Atlanta Film Critics Go Beyond Blockbusters With Summer Movie Picks

Rob Morgan, from left, Tichina Arnold, writer Jimmie Fails, and director Joe Talbot pose for a portrait to promote the film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which comes out this summer.
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“Summer movies” usually means big blockbusters and action films. Atlanta film critic Felicia Feaster has a slightly different take on what she wants out of a summer movie — escapist and fun, but with something to sink your teeth into.

“When I think of summer movies, I want to delve beneath the blockbuster surface and find something with a little more impact and resonance and significance,” she said.

Feaster and Michael Clark of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle brought “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes a list of films they were excited to see in the coming months, and it is decidedly light on superheros and sci-fi franchises.

“Nineteen to twenty-two of the titles that are coming out between May and August are all sequels, prequels, or reboots,” Clark said, “and that gets old pretty fast.”

Their list runs the gamut from biopics and documentaries to goofy buddy comedies to heartfelt foreign films.

“Poms” — in theaters May 10 in Atlanta
“Tolkien” — in theaters May 10
“The White Crow” — May 17
“Booksmart” — May 24
“All Is True” — May 31
“Pavarotti” — June 7
“The Last Black Man In San Francisco” — June 14
“Yesterday” — June 28
“The Fall of the American Empire” — July 5
“Farewell” — July 12
“Maiden” — July 19
“Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood” — July 26

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