Summer Movies 2022: ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Thor’ and ‘Nope’

Barbara Merkley

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Here is a select list of noteworthy films scheduled this summer. Release dates and platforms are subject to change and reflect the latest information as of deadline.

AFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE) The director Bertrand Mandico’s “The Wild Boys” found a small cult of fans. (In a 2018 review for The Times, Bilge Ebiri described it “as if Guy Maddin and Kenneth Anger adapted one of Joseph Conrad’s nightmares for a sexploitation producer.”) Mandico’s new film is set on another planet and involves an assassin who shares a name with the British art-pop singer Kate Bush. (June 3 in theaters)

BENEDICTION The British director Terence Davies (“The House of Mirth”) applies his poetic, prismatic touch to a biography of a poet: Siegfried Sassoon, played by Jack Lowden as a young man and Peter Capaldi at a later age. Like his associate Wilfred Owen (Matthew Tennyson), Sassoon wrote of his experiences in World War I. He was also, for a time, romantically involved with the screen star Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine). (June 3 in theaters)

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE Dipping back into the bio-ickiness that made his reputation (and recycling the title of an unrelated feature from 1970), David Cronenberg, directing from his own screenplay, imagines a future where pain is virtually obsolete and, per Kristen Stewart’s character, “surgery is the new sex.” Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux go under the knife. (June 3 in theaters)

EIFFEL Ever wonder what led Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) to engineer the tower that bears his name? This biopic gives partial credit to a paramour who got away (Emma Mackey). (June 3 in theaters)

FIRE ISLAND Andrew Ahn (“Driveways”) directed this story of a group of gay friends assembling for a getaway. The cast includes Joel Kim Booster (who wrote the screenplay), Bowen Yang and Margaret Cho. (June 3 on Hulu)

HOLLYWOOD STARGIRL After bringing magic and sunshine to a high school in “Stargirl” (2020), the teenager who goes by that name (Grace VanderWaal) tries her hand at brightening Tinseltown. The director Julia Hart (“Fast Color”) is at the helm again. (June 3 on Disney+)

INTERCEPTOR The model Elsa Pataky, a member of the Hemsworth dynasty by marriage, stars as a military captain fighting off a siege at a base that intercepts nuclear missiles. (June 3 on Netflix)

MIRACLE This Romanian mystery centers on a novice (Ioana Bugarin) who leaves a convent for enigmatic reasons. (June 3 in theaters)

NEPTUNE FROST Saul Williams, the artist and poet perhaps most familiar to moviegoers from the Sundance prizewinning “Slam” (1998), wrote, composed songs for and, with the fellow artist Anisia Uzeyman, directed this Afrofuturist musical, whose complicated narrative centers on a group of computer hackers in Burundi. (June 3 in theaters)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN Mark Rylance plays the real-life figure Maurice Flitcroft, who tried to qualify for the 1976 British Open with what was purportedly his first-ever round of golf. He did not qualify, but now he’s got a movie. Sally Hawkins also stars. (June 3 in theaters)

WATCHER An American (Maika Monroe) moves to Romania when her half-Romanian husband (Karl Glusman) takes a job there, but adapting to a new home is the least of her troubles. She begins to think that a man across the street is watching her. Chloe Okuno directed. (June 3 in theaters, June 21 on demand)

HUSTLE Adam Sandler, in inspirational-drama mode, stars as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. The Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangómez plays an athlete from Spain he hopes to bring into the big time. (June 8 on Netflix)

THE JANES There are two films this year about the Jane Collective, an underground group of women in Chicago who provided abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. One, “Call Jane,” is a drama starring Elizabeth Banks. This one, directed by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes, is a documentary, featuring the Janes telling their story themselves. (June 8 on HBO Max)

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION It’s not like anyone needed dino DNA to resurrect the cast of the original “Jurassic Park” films. In this outing, Sam Neill and Laura Dern join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the human stars of the more recent movies. Jeff Goldblum, who was in the most recent sequel, is also on hand. Colin Trevorrow directed. Many dinosaurs co-star. (June 10 in theaters)

LOST ILLUSIONS Honoré de Balzac’s novel gets a multi-César-winning adaptation. Benjamin Voisin plays a writer who falls into the less-than-scrupulous world of 19th-century Parisian journalism. Vincent Lacoste, Jeanne Balibar and Xavier Dolan co-star. Xavier Giannoli directed. (June 10 in theaters)

