2017 Summer Movie Guide

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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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Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens Friday, May 5.

The Plot: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

The Buzz: Peter Quill and his expanded superhero family battle new foes and lingering father issues as the Awesome Mixtape #2 re-introduces old favorites as your new summer soundtrack. Looks like it's $1 billion or bust at the worldwide box office, too. James Gunn will return for chapter 3!

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Melora Walters and Tracy Letts in Porn (1994)

The Lovers opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

The Plot: A long-married, dispassionate couple are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.

The Buzz: One of the more intriguing premises of the season (and easily one of the best trailers as well) finds Azazel Jacobs, who directed the underrated HBO series "Doll & Em," partnering with A24, the hottest indie studio around. And the cast? Superb.

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Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall in The Dinner (2017)

The Dinner opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

The Plot: Two couples engage in a fierce showdown over the course of an ornately prepared meal at a fancy restaurant as they wrestle with, among other things, whether or not to protect the identities of their respective sons, a pair of 16-year-olds who have shocked the country with a horrible crime they committed.

The Buzz: Provocateur Oren Moverman is back behind the camera with his adaptation of Herman Koch's novel, which has sharply divided critics since its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film).

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Elle Fanning in 3 Generations (2015)

3 Generations opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

The Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, his mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent.

The Buzz: Formerly titled About Ray, it seems the title to this transgender drama was changed perhaps to take advantage of Susan Sarandon's "Feud" moment. The updated trailer reveals more of the dynamic between Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning's characters.

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Chris Burden in Burden (2016)

Burden opens in limited release on Friday, May 5.

The Plot: A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.

The Buzz: Much of the conversation about Chris Burden, who passed away two years ago this May, and his work is centered around his early career where he placed himself in danger in each of his performance pieces and installations. Undoubtedly this documentary will provide plenty of that footage but it looks to also focus on his later work, where he became equally known for his sculpture.

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Kenny Anderson in Mr. Chibbs (2017)

Mr. Chibbs opens in limited release on Wednesday, May 5.

The Plot: An observational documentary that follows NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson, in the midst of a mid life crisis and on a journey to find himself 10 years post retirement. Everything came easy, but when he lost it all, he had to figure out who he was minus his famous handle.

The Buzz: Jill Campbell observes NBA legend Kenny Anderson at a crossroads in his post-hoops life and career. This could be one of those documentaries that catches serious word of mouth.

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Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens Friday, May 12.

The Plot: Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

The Buzz: Guy Ritchie gave Sherlock Holmes his makeover, and now he's out to do the same for the swords and sandals genre. Anything it takes to mint Charlie Hunnam as a bona fide movie star is fine by us. Plus, we're hoping Jude Law taps into his "Young Pope" outrageousness to become villain of the year.

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Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in Snatched (2017)

Snatched opens Friday, May 12.

The Plot: After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, Emily persuades her ultra-cautious mother Linda to travel with her. Soon after they landed in paradise, however, they find themselves kidnapped and thrust into an adventure where they realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter is the only way to escape.

The Buzz: Amy Schumer returns two summers after Trainwreck with Goldie Hawn as her movie mom in one of the most unlikely (and welcome) on-screen pairings of the year, with a screenplay by Kate Dippold (The Heat/Ghostbusters) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies/The Night Before) at the helm.

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Lowriders (2016)

Lowriders opens Friday, May 12.

The Plot: A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother, and his need for self-expression.

The Buzz: This look at Mexican-American youth culture in Los Angeles has an 8 Mile feel to it as super-producer Jason Blum takes a moment away from cranking out micro-budget horror movies to see how he fares in a different genre.

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Diane Lane, Eleanor Coppola, and Arnaud Viard in Paris Can Wait (2016)

Paris Can Wait opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

The Plot: A Hollywood producer's wife unexpectedly takes a trip through France that reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre.

The Buzz: Eleanor Coppola makes her feature directorial debut with this romantic comedy starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, 25 years after making an Emmy Award-winning documentary about husband Francis Ford Coppola’s epic, Apocalypse Now.

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John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in The Wall (2017)

The Wall opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

The Plot: Two American soldiers are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.

The Buzz: Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) returns with this war film, the first ever original spec script bought by Amazon Studios. It first appeared on the 2014 Black List of hot un-produced screenplays. Impressively, Liman shot the picture in six weeks.

