L.A. Times Hosts ‘The Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown’

It’s time for an #UltimateSummerMovie Showdown.
(Los Angles Times)

The Los Angeles Times this week is launching the Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown, a bracket-style competition of all-time favorite films released in summers past.

Film critic Justin Chang breaks down the Summer Movie Challenge for LA Times Today host Lisa McRee.

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Each week Film Critic Justin Chang will unveil a list – curated by The Times film team – of 16 iconic movies that premiered during the same week going back to 1975, the summer “Jaws” was released. Readers will vote for their favorite movie in a series of polls posted on Chang’s Twitter account.

By the end of each week, there will be one definitive winner. The winning films will be the subject of a retrospective essay written by Chang and/or another member of The Times’ film team. One week after readers pick a favorite, Chang will host a virtual meet-up live streamed on the L.A. Times Classic Hollywood Facebook Page, YouTube and Twitter. The first conversation will be held on May 7 at 6 p.m.