Summer Movie Preview: July 2017

July 7

A Ghost Story


Casey Affleck is a dead guy in a sheet, haunting his widow, played by Rooney Mara. This blew everyone away at Sundance, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it does look weird and amazing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

The second Spider-Man reboot in five years, Homecoming seems like a prime candidate for franchise fatigue. But this is a super fun do-over, led by Tom Holland’s charismatic performance as Peter Parker. Homecoming is superheroes by way of John Hughes, and it’s utterly delightful.

Full review here.

July 14

War for the Planet of the Apes

This is a franchise that has improved with each installment, but I just can’t muster up enthusiasm for it. Maybe it’s because, by virtue of being a prequel, we know how it ends.

Wish Upon

So this is just a Dibbuk Box rip-off, right? Right.

July 21


Christopher Nolan takes on World War II and the Battle of Dunkirk, a lesser-known corner of WWII history here in the United States. This is being released at entirely the wrong time of year—Nolan’s name and Batman connection is not going to sell a WWII movie in FUCKING JULY—so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t do well. At least it’s destined to be your dad’s favorite movie.

Girls Trip

I mean, here’s hoping this does better than Rough Night.

Red band trailer, NSFW

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson hopes to recapture the cult fervor of The Fifth Element with this adaptation of a famous French comic book. Early reviews are mixed, but this could be a surprise breakout. At the very least, with these kinds of eye-popping visuals and Besson’s kooky narrative trips, Valerian stands a good chance of garnering the same kind of devoted following as Element (a highly underrated movie, by the way).

July 28

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Just the trailer makes me sad, the whole movie is probably going to be depressing as hell.

Atomic Blonde

Lady John Wick in the 1980s with a killer ’80’s soundtrack, plus Charlize Theron AND James McAvoy? YES, PLEASE.

The Emoji Movie
This is madness. Utter madness.

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