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Parineeti Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana in Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017)

Meri Pyaari Bindu opens on Friday, May 12.

The Plot: In an attempt to deal with his writer's block, Abhimanyu returns to Kolkata reminisce about Bindu and create an old fashioned love story. Fueled by an old mixtape the estranged lovers used to listen to together, Abhi waltzes in and out of his past and present as the story seems to write itself.

The Buzz: Though India movie fans are fixated on Baahubali 2, this breezy summer romance stands the chance of becoming a hit thanks as co-star Parineeti Chopra looks to stage a comeback after a couple disappointing movies.

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Noa Kooler in The Wedding Plan (2016)

The Wedding Plan opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

The Plot: At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé's decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date.

The Buzz: Israeli-American director Rama Burshtein follows her award-winning debut, Fill the Void, with this Bridget Jones-style comedy set in the orthodox Jewish community.

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Generation Iron 2 (2017)

Generation Iron 2 opens in limited release on Friday, May 12.

The Plot: Five top bodybuilding and fitness megastars work to achieve the ultimate physique and take it to the next extreme level. In the world of social media and the internet, the rules have changed as to what makes an iconic bodybuilding mass-monster.

The Buzz: he generation of bodybuilders coming up after Pumping Iron get a second documentary from director Vlad Yudin after the breakout success of Generation Iron in 2013/14. As you might expect, the stardom that can be found online via social media is pushed toward the front of the story.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant opens Friday, May 19.

The Plot: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The Buzz: Ridley Scott wants to put Prometheus haters in their place and through their paces with Alien: Covenant's hard-R gore and a story that leads right up to his original masterpiece.

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Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, and Jason Drucker in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opens Friday, May 19.

The Plot: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

The Buzz: Cher from Clueless (Alicia Silverstone) is now getting mom roles as the entire Heffley family has been rebooted in this fourth movie based on Jeff Kinney's outrageously popular book series.

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Amandla Stenberg in Everything, Everything (2017)

Everything, Everything opens Friday, May 19.

The Plot: 17-year-old Maddy's rare disease keeps her confined indoors, though she begins to question what living truly means after falling for the boy next door, Olly.

The Buzz: Nicola Yoon's novel rallied YA readers. Can Stella Meghie do the same with movie-goers with her second outing as writer/director?

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Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Anne Gry Henningsen, and Sebastian Grønnegaard Milbrat in Kollektivet (2016)

The Commune opens Friday, May 19.

The Plot: An upstart commune in Copenhagen faces an early test when a love affair threatens to bring down the community.

The Buzz: Thomas Vinterberg, one of the finest contemporary writer/directors, follows up the Oscar-nominated The Hunt with an examination of life in an alternate society. If you wind up enjoying this film, consider seeking out Lukas Moodysson's 2000 drama, Together.

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Jennifer Garner and Bryan Cranston in Wakefield (2016)

Wakefield opens Friday, May 19.

The Plot: One day, something snaps and Howard Wakefield -- the picture of suburban success and happiness -- goes into hiding in his garage attic. Leaving his family to wonder what happened to him, he observes them from the attic window, an outsider spying in on his own life. As the days of self-imposed isolation stretch into months, Howard begins to wonder: is it even possible to go back to the way things were?

The Buzz: Writer/director Robin Swicord adapts E.L. Doctorow's short story and gets into a dark suburban mindset with Bryan Cranston for her follow up to The Jane Austen Book Club.

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Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario in Baywatch (2017)

Baywatch opens Wednesday, May 24.

The Plot: With their lifeguard program facing rough financial waters, Mitch Buchanan butts heads with the team's brash new recruit, Matt Brody, as they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

The Buzz: Just when you thought '80s revivals had run aground, the long-planned Baywatch movie brings back the iconic red swimsuits (and rescue cans) as franchise-helper Dwayne Johnson is enlisted early on to resuscitate this property.

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Javier Bardem, Nico Cortez, and Rupert Raineri in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens Friday, May 26.

The Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

The Buzz: Disney's promotional campaign for the long-in-the-works fifth POTC outing has kept the focus on Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar and his ghost crew who are out to wipe out all pirates - especially Captain Jack Sparrow. With nods back to the original movie and plenty of inventiveness to be found in the trailers, this could be the most welcome sequel of the season.

