Summer 2017 Movie Guide

Going to the movie theater is one of the most classic summer experiences I can think of. Getting out of the heat and sharing a giant tub of popcorn brings back so many fun memories. Although, one qualm I have is that summer movies tend to get a bad reputation for being all loud noises, explosions, and car chases or crass humor and tasteless jokes. Here are some films being released this summer that serve as alternatives to those movies.

Instead of a Traditional Thriller....

The Dinner
starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny
Based on the book of the same name by Herman Koch, this is a suspense movie about two couples who meet for dinner to discuss their sons who committed a horrible act together. Quiet tensions rise as each couple wants to protect their child from the ramifications of their crime.

The Book of Henry
starring Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Maddie Ziegler
A woman's genius son develops a plot to save his female classmate who lives next door with her stepdad. When she finds the plot, she sets out to execute it.

Instead of a Blockbuster...

Baby Driver
starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey
A young getaway driver with tinnitus has to listen to music constantly, giving this movie an awesome soundtrack. When he falls in love, he has to escape the seedy world of his career. This has all the stunts you need for a summer blockbuster but with a different approach.

Dunkirk
starring Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles
I've been looking forward to this Christopher Nolan film forever now and not just because I want to see Harry Styles' acting debut. This is a film about the Battle of Dunkirk during World War II, but with Nolan directing, it certainly won't be your average war movie.

Okja
starring Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun
This South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho (of Snowpiercer and The Host) is about a young girl who tries to protect her best friend, a giant beastlike animal. It may sound like Free Willy, but if you've seen any of Bong Joon-ho's films, you know it's something much weirder.

Instead of a Chick Flick...

The Beguiled
starring Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell
In Sofia Coppola's latest film, an all-girls school in Virginia takes in a wounded Civil War soldier. While this looks very different than Coppola's other films, it should still be a great alternative to the traditional summer chick flick.

Ingrid Goes West
starring Elizabeth Olsen, Aubrey Plaza
I'm so excited about this movie where Aubrey Plaza plays a lonely girl who moves across the country to make friends with a lifestyle blogger she admires. What sounds like a quintessential chick flick is actually much darker and explores the strange reality of thinking you know a person when you truly only know their online persona. I think this is a movie all of us bloggers and blog readers can easily get behind. 

Tulip Fever
starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz
I would consider this to be the big, romantic movie of the summer, plus its set in the Netherlands which makes me happy. A young painter falls for a woman whose portrait has been commissioned by her husband. To secure their future, the young painter and woman enter invest in the tulip market. 

Instead of a Tear-Jerker...

The Big Sick
starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
If you're tired of romantic comedy cliches, try this movie written by Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, based on their real life relationship. The main character, whose family disapproves of his relationship, must care for his girlfriend when she contracts a mysterious illness.

To The Bone
starring Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves
In this film which will be released on Netflix, a girl suffering from anorexia joins a group home where an unconventional doctor undertakes her recovery.

Instead of a Broad Comedy...

Beatriz at Dinner
starring Salma Hayek, Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass, John Lithgow
This dark comedy stars Salma Hayek as a holistic medical practitioner whose car breaks down. She then joins a dinner party at the home of her wealthy clients who are incredibly ignorant. This commentary is cringeworthy, but in a darkly comic way.

The Trip to Spain
starring Steeve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Have you seen The Trip and The Trip to Italy? This is the third installment in the series which follows comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (who play fictionalized versions of themselves) who travel through Spain eating at the best restaurants and taunting each other.

Fun Mom Dinner
starring Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Adam Levine, Adam Scott
A group of moms get together for a "fun mom dinner". The plot sounds similar to other "moms go crazy" type films, but this one seems to be the Bachelorette version, meaning its a little more in-your-face. 

Logan Lucky
starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston
I'm most excited about this movie than any other this summer because it's a Steven Soderberg film about a heist at a Nascar race and all of the actors look a hot mess. I imagine it was incredibly fun to shoot, so I think it will, in turn, be so fun to watch.

What movies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?