Some movies just say “summer”. Case in point: Netflix mass 2020 hit Outer Banks, a teenage caper that ripped through last summer like a rogue schooner, leaving us A) wanting a tan, and B) wishing we owned a slick white boat with a bimini cover. Other flicks (old and new) that say “summer”: Blue Crush (Kate Bosworth), Palm Springs (Adam Sandler), To Catch A Thief (Grace Kelly), Top Gun (Tom Cruise), and The Talented Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon/Gwenyth Paltrow). With most of us more than ready to bust out of this pandemic, here are some releases COMING SOON that’ll finally help us bring on summer:
The Last Letter From Your Lover
Dropping in the heat of summer ’21 is this stylish ’60s love flick with the style and savvy of throwbacks like To Catch a Thief and The Thomas Crown Affair. In this adaptation from a novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes, it tracks the forbidden love affair between a 1960s couple (Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner). The affair is uncovered by an ambitious present-day journalist (Felicity Jones) after she finds a trove of secret love letters. Moyes’ sweeping, romantic novel story is set in the best parts of the Riviera. Also starring Joe Alwyn and Nabhaan Rizwan. Watch The Last Letter From Your Lover on Netflix July 23.
The Woman In The Window
Adapted from A.J. Finn’s smash bestseller, The Woman in the Window is coming soon to Netflix. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) feels safest when she’s watching the world from behind her window. Until the Russell family moves in across the street, and she witnesses something unimaginable. The question is…what really happened?
Top Gun: Maverick
Okay, so we have to wait until November to find out what’s been up with Maverick for the past 30 years, but still… Top Gun is essentially a summer movie. As one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it. Here’s to hoping Danger Zone makes a comeback.
Outer Banks, Season 2
Summer says it all in the mass hit Outer Banks series from Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, do it. If you have watched it already, watch it again. Season 2 of OBX is on the way soon and you need to get back in the mood of summer. The series tracks John B. and his soapy friends searching for a lost treasure. Watching Season 1 leaves you longing for a tan, loud tunes, and a trip to Outer Banks, North Carolina. It also leaves you wanting more. Bring on Season 2 asap, puh-lease, Netflix! Note: Netflix says this is the Season 2 trailer but it’s actually Season 1 🙁 Worth a watch anyway.
In The Heights
The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians have labled this movie “the event of the summer”, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big “in the Heights.” Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.