Was it worth it? Best films and TV from the summer – The Seahawk

From cinemas to streaming platforms, this summer has had a lot to offer when it comes to great entertainment. After spending the summer vacation, The Seahawk decided to check out some of the movies and TV shows we couldn’t cover. Authors Anna Ford, Bradley Earnshaw, Eriq Dixon and Lanie Padgett have compiled a list of the best of the summer, each with a synopsis and spoiler-free review.

Miles Teller as Rooster in Top Gun: Maverick. (The Aviation Geek Club)

“Top Gun: Maverick”

Released in theaters May 27

Nearly forty years after the release of the original Top Gun, the sequel reinvents what it means to be the best of the best as it takes Captain Pete Mitchell, callsign Maverick, (Tom Cruise) back to his roots for one last flight. When five friends accompany the infamous Maverick on a flight of dangerous terrain, little time and minimal training, they must come together to save themselves and each other from their fears while defeating enemy planes and destroying a titanium factory. Complete with a swooning cast including Cruise, Miles Teller and Glen Powell, this film is heart tugging as it lives up to the original’s iconic bar scenes, builds suspense with some close encounters and reminds us how much we love the volleyball scene. Top Gun: Maverick has something for everyone, combining everything we love about the original with a fresh storyline to leave fans wanting more. The sheer nostalgia makes it a worthwhile watch for any Top Gun fan, and maybe even a race for a new favourite.

Adam Sandler and Juancho Hernangomez in Hustle. (guim)


Released June 3 on Netflix

At the seeming peak of the Adam Sandler renaissance, Jeremiah Zagar’s Netflix original film Hustle is another chapter in Sandler’s latest book of excellence. The film follows Stanley Sugerman (Adam Sandler), an international prospect scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. Stanley finds himself in Spain, where an extraordinary player named Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangómez) catches his eye. While Bo’s troubled story presents an obstacle from the past, another perspective, Kermit Wilts (Anthony Edwards), is the real antagonist here, a sentiment bolstered by Edwards’ subtle yet annoying performance. “Hustle” showcases true basketball talent, brilliant, fast-paced cinematography and a perfectly timed storyline that keeps viewers on their toes the entire time. Adam Sandler’s performance in particular is a great example of his ability to deliver hilarious lines and tone down the intensity in favor of the more motivating scenes. While there is no shortage of NBA star power throughout the film, the supporting cast’s acting and the film’s “on the nose” nature are its weakest points. However, this flick doesn’t pretend to be a cinematic masterpiece. “Hustle” is sure to have everyone begging for more basketball and more Adam Sandler.

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Lola Tung and Christopher Briney as Belly and Conrad in The Summer I Turned Pretty. (yimg)

“The Summer I Became Pretty”

Released June 17 on Hulu

Based on author Jenny Han’s best-selling trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty follows teenage Isabelle “Belly” Fisher (Lola Tung) through her first love, new friendships and the intricacies of teenage debutante life. Caught between three boys – brothers Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and townsman Cam (David Iacono) – “The Summer I Turned Pretty” takes the quintessential love triangle and ramps up the suspense to create an engaging and compelling narrative create. Belly is pushed out of her comfort zone when she enters the world of debutantes and must decide who to accompany her to the prom. Combining that tension with their childhood friendships and newfound romance will have audiences eagerly awaiting the resolution. Filmed on Wrightsville Beach, the adaptation explores themes of loss and growth against a backdrop of summer days by the sea. Whether you’re cheering for “Team Conrad” or “Team Jeremiah,” or battling somewhere in between, fans of contemporary romance and coming-of-age stories are sure to enjoy this exciting show.

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Austin Butler as Elvis in Elvis. (questioner)


Released in cinemas on June 24th

Since its release, “Elvis” has grossed over $284 million and is a compelling tale of fame for all audiences. From the point of view of Elvis Presley’s manager, the biopic tells the rise and fall of the late singer in a nearly three-hour film. It features immersive costumes, a star-studded soundtrack and montage-style filming by director Baz Luhrmann that is nothing short of extraordinary. The film takes audiences through twists and turns in Elvis’ personal life, his most famous appearances and his battle with addiction. Audiences fall in love with Elvis all over again as we watch his rise to fame through the lens of his roots. Actual footage of the singer-turned-actor brings to life scenes as Austin Butler (Elvis) and Tom Hanks (Colonel Tom Parker) star side-by-side in this exciting but heartbreaking adventure. When the singer performs in real time, audiences can relive something many have only heard from distant tales: just how captivating Elvis actually was. Addressing some adult themes as well, Elvis is a film that teenagers and adults of all ages will love and will consider a classic for generations to come.

Daisy Edgar Jones and Taylor John Smith as Kya and Tate in Where The Crawdads Sing. (CNN)

“Where the crayfish sing”

Released in theaters July 15

From the best-selling novel by Delia Owens comes a film adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, the film follows the life of Kya Clark (Daisy Edgar Jones), a girl growing up in the North Carolina swamps after her family disappeared. When town legend Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson) is found dead in the swamp, all eyes turn to Kya – his former flame and town recluse – as the prime suspect. The audience watches as Kya’s life unfolds in sync with the ongoing murder trial, making her more relatable and nuanced. In her second leading role, Edgar Jones establishes herself as a compelling dramatic actress through her portrayal of the many experiences Kya faces, including first love and classism. With an immersive score, a beautiful natural setting, and a mystery that will keep audiences hooked to the end, Where the Crawdads Sing is the perfect film for fans of slow-burning crime thrillers and character-driven narratives.

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Released in theaters on July 22nd

Jordan Peele is steadily emerging as one of Hollywood’s most visionary horror directors, following his directorial debut Get Out in 2017 and the terrifyingly spooky follow-up Us in 2019. Peele’s latest film, Nope, offers an experience that in many ways parallels his earlier work, but breaks down in its distinct sense of mystery. The film follows siblings Emerald (Keke Palmer) and OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) as they attempt to capture footage of a strange UFO flying over their home. With an intriguing mystery at its core and likeable and funny characters at its heart, Nope is a horror comedy like no other. Insanely entertaining and full of laughs and surprises, it doesn’t shy away from what Peele arguably does best: horror. The film’s moments range from slightly unsettling to downright terrifying. Because the scarier elements work so well with the comedic elements, it strikes a perfect balance that helps make Nope a must-read for any movie fan.

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