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Popcorn at the ready as the year’s hottest movie releases hit big screens nationwide. Esther McCarthy reveals what not to miss

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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya in Where The Crawdads Sings

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya in Where The Crawdads Sings

The Jurassic World series with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reaches an epic conclusion

The Jurassic World series with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reaches an epic conclusion

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Legally Blonde 3

Legally Blonde 3

Lightyear

Lightyear

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

Minions

Minions

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnes

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnes

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya in Where The Crawdads Sings

FSuperheroes, dinosaurs and the return of a Top Gun Maverick are among the blockbusters vying for the hearts of movie goers this summer.

The first proper summer blockbuster season in a few years sees some of our favourite characters return to the screen along with highly anticipated movies that were delayed.

Among the most anticipated movies are a brand new origins tale about the man who inspired Buzz Lightyear, and the story of one of music’s most-loved singers, Elvis Presley. Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones takes the lead in the adaptation of smash hit novel Where the Crawdads Sing. We look at the movies to watch out for this summer.

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Legally Blonde 3

Legally Blonde 3

Legally Blonde 3

Legally Blonde 3 (TBC)

Reese Witherspoon reprises her much-loved role on Elle Woods in this sequel, which was confirmed after years of speculation that the perky lawyer would be back. Witherspoon confirmed the return, adding: “I think her spirit is something we could all use a little more of right now.” Her hilarious pal Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge) will also stage a comeback, though story details are under wraps.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnes

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnes

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnes

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)

The first of three Marvel movies for this year comes to the big screen in May, and is set following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role as the quirky but gifted Dr, who travels into the Marvel multiverse to take on a mysterious new rival.

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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: A New Era (May 20)

Downton fans will get their fix when the series’ second movie spinoff comes to the big screen. It picks up nine months following the events of the first movie, as Tom Branson (Allen Leech) prepares to marry Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton). With a crew taking over the famous estate to make a movie, the Crawleys head for the South of France, where Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess has inherited a villa.

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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)

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Tom Cruise is planning to go right into the danger zone - more than thirty years after the original film confirmed his status as a global superstar. Though details are sparse, we do know that Val Kilmer is returning as Iceman and that Miles Teller will play Goose’s son. Maverick, now in charge of training a group of graduates, is tasked with preparing them for a special - and highly risky - mission.

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The Jurassic World series with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reaches an epic conclusion

The Jurassic World series with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reaches an epic conclusion

The Jurassic World series with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reaches an epic conclusion

Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)

Summer’s big creature feature centres on the fallout of the last film, where the theme park was thrown into chaos after being accessed by dinosaurs that escaped containment. Can the create a habitat where the dinosaurs can co-exist peacefully and safely with humans? That doesn’t sound like it will end well. The big-name cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern and Sam Neill.

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Lightyear

Lightyear

Lightyear

Lightyear (June 17)

Pixar’s hotly anticipated Toy Story spinoff will centre on the ‘real’ Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), an astronaut who was the inspiration for the much-loved children’s toy. This prequel will tell the circumstances of how he became so famous and inspirational. Buzz is forced to take on an evil emperor named Zurg when he threatens the entire galaxy.

Elvis (June 24)

Actor Austin Butler has very big blue suede shoes to fill in this anticipated tale from Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) The movie, we hear, will focus on the relationship between Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. America’s favourite movie star, Tom Hanks, will play the older man.

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Minions

Minions

Minions

Minions: The Rise of Guru (July 1)

Kids and kids at heart will be looking forward to the latest saga in the hugely popular animation series. After the minions last caused stylish havoc in 1960s London, this film will be set in the 1970s, where we learn what became of the young Gru. Steve Carell, Taraji P Henson and Jean Claude Van Damme lend their voices.

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)

After bringing the many laughs in Ragnarock, Taika Waititi returns to direct the most fun character in the Marvel universe. Thor will be joined by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie in taking on the delightfully named Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Natalie Portman is also returning to the series.

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Bullet Train

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

Bullet Train (July 29)

Summer’s big action comedy is set on a high-speed train in Japan, where Brad Pitt is one of several assassins for hire who are bidding to outfox each other. It emerges that their missions are not completely unrelated. The big-name cast also includes Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing (July 22)

Daisy Edgar-Jones heads the cast in this highly anticipated adaptation of the award-winning novel by Delia Owens. It tells the story of Kya, a young woman from North Carolina, who becomes implicated in the murder of a man she once had a relationship with. “I would describe Kya as fiercely resilient, wonderfully curious and strong,” said Edgar-Jones on announcing the project. “And I just feel so privileged and excited to be playing her.”

Luck (Apple TV+ August 5th)

Apple’s big animated movie tells the story go Sam Greenfield, who’s known as the unluckiest person in the world. When she suddenly finds herself transported to a place called Luck, she has the opportunity to transform her fortunes. The voice cast includes Simon Pegg and Jane Fonda. The movie will stream from the August bank holiday weekend.

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