From shootouts and explosions to side-splitting comedy, summer blockbusters are a tradition as American as the 4th of July, barbeques and chasing after the ice cream truck. It’s a hard task, but we’ve picked out five of the must-see summer movies of 2017, along with plenty of others that look fun as well!
Release Date: May 5th
With the almost never-ending onslaught of superhero movies, it sometimes feels like we’re living in the Marvel Universe. For whatever reason, Guardians of the Galaxy still feels refreshing, even in its sequel. The humor and action from the first film are still present, along with some new character development and some truly touching moments. It also has a great summer soundtrack!
If you’ve already seen Guardians, you’re probably also looking forward to Wonder Woman on June 2nd (spoiler alert: it’s already getting some great reviews!) and Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7th. We’re looking forward to those as well!
Release Date: June 9th
The best horror movies often feel eerily familiar. From its title to its seemingly simple premise (don’t go out at night!), It Comes at Night feels like a classic ghost story for a post-apocalyptic age. It’s familiar but unsettling. And judging by the trailer, it looks like there will be plenty more chills beneath the surface.
Still craving more thrills for summer 2017? Check out Alien: Covenant on May 19th!
Release Date: June 28th
This movie was a favorite at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, leaving many critics pleasantly surprised. It’s an odd but fun premise—a teenage getaway driver named “Baby” with unmatched skill and headphones perpetually stuck in his ears accepts “one last job” for the ultimate heist. If you’re still unsure, this movie has some serious talent. Ansel Elgort and Lily James star alongside Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm.
Release Date: June 28th
Whether you loved Bong Joon-ho’s previous film Snowpiercer or you’re a fan of strangely beautiful coming of age stories, Okja is another must-see film of the summer. The film follows a young girl who takes on a multi-national corporation (lead by Tilda Swinton, playing a set of twins) when they capture her beloved (and giant) pet pig with the intent of farming its meat.
And the best part? You won’t even have to hit the theaters for this one. As a Netflix original movie, it will be available for streaming from the comfort of your home, alongside the new Brad Pitt film War Machine (May 26th).
Release Date: June 30th
Be warned. This one is going to be raunchy. But if you’re in the mood for a bit of naughty comedy or just a cast chock-full of comedic superstars (including several Saturday Night Live alumni) The Little Hours is a must-see summer film. Much in the tradition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the film tells the story of several saucy nuns (played by Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, and Molly Shannon) and their life of sin. Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen also star.
Looking for more badass female powerhouse comedy this summer? Check out Aubrey Plaza’s other film, Ingrid Goes West on August 4th and Rough Night on June 16th, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell and Zoë Kravitz!
Still looking for more? Check out our previous post on must-see book to film adaptations for some other great movies coming out this summer, including the film adaptations of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st) and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower (August 4th)!
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