The Beguiled (June 23)
Sofia Coppola brings her singular vision to the second adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s Civil War-set novel — the first starred Clint Eastwood in 1971 — in which a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. Seduction, jealousy and bloody nightgowns follow. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning co-star as the soldier’s conflicted saviors.
Okja (June 28)
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho brings his first movie since 2013’s Snowpiercer straight to Netflix. The story centers on a little girl (Seohyun An) whose best friend — a mysterious, giant creature named Okja — is threatened by a mysterious, giant multinational corporation. Tilda Swinton, who also starred in Snowpiercer, stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano.
Baby Driver (June 28)
Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) takes the concept for a 2003 music video he directed for the band Mint Royale and expands it into a full-length movie about a music-obsessed getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) trying to break out of his risky line of work while wooing a winsome waitress (Lily James). The head-spinning chase scenes will dazzle even action skeptics and the soundtrack will blare from car speakers all summer long.
The House (June 30)
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell team up for a comedy about two parents who, having totally spaced on saving for their daughter’s college education, start an underground casino with a buddy (Jason Mantzoukas). The plan, of course, is as poorly considered as their financial planning up to that point, and hijinks ensue.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker gets the feature-length treatment in what looks to be a hybrid superhero-high school movie (fitting, given that Stan Lee created the web-slinger to meet the high teenage demand for comic books). Marisa Tomei plays Aunt May and Michael Keaton stars as Spider-Man’s nemesis (this time around, at least), Vulture.
A Ghost Story (July 7)
If superhero movies aren’t your speed, perhaps you’d like to watch the ghost of Casey Affleck walk around under a sheet with two eye holes, silently observing the world he’s left behind? Writer-director David Lowery’s film about a ghost stuck in his home even after his partner (Rooney Mara) moves away is one of the most provocative, meditative movies in this summer’s slate.
Girls Trip (July 21)
Welcome to your summer raunch-fest: co-written by Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris and 10 Things I Hate About You scribe Karen McCullah, this story about four college friends (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and scene-stealer Tiffany Haddish) reuniting for a weekend in the Big Easy features bathroom and bedroom humor galore. Maya Rudolph, take heed: it’s also got a scene to rival Bridesmaids’ infamous mid-crosswalk wedding dress fiasco.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)
Visionary French director Luc Besson returns to the source of one of his most memorable movies, 1997’s The Fifth Element: French comic books. Inspired by Valérian and Laureline, this one takes place in a 28th-century metropolis threatened by an intangible menace, and it stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna.
Dunkirk (July 21)
It’s unclear whether Christopher Nolan realized that casting ex-One Directioner Harry Styles in his next movie would consume so much of its pre-release hype, but the movie has much else going for it: It looks to be as much action thriller as it is historical World War II drama, and it depicts the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk from several perspectives: air, land and sea. In Nolan’s words: “To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata.” Soon we’ll find out exactly what that means.
Atomic Blonde (July 28)
If you enjoyed watching Charlize Theron vengefully obliterate bad guys in Mad Max: Fury Road, you may well enjoy watching her vengefully obliterate bad guys in Atomic Blonde, in which she plays an MI6 agent on a mission to stop some Russians with nuclear intel in 1989 Berlin. But the plot is secondary to the main event: 115 minutes of Theron kicking so much ass she can hardly be bothered to take names.
Emoji Movie (July 28)
The main thing to know about this movie is that Sir Patrick Stewart has been cast as the Poop Emoji. The main question to ask about this movie is whether clown emoji is going to be at this party, because please, no. People who want clowns can go see It.
The Dark Tower (Aug. 4)
This year offers a fine bounty for Stephen King fans: in September, an adaptation of his 1986 novel It hits theaters, but first comes a sci-fi fantasy based on the author’s The Dark Tower novels. Idris Elba stars as the Gunslinger, whose quest to reach the titular tower risks derailment by Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black, an ageless sorcerer.
Detroit (Aug. 4)
Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow returns with her first feature since Zero Dark Thirty, a historical thriller about the Algiers Motel Incident — during which three black men were killed and several people beaten by members of the Detroit Police Department — which took place during the 12th Street Riot in 1967. John Boyega, Jason Mitchell and John Krasinski star.
Ingrid Goes West (Aug. 11)
“Instagram envy” may not be in the DSM-5 (yet), but our ever-evolving relationships to social media offer plenty to mine in this dark comedy about an unstable young woman (Aubrey Plaza) who drops everything to befriend a social media celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen). And there’s no face we’d rather watch contorting in an anguished response to her Instagram feed than Plaza’s.
Beach Rats Aug. 25
Another hit at Sundance — where filmmaker Eliza Hittman won the U.S. Dramatic Directing award — Beach Rats spends a summer with a 19-year-old Brooklynite caught between his sexual attraction toward men and the rigid, hetero-masculinity expected of him by the bros with whom he trawls the Coney Island boardwalk for girls and drugs. It’s sure to launch unforgettable newcomer Harris Dickinson, who’s already at work on the Hunger Games-ian dystopian YA adaptation The Darkest Minds.
Bonus: Reboots, Sequels and Remakes Galore
July 14: War for the Planet of the Apes
Aug. 11: Annabelle: Creation
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