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Sean Bean and Joel David Moore in Drone (2017)

Drone opens Friday, May 26.

The Plot: Drone pilot and family man Neil has spent his career conducting covert missions overseas all from the comfort of his suburban home. When an enigmatic businessman from Pakistan (Patrick Sabongui) shows up at his home seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of his actions.

The Buzz: Unlike the other recent movies about drone warfare, director Jason Bourque's thriller concerns itself with what could happen when an war-game enemy decides to show up at your doorstep.

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Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman opens Friday, June 2.

The Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

The Buzz: With what appears to be a prime balance of action and storytelling, it looks like Diana of Themyscira will make things right in the world of DC Comics movies and women superheroes in general.

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Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opens Friday, June 2.

The Plot: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

The Buzz: 20th Century Fox, which has made a quiet fortune on its Wimpy Kid movies, will undoubtedly apply some of the same formula to its plans for the elementary-school universe created by Dav Pilkey. For CU die-hards: There're no plans for a Dog-Man spin-off at the moment.

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Fred Armisen, Adam Pally, and Zoe Lister-Jones in Band Aid (2017)

Band Aid opens Friday, June 2.

The Plot: A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

The Buzz: Zoe Lister-Jones steps up to the mic as the director, writer, and co-star of this Sundance hit that puts white people problems to music with a backbeat courtesy of Fred Armisen. We have no reservations about sitting through 90 minutes of Lister-Jones sparring in harmony with former "Mindy Project" standout, Adam Pally.

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Demetri Martin in Dean (2016)

Dean opens Friday, June 2.

The Plot: Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.

The Buzz: Comedian Demetri Martin resurfaces with a Garden State-ish melancholy comedy about the grieving process that he wrote, directed, and stars in — his signature illustrations are also on display.

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Sebastián Zurita, Vadhir Derbez, Martha Higareda, Alfonso Dosal, German Valdez, and Christian Vazquez in 3 Idiotas (2017)

3 Idiotas opens Friday, June 2.

The Plot: A group of friends embark on an adventure, determined to find a college roommate who disappeared without a trace on graduation day.

The Buzz: Don't be surprised if this Latino remake of 3 Idiots notches a top 10 position during its first weekend in US release.

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Nelly Tagar and Joy Rieger in Past Life (2016)

Past Life opens in limited release on Friday, June 2.

The Plot: Set in 1977, two sisters - an aspiring classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist - try to unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.

The Buzz: This WWII thriller has a whiff of familiarity, and that might be why there isn't as much buzz as there usually is for an Avi Nesher film.

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Sofia Boutella in The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

The Buzz: As the summer movie season kicked into gear, Universal unveiled their Dark Universe, a shared universe of action-adventure/horror films based on their classic monster characters. If their casting decisions remain as exciting as the thought of Sofia Boutella playing the ancient princess Ahmanet, we imagine audiences will welcome back The Bride of Frankenstein (coming February 2019 from director Bill Condon) and all the reintroductions to come.

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Joel Edgerton in It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

The Buzz: Krisha director Trey Edward Shults reteams with the innovative movie studio A24 for a contemporary horror/mystery tale with a trailer we can barely get through without passing out from anxiety.

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Kate Mara in Megan Leavey (2017)

Megan Leavey opens in limited release on Friday, June 9.

The Plot: A young marine corporal's unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog works together to save many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When an IED explosion injures them, however, both of their fates are placed in jeopardy.

The Buzz: Part tear-jerker, part crowd-pleaser, and all true story, Kate Mara's portrayal of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey is angling for breakout hit status this summer, as word of mouth looks to be the key factor of the movie's success.

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Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel (2017)

My Cousin Rachel opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

The Buzz: We love Rachel Weisz unconditionally as an actress but freely admit we adore her the most when she plays a mysterious character, and her role in Roger Michell's adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel seems like her darkest material yet.

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Salma Hayek in Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Beatriz at Dinner opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

The Buzz: This time last year we never would have guessed that one of the biggest summer-movie showdowns of 2017 would find Salma Hayek pitted against John Lithgow as they sit down to supper. Hayek might have a career-best performance in this race- and class-conscious comedy from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta.

