Screen or skip: the best and worst movies of the summer

Top Gun 

Top Gun: Maverick did not disappoint. The long overdue sequel to the classic 1986 Navy pilot movie hit theaters at the beginning of this summer and went viral. Tom Cruise and Miles Teller star in the reboot and–dare I say–carry the movie to heights that not even the original reached. Top Gun: Maverick manages to pull this off by paying a respectable homage to its predecessor while also making sure to give the film a life of its own. It did not fall into the trap of “a bad remake” that many sequels often do. From breathtaking action sequences, to emotional moments and just enough cheesiness to satisfy the average viewer, Top Gun: Maverick tops the charts of this year’s summer movies and is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

The Gray Man 

Joe and Anthony Russo are at it again. The brother duo behind Avengers Endgame and Infinity War are out with a new movie: The Gray Man. This Netflix movie follows CIA agent Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) who, during a mission, learns that the new head of the CIA (Regé-Jean Page) is looking to get rid of the Sierra program completely. On the run with intel that could take down the director, Six is tasked with outsmarting the CIA hired contract killer Lloyd Hasen; a campy, psychopathic “business man” played by Chris Evans, and his mustache. Unsurprisingly in a Hollywood Reporter interview, the brothers admitted that The Gray Man for them is “business-focused content”, made so they can work on personal projects such as Everything Everywhere All at Once. With so-so action, a thin plot, and characters that have less personality than a slice of white bread, it’s agreed. Consumers should stay far, far away from “business-focused content.”

Everything Everywhere All at Once 

As Chinese immigrant Evelyn struggles to keep her laundromat afloat while simultaneously becoming more distant from her husband and daughter, she’s brought into a multiversal adventure where she tries to save her family by accessing her other lives that exist in the multiverse. The Daniels summer hit combines phenomenal acting, writing, cinematography, action and emotion to create one of the most spectacular and jaw-dropping movie experiences ever. Its uniqueness and creativity are unchallenged by any other film this century, and it’s beauty, comedy, emotion and thrills are rivaled by just a few. Everything Everywhere All at Once is not just the best movie of the year, but one of the best movies of all time.