Underrated/Overrated: Welcoming an escape from summer movie escapism, and someone please help Tom Cruise


Summer’s lack of escape: So how are all those “worst year ever” tweets from 2016 aging? With a new national crisis approaching almost every day, popcorn movie season couldn’t arrive fast enough — but in keeping with the rest of this year, there’s no real way to keep the issues of 2017 away for long. Given current affairs, we maybe need grim reminders of the horrors of world war (Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” [July 21]), institutional bigotry (Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” [Aug. 11]) and the all-consuming rise of technology and social media (“The Circle” [April 28]). They may not be easy to watch, but these movies may be what we’ve earned.

Edgar Wright: There are two things working against this inventive and unconventional auteur, who owes us nothing after providing the wonderful “Cornetto Trilogy” of “Sean of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End.” One, his latest, “Baby Driver” (June 28), sounds unfortunately close to an imaginary sequel to “Boss Baby” and two, the movie evidently does not involve Simon Pegg, Britain or bonkers comic romance à la “Scott Pilgrim.” That said, the trailer still looks like a fizzy blast of summer thrills about a young getaway driver working with Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, so let’s just be grateful anyway.

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