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Sam Elliott in The Hero (2017)

The Hero opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: Lee Hayden is an aging Western icon, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus.

The Buzz: Brett Haley had a breakout hit in 2015 with I'll See You in My Dreams, and his new film follows a similar path as Sam Elliott (who had a key role in Dreams) faces issues of aging and mortality in his personal and professional life. Based on the film's Sundance reception, Haley could have another sleeper hit this year.

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Lucas Neff, Doug Archibald, and Kristin Archibald in I Love You Both (2016)

I Love You Both opens Friday, June 9.

The Plot: Krystal and her twin brother/roommate confront twenty-eight years of their codependency when they start dating the same guy.

The Buzz: Siblings Doug and Kristin Archibald have gained attention a bit of attention co-writing and starring in this comedy that takes the focus off of romance and places it on what's happening between these twins. Maybe we've just read too many thinkpieces on the end of "Girls," but these two seem like they could have been outlaying character in that particular universe (though they seem a lot nicer and more respectful than anyone on that show).

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Night School (2016)

Night School opens in limited release on Friday, June 9.

The Plot: A documentary that follows three student determined to graduate from their high school in Indianapolis despite the fact that the institution has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.

The Buzz: Indie studio Oscilloscope Laboratories, which is rapidly become a home for some of the finest documentaries available, offers this look at determination in the face of a crumbling education system. Fans of Frederick Wiseman might want to take note.

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Owen Wilson and Cristela Alonzo in Cars 3 (2017)

Cars 3 opens Friday, June 16.

The Plot: Blindsided by a new generation of racers, Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of a young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns.

The Buzz: Cars has always been Pixar's cutesy merchandising cash cow, but the franchise's tone looks to be changing up for this third time around the race track since the movie's first look teased a life-changing accident that befalls Lightning McQueen.

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Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer in Rough Night (2017)

Rough Night opens Friday, June 16.

The Plot: Five friends from college reunite for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their partying takes a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper.

The Buzz: The first of two hard-R rated women's-night-out comedies this season has a purse full of secret weapons from "Broad City" both in front of and behind the camera.

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Demetrius Shipp Jr. in All Eyez on Me (2017)

All Eyez on Me opens Friday, June 16.

The Plot: From his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world's most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25, experience the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

The Buzz: Litigation between this project's main production company and Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, held up filming since 2011. But it looks like the drama helped director Benny Boom and co. create a realistic portrayal of the struggles and triumphs faced by the eternally influential rapper and poet.

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Mandy Moore and Claire Holt in 47 Meters Down (2017)

47 Meters Down opens Friday, June 16.

The Plot: An accident strands two sisters vacationing in Mexico in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean with less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby.

The Buzz: Every summer movie season should have a shark movie, and it should at least be as good as The Shallows. Know what we mean? Sometime this summer director Johannes Roberts will begin his high profile gig as the helmer of The Strangers 2.

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Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, and Jaeden Lieberher in The Book of Henry (2017)

The Book of Henry opens Friday, June 16.

The Plot: Single mother Susan Carpenter relies heavily on Henry, her 11-year-old son who has the ability to keep the family together on a day to day basis. Their life is disrupted when Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry's classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret -- and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help.

The Buzz: Despite his commitments to Jurassic World's sequel and Star Wars: Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow seems determined to the world of indie-scale film as well with this arresting drama that feels like a live-action version of the game Mousetrap designed to catch a predatory adult. The trailer has an outrageous shift that has people talking.

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Ethan Hawke, Greg Malone, and Sally Hawkins in Maudie (2016)

Maudie opens in limited release on Friday, June 16.

The Plot: The reclusive Everett Lewis hires Maudie, a woman determined to live independently despite her crippled hands, to be his housekeeper. Unexpectedly, the pair find themselves falling in love as Maudie's paintings gain increasing popularity.

The Buzz: Word of mouth amongst art-house goers should turn this romantic drama into one of the better-performing indies of the season. Maybe some Indie Spirit nominations are in the picture too?

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Anthony Hopkins and Omar Sy in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight opens Wednesday, June 21.