1982 The war in Lebanon in that year is viewed through the eyes of a boy who has a crush on a schoolmate. Oualid Mouaness wrote and directed. (June 10 in theaters)

TAHARA Rachel Sennott (“Shiva Baby”) and Madeline Grey DeFreece play friends who may be more than that — something they discover at the funeral of a classmate who has killed herself. (June 10 in theaters)

HALFTIME Netflix says that this documentary profile of Jennifer Lopez — a look back at the singer and actress’s career that is opening the Tribeca Film Festival — serves “as the kickoff to the second half of Lopez’s life.” Few of us are capable of making such definitive predictions, but we can’t put it past J. Lo. (June 14 on Netflix)

FATHER OF THE BRIDE Andy Garcia steps into the shoes of Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin as a dad who isn’t ready to see his daughter (Adria Arjona) get married. Gloria Estefan, Diego Boneta and Chloe Fineman also star. (June 16 on HBO Max)

MAD GOD Phil Tippett, who has worked on visual effects and animation teams for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Paul Verhoeven, directed this hybrid of stop-motion and live action. (June 16 on Shudder)

BITTERBRUSH Two modern-day cattle herders, Hollyn Patterson and Colie Moline, are the subject of a documentary that follows them on their ride. Emelie Mahdavian directed. (June 17 in theaters, June 24 on demand)

THE BOOK KEEPERS After Carol Wall, the author of “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening,” died of breast cancer, her husband, Dick Wall, promoted the book, and their son Phil Wall trailed him on the tour in this documentary. (June 17 in theaters and virtual cinemas)

BRIAN AND CHARLES Brian is an inventor. Charles is the robot he invents who becomes his buddy. David Earl and Chris Hayward star in and wrote this British feature. (June 17 in theaters)

CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH Cooper Raiff wrote and directed himself as a recent college grad working the bar and bat mitzvah circuit who becomes smitten with a woman (Dakota Johnson) who’s engaged to someone else (Raúl Castillo). He grows more involved in her life and helps look after her daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). It was a crowd pleaser, or the virtual-festival equivalent of that, at Sundance. (June 17 in theaters and on Apple TV+)

THE EXECUTIONER Also known as “El Verdugo,” and never formally released in New York until now, this 1963 satire from the Spanish director Luis García Berlanga concerns an undertaker who marries the daughter of an executioner and is required to take on his father-in-law’s position. (June 17 in theaters)

GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE Emma Thompson turned heads during Sundance for “letting it all hang out beautifully,” as Manohla Dargis put it, in this comedy about a widow who hires an escort (Daryl McCormack) to pursue the sexual satisfaction her marriage never gave her. Sophie Hyde directed. (June 17 on Hulu)

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE Bryan Cranston plays a mathematician who figures out how to game the Massachusetts lottery. Annette Bening plays his wife. (June 17 on Paramount+)

LIGHTYEAR Woody the cowboy’s high-tech foil from “Toy Story” gets his own origin tale, with Chris Evans taking the place of Tim Allen as his voice. Uzo Aduba, Keke Palmer and Taika Waititi chatter alongside him. (June 17 in theaters)

MY DONKEY, MY LOVER & I When this film had the more mellifluous title “Antoinette dans les Cévennes,” Laure Calamy won a César for playing a teacher who intervenes in her lover’s family’s vacation. (June 17 in theaters)

OFFICIAL COMPETITION Penélope Cruz plays an auteur and Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez her leading men in this moviemaking satire from the directors Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn. (June 17 in theaters, Aug. 2 on demand)

POSER Sylvie Mix plays a podcaster who covers the Columbus, Ohio, indie-rock scene and develops an obsession with one of the musicians (Bobbi Kitten). When it played at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, Natalia Winkelman, writing in The Times, called it “an assured debut from the directors Noah Dixon and Ori Segev.” (June 17 in theaters)

SHAKEDOWN This documentary, from Leilah Weinraub, explores the culture of Black lesbian strip clubs in Los Angeles. (June 17 in theaters)

