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Midday at the Movies: Summer Flicks, Smart Sequels and CGI

Toy Story 4 image courtesy Pixar Studios

It's the July edition of Midday at the Movies,  our monthly look at notable new films and trends in filmmaking. Today, we’re talking about the new crop of summer movies, and some of the exciting new animation technologies in films like Toy Story 4 and the Disney remake of Lion King (set for release on July 19).

Two of our favorite movie mavens -- Maryland Film Festival founding director Jed Dietz (on the line from Marfa, Texas) and Ann Hornaday, the film critic for the Washington Post and author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies -- join Midday senior producer and guest host Rob Sivak to discuss some of their favorite summer flicks, and we’ll ask YOU to tell us which films are brightening up your summer…

Among the films we discuss today are Toy Story 4, Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Yesterday, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Booksmart, Midsommar, and two documentaries: Pavarotti and Walking on Water.

AVAM's 2019 season of Flicks from the Hill kicks off tonight (July 11) with a free 9pm outdoor screening of The Sound of Music, preceded by a Sing-A-Long and Costume Parade. You can enjoy all-you-can drink and eats from local restaurants with ticket purchases.  All proceeds benefit the American Visionary Art MuseumFlicks from the Hill continues through August 22. Follow the link above for more information.

Rob is Midday's senior producer.