The Plot: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

The Buzz: Merlin, King Arthur, and Nazi Germany somehow factor into T5's plot, which we'd really love to hear Mark Wahlberg explain ... as Dirk Diggler. The movie will tip its hat to Logan as well by positioning young Isabela Moner's role front and center alongside Wahlberg.

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Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick opens Friday, June 23.

The Plot: Bickering parents and a serious health scare threaten the budding relationship between a Pakistani stand-up comic and his American girlfriend.

The Buzz: Real-life married couple Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani turn their real-world health/relationship crisis into one of the more anticipated romantic comedies of the year. The duo refers to their collaboration as a "romantic coma-dy," so you're aware.

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The Beguiled opens Friday, June 23.

The Plot: At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

The Buzz: We love that Sofia Coppola has traveled back in history again with Kirsten Dunst and has recruited a fine cast that includes The Nice Guys standout Angourie Rice. Speaking of love -- or lust, potentially -- will it literally tear Colin Farrell apart under Nicole Kidman's matriarchal eye?

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Suki Waterhouse in The Bad Batch (2016)

The Bad Batch opens Friday, June 23.

The Plot: While trying to orient her unforgiving new environment, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight her way through her new reality. As Arlen adjusts to life in 'the bad batch' she discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you're standing next to.

The Buzz: Ana Lily Amirpour heads to a Texas wasteland for her follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and the writer-director has a bleak outlook that's still no less romantic than her genre-changing debut. Look for Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) and Miami Man (Jason Momoa) to become your summer-season valentines.

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Jamie Foxx, Lanny Joon, and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28.

The Plot: Talented getaway driver Baby relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

The Buzz: The trailer for Edgar Wright's pet project makes us feel like the tough guyness of Drive was channeled through John Waters' sense of humor. And its SXSW premiere was electrifying. Plus, has Jon Hamm ever looked more take home-able? The only thing we're wondering is how anyone can wear those painfully small earbuds all day.

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Steve Carell in Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Despicable Me 3 opens Friday, June 30.

The Plot: Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date.

The Buzz: While the Minions and a heretofore unknown brother try to lure Gru back to the world of supervillainy, but domestication isn't the enemy here - leave that to Trey Parker ("South Park"), who portrays the fashion-forward (though the movie wants you to think otherwise) Balthazar Bratt.

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Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jason Mantzoukas in The House (2017)

The House opens Friday, June 30.

The Plot: A couple who don't have enough capital to send their daughter to college are convinced by their neighbor to help him maintain an illegal casino in the basement of his home.

The Buzz: Pause for a moment to realize that Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell have been entertaining us, separately and together, for two decades now, and this financial crisis comedy denotes their first movie appearance as wife and husband.

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Bella Thorne in Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Amityville: The Awakening opens Friday, June 30.

The Plot: Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother's expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn't telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

The Buzz: Genre specialists of the present and past unite to reintroduce the Amityville legend as Blumhouse Productions partners with Dimension Films for a hopeful summer horror hit that was originally nestled into the winter release calendar.

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Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, and Christian Friedel in Elser (2015)

13 Minutes opens Friday, June 30.

The Plot: In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

The Buzz: Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to WWII over a decade after Downfall promoted him to a major-league director.

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Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza in The Little Hours (2017)

The Little Hours opens Friday, June 30.

The Plot: A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

The Buzz: Aubrey Plaza has another edgy summer offering, this time in the form of a comedy that introduces us to a convent of unhinged nuns, but if you focus too much on thinking that director Jeff Baena has anti-religious intentions, you'll miss the movie's thoughtful character interactions and the story's overall sincerity.

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Elsa Dorfman in The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2016)

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography opens in limited release Friday, June 30.

The Plot: Documentarian Errol Morris turns his cameras on photographer Elsa Dorfman.

The Buzz: Elsa Dorfman and her Boston-adjacent accent guide us through a chronicle of her life and career as a large-format photographer while it also tells us of the decline in production of photographic equipment as an American industry.

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Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens Friday, July 7.

The Plot: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

The Buzz: Having passed a litmus test with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, it's clear that the movie-going universe is ready for Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker only three short years after Andrew Garfield's noble attempt at the role.

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City of Ghosts (2017)

City of Ghosts opens Friday, July 7.

The Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.

