Summer: The second wave

AKA the 15 movies to see you through the rest of this season Discuss this article

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1 It Comes at Night
A major statement on the subject of civilisation in freefall, this nerve-shredding domestic thriller joins the rarefied company of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel The Road and the small handful of intimate post-apocalyptic scenarios that puncture through to our deepest fears. Riven by mistrust, two families build an uneasy bond in a ruined America.
Opens July 27

2 The Beguiled
Don’t mess with Sofia Coppola. Even when she takes on a remake of an underrated 1971 Clint Eastwood movie about a houseful of vengeful women, you can expect the psychological warfare to be sharpened to a prickly point. Her cast includes Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and the on-fire Nicole Kidman.
Opens June 23

3 A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck plays a ghost in this daringly experimental indie; he may even be the dude who’s brooding under the white sheet the whole time (it’s that kind of ghost). Single-handedly, Rooney Mara carries the movie’s emotional weight, as a widow holding on. Unlike anything else this year, the film is strange and wonderful, with a romantic metaphysics all its own. Go see.
Opens July 7

4 Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland’s nerdy Spider-Man was a highlight of Captain America: Civil War, so we’re expecting good things from this. He plays a school-age Spidey, exploring his powers with the aid of mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). It’s not the sixth Spider-Man movie, the producers say, but the first Peter Parker one.
Opens July 6

5 War for the Planet of the Apes
“Apes do not want war!” growled primate leader Caesar in the last movie. Well, tough luck, monkey-face. You’ve got one. In the third film in the rebooted (and pretty fantastic) Apes series, our simian heroes stumble upon a platoon of human soldiers led by the Colonel Kurtz-like Woody Harrelson. The result? A lovely meeting of the minds. Nah, not really.
Opens July 13

6 Dunkirk

What’s a Dunkirk? Harry Styles fans were a bit confused when they found out that their No. 1 crush had a role in Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic. With a cast of thousands – including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh – this is one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated films. Few filmmakers tell grander stories than Nolan, and stories don’t come much grander than this.
Opens July 27

7 Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Back in 1997, Luc Besson’s space action flick The Fifth Element divided audiences. Some saw it as an imaginative classic, others as an overstuffed triumph of style over substance. His new movie looks set to re-ignite that same debate. Inspired by a French cartoon strip from the 1960s, the film stars Dane DeHaan and sourpuss Cara Delevingne as humans tasked with protecting Earth’s interests in a busy galaxy.
Opens July 20

8 Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is basically a superhero in real life, and after stealing Mad Max: Fury Road from its title character, we’re glad to see her getting her own action vehicle. Here she plays a British spy who heads to Berlin in 1989 to infiltrate a vicious – oh, who cares? It’s Charlize with guns and attitude. A lady Jason Bourne you might say, if you were feeling lazy. And we are. So we will.
Opens July 27

9 The Emoji Movie
It’s an even worse idea than The Angry Birds Movie, but when news emerged that the legendary Patrick Stewart would be voicing the poop emoji, and School of Rock scribe Mike White would be on script duties, some whispered this might turn out pretty well.
Opens Aug 10

10 The Dark Tower
It’s one of the longest-gestating projects in Hollywood: a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series set in a magical land inspired by the Old West. The books aren’t masterpieces, but if this film can tame King’s scattershot imagination, it might be something special. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey co-star as deadly rivals.
Opens August 3

11 47 Meters Down
Remember this time last year, when all we’d bang on about was that high-concept movie where Blake Lively was going to do battle with an angry great white shark? Well, so does Hollywood. That was The Shallows and this is 2017’s imperiled lady versus maneater instalment. Here, Mandy Moore goes cage diving with a pal. Rope breaks. They’re stuck at the bottom, sharks turn up.
Der-dum... Der-dum…
Opens August 10

12 The Hitman’s Bodyguard
After Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for non-stop action wisecrackery. And Samuel L. Jackson? He’s been perfecting that shtick for years. Here, the two of them blow up many a European motorway on their way to the kind of empty-headed entertainment summers were made for.
Opens Aug 17

13 Logan Lucky

It’s a big deal when gifted director Steven Soderbergh ends his self-imposed “retirement” to make a new film. It’s an even bigger one when he decides to do it with a heist movie – this was, after all, the director who figured out a way to remake Ocean’s 11. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver play criminal brothers who hold up a North Carolina NASCAR race. A peroxide blonde Daniel Craig is on hand for crackpot support.
Opens Aug 24

14 Death Note
We’ll go to the mat for director Adam Wingard, whose You’re Next and The Guest made him a major new voice in horror. Now, Wingard does his spin on the classic set-up of The Monkey’s Paw, by way of a Japanese manga: if your name gets inscribed in a supernatural notebook, you die. Argh! Etc.
Opens Aug tbc

15 Detroit
This dramatic re-creation of the 1967 Detroit riot – a major episode of US civil unrest – is also the new movie by The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow, still the only woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. You’ll get to watch Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton) go supernova.ww
Opens Aug 4

By Mark Dinning
Time Out Doha,

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