2017 Summer Movie Guide

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 week ago

Get planning for all the superheroes, anti-heroes, and sci-fi sequels in our 2017 Summer Movie Guide. Take note of some of your favorite upcoming titles. — Arno Kazarian and Michael Rosser

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Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming U.S. Release Date: July 7

The Plot: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

The Buzz: Having passed a litmus test with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, it's clear that the movie-going universe is ready for Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker only three short years after Andrew Garfield's noble attempt at the role.

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Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story U.S. Release Date: July 7

The Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

The Buzz: David Lowery reunites his Ain't Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for another challenging/potentially rewarding experience. This time it's a slow-burning thriller that compels you to give yourself over to the experience of a loss so haunting that it begins to physically manifest itself.

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City of Ghosts (2017)

City of Ghosts U.S. Release Date: July 7

The Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.

The Buzz: Cartel Land director Matthew Heinemann turns his attention into the efforts of journalists to report on the hours taking place inside Isis-controlled Syria.

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Margo Verfondern in Santoalla (2016)

Santoalla U.S. Release Date: July 7

The Plot: The strange — and true — story of what happened to Martin Verfondern after he and his partner, Margo Pool, moved to a tiny Spanish town, looking for an fresh start.

The Buzz: This true-crime documentary with Herzogian flourishes heads off the festival circuit and it appears likely to generate a new wave of momentum as it hits theaters and streaming, where this story of an idealistic couple who runs afoul of a crumbling but steadfast community in Northwestern Spain should provoke discussion.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes U.S. Release Date: July 14

The Plot: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

The Buzz: The third installment of this fine franchise introduces Woody Harrelson as a Kurtz-like military figure and Steve Zahn utilizing his comedic talent to portray "Bad Ape," though we did not know this serial needed any levity. Watch the Latest Trailer | See More Photos | Check Global Release Dates | Read Trivia

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Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick U.S. Wide Release Date: July 14

The Plot: Bickering parents and a serious health scare threaten the budding relationship between a Pakistani stand-up comic and his American girlfriend.

The Buzz: Real-life married couple Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani turn their real-world health/relationship crisis into one of the more anticipated romantic comedies of the year. The duo refers to their collaboration as a "romantic coma-dy," so you're aware.

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Joey King in Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon U.S. Release Date: July 14

The Plot: Troubled high school student Clare is gifted an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish.

The Plot: The studio behind this horror movie is having myriad distribution issues so hopefully Joey King, who already survived The Conjuring, has one wish left in that evil octagon she was gifted. Barb from "Stranger Things" and Audrey from "Twin Peaks" help ramp up the mystery factor.

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Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth U.S. Release Date: July 14

The Plot: Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The Buzz: Both director William Oldroyd and his star Florence Pugh have been earmarked as talent on the rise in what looks to be one of the most stark and sexy films of the season. It also features one of the best trailers of the year.

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Dane DeHaan in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City a Thousand Planets U.S. Release Date: July 21

The Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

The Buzz: An entire movie studio's fate is resting on the shoulders of Luc Besson as he returns to space with a heroine, Laureline, he's loved longer than Leeloo.

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Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk U.S. Release Date: July 21

The Plot: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

The Buzz: Christopher Nolan's first war picture will help him earn his first Best Director Oscar nomination, right?

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip U.S. Release Date: July 21

The Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The Buzz: Queen Latifah might be the captain of this road trip, but Tiffany Haddish seems destined for breakout stardom as she owns every second she's on screen.

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Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, and Abby Quinn in Landline (2017)

Landline U.S. Release Date: July 21

The Plot: Manhattan, 1995: Pat Jacobs and her two daughters learn to lean on one another as friends as they deal with issues of infidelity and divorce.

The Buzz: Gillian Robespierre re-teams with her Obvious Child star Jenny Slate for a 90s NYC comedy that feels both welcome, familiar, and long overdue.

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Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot in Sage femme (2017)

The Midwife U.S. Release Date: July 21

The Plot: Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The Buzz: Both director William Oldroyd and his star Florence Pugh have been earmarked as talent on the rise in what looks to be one of the most stark and sexy films of the season. It also features one of the best trailers of the year.

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Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde U.S. Release Date: July 28

The Plot: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

The Buzz: Charlize Theron gets an opportunity to reveal more of her Furiosa side with everyone's new favorite action director, David Leitch, who co-helmed John Wick and will take on the upcoming Deadpool sequel.

