Dunkirk marks the end of summer blockbusters, but you still need to see these 10 films

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic doesn’t mark the end of the summer
Summer 2017 Movies Dunkirk

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Summer 2017 movies have already provided audiences with plenty of spellbinding cinematic delights. Marvel has continued its dominance with both Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, the DC Extended Universe finally found its feet with Wonder Woman, while Baby Driver, The Big Sick, The Beguiled, Okja, and A Ghost Story have each found audiences and impressed critics.

But while the release of both Dunkirk and Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets on July 21st marks the last of the huge blockbusters due out this summer, there’s still plenty of other films to fawn over before we have to greet the fall. They’re coming in all different shapes, sizes and genres, too. To help you out, we have compiled a list of 10 summer 2017 movies due out after Dunkirk that are still well worth your time and attention.

Atomic Blonde — 28th July

Anyone who has seen the trailer for Atomic Blonde will have immediately been enticed by the gritty, violent thriller, which sees Charlize Theron pummelling anyone that steps in her way in a sleek and stylish fashion. Atomic Blonde immediately bears more than a passing resemblance to John Wick, which is no surprise considering it is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed the pulverising 2014 tour-de-force with Chad Stahelski. The fact that Atomic Blonde resulted in David Leitch being hired to direct Deadpool 2 suggests he’s done a stellar job with it, too.

Brigsby Bear — 28th July

Let’s file this one under bizarre. Brigsby Bear revolves around James Pope (Kyle Mooney), who was kidnapped as a baby and learnt about the world through a children’s show character that was in fact made up by his kidnappers. After finally being rescued as an adult, James is so confused and baffled by the fact that Brigsby Bear was entirely made up that he sets out to make a movie involving the character so he can teach the world about what he learnt. Brigsby Bear has already impressed at Sundance, and with a cast that includes Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live), Claire Danes (Homeland), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), as well as Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg, Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins, there’s no doubting that it has the talent to provide copious amounts of laughs and become a cult classic.

Detroit — 4th August

Point Break, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty are just three films that have proven how integral a filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow is. With Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow has once again teamed up with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) to this time tell the tale of the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 Detroit 12th Street Riot, which resulted in the deaths of three black men. Kathryn Bigelow has always managed to depict events of this ilk in a visceral, compelling and timely manner, while also holding a mirror up to her audience. Considering the current political landscape, this could the director’s most impactful film to date.

The Dark Tower — 4th August

Considering that this adaptation of Stephen King’s hugely popular series of books has been in development for over a decade, you can understand why some fans are a little nervous about The Dark Tower. But those associated with it appear to have done everything right to pique interest: Rather than being a straight adaptation, The Dark Tower is actually a sequel to the events of the books, while director Nikolaj Arcel and Columbia Pictures have kept its budget relatively low at $60 million. It’s also led by Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, which could also work to entice audiences. The Dark Tower stands to rake in a surprisingly large sum if it’s met by impressive reviews. Either way, it should still be the highest grossing film of August.

Wind River — 4th August

Sicario and Hell Or High Water were two of the best reviewed films of 2015 and 2016, respectively. So the fact that their scribe Taylor Sheridan has not only written Wind River, but will also make his directorial debut with the taut mystery thriller, should make it a must-see for those of you that adored his previous films. With Wind River, Taylor Sheridan has stuck to what he knows best: it revolves around the violent investigation into the death of a young woman. Taylor Sheridan has also managed to amass a hugely impressive cast for his first foray behind the camera, which includes Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Jon Bernthal. Considering the strong response Wind River acquired at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, there’s every chance it will go on to match — or even eclipse — his other two winners.

The Glass Castle — 11th August

While it was her Academy Award winning turn in Room that brought Brie Larson to the attention of the mainstream, cinephiles first really took notice of her with 2013’s Short Term 12. The Glass Castle reunites  Brie Larson with Short Term 12’s writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton, who has adapted Jeannette Walls’ memoir of the same name. The Glass Castle depicts both the poverty-stricken upbringing of Jeanette Walls, which saw her and her three siblings travel around the south-west of the USA with her alcoholic father Rex (Woody Harrelson) and eccentric mother Rose Mary (Naomi Watts), as well as her ultimate success as an author and journalist. If it’s anything like Short Term 12, it promises to be a rousing and emotional tale.

Ingrid Goes West — 11th August

Ingrid Goes West is about as modern a film as you’re likely to see this year, let alone this summer. Aubrey Plaza plays the titular character, who travels from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to befriend media influencer Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). Obsessed by Taylor’s seemingly perfect life, Ingrid’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic. With a cast that’s packed out by Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff and O’Shea Jackson Jr, Ingrid Goes West certainly sounds like an intriguing watch, although, if handled poorly, it might be a little too on the nose to make its desired impact.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard — August 18th

If the thought of Samuel L. Jackson relentlessly shouting expletives at Ryan Reynolds is enough to make you smile, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the film for you. The action comedy pairs the two acting titans together, and it revolves around Reynolds as a special protection agent protecting the life of his enemy and one of the world’s most notorious hitmen, played by Jackson, who has been arrested and needs to be transported to the International Court Of Justice. As you’d expect, the duo are soon confronted with a tidal wave of action-orientated obstacles, while they’re also tasked with working together to try and bring down Gary Oldman as a ruthless Eastern European dictator. There’s too many cinematic ingredients for The Hitman’s Bodyguard not to entertain at least a little bit.

Logan Lucky — August 18th

Steven Soderbergh’s first cinematic release since 2013’s Side Effects deserves to be celebrated simply because it’s been four years since we have seen the lauded director work his wonders on the big-screen. There are many more reasons why Logan Lucky looks so impressive, though. Firstly, its cast includes Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig. Not enough for you? It also just so happens to look like a southern, more comedic version of Ocean’s Eleven, as it revolves around three siblings trying to reverse a family curse by robbing the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I’m sold.

Patti Cake$ — August 18th

Another hit film from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Patti Cake$ revolves around Patricia “Dumbo” Dumbrowski (Danielle Macdonald), a plus-sized white girl from Bergen County, New Jersey, who’s intent on finding fame and wealth as a rapper. Quickly acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures after it premiered at the legendary festival, the studio decided Patti Cake$ would be a nice alternative summer viewing for moviegoers, especially as reviewers heaped praise on it for being endearing and surprisingly sweet, while also lauding Danielle Macdonald’s performance. If all goes well, Patti Cake$ could even feature in the looming 2017 awards season rush.

 

 
 
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