SPIDERHEAD Not only is the long-delayed “Top Gun: Maverick” finally out, but its director, Joseph Kosinski, has another film in the can, based on a short story from The New Yorker, no less. Chris Hemsworth oversees a prison where inmates, instead of being caged, are medicated with psychotropic drugs. Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett also star. (June 17 on Netflix)

CIVIL The civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family, is profiled in this documentary. (June 19 on Netflix)

LOVE & GELATO The young-adult best seller by Jenna Evans Welch becomes a movie, with Susanna Skaggs playing a soon-to-be college student traveling in Rome. (June 22 on Netflix)

WE (NOUS) The documentarian Alice Diop observes life in the suburbs of Paris in an area home to many Black and immigrant residents and linked by a train line. (June 22 in theaters, June 29 on Mubi)

APPLES In the vein of “Dogtooth” and other recent deadpan Greek oddities, this film involves a mysterious epidemic of amnesia — and the perhaps equally curious methods for treating it. (June 24 in theaters)

BEBA The director Rebeca Huntt, known as Beba, takes a fragmented approach toward exploring her upbringing as the daughter of a Venezuelan mother and a Dominican father in a personal documentary. (June 24 in theaters)

THE BLACK PHONE Ethan Hawke plays a serial killer who kidnaps a boy (Mason Thames) — but a phone in the room where he’s imprisoned allows him to communicate with the ghosts (judging from the trailer) of the murderer’s other victims. Scott Derrickson (the first “Doctor Strange”) directed. (June 24 in theaters)

ELVIS Tom Hanks was one of the first famous people to announce he’d contracted the coronavirus. He did so from Australia, where he was starring as Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’s manager, in this biopic from Baz Luhrmann, who presumably takes his usual freewheeling approach to history and film style. Austin Butler plays the King, Olivia DeJonge plays Priscilla Presley and Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays B.B. King. (June 24 in theaters)

FLUX GOURMET The British neo-exploitation auteur Peter Strickland (“The Duke of Burgundy”) chronicles the adventures of a “sonic collective” dabbling in the culinary arts. When it played at the Berlin Film Festival, Jessica Kiang, in The Times, wrote that it was “surely the most single-minded evocation of the discomfort of suppressing flatulence ever to get a major festival berth.” (June 24 in theaters and on demand)

A MAN OF INTEGRITY When the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof won the Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival for “There Is No Evil,” he couldn’t accept the prize in person because he had been banned from leaving his country. “A Man of Integrity” is an earlier feature — it premiered in 2017 — that hasn’t yet been released in the United States. It concerns a goldfish farmer contending with regional corruption in Iran. (June 24 in theaters)

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON A tiny, talking shell voiced by Jenny Slate searches for his extended family in a movie-screen-size update of the early shorts Slate made with Dean Fleischer Camp. Isabella Rossellini supplies the voice of Marcel’s grandmother. (June 24 in theaters)

OLGA This Swiss-German-Ukrainian feature premiered last year, before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. It centers on a Ukrainian gymnast (Anastasiia Budiashkina) in exile in Switzerland at the time of the Maidan protests that began in 2013. (June 24 in theaters)

PRESS PLAY A woman discovers she can travel through time and potentially prevent the death of a loved one with the help of a mixtape they made. (June 24 in theaters and on demand)

RISE This drama tells the story of the Antetokounmpo brothers, Greeks who became professional basketball players, two for the Milwaukee Bucks. Uche Agada and Ral Agada star. (June 24 on Disney+)

VEDETTE The documentarians Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard chronicle the life of a venerable Swiss Hérens cow whose handlers read philosophy to her and play her classical music as she ages. (June 24 in theaters)

ACCEPTED The documentarian Dan Chen captures life for four seniors at T.M. Landry College Preparatory School, which gained renown for its record of getting underprivileged Black students into elite colleges but then was revealed by The Times to have falsified transcripts and concocted student accomplishments. (July 1 in theaters and on demand)

HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG A documentary on the Canadian singer-songwriter that he is said to have given the go-ahead to before his death in 2016 combines biography, tributes and a close examination of perhaps Cohen’s most enduring song, “Hallelujah.” (July 1 in theaters)

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU Surely you were wondering how the “Minions” villain Gru got to be so … Gru-vy. The Steve Carell-voiced character gets an origin story. (July 1 in theaters)

