I could be using this space to write about the efficient mediocrity of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but this issue is the summer guide, so I’m writing about the season’s upcoming films instead. Because summer is prime documentary season, you’ll be lining up for docs about Fred Rogers (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), André Leon Talley (The Gospel According to André), and Whitney Houston (Whitney).
Yeah, right. You’re here for the summer blockbusters, aren’t you? Nothing wrong with that — the fun starts in two weeks with the star-studded Ocean’s 8, in which Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, and Rihanna team up to steal a diamond necklace from the neck of Anne Hathaway’s spoiled Hollywood star. Pixar’s sequel to The Incredibles drops the following week, with the super-family returning to a world where superheroes may become legal again. Then Jurassic World gets its sequel with new director Juan Antonio Bayona (from A Monster Calls) at the helm. Possibly the most anticipated one will be Ant-Man and the Wasp, if only because fans of Avengers: Infinity War want to know whether it will advance the overall plot of the Marvel universe.
Oddly enough, this season looks to have a number of prominent religious-themed films such as the Pope Francis documentary that I reviewed last week. Non-Catholic Christians may be more interested by Paul Schrader’s jagged First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke as a pastor at a Dutch Presbyterian church undergoing an existential crisis. For the Jews, there’s Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as two women trying to deal with their love for each other in a strict Orthodox community. This careful and restrained film is playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on the fourth weekend of June and may also slide into regular theaters.