2017 Summer Movie Preview

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It’s the time of year once more for summer blockbusters. For the next four months, aliens, super intelligent monkeys, and, of course, superheroes will take over the big screen. In what’s been a pretty dull year for cinema thus far, one can only hope that the warmer months give us lot of reasons to duck into a theater to escape the heat. Here are the ten movies we’re excited to skip the beach to watch.

 

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Somehow it’s already been three years since what is perhaps Marvel’s most celebrated film in the whole universe. Now comes the inevitable (yet awesome-looking) sequel, with the same crew and their colorful personalities, more ’80s jams, and Baby Groot. Joining the cast are yesteryear action superstars Kurt Russell, as Star Lord’s father, and Sylvester Stallone, in a mystery role. (May 5)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316204/?ref_=nv_sr_1Alien: Covenant

Regardless of how you felt about the divisive Prometheus, there’s just something exciting about Ridley Scott directing another film with Alien in the title. Katherine Waterson takes the lead in the prequel, while Michael Fassbender will play two separate androids, newcomer Martin and reprising his role as David from Prometheus. Also joining the cast are Billy Crudup and Danny McBride. (May 19)

 

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What oh what is DC going to do? Well, say what you will about their putrid 2016 failures, but they have a serious chance to break ground this summer. The most famous, and probably best, female superhero is finally getting her own film. We already know Gal Gadot is good in the part, having been the best thing about Batman v. Superman. The cast includes Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Danny Huston. (June 2)

 

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The Big Sick

Judd Apatow putting his name on something happens about as often as the seasons change, but The Big Sick only credits him as a producer, with Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani writing and starring. The rom-com is about Kumail’s own real-life romance with his wife, and how his Muslim family reacted to the relationship. The film’s Sundance premiere already garnered praise. The cast also includes Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Aidy Bryant, and Bo Burnham. No trailer has yet been released. (June 23)

 

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Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated return to the director’s chair already premiered at SXSW, and the verdict is unanimously positive. The story revolves around a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who uses his personal playlist, the film’s diegetic soundtrack, to focus on his escapes. Filling up the best cast of the summer are Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, and Jaime Foxx. (June 28)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2250912/?ref_=nv_sr_1Spider-Man: Homecoming

The folks behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe have finally got their hands on Spider-Man. Tom Holland already proved his worth in the role, stealing scenes in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War. For Homecoming, Peter Parker de-ages back to high school, partnering with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man to take on Michael Keaton’s Vulture. (July 7)

 

Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLHP2IpBXwA Ghost Story

Summer is also the time where all the well-received indies from Sundance start to make their way to audiences. This year, one of those hits was A Ghost Story, from David Lowery, the director of last summer’s surprise success Pete‘s Dragon. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in the supernatural drama in which a ghost wearing a sheet returns to his former home to try and connect with his wife, disturbing the new inhabitants. (July 7)

 

Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiTECkLZ8HMWar for the Planet of the Apes

One of the most delightful surprises of this decade’s big budget summer fare is the Planet of the Apes prequel/reboot series. Following the phenomenal Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves returns to the director’s chair and Andy Serkis returns as Caesar. Woody Harrelson joins the cast as the human villain this time around. (July 14)

 

Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IFAqAIWD6gThe Dark Tower

Fans have been waiting forever for this one. Stephen King’s modern classic The Dark Tower is finally getting its film adaptation. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star as the rival gunslingers, and the director, Nikolaj Arcel, hails from the well-received A Royal Affair from a few years back. No trailer has been released yet, but for how long the film has been in development and how beloved the source material has become, it’s practically a formality. (August 4)

 

Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IFAqAIWD6gDetroit

Kathryn Bigelow’s career has become synonymous with present day commentary. She’s shifting that ever so slightly by taking on the 1967 Detroit riot, which saw a racially charged uprising throughout the city after police shot and killed three black men. The parallels to today are obvious and important. John Boyega stars, with Jack Reynor, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie rounding out the cast. (August 4)

 

 

What films are you most excited about this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

 

By Matt Dougherty

 

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