MR. MALCOLM’S LIST Zawe Ashton plays a rejected would-be bride in 1819 London who seeks revenge on the man she wanted to marry (Sope Dirisu) by setting him up with a faker (Freida Pinto). Emma Holly Jones directed. (July 1 in theaters)

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN Made before the Russian invasion in February, this Ukrainian war drama tells the story of a physics teacher who becomes a sniper in the Donbas region. Its distributor says that actual members of the Ukrainian armed forces appear in large-scale scenes. (July 1 in theaters and on demand)

FIRE OF LOVE Acclaimed at Sundance, Sara Dosa’s all-archival documentary uses footage shot by two married French volcanologists, Katia and Maurice Krafft, to reconstruct their lives investigating some of the planet’s most explosive geologic formations. (July 6 in theaters)

HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN A couple who had planned to break up before going to college go on just one more date before doing so. Talia Ryder (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”) and Jordan Fisher star. (July 6 on Netflix)

BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE Claire Denis directs Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon as a couple whose relationship is strained when Binoche’s character grapples with her enduring feelings for a past partner (Grégoire Colin). If you know the films of Denis (“Beau Travail”), you know this one is far more elliptical and complex than that description makes it sound. (July 8 in theaters, Aug. 23 on demand)

DANGEROUS LIAISONS (LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES) Choderlos de Laclos’s novel was already modernized with “Cruel Intentions” (1999). A plot summary suggests that this French-language adaptation has updated the novel for the Instagram era. (July 8 on Netflix)

DREAMING WALLS: INSIDE THE CHELSEA HOTEL The documentary directors Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier explore the legacy of the famed hotel, a former enclave of Andy Warhol’s associates and much more. (July 8 in theaters and on demand)

MURINA A teenage girl stifled by living with her parents on an isolated Adriatic island has a chance to upend the family dynamic when a wealthy visitor arrives. The film, directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, won the Caméra d’Or, the award for best first feature, at Cannes last year. (July 8 in theaters)

THE SEA BEAST A girl joins a ship of monster hunters in this animated feature from Chris Williams (one of the directors of “Big Hero 6”). (July 8 on Netflix)

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER Thor does Viking god things (or at least Marvel Cinematic Universe things) in the fourth (Thorth?) movie centered on Chris Hemsworth’s character. Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman co-star. Taika Waititi directed. (July 8 in theaters)

MY NAME IS SARA A girl running from the Nazis in Ukraine and posing as a gentile hides with a farmer and his wife. (July 13 in theaters)

DON’T MAKE ME GO John Cho plays a dying father who bonds with his teenage daughter (Mia Isaac) on a road trip. The actress Hannah Marks directed. (July 15 on Amazon Prime)

FROM WHERE THEY STOOD The filmmaker Christophe Cognet examines photographs secretly taken by concentration-camp prisoners. Visiting the present-day sites, he uses glass plates to recreate the vantage points from which the photos were snapped. (July 15 in theaters)

GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN This documentary spends time with Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who became a prominent gun-control advocate after a 2011 assassination attempt, as well as with her husband, Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona. (July 15 in theaters)

THE GRAY MAN A former C.I.A. assassin (Ryan Gosling) finds himself in the cross-hairs of an ex-colleague (Chris Evans). Ana de Armas and Billy Bob Thornton also star. Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers behind “Avengers: Endgame,” directed. (July 15 in theaters, July 22 on Netflix)

PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK A dog voiced by Michael Cera learns to be a samurai to rescue a town of cats. (This is an animated movie, to be clear.) Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei and Mel Brooks(!) are among the other voices. (July 15 in theaters)

PERSUASION Dakota Johnson plays Jane Austen’s Anne Elliot in the latest adaptation of the author’s final completed novel. Richard E. Grant and Henry Golding co-star. (July 15 on Netflix)

QUEEN OF GLORY A Ghanaian American doctoral student inherits a religious bookstore and a lot of family angst after her mother dies. Nana Mensah wrote and directed. (July 15 in theaters)

SHE WILL Recovering from a double mastectomy, a woman in Scotland (Alice Krige) encounters the supernatural. Charlotte Colbert, an artist in multiple media, directed. (July 15 in theaters and on demand)