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Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Anna Faris, and T.J. Miller in The Emoji Movie (2017)

The Emoji Movie U.S. Release Date: July 28

The Plot: Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions, goes on an adventure, determined to become "normal" like the other emojis.

The Buzz: We suggest fully exploring your phone's emoji palette before tweeting your review of Sony's attempt to bring smileys to the big screen.

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Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel U.S. Release Date: July 28

The Plot: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

The Buzz: Al Gore is here to make you to reconsider what's fueling those hot summer days and we're not going to blame him one bit for being the Debbie Downer of climate change.

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Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, aka the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Buzz: The first of two insanely anticipated Stephen King adaptations arrives in the form of an incredibly scaled down take on the tale of Roland Deschain. Remember when these novels were being developed as a movie trilogy with an accompanying TV series?

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Jack Reynor in Detroit (2017)

Detroit U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. The story is centered around The Algiers Motel Incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot.

The Buzz: Kathryn Bigelow and her right-hand man, screenwriter Mark Boal, look at a battle fought on American soil in their latest collaboration, one of the most fiery and political movies of the year that is sure to generate headlines, controversy, and conversation.

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Halle Berry in Kidnap (2017)

Kidnap U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: A mother will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.

The Buzz: Remember that Halle Berry thriller where she drove the hell out of her minivan in an attempt to save her son from his kidnappers -- the movie you thought either came and went already or disappeared on itself? Thanks to the upstart distributor Aviron Pictures, who picked up the picture from the struggling studio Relativity Pictures, we'll finally be able to see who's behind this abduction and exactly how Halle brings them down. This looks like the perfect B movie for August.

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Gil Birmingham and Jeremy Renner in Wind River (2017)

Wind River U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

The Buzz: Looks like another banner year for Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, who's also behind the camera for this murderous tale that killed at Sundance.

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Step (2017)

Step U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: A documentary that follows an inner-city Baltimore girls' high-school step dance team during their last year of school.

The Buzz: Amanda Lipitz's documentary won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2017 for inspirational filmmaking.

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John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (2017)

Columbus U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded at home in Columbus, Indiana. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

The Buzz: The indie drama is so gentle it almost threatens to go unnoticed, but the presence of John Cho has helped draw attention to director Kogonada's first film.

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Talitha Bateman in Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

The Buzz: The Conjuring spinoff that is now its own franchise has both a terrific director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and young actress, Lulu Wilson, who was the best part of Ouija: Origin of Evil. The other spinoff, The Nun, is casting up now for a Summer 2018 release.

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Brie Larson in The Glass Castle (2017)

The Glass Castle U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Writer Jeannette Walls reflects on the unconventional upbringing she and her siblings had at the hands of their dysfunctional parents, alcoholic Rex and artist Rose Mary.

The Buzz: Brie Larson reunites with her Short Term 12 director, Destin Cretton, for this adaptation of Jeanette Walls' memoir, one of many potential awards candidates on Lionsgate's roster one year after La La Land. You might remember that Jennifer Lawrence was originally slated to star in this drama.

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Jackie Chan in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Following the events of the first movie, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for an amusement park.

The Buzz: Surly the squirrel and his crew get into some direct action activism in the sequel to their sleeper hit. Brendan Fraser won't be back as Grayson this time around, though.

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Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

The Buzz: Finally there's a movie with a premise that feels as uncomfortable as Aubrey Plaza's unhinged approach to comedy.

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Robert Pattinson in Good Time (2017)

Good Time U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas embarks on an odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

The Buzz: Robert Pattinson, who has made it a rule to work with established and upcoming independently minded filmmakers since wriggling away from Twilight, here partners with the Safdie brothers, who gained a bit of attention with their heroin drama Heaven Knows What. Their latest is another stylized affair that has earned Pattinson the best reviews of his career, truly.

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Kate Beckinsale and Callum Turner in The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

The Only Living Boy in New York U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.

The Buzz: Marc Webb, who already has a sleeper hit this year with Gifted, returns with a different sort of drama that introduces audiences to a new side of Kate Beckinsale and allows us a full introduction to Callum Turner, who was recently cast as Theseus Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.

