Everything you need for a fun summer movie experience
For every movie fanatic, summer is like an extra long birthday. This is the time studios release their most anticipated films. It can range from big summer blockbusters to highly anticipated indie movies. As the weather is getting warmer so are the movies. Every year we see more and more movies added to the summer lineup and this year is no different. Marvel and DC are both releasing their superhero movies while FOX is releasing its Alien prequel. Universal is releasing its highly anticipated Mummy movie and its indie darling, The Beguiled. As it is impossible to see all the movies, this guide will highlight everything from big budget to small budget movies that you need (or I strongly recommend not skipping) to see this summer.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
When the first Guardian of the Galaxy came out 2 summers ago, it was a smash hit. What was the risky Marvel movie became one of the most beloved superhero movies. Picking up where we left off, Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) are on the hunt to find Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) parents. Of course, Vol. 2 has big shoes to fill, but if anyone can live up to the task, it would be Marvel. Vol. 2 will be Marvel’s first movie of the year and the beginning of what hopes to be a great summer for movie fans.
Alien: Covenant (May 19)
Ridley Scott has no plans to stop his most successful franchise and who would blame him. After his 2012 prequel, Prometheus, he showed us that he still got what it takes to create this sort of movies. However, not all agreed that Prometheus was good. A lot of fans demanded his next film be more like the first Alien movie. Covenant is Ridley Scott’s answer to those criticisms. Couples are sent to a supposed lifeless planet to start a new life and procreate. However, they soon find out that there is something much bigger and dangerous on the planet than them. If it’s anything like the original, we’re in for something amazing.
Wonder Woman (June 2)
DC’s attempt to finally be in the same realm as Marvel will be trying once again with Wonder Woman. Online chatter seems to be on the positive side and could actually be the first good DCEU movie. It follows the story of Diana (Gal Gadot) as she meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) on her women-only island. With the war on the rise, she follows the pilot back to NYC and there finds her full powers. If you love superhero movies, you shouldn’t miss this one.
The Mummy (June 9)
I’ve always found Universal’s monster universe to be a very good idea. However, when I watched Dracula: Untold, I was extremely disappointed. Luckily, they haven’t given up and this summer, they will try to kick start their universe with a remake of The Mummy. Tom Cruise stars as an archeologist who has woken up a deadly princess (Sofia Boutella) that will continue what she started long ago. Call me crazy, but if done right, The Mummy could be a really successful monster movie.
It Comes At Night (June 9)
Life as we know it is in danger. Or at least in Trey Edward Shults’ new indie horror-mystery. It follows an old man (Joel Edgerton) and his family who are trying to survive in a world taken over by an unknown force. But that all changes when a family seeking refuge in their home. This indie horror is looking to continue the trend of intelligent horror. It made waves as it hit festivals and it’s no surprise coming from the director of Krisha. Now, he looks to expand to a bigger audience.
The Beguiled (June 30)
Remember Clint Eastwood’s 1971, The Beguiled? Well, now brace yourself for a feminist take on the story of the all-female boarding school as they find a handsome wounded soldier. Sexually repressed, tensions between women raise and just how far will they go to stop this. Sofia Coppola directs this remake, and with stars like Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Collin Farrell, The Beguiled is a must see this summer.
Baby Driver (June 30)
Baby is an odd name for a getaway driver. But how does an action-musical sound? This is Edgar Wright’s new summer film. It stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver for criminals. When he meets the woman of his dreams (Lily James), he sees it as an opportunity to leave his criminal life behind. However, the crime lord will not let him out easy. Action-pack, thrilling, and odd, Baby Driver has already stolen the hearts of critics who are urging you to not miss this gem.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
Spider-Man is now part of the MCU and will share his first movie with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). Homecoming picks up right after the events of Civil War as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home. He’s eager to return to his ways as a superhero and what he doesn’t know is that we will soon have to. While also expanding the MCU, Sony is looking to reboot its Spider-Man universe with newcomer Tom Holland. If the trailer is any indication, they might have themselves a great reboot.
A Ghost Story (July 7)
The quirky indie darling is officially coming in July, and I can’t wait. It’s been hailed as the year’s best film. Her husband (Casey Affleck) has died and now is forced to see his wife’s (Rooney Mara) own life slowly slip away. Coming off from his Oscar win, Casey Affleck has taken his weirdest role yet. He wears a white sheet with holes for eyes to mimic a ghost. It seems odd that a film this emotional stars a cheap Halloween costume but there looks to be something special here.
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)
The Planet of the Apes franchise is getting better and better. Rise was a great start, and Dawn was an amazing sequel. Now, War is looking to step it up. The franchise is known for its brilliant motion capture work and its amazing CGI. War follows once again Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he prepares for the war. The apes will go to war against an army of humans lead by a Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Matt Reeves directs the third entry and is looking to complete an amazing trilogy.
Dunkirk (July 21)
Christopher Nolan is back! After his controversial sci-fi film, Interstellar, he returns with a gritty, realistic war movie. It tells the story of The Dunkirk Battle on the beach during the second World War. It’s Harry Styles’s first chop at acting and Tom Hardy is also starring. It looks like a gritty dark war film that perfectly fits in Nolan’s style. With Nolan behind the camera, any movie fan should be excited to watch this.
Atomic Blonde (July 28)
If you are a big fan of John Wick, like I am, then you can’t miss Charlize Theron’s new action film, Atomic Blonde. Directed by the same director as John Wick, Atomic Blonde is about a spy (Charlize Theron) who is set to steal a secret dossier. She must partner with a special chief (James McAvoy) to help her with this mission. From the trailer, it boasts the same neon style and the same thrilling action that made John Wick such fun. Action movie lovers should keep an eye on this one.
The Dark Tower (August 4)
Not much is known about this Stephen King adaption starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey which is weird considering its set to be released on August 4. The story follows Idris Elba as the Gunslinger that must save the Dark Tower, the key to the universe, from the Man in Black. It’s poised to be a dark, fantastical tale that should spice up a summer of action-heavy movies. Let’s hope it gets released!
Annabelle: Creation (August 11)
Originally I wasn’t going to put it on here, but then I saw David F. Sandberg as the director. He directed a surprisingly effective horror movie called Lights Out. If Sandberg shows the same craft as he did there, Annabelle: Creation has a chance at being good. It tells the story of orphans who get live in a doll maker’s house after their orphanage got destroyed. They soon find a doll similar to the doll maker’s daughter who tragically died long ago. The story has potential, and Sandberg has a duty to make sure that a Conjuring universe is possible.