2017 Summer Movie Guide

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 days 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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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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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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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Jab Harry met Sejal (2017)

Jab Harry met Sejal U.S. Release Date: August 4

The Plot: Harry and Sejal's journey across Europe in search for Sejal's engagement ring helps the two individuals on their search for the voice within.

The Buzz: The breezy feel of this romantic adventure has turned it into one of India's most anticipated movies of the year. It doesn't hurt that one of the county's most enduring stars, Shah Rukh Khan, is paired with one of its brightest newer talents, Anushka Sharma.

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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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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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Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip to Spain (2017)

The Trip to Spain U.S. Release Date: August 11

The Plot: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.

The Buzz: One thing to love about the world of independent film: Nowhere else would you see a sophisticated and boyishly entertaining trilogy of documentaries made about two friends who love to eat, travel, and outdo one another with their Roger Moore impressions.

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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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Brett Gelman in Lemon (2017)

Lemon U.S. Release Date: August 18 The Plot: 40-year-old Isaac Bachmann is immobilized despite his life being in a free fall. His career going nowhere and his girlfriend of ten years leaving him. Things were supposed to work out differently for him. Can they still?

The Buzz: There's a light aroma of Todd Solondz in this indie from Janicza Bravo, who is making her feature debut as director. She also co-wrote the script with her star, Brett Gelman. Together, they appear to feel that life's myriad absurdities are what's surrounding their character, the man-child Isaac.

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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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