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8 movies to watch for a summer escape

It's not the summer of Barbenheimer, but Hollywood is still hoping to lure moviegoers with breakneck blockbusters and smaller charmers.

Aisha Harris of NPR and Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times recently joined PBS News Hour's Jeffrey Brown to share the movies they're excited to share this summer.

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"A Quiet Place: Day One"

"…what I am most interested in about this is the fact that it stars Lupita Nyong'o. It's great to see her actually helming a big budget franchise."
— Aisha Harris

"Fly Me to the Moon"

"'Fly Me To the Moon' is actually … set during the space age. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum. And they are working together to try to create a version of the moon landing in case the actual moon landing doesn't work.
— Aisha Harris


"It's directed by Lee Isaac Chung who made the film 'Minari' a few years ago. That was kind of a small family drama. And now he's helming this really big budget summer action sequel that's a reboot of the movie from the '90s."
— Mark Olsen

WATCH: Rarely portrayed in popular culture, 'Minari' follows story of a Korean American family

"Deadpool & Wolverine"

"…another film in the sort of Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool sort of superhero satire universe, but this time adding Hugh Jackman's Wolverine character. "
— Mark Olsen


"It's a funny sort of action-comedy about aging and and also about just trying to live your life, and enjoying life at that age."
— Aisha Harris

"Fancy Dance"

"Lily Gladstone has a fantastic performance here. She is playing a woman who is taking care of her niece after her sister goes missing. And she has to sort of figure out how to both bond with her niece, but also search for her sister."
— Aisha Harris

WATCH: Lily Gladstone on her historic Oscar nomination for 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

"Janet Planet"

"It's the writing and directing debut from the celebrated playwright Annie Baker, and it stars Julianne Nicholson as a single mother, kind of raising her 11 year old daughter over a summer in … rural Massachusetts."
— Mark Olsen


"…it's just a tender coming of age story of an Asian-American family, and it's just got a real energy to it. The young actor who plays the lead in that movie is just really thrilling to watch."
— Mark Olsen

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