Summer 2017 Movie Preview: Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, Wonder Woman

Whether it’s the vacation days or the air conditioning, summer is peak movie time. Each week has a new potential blockbuster coming out, and it can be exhausting to try to keep up. Since we don’t want you to fall asleep during the film, the cinephiles here at Tubi TV have created a Summer 2017 movie preview cheat sheet, ranging from the sequels and blockbusters to the indies that could be breakout hits. For the extra lazy (it’s summer, y’all), we’ve also included an emoji preview, too. You’re welcome.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, Baywatch

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: May

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Director James Gunn and the whole crew – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper – return for this Marvel sequel. New faces include Kurt Russell (as Star Lord’s father!) and Sylvester Stallone. Critics already love it, and we can’t wait.

Nathan Fillion’s cameo may have been cut, but you can watch him in all his goofy glory in Much Ado About Nothing, streaming free on Tubi.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12)

Our expectations: ? ⚔ ?

Guy Ritchie’s frenetic directing style takes on Arthurian legend with this action film. Charlie Hunnam stars as the titular king, who fights to reclaim his crown from Vortigern (Jude Law) after he pulls Excalibur from the stone.

Want more of King Arthur? The Starz series Camelot is streaming free on Tubi. 

Snatched (May 12)

Our expectations: ? ☀️ ?

We love everything about this comedy about a mother and daughter who are kidnapped during a South American vacation. Amy Schumer. GOLDIE HAWN. Its Mother’s Day weekend release date. 50/50 director Jonathan Levine. We’ll be super sad if it’s anything other than hilarious.

Alien: Covenant (May 19)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

After the epic action of Prometheus, Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise with this sequel (which still predates the original quadrilogy). Michael Fassbender is back as the android David, but a new group (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, and Jussie Smollett) struggles to survive on board the ship Covenant.

Watch Michael Fassbender in a much smaller movie (that we love), Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, streaming free on Tubi TV. 

Everything Everything (May 19)

Our expectations:  ? ? ?

We expect to have all the feels for this teen romance based on Nicola Yoon’s novel. The Hunger Games‘ Amandla Stenberg stars as an 18-year-old who can’t leave her house due to her extreme allergies, which complicates the budding relationship with her neighbor (Jurassic World‘s Nick Robinson).

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (May 19)

Our expectations: ? ? ?‍?‍?‍?

Other than the fact that we’re apparently at the place where former teen star Alicia Silverstone is old enough to play a mother to a teen, this looks like another fun entry in the family series based on the popular books with the family on a summer road trip.

Baywatch (May 25)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

The beloved ’90s show gets an update with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron teaming up for a movie that we hope is more 21 Jump Street than CHiPs. Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) will play the film’s villain. Expect plenty of sun, sand, and skin. Anyone want to take the over-under on when Johnson will do a pec pop?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26)

Our expectations: ☠️ ⚓️ ?

With a massive $320 million budget, the fifth film in the franchise is the second most expensive film ever, coming in behind its predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($410.6 million). Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is, of course, back and faces off against Javier Bardem’s Armando Salazar, but fans are also excited to see the return of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, after their absence in the fourth movie.

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, and Aiza Gonzalez, Baby Driver

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: June

Wonder Woman (June 2)

Our expectations: ?? ✊ ?

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was the best part of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we can’t wait for her to get her own movie. Set during World War I, Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira to try to stop the fighting. Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright co-star, while Patty Jenkins (Monster) directs.

It Comes at Night (June 9)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbot, and Riley Keough face what’s left after a world-changing event in this terrifying thriller. A family has secluded themselves in the woods, but can they keep themselves safe from what’s outside (and inside) their house? After a secret film festival screening last weekend, It Comes at Night, is getting great reviews, making the wait for June 9 even harder.

If you can’t wait for this post-apocalyptic thriller, stream Carriers starring Chris Pine free on Tubi TV. 

The Mummy (June 9)

Our expectations: ✈️ ?? ??

Tom Cruise stars in this film that could be the first of many in the Universal Monsters series…if it’s successful. If Tom Cruise isn’t enough star power for you (who are you?), The Mummy also features performances from Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance.

Cars 3 (June 16)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Can Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) keep up with the newer, faster cars? With the help of race technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), he’s going to try in this third outing in the Pixar franchise. Armie Hammer joins as villain Jackson Storm, while Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, and Bonnie Hunt all return.

Rough Night (June 16)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

We never knew we needed a raunchy bachelorette comedy with Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer, but of course we do. Broad City‘s Lucia directs and co-wrote the script with Paul W. Downs.

All Eyez on Me (June 16)

Our expectations: ? ? ✊?

