With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasting its way into theaters this weekend, the Summer Movie Season will officially begin. For all of us moviegoers, we should be in store for a plethora of solid Summer entertainment to get us through these heated months. We have our usual sequels headlining, a Rock-solid comedy on a 90’s staple television show, some family entertainment, and the returns of Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan to the silver screen.
There are so many movies that I’m excited about that it’s hard to narrow them all down. But I have finally gotten this done! So here are the top ten anticipated movies to corral audiences into those air-conditioned theaters:
10) Cars 3 – June 16
I’ll admit that I’ve never had the chance to watch either of the previous movies in the Cars franchise, despite the fact that I love most of the films out of the Disney/Pixar factory. While the last outing didn’t fair well with critics or fans, there is enough story to add another entry for this animated racing movie. This time out, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) will face the future as a new generation of blazing-fast racers, led by Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer). After an accident, McQueen will have to prove to not only his fans, but himself, that he’s still the best racer in the world.
9) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26
Captain Jack Sparrow sets sail again! For the fifth time, Johnny Depp puts on his pirates hat as Captain Jack Sparrow sets off to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon. As always, it wouldn’t be Jack to not step on a few toes along the way. The deadly ghost pirate, Captain Salazar (Javiar Bardem) seeks to kill every pirate at sea…including Sparrow, who he ran across years before. I wasn’t a big fan of On Stranger Tides and thought that the franchise could have ended after the third entry, At World’s End. Captain Jack Sparrow seems to have more adventure in him and he could have some old friends joining him as Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom return to the franchise.
8) Baywatch – May 24
“Hollywood-Viagra” superstar Dwayne Johnson is back again, looking to claim the summer early in May by giving an old television series an R-rated facelift. Johnson plays Baywatch legend Mitch Buchanan who butts heads with a brash new recruit, Matt Brody (Zac Efron). While trying to rebuild the Baywatch name, the duo uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the beach. Of course, it wouldn’t be Baywatch without the lovely women of the beach: Alexandra Daddario, ABC’s Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, model Kelly Rohrbach, and Llfenesh Hadera head up the female contingent of the team. Beaches ain’t ready for what The Rock will bring.
7) Alien: Covenant – May 19
Lately, I’ve caught up with the Alien franchise, starting with the first two movies. I’ve seen Prometheus, the start of the prequel series to this franchise. All of them have been brilliant science fiction works from the mind of Ridley Scott. Scott returns to direct the next installment in the prequel trilogy. Picking up ten years after the events of Prometheus, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far end of the galaxy to colonize, discover a threat beyond imagination and must attempt a harrowing escape from this uncharted paradise. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocolypse) returns as the android David and joined by Katherine Waterson (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride (HBO’s Vice Principals). When are we going to learn to stop going to planets outside of our solar system?
6) Detroit – August 4
This movie caught me off-guard but once I saw the preview, I was on board. Directed by Oscar-winning Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), this film documents a police raid in Detroit in 1967 that results in the one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. This film boasts a solid cast with John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, John Krasinski, Kaitlyn Dever, and Jason Mitchell leading the cast. Kathryn Bigelow could become a three-time Oscar nominee with this film that has the potential of being an early Oscar favorite.
5) Wonder Woman – June 2
After many delays, script rewrites, a revolving door of directors, and other roadblocks, the Amazon Princess will be making her solo movie debut. This origin film tells the story of Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons and trained warrior. When pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of the conflict in the outside world, Diana leaves home to fight in the war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Gal Gadot did a wonderful job in her introduction during Dawn of Justice and deserves her chance to shine on her own. If this film can be a success, DC’s Cinematic Universe can get a leg up on Marvel.
4) Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7
After his long-awaited appearance in the MCU during Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man will get another reboot under the Marvel Studios banner. Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker as he attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinger, Spider-Man. Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark will also play a role but I hope that it’s not dominant, only appearing when he needs to. Spidey will have his hands full, battling Michael Keaton’s Vulture. Let’s see how Marvel Studios handles one of the greatest and relatable heroes of all time.
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – May 5
Like there was any doubt that this would make my list. Marvel Studios’ favorite team of A-holes are back to take us on another ride on the Milano. Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mix Vol. 2 and three months after the first film, this film continues the team’s adventures throughout the cosmos as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage. Along with the main players from Volume 1, Kurt Russell joins the cast as Ego, Pom Klementieff as the empathic Mantis, and Elizabeth Debicki as High Priestess Ayesha. With an stellar soundtrack and James Gunn’s direction, this film should be a joy for all Marvel Studios fans. My review for this film will be posted as soon as tomorrow.
2) Baby Driver – June 28
If you are not a fan of Edgar Wright or seen any of his films such as Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, you have time to catch up. Returning to write and direct for the first time since 2013, Edgar Wright helms this film about a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort), who is coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) and finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. If you need any indication that this film could be amazing, it currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and was originally scheduled for release on August 11, but moved up to June 28. After watching the trailer, all I can say is buckle your seatbelts.
1) Dunkirk – July 21
And speaking of returning writer/directors, Christopher Nolan returns after three years to bring audiences another epic film. This war epic tells the story of 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. This is based upon a true story during the Battle of France between May 26 to June 4, 1940. Christopher Nolan has always been able to tell a great story and this film looks no different. In case you need any more convincing, here is the most recent trailer for Dunkirk.