Summer film season is upon us, with 2017 promising to bring something for everyone. Alongside a Marvel juggernaut and damn remake, we’ve got Tom Cruise rolling around, Charlize Theron smashing the bejesus out of everyone, Harry Styles on the battlefield, and even Rihanna as an extra-terrestrial exotic dancer. What more could you want? Here’s our films to look forward to this summer!

7 Reasons to Head to the Cinema This Summer

The Mummy

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson.
Release Date: 9th June.

The franchise that never stops (the first one was in 1932 for God’s sake!) gets the pint-sized Cruisader treatment. While Brandon Fraser’s 1999 film was more camp horror, the 2017 reboot appears to be Mission: Impossible meets Underworld in an action horror. In the new film, Cruise stars as Nick Morton, a man who wakes up in an unknown facility having just been in a military plane crash that was carrying said Mummy. Expect lots of running and jumping – maybe even a scare or two!

The Beguiled

Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst.
Release Date: 23rd June.

Even when they fall short, somehow Sofia Coppola films always bring something intriguing to the table. This summer, the director brings an adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s Civil War-set novel in The Beguiled. The plot sees a wounded Union soldier, played by Colin Farrell, taken in by an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. Seduction, jealousy and all the nightgowns follow, with Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning playing the soldier’s conflicted saviours.

Baby Driver

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx.
Release Date: 28th June.

Anytime Edgar Wright directs something, we’re paying money to watch. The Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director takes the concept for a 2003 music video he directed and expands it into a full-length movie about a music-obsessed getaway driver, played by Ansel Elgort. After meeting the woman of his dreams (Lily James), he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. The cast is stacked with Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx giving supporting roles, and we’re laying a bet on this being our film of the summer.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei.
Release Date: 7th July.

After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker gets the feature-length treatment in what looks a superhero/high school movie hybrid the superfans have been waiting for. Marisa Tomei plays Aunt May and Michael Keaton stars as Spider-Man’s nemesis, Vulture. Obviously another remake of Spidey has caused a lot of backlash given it was only 14 years ago Tobey Maguire donned the red suit, and it was only 2 years ago Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone lit up New York City. But in fairness, both franchises had their problems and by the looks of the first trailer, many of those issues look to be resolved.

Dunkirk

Starring: Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brannagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles.
Release Date: 21st July.

Christopher Nolan will be adding something different to his illustrious list of cinema achievements this summer with World War II drama Dunkirk. Like all Nolan films, not too much has been given away, but given it’ll be based on the real life events where 338,226 soldiers were evacuated from a French beach following heavy Nazi bombing, we’re expecting an action thriller from land, air and sea, as well as a historical drama. It also has the added intrigue of starring ex-One Directioner Harry Styles.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna.
Release Date: 4th August.

Visionary French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) returns this summer with another sci-fi action-adventure. Based on the French comics, Valérian and Laureline, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets takes place in a 28th-century metropolis threatened by an intangible menace. As well as starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the film will also see Rihanna as an extra-terrestrial exotic dancer. If that doesn’t sell it, we don’t know what will.

Atomic Blonde

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman.
Release Date: 11th August.

If you enjoyed watching Charlize Theron obliterate bad dudes in Mad Max: Fury Road – and why wouldn’t you? – we reckon you’ll be up for seeing her obliterate more bad guys (though probably a little saner than in Fury Road) in Atomic Blonde. Theron plays an MI6 agent on a mission to stop some Russians with nuclear intel in 1989 Berlin. Based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, the film co-stars James McAvoy and John Goodman.

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