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING In an adaptation of the hit debut novel by Delia Owens, Daisy Edgar-Jones plays a woman who raised herself in Southern marshlands. Soon after she begins to reconnect with society, she falls under suspicion of murder. (July 15 in theaters)

MY OLD SCHOOL In the 1990s, a mysterious student called Brandon Lee enrolled at a school outside Glasgow. Who he was, and why he was there, prompted a lot of head-scratching across Scotland when his background was finally revealed. The director Jono McLeod revisits the impostor case through interviews with Lee (Alan Cumming lip-syncs to his words) and his former classmates, with big helpings of animation. (July 22 in theaters)

NOPE “Nope” is both the title of the movie and the answer to the question, “Do you know much about Jordan Peele’s newest movie?” The “Get Out” and “Us” writer-director’s latest film is shrouded in semi-secrecy; the trailer doesn’t reveal much, and the studio’s official plot summary merely promises that residents of a California gulch will witness “an uncanny and chilling discovery.” With Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun. (July 22 in theaters)

GOOD MADAM Jenna Cato Bass directed this South African thriller, which was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It concerns a woman, Tsidi (Chumisa Cosa), and her daughter, who reluctantly move in with Tsidi’s mother, a domestic worker who tends to the house and her employer as if apartheid were still on. (July 28 on Shudder)

HOUSE PARTY LeBron James is among the producers of this remake — or “reimagining,” the studio says — of the original “House Party” (1990). (July 28 on HBO Max)

ALI & AVA A grandmother who works as a teaching assistant (Claire Rushbrook) and a somewhat younger music buff going through a separation (Adeel Akhtar) become friends and then more in this warmhearted but serious British drama from Clio Barnard (“The Arbor”). (July 29 in theaters)

DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS At this point, comic book movies are really getting into the deep cuts. Dwayne Johnson provides the voice of Superman’s dog, who presses a group of shelter pets into service on a mission to rescue the Justice League. John Krasinski, Kevin Hart and Vanessa Bayer are among the vocal talent. (July 29 in theaters)

A LOVE SONG Dale Dickey and Wes Studi play two people who still carry a torch for each other after having spent much of their lives apart. The film, written and directed by Max Walker-Silverman, pivots around their brief reunion. (July 29 in theaters)

NOT OKAY Quinn Shephard, who made her directorial debut, “Blame,” in her early 20s, directs Zoey Deutch as a writer whose social-media fibbing spirals out of her control. Dylan O’Brien and Mia Isaac also star. (July 29 on Hulu)

VENGEANCE B.J. Novak directs himself as a New York journalist-out-of-water in Texas, where he begins probing the death of a woman he knew. Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher and J. Smith-Cameron co-star. (July 29 in theaters)

BODIES BODIES BODIES During a party game that requires someone to play a killer and everyone else to be potential victims, things go sideways. It’s a dark comedy starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott and Pete Davidson. The Dutch actress Halina Reijn directed. (Aug. 5 in theaters)

BULLET TRAIN Brad Pitt plays an assassin trying to retrieve a briefcase on a train in Japan. But it seems like all the other assassins onboard want it, too. Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-star. David Leitch (“Deadpool 2”) directed. (Aug. 5 in theaters)

EASTER SUNDAY The comedian Jo Koy plays a Filipino American actor spending the holiday with his family. Jay Chandrasekhar directed. (Aug. 5 in theaters)

FREE PUPPIES! No, they won’t be handed out with tickets, but presumably seeing rescue dogs placed in new homes in a documentary will make you smile all the same. (Aug. 5 in theaters and virtual cinemas)

I LOVE MY DAD Patton Oswalt plays an estranged father who assumes a fake (female) online identity to make sure his son is all right. The son (James Morosini, who also wrote and directed) ends up falling for the dad. The movie, a comedy, won the top narrative-feature prize at South by Southwest this year. (Aug. 5 in theaters, Aug. 12 on demand)

LUCK Jane Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg give their voices to this animated feature about a person with a world-historic run of bad luck. (Aug. 5 on Apple TV+)

