On Screen this Summer

The summer of 2017 looks to give us a wide array of films. There will be something for every type of movie-goer. If you like comic books, there’s “Spider-Man Homecoming,” which showcases Marvel and Sony’s new Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, in his own movie. That movie releases July 6 and also features Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man, and introduces Michael Keaton as the main antagonist, the Vulture. Also in the comic book movie genre are “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” and “Wonder Woman,” releasing May 5 and June 2, respectively. “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” is the eagerly-awaited sequel to one of Marvel’s most popular films, about an unlikely group of criminals-turned-heroes who protect the universe from villains from the craziest and darkest depths of space. With a large cast that looks to build off the hype of the original, look for this movie to succeed in the box office. “Wonder Woman” gives the titular heroine her first ever stand-alone movie, and it is greatly anticipated by comic book fans and film lovers alike. Featuring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Chris Pine as her love interest, this movie goes back to Wonder Woman’s World War 1 era roots, and will understandably tie into the “Justice League” movie that comes out in November.

If you don’t like those kinds of movies, don’t be afraid! Or rather, be very, very afraid… There are plenty of other movies that might interest you. If you like horror, there is both “Alien: Covenant,” the 6th installment in the terrifying “Alien” series, which releases May 19, and there is also “Annabelle: Creation,” which serves as a precursor to Annabelle, which terrified audiences in 2014. The sequel comes out on August 11. And, on June 9, “It Comes at Night” comes out, introducing an all-new horror movie, making it the only original horror movie of the summer. The plot focuses on two different families who stumble upon each other in the aftermath of a supernatural threat that endangers humanity, and the two groups slowly begin to distrust the other as paranoia takes hold. It looks to be both thrilling and scary. You might want to keep the lights on after watching these ones.

And if none of those suit your fancy, there are still plenty more choices, rest assured. For the kids, there is “Cars 3,” which releases on June 16. The “Cars” series is much-beloved by viewers everywhere, so this will most likely take home the prize of best animated movie this summer. Also releasing are “Captain Underpants” (based on the children’s gag book of the same name) on June 2, “Despicable Me 3” on June 30 and “The Nut Job 2” on August 18.

For you scurvy dogs out there, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” arrives at port on May 26, and brings back the most infamous pirate to sail the Seven Seas, Captain Jack Sparrow. Also releasing in the “Action” category are “The Mummy,” which is a reboot of the underwhelming Brendan Fraser series, this time featuring Tom Cruise, and the next “Transformers” movie, entitled “The Last Knight.” Somehow, we are already getting “The Fate of the Furious,” which is the eighth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” series. (Another one, really?)

If you really want a good laugh, this might not be the summer for you, as there are only a few comedy movies and they don’t look very good. “Baywatch” looks like another attempt to turn something people loved into an unnecessary comedy reboot. Nothing is sacred anymore. And “Going in Style,” which seems like “Last Vegas,” but with guns and the same silly premise of old people doing crazy things. They release on May 26, and April 7, respectively.

Finally, my pick for most interesting movie releasing this summer goes to “The Circle.” This movie will be tackling the modern issue of privacy and what big corporations should and should not be allowed to access. Where does their influence and power end, and what do you do when your conscious can’t cope with what’s going on, but you risk it all to do what’s right? Featuring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega, look for this movie to make a splash when it releases on April 28. With so many movies coming out this summer, I hope you find the right ones for you. Happy watching, guys!


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