In our third pandemic summer, blockbusters are back

A person walks past a sign that reads "Be kind. Stay safe."
A pedestrian walks past Grandview Theatre, which features an uplifting message, Mar. 25, 2020, in St. Paul.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News 2020

After two years of pandemic uncertainty, movie goers have returned to theaters. Blockbusters like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World Dominion” have done well at the box office, and raked in millions.

MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with two movie critics about their favorite summer movies, the state of movie theaters and their recommendations on what to watch. Plus, she talked with MPR Cube Critics Aron Woldeslassie and Samantha Matsumoto.

Guests:

  • Ruth Maramis is a film critic for the blog FlixChatter. She is based in the Twin Cities.

  • Alissa Wilkinson is a film critic and senior culture reporter at Vox.

  • Aron Woldeslassie is an associate producer at MPR News, and co-host of the MPR Cube Critics.

  • Samantha Matsumoto is an associate producer at MPR News, and co-host of the MPR Cube Critics.

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