Top 20 summer movies to be excited, curious, or not care about in 2017
11. ATOMIC BLONDE (July 28) – Watching Charlize Theron whooping up bad guys seems like a fine way to spend a couple of hours.
10. A GHOST STORY (July 7) – Already getting some high praise from the few who have caught it through film festival screenings, GHOST STORY follows a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost who returns to his suburban home to reconnect with his bereft wife. The synopsis reminds me of a dramatic BEETLEJUICE of sorts. The film stars newly Oscar winner Casey Affleck and is directed by David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS).
9. OKJA (June 28) – This magical film is about a young girl who will do everything to stop a powerful corporation from kidnapping a massive mystical animal. The unusual storyline peeks my interest but the real reason I’m interested is because it’s director Joon Ho Bong’s follow up film to SNOWPIERCER – one of my favorites from 2014.
8. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (July 21) – Director Luc Besson (LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL) looks to return to the wonderful energy and essence of THE FIFTH ELEMENT. Two young special operatives (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne) must save the universe from a dark force that is threatening all species. The film looks strangely beautiful and wildly entertaining.
7. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (July 7) – Full disclosure, SPIDERMAN does nothing for me. I have been in the minority of not caring for any of the five previous films with the exception of SPIDER-MAN 2, but even that has fallen completely off the list of favorites. However, Tom Holland as the new web slinger has changed my tune. He nearly stole the show in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and the trailer looks great. Finally capturing the Peter Parker character as he was intended, the curious excitement for this more playful, youthful approach to the new Spidey is in full swing.
6. IT COMES AT NIGHT (June 9) – Last year, a little seen gem by the name of KRISHA exposed director Trey Edward Shults as a new visionary talent. His follow up movie puts the director at the reins of a horror film about a family hiding in a desolate home as some unnatural threat terrorizes the world. Starring Joel Edgerton, the trailer reminds me of the riveting opening to 28 WEEKS LATER.