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Galla’s Summer Film Guide

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Summer is a time when American film studios are able to flex their monetary muscles and churn out some big-budget productions. We’re all familiar with the summertime blockbuster, and with the end of the year quickly approaching, let’s take a look at the biggest movies to watch for this summer.

Guardians of the Galaxy: May 4
Director: James Gunn
The gang is back for another adventure. The second installment of Guardians will have high expectations after the success of the first, and fans are not very worried, as the film is a simple but flawless formula of action and fun; the two things marvel does best.

Alien: Covenant: May 19
Director: Ridley Scott
Technically this gang is also back. Somewhat a part of the Alien film world, this is another picture that will have big expectations as a sequel to a mostly successful Prometheus. Though they have lost Charlize Theron, the film still boasts an impressive cast with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston James Franco, Naoomi Rapace, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce, and Danny McBride. With legendary director Ridley Scott at the helm once again, this film is unlikely to disappoint many.

Wonder Women: June 2
Director: Patty Jenkins
Warner Bros long awaited final Justice League setup film. With many fans still waiting for Warner bros to match the success of the Marvel film universe, this film offers a possibly more charming experience than that of the grueling Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and at the very least should still feature some high-production eye candy. Still, it’s hard to get high hopes for this film, especially with unproven director Patty Jenkins at the helm. She’s a TV director best known for doing two episodes of both The Killing and Entourage and one episode of Arrested Development. This film could make or break both her career and the Justice League Universe itself.

Captain Underpants: June 2
Director: David Soren
The childhood favorite boasts a strong cast of comedians with Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Kristen Shaal, and Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley. The film will doubtlessly offer some cheap laughs but will likely only be remembered as a film for children and those who are desperate for nostalgia. It is tempting to see though; I loved those books as a child.

The Beguiled: June 30
Director: Sofia Coppola
Oscar winner Sofia Coppola writes and directs a talented cast featuring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell. The story is about a school of southern girls during the civil war taking a wounded Union soldier into their care. His presence creates sexual tension and rivalry among the girls as they turn on each other and eventually on him. A remake of a 1971 film starring Mel Gibson, it seems to have potential as a tense period piece.

Spiderman: Homecoming: July 7
Director: Jon Watts
The newest Spiderman installment is hoped by many to be the most true to the comic, at least in terms of Tom Holland’s portrayal of the iconic character. Michael Keaton also stands to be a strong villain. The film will have to live up to the success of the other Marvel films, and will be trying to be even more successful then the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire versions that are still fresh in our minds. The trailer promises action and classic marvel goofiness but Marvel films always have a low ceiling. We can only hope it is not a dud like Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

Dunkirk: July 21
Director: Christopher Nolan
Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Cillian Murphy star in Chris Nolan’s first war film, specifically on the miracle in Dunkirk during world war two. Nolan has described the film as very close to his heart as a survival story that is somewhat British legend, “one of the greatest stories in human history” as he puts it. He has described the film as a “highly visceral experience” with very little dialogue. It is more about placing the audience “in the story” and experiencing the tension of the situation. “This is a story that needs to carry you through and make you feel you are there.” The low-dialogue/high-tension atmosphere of the film sounds perfect to fit Chris Nolan’s strengths as a writer. The film will be screened selectively to watch in 70mm imax film, arguably the highest quality of film available, and will use real naval destroyers instead of CGI. It may be the biggest and best film of the summer.

The Dark Tower: August 4
Director: Nicolaj Arcel
Based on the Stephen King series starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Abby Lee, and Jackie Earle Haley, the film will likely be hit-or-miss. It sounds very interesting but it also sounds like the type of film you a read a review for before you go and see it, because it may just be another passable Stephen King adaption.

Honorable Mentions
Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, June 28)
War For the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves, July14)
Transformers the Last Knight (Michael Bay, June 23)
Tulip Fever (Justin Chadwick, August 25)

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