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New movies are sliding into the box office this summer

Glen Powell – star of Hitman
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Glen Powell – star of Hitman (photo courtesy of

Summer 2023 was a successful season for movies. “Barbenheimer” knocked the ball out of the park. “Barbenheimer” is the duo of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” which were movies that were released on the same day last summer. Will there be a chance for this summer’s movies to live up to the expectations last year has set?

To start off this summer’s movies, Glen Powell is back out on our screens. Glen Powell stole people’s hearts last year with the romcom, “Anyone But You.” He has a history of being in romcoms, he will be exploring the world of action rom coms with his film “Hit Man.” “Hit Man” premiered on September 5, 2023, at the Venice Film Festival, where it received a six minute long standing ovation. The film will be released on June 7, 2024 for streaming on Netflix.

The idea for the film came from an article about Gary Johnson that was written by Skip Hollandsworth. Johnson works with the police, while also being a fake hitman. Fictional aspects were added to make the film relatable to the audience. The romance between Johnson and the woman who is trying to hire him was only briefly mentioned in Hollandsworth’s article, but it is one of the main focuses of the film.

Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of “Kinds of Kindness”
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“The movie is just a deconstruction of the hitman myth seen from an undercover perspective. There are gangs and there are drug cartels, there are definitely killings, but the retail hitman … that’s what’s kind of ludicrous,” director Richard Linklater said during an interview with

The director wants to delve into the world of a hit man with this movie. This should be an interesting watch, and it will be in the hands of Netflix subscribers soon. While this film is being released on Netflix, the box office will be busy this summer with other films that are coming up.

“Inside Out” movie poster
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Nine years after the first film was released, “Inside Out 2” is planned to be released this June in theaters. It is scheduled to be released on June 14, 2024. The first film, “Inside Out” had a lot of success. There is a lot of buzz behind this film. Along with some of the original cast members, there are new members. Tony Hale will be portraying Fear, replacing Bill Hader’s Tony, and Disgust is Liza Lapira, who is replacing Mindy Kaling. Brand new characters are also being introduced. Anxiety is voiced by Maya Hawke, Envy is Ayo Edebiri, and Embarrassment is Paul Walter Hauser.

This movie will introduce new emotions to Riley, the main character. Just like real teens, they gain new emotions. During the creation process, Disney/Pixar brought real teens to judge if the emotions were accurate or not. With real critics, it makes the creative process easier for the animators and voice actors to capture the emotions that a teen girl would experience.

Yorgos Lanthimos had a good year last year. His film “Poor Things” had a lot of success, receiving many awards and nominations. He has another film coming up called “Kinds of Kindness” that stars Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons and Willem Dafoe. Stone and Dafoe are back starring in a Lanthimos film, after starring in “Poor Things.” “Kinds of Kindness” is set to release in theaters June 21.

“Kinds of Kindness” is a “triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader,” which was the synopsis shared in

These are a few movies to look forward to during the upcoming summer season. Will this summer live up to the expectations that summer 2023 set? The public will be able to find out either on Netflix or in theaters.

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Penelope Alevrontas
Penelope Alevrontas, Associate Arts Editor
Hi, my name is Penelope Alevrontas! I am a senior and the Associate Arts Editor for the Northern Star. I enjoy watching movies, acting, and filmmaking. I am excited and glad to be back working on the newspaper with this Journalism class.
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