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Get ready to feel nostalgic at the movies, as a slew of next chapters to blockbuste­r movies hits the silver screen. Among the most-highly anticipate­d, not to mention the longest-awaited sequels: Thirty-six years after the original, Tom Cruise reprises his role as iconic aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick

(release date: May 27) and 19 years after Elle Woods first posed the question, “What, like it’s hard?” about getting into Harvard Law School, Reese Witherspoo­n returns for Legally Blonde

3 (also in May). Other sequels slated for release in 2022: Twenty-five years after a masked killer brutalized the town of Woodsboro, Scream promises a new murderous plotline (January) and Hocus Pocus 2 reunites stars, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy; plus there’s a new Avatar (December, no title yet), Downton Abbey: A New Era (March) and Thor: Love and Thunder (July) among many, many others.

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