Black Warrior Film Festival’s 2017 Summer Movie Preview
By Brooke Bailey
Summer 2017’s movie slate has already kicked off with a bang (oh hey, Guardians of the Galaxy) but there are even more movies coming up that could challenge Guardian’s spot at the top. These are the 10 films I’m looking forward to most this summer, all well worth the trip to the (blessedly air conditioned) movie theater.
The first major female-led superhero movie is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. We first saw Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and I’m excited to see how Jenkins and Gadot make the Wonder Woman story stand out in the DC Universe. See it in theaters on June 2.
I’m never above watching an animated movie (especially when it’s from Pixar) but I’m a little wary about Cars 3 as a follow-up to one of the only Pixar flops in Cars 2. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see where they take the franchise and if this movie is even incrementally better than the last one, that’s a win in my books. Cars 3 is out in theaters on June 16.
Sofia Coppola’s newest project, based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same title, stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who finds himself in the care of an all-girls’ boarding school. The beautiful cinematography and the rest of the all-star cast (including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning) has me beyond excited to see this movie. See The Beguiled in theaters on June 23.
The Big Sick
I have to be honest, I am way way too excited to see this movie. I’m a sucker for a solid romantic comedy and this one looks excellent. The Big Sick is based on the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, who wrote the film together, and also stars Ray Romano. You can see it in the theater on June 23.
If Kevin Spacey with a machine gun doesn’t have you pumped to see Edgar Wright’s latest movie, the rest of the all-star cast will: Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, Lily James and Ansel Elgort also star. Baby Driver looks like a thriller-drama-romance movie perfect for a mid-summer pick-me-up, and I’m excited to see if it works. See Baby Driver in theaters on June 28.
At this point, Spider-Man is probably the superhero / person with the most movies made of him. Ever. But that doesn’t make me any less excited about seeing this movie. Out of the entire pantheon of superheroes, somehow Spider-Man is still the most relatable to the average person and I think bringing him into the Marvel Universe is a good idea. (I’m less excited about Tony Stark being in this movie, but that’s a whole other conversation). See Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7.
If you haven’t heard of Dunkirk I need to know what kind of rock you’ve been living under. While this WWII film is directed by Christopher Nolan, it’s real claim to fame is that it’s Harry Styles’ (yes, that Harry Styles) major acting debut. Be ready to be in full panic the entire time you’re watching this movie, and I would advise bringing at least one box of tissues with you because, you know, it’s a war film. Dunkirk will be in theaters on July 21.
Katheryn Bigelow’s newest project about the Detroit riot of 1967 is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Sporting a stunning cast (including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Kransinski), Detriot will likely be held up to a high standard for how it portrays an immensely important event. If it’s successful, the movie and its cast could win big at award shows. See Detroit in theaters on August 4.
The Glass Castle
Brie Larson stars in this family drama, based on the memoirs of Jeannette Walls. Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson play the parents, an eccentric artist and an alcoholic, respectively (and oh hey, Max Greenfield). The Glass Castle is pre-made for award show wins, so don’t be surprised when you start hearing it in Oscar + Golden Globes conversation. See it in theaters on August 11.
The only description listed on the IMDb page for Steven Soderbergh’s return to movies is: “Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.” If that doesn’t pique your interest at least a little bit in Logan Lucky, the cast sure will: Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver play siblings alongside Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan. Not much is known about the film, but the first images look very promising. See it in theaters on August 18. (Update: The trailer was released a few weeks after this post and it's now updated!)
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