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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Summertime brings out the big guns, to no one's surprise
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2019-05-21

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Summer is heating up at the movies and thanks to Avengers: Endgame, things are off to a good start as far as ticket sales. While the Avengers can't go back in time to really face off with Avatar in terms of theaters and pricing, this superhero fable is the highest-grossing film this year ( and it's already edged Avatar domestically ).

Shout! Factory is celebrating Pride month with four new releases: To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Jeffrey, Can't Stop the Music and Boom! There's something for everyone with new special features, including commentary by filmmaker John Waters for Boom!

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said there are two openly gay characters that will be revealed soon. Will this be shown in the upcoming Spider-Man movie, or will viewers have to wait longer?

Here's a look at some upcoming summer releases in the next three months. Keep in mind all release dates are subject to change and are focused on Chicago screenings.

June

—Papi Chulo ( June 7 ): Out actor Matt Bomer wrestles with his lover's death in an unpredictable tale set in Los Angeles where Bomer's character Sean hires a middle-aged migrant worker to fix more than just his deck.

—Late Night ( June 7 ): A late-night talk show host hires the first and only female staff writer to change the game in Late Night. Lesbian and Golden Globe winning director Nisha Ganatra works overtime for the film that was a Sundance favorite.

—Dark Phoenix ( June 7 ): After 20 years of X-Men movies, Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey who rises from the ashes to burn the team of mutants.

—Men in Black: International ( June 14 ): A gender switch for one role in the latest Men in Black movie has Tessa Thompson fighting aliens alongside Chris Hemsworth.

—The Dead Don't Die ( June 14 ): There sure are a lot of celebrities in the small town of Centerville with the new zombie flick, The Dead Don't Die. Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Tilda Swinton are all part of the cast trying to survive.

July

—Spider-Man: Far from Home ( July 2 ): Comic fans are still recovering from Avengers: Endgame as Spider-Man swings in for more cash this summer.

—The Lion King ( July 19 ): Beyonce is expected to slay at the box office in the new virtual production of The Lion King.

—Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ( July 26 ): Will Quentin Tarantino depict the closeted Hollywood community in his new film that stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio?

August

—The New Mutants ( Aug. 2 ): Just add water and there's a whole new batch of X-Men ready to fight with their uncanny powers. While her Game of Thrones sister recently ruled the roost as Dark Phoenix, Maisie Williams follows that up by playing the young mutant Wolfsbane.

—Good Boys ( Aug. 16 ): Seth Rogen is one of the producers for the film Good Boys involving three sixth-graders and a lot of raunchy humor and adult toys.

—Brittany Runs a Marathon ( Aug. 23 ): Jillian Bell plays Brittany, a woman living in New York ready to change her life. Look for a gay supporting character and plenty of jogging inspiration.


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