Trojans, we've done it: classes have ended, finals are approaching, graduation is just around the corner, and soon enough we'll be free for the summer. Whether you're relaxing on the beach or working hard at that summer internship, there are a ton of great movies that will be released in the upcoming months. Grab some friends, head to the theater, and make sure to check out the movies listed below, which have received a huge amount of promotional buzz.
"Wonder Woman" (June 2)
Last year, Gal Gadot became the first woman to play female superhero Wonder Woman in a live action film, "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" – she did a phenomenal job and was the standout in a film that was universally panned. Gadot returns as Wonder Woman in this summer's live action movie, which depicts Diana Price/Wonder Woman leaving London to bring an end to World War II. The film looks exciting and invigorating. Although one may roll their eyes at another summer superhero movie, this one comes highly recommended.
"The Book of Henry" (June 16)
After going through different studios, directors, and release dates, "The Book of Henry" is finally here! The cast for this movie – Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Jaedan Lieberher, Dean Norris, Lee Pace, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Moynihan, and dancer Maddie Ziegler – is stellar. Lieberher stars as the titular character, a young prodigy who lives with his brother Peter (Tremblay) and single mother Susan (Watts). Ziegler plays Christina, a young dancer who lives next door to the boys and whose father (Norris) is the police commissioner. Henry develops a crush on Christina and feels he has to protect her from her father, who secretly abuses her. He plots to murder Christina's father and writes down his scheme in a book. When Susan discovers the book, she decides to join in on the plan to save Christina. This movie seems to be the perfect combination of drama, mystery, and intrigue. In addition, Ziegler has a confirmed dance performance in the film, which will definitely be amazing. The only disappointment? The trailer virtually revealed the whole plot (sans the ending) and may draw away viewers.
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"All Eyez on Me" (June 16)
There have been so many biopics about prolific African-American hip-hop artists in the last ten years: "Notorious" (Biggie Smalls), "Straight Outta Compton" (N.W.A.), and "Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le" (Michel'le). Now, it's Tupac Shakur's time. Shakur, who tragically died in a drive-by shooting in 1996, rose to international prominence in the early 1990s and is revered as one of the greatest rappers and poets of all time. The film, which is titled after his fourth and last studio album and will be released on what would've been his 46th birthday, depicts his upbringing, rise to superstardom, imprisonment, relationship with his mother, and his controversial time at Death Row Records. Demetrius Shipp, Jr. stars as Shakur; not only is his resemblance uncanny, but the film looks to be intense, wonderful, and groundbreaking.
"Cars 3" (June 16)
Six years after the sequel, the animated racing cars are back and ready for action: or are they? Lighting McQueen (Owen Wilson) had suffered a crash and is unsure if he can ever compete again, especially against the reigning king Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). But with the help of friends, McQueen begins tentatively training, hoping to win the Florida 500. Pixar has definitely capitalized on the "Cars" franchise – three feature films, the spin-off film series "Planes," short films, video games, a theme park attraction in California Adventures, and regular merchandising. However, it cannot be ignored that the "Cars" films are not well received: the first film received a 74% approval rating, and "Cars 2" did even worse, receiving a 39% approval rating. The first film did not win the Academy Award for "Best Animated Film" and the second failed to even get nominated; this is a shame because Pixar relatively "owns" that category. While the third film looks to be a slight improvement over its predecessor, one cannot help but wonder if this film will be the one to cause Pixar to finally close the hood on "Cars."
"The Beguiled" (June 23rd)
After a four-year break from major films, acclaimed director Sofia Coppola is back with the drama film "The Beguiled." The film, which is based on the novel of the same name, takes place at a Virginian all-girls boarding school during the Civil War. The girls, who have remained sheltered from the outside world, receive a surprise when an injured Union soldier is taken in. Not too long after, the boarding school is riddled with strange occurrences, bitter rivalries, and high sexual tension. "The Beguiled" stars Kirsten Dunst (who is arguably Coppola's muse), Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell; it looks like a good return for Coppola.
"Despicable Me 3" (June 30th)
The third installment in the highly popular "Despicable Me" series comes to the big screen at the end of June. Gru (Steve Carell) and his team of minions face off against Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star obsessed with a previous acting role and hell bent on achieving world domination. The movie is definitely family-fun or a lighthearted comedy movie to see with adult friends.
"The House" (June 30)
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell star as a husband-and-wife team whom after spending their daughter's college fund turn their basement into an illegal casino to earn some income. While both Poehler and Ferrell are hilarious in everything they do, this film seems like another slapstick humor movie that probably wouldn't get that much hype if it didn't have two of the biggest names in comedy to play the leads.
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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" (July 7)
Another Spider-Man movie? Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) featuring Tobey Maguire, James Franco, and Kirsten Dunst received rave reviews, but the planned fourth film was eventually scrapped and turned into Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" films (2012-2014). The third movie in that series was also scrapped and turned into a new series: "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Tom Holland, who stars as Peter Parker, tries to balance life as a crime fighter and high school senior. Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, and Jacob Batalon will also star in the film. While the film does not look bad by any means, the constant re-boot of the Spider-Man story is getting a little stale.
"Atomic Blonde" (July 28th)
Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, a sexy, super-smart MI6 spy who is dispatched to Berlin in 1989 the night before the Berlin Wall is torn down. Broughton teams up with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to take down an espionage ring. The film looks fun and action-packed, and the fact that it has an amazing actress portraying a strong female is great as well.
"Detroit" (Aug. 4)
This intense drama film will depict the 1967 civilian uprisings following a police raid in Detroit, Michigan, as well as the Algiers Motel Incident, in which three black men were killed and two white women and seven black men were brutally beaten by police officers. John Boyega and Will Poutler are just two faces among this large and talented ensemble cast.
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