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The best movies are ones which spark memories from the past. Remakes and sequels of childhood favorites, a story about a celebrity who was popular before you were even born, the finale of a decade-long project and throwbacks to the good old middle school and high school days all have one thing in common — they make you reminisce. Here are some movies you should add to your summer watch list:

 

New to Walt Disney’s World

“Toy Story 4” | Release Date: June 21

This Pixar film will be the sequel to “Toy Story 3,” comes to life after a nine-year gap in the series. While referencing past movies, Woody and Buzz Lightyear will take on a new adventure in relation to Bonnie, their newest companion and owner.

“Aladdin” and “The Lion King” | Release Dates: May 24 and July 19

In case you have not already heard, “Aladdin” and “ The Lion King” are following the lead of “Dumbo” and returning in live-action form. These movies will likely be successful as they will offer both familiarity and freshness.

 

Another Biopic — With a Twist

“Rocketman” | Release Date: May 31

“Rocketman” is an account of Elton John’s life, but it promises to be unlike the 2019 Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Entertainment Weekly calls this movie a “bio-musical fantasy.” The movie’s liberations challenge the truth of this timeless star’s story but allow for more innovative cinematography, costume design and character development. In addition, Taron Egerton will not only be playing the role of Elton John, he also used his own voice to record the songs for the movie.

 

A Masterful Culmination

“Avengers: Endgame” | April 26 (Already in Theaters)

If you are not already a fan of Marvel Studios, you will be after watching “Avengers: Endgame.” Those who have followed the interconnected stories throughout the years are in for a treat with this concluding movie, and those who have no idea who half the characters are will be hooked. Between an exciting scene of women’s unity and better representation of marginalized groups, Marvel ends the franchise perfectly. 

 

Coming-of-Age Comedies

“Booksmart” | Release Date: May 24

This coming-of-age story features two high school seniors, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein). The pair decides to take a break from their academic routines and catch up on the social endeavors they feel they missed out on. Although director Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” focuses on present-day high school students, the movie’s clever observations on pre-college relationships will be relatable and accessible for older audience members.

“Good Boys” | Release Date: August 16

A child-centered comedy, “Good Boys” might be worth the watch. Similarly to “Booksmart,” this movie has a modern perspective and follows an escalating journey based on bad decisions. From ditching school to carrying illegal drugs, the three middle school boys have their fair share of adventures and misadventures.

 

Classics and originals alike will brighten your indoor experiences and open theater floodgates across the country. Sing along to “Hakuna Matata” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” recall scenes from past Marvel movies in “Avengers: Endgame” and laugh at how foolish pre-teens and teenagers are (and how foolish you once were). Smile, cry and indulge in the world of movies this summer, and see what feelings of nostalgia arise.

s.santannaskites@dailyutahcronicle.com

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