Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Movie Season 2017

We are nearing the end of April, so it's time to look forward to one of my favorite seasons of the year: Summer movie season.

I know as a cinephile I should be more interested in when the "important" movies come out just before the major awards.  But I think the movies of summer are pure cinema and tend to be the ones remembered long after people have forgotten the plot of Moonlight.

Here is a list, with a few brief thoughts of my own, including on a scale of 1-5 stars my likelihood of seeing it in theaters (1 being “Not at all” 5 being “Cannot wait!”).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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I was so shockingly surprised by the first one.  My expectations were so low that the original blew me out of the water.  My expectations are sky high for this one so let’s see if it lives up to them (*****)

3 Generations
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Wow does this movie look unbelievably cloying, preachy, and terrible. (*)

MAY 12

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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Nothing about this looks good or appealing.  Maybe I’m wrong since Guy Ritchie did an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes (*)


I don’t think you could pay me to see this film.  The trailer was painful to watch in how unfunny it was. (*)

MAY 19
Alien: Covenant
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There is nothing about this movie that seems new or interesting regarding the Alien franchise.  “Humans go somewhere, get infected with Alien eggs, chaos ensues.”  I’ll wait to hear if it is any good.  (**)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Didn’t see the first, have no desire to see the second (*)


Wonder Woman
I am unabashed in my love for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  And I thought Wonder Woman was one of the best parts of the movie.  I’m hoping this movie lives up to my expectations (*****)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
No interest in this series (*)

The Mummy
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If it wasn’t for that first teaser, I don’t think I would be very interested in this.  But this might be a fun Tom Cruise action flick.  (***)
My Cousin Rachel
Pure pretentious dreck (*)

All Eyez on Me
I have to hand it to Tupac, he’s been dead for decades and he keeps coming out with new stuff.  But I won’t see it (*)

Cars 3
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I didn’t see the last one, so I don’t think I’ll see this (**)

The Book of Henry
The trailer made me curious, but I’m not sure curious enough to buy a ticket (**)

Rough Night

Every single thing about this movie look repugnant.  Why would they make this? (*)

Transformers: The Last Knight
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I know that the movies in this series are not what you would call high art, but darn it if I don’t find them horribly entertaining. (****)

Spider-Man: Homecoming
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I am very curious as to what they are going to do with this third cinematic Spider-Man.  I’m excited but cautious (****)

War for the Planet of the Apes

Caesar, equipped with a shotgun, rides on a horse in the snow with the film's billing and tagline "WAR" underneath as well as the film's release and credits.
The last one in this series was so surprisingly good.  This final one may be heartbreaking and epic. (****)

Wish Upon

Forgettable teenage horror film (*)

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Christopher Nolan wants an Oscar.  The trailer was great and Nolan has not yet made a bad film.  I am there opening night (*****)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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This movie’s genre seems right up my alley, but all I can see here is The 5th Element and that means avoid at all cost. (**)

Atomic Blonde
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It looks like a female John Wick, but for some reason does not look nearly as enjoyable (**)

The Emoji Movie
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Who thought this was a good idea? (*)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Ironically, I’m going to say the same thing I did about Cars 3: I didn’t see the second, so I don’t think I’ll see this (*)

The Dark Tower
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I read the entire series and this is actually a hard sell for me.  Nothing I’ve seen so far matches up with how I imagined the series.  I need to see more (***)

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The director is very good, but I have the feeling this is going to be heavy on the lectury side regarding the current state of racial relations.

Ingrid Goes West
Aubrey Plaza was great on Parks and Recreation, but she keeps choosing projects like this that only alienate viewers like me.  This looks like it's trying too hard to be dark and edgy.



  1. Guardians, Transformers, and Spider-Man. Those are my musts.

  2. Definitely excited for Guardians 2, Spider Man could be interesting but I skipped the last Spider Man reboot. Wonder Woman has interested me enough that I might see it in theaters (a first for a DC film for me).
    I am super excited for Dark Tower. I really liked the book series, and based on some of the comments I've seen, this seems a little bit of continuation and reimagining than a straight adaptation. Kind of how comics movies might use elements from storylines but don't often take them straight as written.