Our Most Anticipated Summer Movies (2017)

Next week, will see the launch of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, effectively signaling the start of the 2017 Summer movie season.  As always, it’s a busy time and packed with films (both small and large) that we’re anxious to see.  There’s a lot coming out this Summer, so our team here at Cinelinx decided to take the time to break down the FIVE films they’re most excited to see this Summer.  It was tough to narrow down, but we also gave some quick reasons why certain films made our individual lists:

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Jordan

War for the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Alien: Covenant

Baby Driver

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

One of these things is not like the other, as Baby Driver might look out of place among nothing but Science Fiction endeavors. However, Edgar Wright is one of my favorite working directors and it’s been too long since his last film.  I’m more than eager.  It pained me to have to leave off Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Kingsman as I’m super excited for those movies as well.  That said, the last several Summers for me have been all about the superheroes, so this time around, it’s Sci-Fi time!

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Collin

Dunkirk

Baby Driver

Detroit

Wonder Woman

The Beguiled 

While the summer is mostly reserved for blockbuster, franchise flicks, and children’s movies, there are always a few the get slipped in the mix by some of our finest auteur directors. Nolan, Coppola, Wright, and Bigelow are all releasing films this summer, which will ease some of the always-crowded fall release schedule pressures when it comes to awards season. Also, Wonder Woman looks like the best of a crowded comic book lot.

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Carla

Wonder Woman

The Dark Tower

Guardians of the Galaxy

Baby Driver

Dunkirk

What can I say?  The thought of Wonder Woman finally getting some real on-screen love has me fangirling a bit.  I love the usual superheroes as much as the next person.  It’s just nice to see some more female power roles sharing the spotlight (Example: Harley Quinn of Suicide Squad).  

Although my list is comprised of several films I would truly love to see, Wonder Woman and The Dark Tower has me excited the most.  I cannot help myself; I’m a Stephen King fan to the core.  It will be interesting to see how Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey bring the parts of Roland and the Man in Black to life.  However, I am excited to see so much more than these five.  It’s going to be a great summer for movie watchers.

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Dustin

Spider-man: Homecoming

Wonder Woman

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Dunkirk

Alien Covenant

I’m not going to lie, I’d trade in everything just to watch Justice League, but that isn’t a “summer movie” so they seem to be safe. Spider-Man is my favorite all time hero, battling with Batman for that spot, and Wonder Woman has always been a favorite too. I really hope for the sake of DC movies and female hero driven movies that Wonder Woman does well, and so far it’s looking good. Overall this summer belongs to superhero movies for me with nothing else being “that” exciting, so hopefully I get a few surprises with that outlook. The other movies I’m excited for don’t step in until after summer with Cloverfield, Star Wars, and a few others hitting late in the year. Plus I’ve never been excited for a movie AND a soundtrack like I am with Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Jason

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Spider-Man Homecoming

The Dark Tower

Wonder Woman

War for the Planet of the Apes

So for the comic book nerd in me some of these choices are a no-brainer. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 looks phenomenal and I can’t wait to see that a few weeks from now. Spider-Man Homecoming is the Spider-Man movie I think that we’ve all been waiting for. I honestly think this one is going to take the top spot as the best Spider-Man franchise they’ve had so far. 

The Dark Tower has been a long time coming and honestly as a fan I just feel good this movie finally got made I love interest Elba as Roland and I think is going to do a fine job. Now as far as DC characters if you want to talk about the Trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman…My favorite is Wonder Woman by far. Why do I like Wonder Woman over these other two Heroes because she will kill you if necessary. This is not a hero person but a warrior and Amazon deal with that. 

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of a franchise that I honestly did not care about until they started making the more modern movies. The culmination of everything that’s happened with Caesar feels like it’s finally going to be capped off with this movie and we’ll finally see humanity brought where exactly they need to be, underneath the thumb footed appendage whatever I don’t know ape arm leg things. 

I love the Despicable Me franchise and have laughed at every single one so this one isn’t immediate here’s my money I’ll bring my kids so that I can watch it and not seem like that old guy in the theater by myself watching this movie.  And Alien: Covenant well it’s aliens that movie has always creeped me out and this one looks like it’s getting go back to that old school field aliens and I think it looks great and I would snuggle with that thing except that I’m terrified of it.