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Whose Streets? (2017)

Whose Streets? U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: A look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

The Buzz: The incident that put Ferguson, Missouri on the map and inspired the statement "Hands up, don't shoot" is examined by a trio of first-time directors and released to coincide with the third anniversary of Brown's murder.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman's Bodyguard U.S. Release Date: August 18

The Plot: The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

The Buzz: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson swear, shoot, and fight their way across Europe in what could be the last big hit of this summer.

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Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver in Logan Lucky (2017)

Logan Lucky U.S. Release Date: August 18

The Plot: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Buzz: Steven Soderbergh's not completely unexpected return to movie-making turned some people on their ears with its excellent first trailer and literal cavalcade of stars that should by all means be a must-see for anyone interested in the idea of an underdog Ocean's 11 where, in Soderbergh's words, "Nobody dresses nice. Nobody has nice stuff. They have no money. They have no technology. It’s all rubber band technology, and that’s what I thought was fun about it."

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Gook (2017)

G**K U.S. Release Date: August 18 The Plot: Eli and Daniel are two Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store and have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

The Buzz: Anyone over a certain age will draw parallels between Justin Chon's Sundance hit and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing as Chon throws back to the Rodney King era and shows the effects of that landmark verdict from a fresh perspective.

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Danielle Macdonald in Patti Cake$ (2017)

Patti Cake$ U.S. Release Date: August 18 The Plot: An unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making.

The Buzz: A rapper/actress is born with Danielle Macdonald's breakout role in writer/director Geremy Jasper's Sundance hit that is now Fox Searchlight's big bet of the year. (The studio made it rain to the tune of $10.5 million to purchase the drama at the festival.)

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Polaroid (2017)

Polaroid U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

The Buzz: Norwegian director Lars Klevberg got the chance to turn his short movie into a feature after the short made waves at film festivals. Obvious comparisons to The Ring abound, which will only help attract genre fans, and it's great to see Mitch Pileggi (Skinner from "X-Files") in a lead role and Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer from "Twin Peaks") supporting.

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Yu Xia and Philip Ng in Birth of the Dragon (2016)

Birth of the Dragon U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: In 1960s San Francisco, as Bruce Lee teaches his own type of martial arts to non-Chinese, kung fu master Wong Jack Man is sent from China to stop Lee's heretical ways.

The Buzz: Audiences who managed to catch this biography have called out everyone involved for making a movie that feels anti-Asian and places Steve McKee, a Caucasian character played by Billy Magnussen, at the center of the action. Quietly tucked into the end of the summer calendar, perhaps the idea here is that controversy will help create a profit for the micro-budgeted picture? Experienced writer and Adjustment Bureau helmer George Nolfi directs.

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John Corbett and Barry Corbin in All Saints (2017)

All Saints U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: Salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock is told to close down his church, only to open it up to host refugees from Burma in southeast Asia.

The Buzz: The savvy production company knows the Faith market better than anyone else, and this true story could become one of their biggest crossover successes to date.

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Lakeith Stanfield in Crown Heights (2017)

Crown Heights U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: As 18-year-old Colin Warner is sentenced to life in prison for murder, his childhood friend Carl Kinged devotes his life to learning the court system in an attempt to reverse the verdict.

The Buzz: "Atlanta" star Lakeith Stansfield and former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha portray the real-life friends in this Sundance winner that we'd also love to see as a documentary.

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Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (2017)

Beach Rats U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

The Buzz: Two features films in, writer/director Eliza Hittman is earning comparisons to Claire Denis and backing herself with admirable crew members such as cinematographer Hélène Louvart to tell her stories of youthful abandon. Underneath this seemingly standard coming-out narrative is Hittman's desire to frame pivotal moments in the lives of her young characters in a distinctive manner. Critics and festival audiences alike have tagged her as a director of note.

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Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander in Tulip Fever (2017)

Tulip Fever U.S. Release Date: August 25

The Plot: In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter. Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

The Buzz: Justin Chadwick's movies (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom/The Other Boleyn Girl) always have an awards sheen and his latest once enjoyed a plum, Oscar-baiting release date. But the tulip mania didn't last at the Weinstein Company, which quietly re-potted the movie at the very end of the summer season. Still, what a cast!

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Elle Fanning and Maddie Ziegler in Leap! (2016)

Leap! U.S. Release Date: August 30

The Plot: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

The Buzz: The animated tale was known as Ballerina in the UK and elsewhere, and featured Dane DeHaan in the role of Victor. Nat Wolff replaces the Valerian star in the U.S. version.

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