Six summer movies that’ll make you nostalgic for the good old days


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All week, we’ll be running our 2017 summer movie preview. We’ve already shared our picks for action, comedy, and horror. Today, we’re getting nostalgic.

Nostalgia sells. Or at least Hollywood thinks it does.

Hence the seemingly endless stream of remakes, reboots, retellings, reimaginings, sequels. Not to mention all the adaptations and period pieces designed to make you get all misty-eyed remembering your own misspent youth.

Fortunately, we’re here today to separate the junk from the jewels. In today’s chapter of our summer movie preview, we’ll clue you in on the films to watch if you’re feeling nostalgic …

… for old-school Alien: Alien: Covenant (May 19)

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Oh, look, a piano-playing android. What could possibly go wrong?

Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise to great fanfare in 2012, but the ponderous Prometheus ultimately proved divisive, and its connection to Alien was weaker than some fans had hoped. Alien: Covenant, on the other hand, looks far more like classic Alien, from its tough-as-nails heroine (Katherine Waterston) to its white-knuckle combination of action and horror.

… for the highs and lows of first love: Everything, Everything (May 19)

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Bring tissues. Lots of tissues.

Everything, Everything is a thoroughly modern romance, set in the present day and based on a book published just two years ago. But if you felt a nostalgic twinge while watching the trailer, you’re not alone. The drama promises to recreate all intense drama of teen love: the irresistible pull of the forbidden, the nervousness of that first encounter, the thrill of that first touch – and, above all, the heady realization that life will never be this exhilarating, or this devastating, ever again.

… for young Johnny Depp: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26)

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Tired of modern-day Johnny Depp? How about some old-school Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp is not the icon of cool that he was 14 years ago, when he first introduced the world to Captain Jack Sparrow. Too many bad performances and horrifying allegations have tarnished his reputation since then. But Disney is hoping to recapture some of his early magic with Dead Men Tell No Tales, even recreating a younger Depp via CG wizardry. And if that’s not enough to wash off his stink (it’s not for us, frankly), they’re also tossing in Javier Bardem in full-on supernatural supervillain mode. Now, that we want to see.

… for good old-fashioned heroism: Wonder Woman (June 2)

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Cue guitar riff.

In the gloom and doom of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman felt like a beacon of hope. Here, finally, was a DC superhero who seemed to enjoy being a superhero – who marched into battle with no questions asked and even allowed herself a smirk once in a while. This summer, we’ll see how the Amazonian princess became humanity’s hope when she embarks on her first solo big-screen adventure.

… for ’90s hip-hop: All Eyez on Me (June 16)

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No, that’s not actually Tupac. No, we can’t quite believe it either.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, which, yes, means we’re very, very old. It also means it’s about time someone gave him the Hollywood biopic treatment. Between star Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s uncanny resemblance to the late rapper and the film’s use of Shakur’s actual music (no Jackie Jormp-Jomp-ing for this team!), All Eyez on Me looks like a must-see for fans of classic hip-hop. In a poignant detail, the film opens on what would’ve been Shakur’s 46th birthday.

… for the films of John Hughes: Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)

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Holy crap, a movie teenager who looks like an actual teenager!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading to high school. Not only does Spider-Man: Homecoming center on a teenage superhero who actually looks like a teenage superhero (no offense, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), it’s being billed as a John Hughes movie with superpowers. Because as anyone who went through adolescence knows, the only task more terrifying than saving the world is asking that cute classmate to the big dance.

Come back every day to find out what to watch if …

Monday: … you’re an action connoisseur

Tuesday: … you’re in the mood to laugh

Wednesday: … you want to feel a chill down your spine

Thursday: … you’re feeling nostalgic

Friday: … you just want to see the best of the best