The Buzz: Cartel Land director Matthew Heinemann turns his attention into the efforts of journalists to report on the hours taking place inside Isis-controlled Syria.

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Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story opens Friday, July 7.

The Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

The Buzz: David Lowery reunites his Ain't Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for another challenging/potentially rewarding experience. This time it's a slow-burning thriller that compels you to give yourself over to the experience of a loss so haunting that it begins to physically manifest itself.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes opens Friday, July 14.

The Plot: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

The Buzz: The third installment of this fine franchise introduces Woody Harrelson as a Kurtz-like military figure and Steve Zahn utilizing his comedic talent to portray "Bad Ape," though we did not know this serial needed any levity. Watch the Latest Trailer | See More Photos | Check Global Release Dates | Read Trivia

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Joey King in Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon opens Friday, July 14.

The Plot: Troubled high school student Clare is gifted an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish.

The Plot: The studio behind this horror movie is having myriad distribution issues so hopefully Joey King, who already survived The Conjuring, has one wish left in that evil octagon she was gifted. Barb from "Stranger Things" and Audrey from "Twin Peaks" help ramp up the mystery factor.

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Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth opens Friday, July 14.

The Plot: Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The Buzz: Both director William Oldroyd and his star Florence Pugh have been earmarked as talent on the rise in what looks to be one of the most stark and sexy films of the season. It also features one of the best trailers of the year.

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Dane DeHaan in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City a Thousand Planets opens Friday, July 21.

The Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

The Buzz: An entire movie studio's fate is resting on the shoulders of Luc Besson as he returns to space with a heroine, Laureline, he's loved longer than Leeloo.

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Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk opens Friday, July 21.

The Plot: 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.

The Buzz: Christopher Nolan's first war picture will help him earn his first Best Director Oscar nomination, right?

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip opens Friday, July 21.

The Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The Buzz: Queen Latifah might be the captain of this road trip, but Tiffany Haddish seems destined for breakout stardom as she owns every second she's on screen.

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Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, and Abby Quinn in Landline (2017)

Landline opens Friday, July 21.

The Plot: Manhattan, 1995: Pat Jacobs and her two daughters learn to lean on one another as friends as they deal with issues of infidelity and divorce.

The Buzz: Gillian Robespierre re-teams with her Obvious Child star Jenny Slate for a 90s NYC comedy that feels both welcome, familiar, and long overdue.

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Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde opens Friday, July 28.

The Plot: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

The Buzz: Charlize Theron gets an opportunity to reveal more of her Furiosa side with everyone's new favorite action director, David Leitch, who co-helmed John Wick and will take on the upcoming Deadpool sequel.

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Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Anna Faris, and T.J. Miller in The Emoji Movie (2017)

The Emoji Movie opens Friday, July 28.

The Plot: Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions, goes on an adventure, determined to become "normal" like the other emojis.

The Buzz: We suggest fully exploring your phone's emoji palette before tweeting your review of Sony's attempt to bring smileys to the big screen.

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Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel opens Friday, July 28.

The Plot: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

The Buzz: Al Gore is here to make you to reconsider what's fueling those hot summer days and we're not going to blame him one bit for being the Debbie Downer of climate change.

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Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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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Step (2017)

Step opens Friday, 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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Gil Birmingham and Jeremy Renner in Wind River (2017)

Wind River opens Friday, 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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Halle Berry in Kidnap (2017)

Kidnap opens Friday, 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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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun (2017)

Midnight Sun opens Friday, August 4.

The Plot: 17-year-old Katie has been sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie and they embark on a summer romance.

The Buzz: Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger will try and start a young-adult frenzy with their version of the hit Japanese movie has a bit in common story-wise with another summer movie, Everything, Everything.

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Talitha Bateman in Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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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Kate Beckinsale and Callum Turner in The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

The Only Living Boy in New York opens Friday, 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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Whose Streets? (2017)

Whose Streets? opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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 opens Friday, 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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Danielle Macdonald in Patti Cake$ (2017)

Patti Cake$ opens Friday, 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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John Corbett in All Saints (2017)

All Saints opens Friday, 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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Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander in Tulip Fever (2017)

Tulip Fever opens Friday, 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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Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (2017)

Beach Rats opens Friday, 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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Lakeith Stanfield in Crown Heights (2017)

Crown Heights opens Friday, 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.