Summer Movies 2017: 19 Films You Have to See

The summer movie season officially begins this Friday and things are looking different for 2017. The marketplace is diversifying, so a list that would have included just theater blockbusters last year now includes worthwhile-looking movies with big names coming to Netflix. In addition, there are indies that could make a splash. Here’s what you’ll be watching this summer:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th)

Marvel pretty much owns the first weekend of the summer movie season, and they’ll likely keep that streak going with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. If it’s anything like the first film it will be a blast. There are new additions to the Guardians for volume 2; Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis, and Kurt Russell playing Ego, the Living Planet.

King Arthur (May 12th)

Constant delays and reshoots raised some question about this movie, but early word is that the movie is fun and different. Charlie Hunnam leads and there’s a strong supporting cast behind him.

Alien: Covenant (May 19th)

No matter how many times the franchise leads me astray, I’ll always be excited for a new Alien film. After the visually incredible but narratively underwhelmingPrometheus,Ridley Scott is sending us back to space once again with the intent to return to his horror roots. I’m so ready for more of Fassbender’s David.

War Machine (May 26th)

Netflix has been making original movies for two years, but War Machine is their biggest test of theater v streaming yet. Brad Pitt stars as a U.S. General in command of NATO forces in Afghanistan, who’s taken down by a journalist’s savage profile.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th)

I thought I would write this one off, but word on the movie out of CinemaCon this year was very positive. I’ll give Jack Sparrow one more chance.

Wonder Woman (June 2nd)

2017 will follow the trend, there will be no shortage of superhero movies. If Wonder Woman succeeds, it opens the door to other female-led superhero films.

The Mummy (June 9th)

The Mummy kicks off Universal’s Monster Universe in a big way with Tom Cruise doing Tom Cruise stuff and Russell Crowe appearing as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

It Comes at Night (June 9th)

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

The Big Sick (June 23rd)

The Big Sick was arguably the biggest crowdpleaser at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Kumail Nanjiani plays a stand-up comic who falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), but has to hide it from his parents, who want to arrange his marriage.

Baby Driver (June 28th)

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver with a hearing problem who depends on his curated soundtrack to drown out the noise and get the job done.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th)

It’s been 13 years since we had a decent Spider-Man movie. If Tom Holland’s performance in Captain America: Civil War holds true here this could be a real revival of the franchise.

War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14th)

This is one major movie franchise that has found success against all odds; more than 5 years, 2 Oscar nominations, and over $1.2 billion later, it’s time for the third installment of Planet of the Apes.

Dunkirk (July 21st)

Tom Hardy and Christopher Nolan tackle World War II. Technically, Dunkirk is a “survival” drama rather than a war picture, it’s a deep dive into the Dunkirk rescue from air, land, and sea.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st)

Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets promises to be an absolutely bonkers sci-fi opera.

Atomic Blonde (July 28th)

A John Wick-style action flick starring Charlize Theron? I’m in.

The Dark Tower (August 4th)

Sony’s The Dark Tower puts to film Stephen King’s incredibly complicated consummate work.

Detroit (August 4th)

Hate crimes are rising coast to coast, intolerance is at its peak and people are misconstruing support for police reform to mean anti-police. That’s the story of 1967. And that’s still a story now. Judging by the first trailer, Detroit cuts between the large riots or the Detroit Riots and a misunderstanding in a hotel room that escalates due to the escalation in the streets.

Logan Lucky (August 18th)

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, and Katie Holmes in a southern-fried heist movie.

Death Note (August 25th)

The adaptation of the Japanese magna/animation has a horrific-looking monster that hunts down and kills anyone whose name appears in a specific notebook.


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