RESURRECTION When a man (Tim Roth) from her past resurfaces, Margaret (Rebecca Hall), a paranoid mother to her teenager (Grace Kaufman) in the best of circumstances, tilts toward full-on unraveling. Hall’s performance won acclaim at Sundance, particularly for a harrowing monologue. (Aug. 5 in theaters and on demand)

RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE The turtles — in their animated, not live-action, incarnations — take on Krang, the talking brain from Dimension X who walks around in a robotic body suit. (Aug. 5 on Netflix)

DAY SHIFT Jamie Foxx plays a pool cleaner who is also secretly a vampire hunter. One presumes that if he could somehow get the vampires to start sunning themselves poolside, he’d save a lot of time. Dave Franco and Karla Souza also star. (Aug. 12 on Netflix)

FREE CHOL SOO LEE This documentary from Julie Ha and Eugene Yi looks at the movement to exonerate a man who was wrongly convicted of a 1973 murder. When the movie played at Sundance, A.O. Scott described it as “a story of injustice and activism that turns into a meditation on the price an individual can pay for becoming a cause célèbre.” (Aug. 12 in theaters)

MACK & RITA What is it about Palm Springs that makes it such a great place for warping time? First there was “Palm Springs” (2020) with Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, and now there is this movie, in which a 30-something (Elizabeth Lail) turns into a septuagenarian (Diane Keaton). Katie Aselton directed. (Aug. 12 in theaters)

SUMMERING James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) directed this coming-of-age story centered on four girls preparing to start middle school. Lia Barnett, Lake Bell and the Trump lip-syncing comedian Sarah Cooper are all in the cast. (Aug. 12 in theaters)

13: THE MUSICAL When the stage version played on Broadway in 2008, Ben Brantley, writing in The Times, praised the “buoyant” score by Jason Robert Brown but said the show “ultimately feels as pre-processed and formulaic as that money-churning Disney franchise ‘High School Musical.’” The story involves a boy from New York who moves to Indiana on the cusp of his bar mitzvah. Eli Golden and Debra Messing star. Tamra Davis directed. (Aug. 12 on Netflix)

BEAST The creature in question is an absolutely livid lion. A father (Idris Elba) and his daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries), vacationing in the South African savanna, have to fend it off. (Aug. 19 in theaters)

THE IMMACULATE ROOM Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth try to spend 50 days in a blinding white room as part of an experiment. There’s a lot of reward money on offer, but would anyone place a bet on their succeeding? (Aug. 19 in theaters and on demand)

SPIN ME ROUND Courtesy of the Italian restaurant chain she works for, a branch manager (Alison Brie) travels to Italy. It turns out to be a less than idyllic getaway. Brie wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena, who directed. Aubrey Plaza and Alessandro Nivola also star. (Aug. 19 in theaters and on demand)

THE TERRITORY This documentary observes the efforts of an Indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon to resist deforestation by outsiders. (Aug. 19 in theaters)

BREAKING Called “892” when it played at Sundance, this hostage drama, based on a real-life incident, centers on a veteran (John Boyega) who takes bank workers hostage after not receiving benefits he was due. Michael K. Williams has one of his final roles as a negotiator. Abi Damaris Corbin directed. (Aug. 26 in theaters)

ME TIME Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg play guys who go on a real bros’ weekend; it gets messy. Regina Hall also stars. (Aug. 26 on Netflix)

PRIVATE DESERT A police academy instructor travels across Brazil to locate an online romantic partner. (Aug. 26 in theaters)

THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING A narratologist (Tilda Swinton) — a person who studies “structure in narratives” — frees a djinn (Idris Elba) from a bottle. Naturally, he insists on granting her three wishes, and tells her of past bottle escapes and of past wishes he’s granted. George Miller directed, in his first feature since “Mad Max: Fury Road.” (Aug. 31 in theaters)

AM I OK? The married comedian-directors Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne cast Dakota Johnson as a woman who abruptly comes out to her best friend (Sonoya Mizuno). (Sept. 1 on HBO Max)

LOVE IN THE VILLA When planning a post-breakup vacation, make sure to book a villa that, because of some sort of mix-up, has already been booked by a potential significant-other replacement. Kat Graham plays a woman who does this, and judging from the title, it works out. Tom Hopper also stars. Mark Steven Johnson directed. (Sept. 1 on Netflix)

Compiled with the assistance of Gabe Cohn.

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