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BC

Spider-Man Homecoming

War of the Planet of the Apes

There are so many awesome movies coming out this summer. It is poised to be one of the most exciting and blockbuster filled summers of recent history. The DCEU is trying to finally hit a full home run with Wonder Woman, will this be the film that finally reaches the love that Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy reached? Will audiences and critics both embrace it? Speaking of Christopher Nolan, he is once again back with Dunkirk, his first based on true events war film. Alien Covenant brings back Ridley Scott to the Alien Franchise, and that is insanely exciting. So needless to say there are so many options on what to anticipate this year.

However, there are only 2 films that I am over the moon hyped for. One is War For The Planet Of The Apes. The third installment to this prequel-esq trilogy to the classic Charlton Heston film The Planet Of The Apes. We have watched Caesar grow from a baby to this powerful, respected leader of his Ape movement. A franchise that has made us care more about the Apes survival, than our own species. Andy Serkis deserves an oscar for his role as Caesar, and most importantly, IT’S APES ON HORSES!!!!!

Next to that is not only my most anticipated film of the summer, but it is my most anticipated film of the year. Our friendly neighborhood wall crawler is back to the big screen in his third incarnation, and it looks like we have truly locked down what and who Spider-Man/Peter Parker truly is. Spidey was my favorite hero growing up, and is still my favorite, and his films have been some of my all time favorite films, let alone of the superhero genre.

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Matt

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Dunkirk

The Dark Tower

Wonder Woman

The Mummy

Honorable Mentions: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Underpants, Spider-man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Alien: Covenant.

Summer movie season always equates to big money for studios.  This year should be no different as we have Marvel, DC, Disney, and several other big names bringing their best films to theaters this summer.  In fact, there are so many that it was hard to pick just 5 so my Honorable Mention list are chalk full of top 5 material movies that just missed the cut in favor of what did.  

Coming in at #5 is Universal’s first attempt at creating a Monster’s Universe with The Mummy.  The film stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella (as the titular character) and, unlike the first version which was set much further in the past, this will be set in modern-day London.  I love the idea, I’m a sucker for the promos so far and I can’t wait to see what they do.  #4 is the most powerful superhero in the Justice League and the character I’ve been most ready to see on the big screen, Wonder Woman!  She stole the show in BvS so I have high hopes that she’ll steal the Summer Movie Season.  

#3 is The Dark Tower, one of Stephen King’s most iconic novels.  It has taken a looong time for this movie to hit theaters.  Writers, producers, directors have come and gone but now we’re finally getting the movie we want and it stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Is there anything better?  Enter #2 which stands to answer that question with one word, “Dunkirk”.  Christopher Nolan’s World War II historical film following the incredible retreat of the Allied Powers from the German forces.  Early trailers have shown just how powerful this movie stands to be.  Plus, Nolan’s filmmaking prowess makes this movie a must-watch.  

Lastly, #1 may be a surprise to most, until you realize that one of my all-time favorite movies is The Fifth Element.  The Director of that flick is back for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  The first trailer has everything you want out of a Luc Besson film Aliens, action, and a whole lot of trippy sequences.  I so ready for this movie.  If it can come even close to The Fifth Element’s greatness, it’ll be one I’ll be able to memorize, that’s how many times I’ll go back and watch it.

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Garrett

Alien: Covenant 

Baby Driver

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

War of the Planet of the Apes

Science fiction is big this summer, and for once we have a big budget original sci-fi film (even if it is an adaptation…please don’t be like Jupiter Ascending…). We’re getting sequels to sci-fi franchises with solid previous installations, and Mr. Edgar Wright is finally releasing a new movie. Overall, I think this will be a fairly solid summer movie season. So far, I think 2017 has been a terrific year for film (especially smaller films), I hope that the big studios can keep up the momentum with their tentpole releases. 

Aaron

A Ghost Story

The Beguiled 

The Bad Batch

Baby Driver

Alien: Covenant

Rob

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Alien Covenant

Wonder Woman

Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

War for the Planet of the Apes