val Kilmer), and new cast members including Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.

Hustle (June 10) 

In Hustle, Adam Sandler plays one Stanley Sugarman, a down-and-out basketball scout who recruits a troubled but phenomenally talented street ball player. The supporting cast includes Robert Duvall, Queen Latifah and Ben Foster - and cameos from a number of NBA stars, including Trae Young and Seth Curry.

Jurassic World Dominion (June 10) 

For me, nothing in the 30+ years of the Jurassic franchise has topped the pure roller coaster-ride thrills of the original 1993 classic, but I'm keen to see this "Greatest Hits" edition, which teams more recent Jurassic stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with the original trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. I'm guessing the plot will have something to do with dinosaurs who are docile and manageable and totally under control - until they're not!

Lightyear (June 17) 

I love this idea from Pixar. We know Buzz Lightyear as an action figure from the Toy Story movies, but this is the origin story for the "real" test pilot/astronaut character, now voiced by Chris Evans. The voice cast also includes Keke Palmer, James Brolin, Taika Waititi and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Elvis (June 24) 

You might say we hardly need another Elvis movie, and I would be inclined to agree with you - except this is a sure-to-be-lavish musical bio from the fertile mind of Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge), with the on-the-verge-of-stardom Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. That's one for the money, two for the show!

The Black Phone (June 24) 

Director Scott Derrickson's 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose is one of the best supernatural horror movies of this century, so I hold great optimism for this Blumhouse Productions, 1970s-set chiller about a predator magician known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) whose latest kidnapping victim (Mason Thames) is somehow able to communicate with The Grabber's past victims, even though they're no longer of this world. The poster alone for this one is scarier than a lot of so-called horror films.

The Forgiven (July 1) 

Recent Oscar winner Jessica Chastain and the always compelling Ralph Fiennes play a married couple who accidentally strike and kill a local in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, leading to film noir repercussions.

Where the Crawdads Sing (July 15) 

Prestige Project Alert! Olivia Newman directs this adaptation of the hugely popular psychological thriller/murder mystery of the same name by Delia Owens. Set in the mid-20th century in the marshlands of North Carolina, Where the Crawdads Sing stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith and features David Strathairn, who instantly improves any movie the moment he appears onscreen.

The Gray Man (July 15) 

Brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo are best known as the directors of four of the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, including Avengers: Endgame, but as they proved with Arrested Development prior to their MCU run and with last year's Tom Holland-starring Cherry, they can deftly handle all kinds of material. This time around, they're helming an action thriller with a blockbuster cast, including Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Rege-Jean Page. Too bad they couldn't find any good-looking stars.

Nope (July 22) 

Jordan Peele has delivered two masterful horror films in Get Out and Us, creating great anticipation for Nope, which seems to have a kind of M. Night Shyamalan vibe (in a good way). Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer play a couple who own and run a ranch that trains horses for Hollywood productions. One night, something mysterious appears in the sky above the farm, and ... Can't wait to find out.

Not Okay (Aug. 5) 

The wonderful Zoey Deutch stars in this satire as a rather lost young soul who fakes a trip to Paris to ramp up her social media presence. Real worlds and imaginary worlds reportedly collide in this comedy from actress/filmmaker Quinn Shephard.

Emily the Criminal (Aug. 12)

Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for this thriller starring Aubrey Plaza as a college grad who is buried in debt and gets involved in a credit card scam.

Samaritan (Aug. 26) 

Yo! Sylvester Stallone is an iconic superhero named Joe Smith who went missing after losing an epic battle some 20 years ago and is thought to be retired - but a young boy named Sam (Javon Walton) believes Joe is alive and well and is hiding in plain sight among Earth's mere mortals. If and when they do find Joe, I hope he doesn't have to fight Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago again.

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