This biopic tells the story of Tupac Shakur, played by lookalike Demetrius Shipp Jr. in his first film role. Notorious star Jamal Woolard appears again as Biggie Smalls, and the movie also features Danai Gurira and Kat Graham as Afeni Shakur and Jada Pinkett, respectively.

Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Michael Bay says this is his last Transformers film, so expect it to be big (even for Transformers). With Optimus Prime gone, stopping the war between humans and Transformers falls to a motley crew: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, Sir Edmund Burton (Sir Anthony Hopkins), and Oxford Professor Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock).

Want to watch the original series before the fifth live action movie? Transformers Generation 1 is streaming free on Tubi TV. 

The Bad Batch (June 23)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Director Ana Lily Amirpour wowed us with her debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and we’re just as excited for this film. We’ve got four words for you: cannibals, Texas, romance, and dystopia. If that isn’t enough to have you counting down, The Bad Batch stars Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey, and Diego Luna.

The Beguiled (June 23)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 movie of the same name, where a Union solider (Colin Farrell) is nursed at an all-girls school, but soon the dangers aren’t only coming from the war surrounding them. Coppola favorite Kirsten Dunst stars, alongside Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and The Nice Guys standout Angourie Rice.

While you wait, see Nicole Kidman in Lars von Trier’s Dogville, streaming free on Tubi TV

The Big Sick (June 23)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Based on their own interfaith and interracial relationship, this film written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon was a hit at Sundance. Nanjiani stars as a version of himself, while indie romantic comedy queen Zoe Kazan plays Emily.

Baby Driver (June 28)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

If we had a time machine, June 28 is the date we’d use it to travel to. Director Edgar Wright is a master of visuals and timing, and this action comedy was the talk of SXSW, particularly for its use of music. A young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) finds himself facing off against a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) after a heist goes wrong. Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx co-star.

Amityville: The Awakening (June 30)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

When a family moves into a house in Amityville (that one), mysterious things begin happening to them, including the teen in a coma (Cameron Monaghan). Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mckenna Grace star, while Franck Calhoun (P2, streaming on Tubi TV) writes and directs.

Watch the original The Amityville Horror, streaming free on Tubi TV. 

Despicable Me 3 (June 30)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

In this third outing in the Illumination series, Gru (voice of Steve Carell) must face not only a new nemesis, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) but also his own brother, Dru (Carell again). Don’t worry: the Minions are back, too.

The House (June 30)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

College tuition is no joke, except that its exorbitant cost is the central premise of this comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. When two parents worry they can’t pay for their daughter’s school, they open up an illegal casino in their home to make money (as you do). Allison Tolman, Cedric Yarbrough, Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel, and Nick Kroll also star, but Jason Mantzoukas steals the trailer with his last line.

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: Charlize Theron, Atomic Blonde

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: July

Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

This is the second reboot of the Marvel franchise, but this time, Peter Parker is a member of the Avengers–and the MCU–thanks to Disney and Sony playing nice. After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, this Spider-man (Tom Holland) tries to navigate life as a teenage superhero. Michael Keaton (aka BATMAN) is the villainous vulture, and the movie also stars Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Fargo MVP Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

Watch Zendaya in Disney Channel original Zapped, streaming free on Tubi TV. 

A Ghost Story (July 7)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

David Lowery reunites with his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints actors Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for another indie drama after last year’s Disney film Pete’s DragonA Ghost Story is exactly what it sounds like, but instead of ghosts inspiring fear and making this a horror film, it’s a profound reflection on relationships and grief.

War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)

Our expectations: ⚔ ? ?

Before Rise of the Planet of the Apes, could anyone have predicted how awesome this rebooted franchise would be? Matt Reeves returns to the director’s chair for this third film (ninth overall), as do Andy Serkis and Terry Notary, with Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer joining the series.

Dunkirk (July 21)

Our expectations: ? ?? ?

Christopher Nolan leaves the world of fantasy and science fiction for historical realism for this war movie set against the backdrop of the titular evacuation at the beginning of World War II. Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and, of course, Harry Styles star.

Girls Trip (July 21)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

We don’t know what is sparking the mini trend of outrageous female comedies (Delayed response to Bridesmaids? Quick movement on Bad Moms?), but we like it. Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish star in this movie about four friends and their trip to New Orleans.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

We have our fingers crossed for director Luc Besson to give us another film on the brilliant, bonkers level of The Fifth Element. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star in this sci-fi adventure set in the 28th century and based on a comic book series.

Landline (July 21)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Set in a pre-cell-phone 1995, this dramedy reunites Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre and her star Jenny Slate. The actress plays a young woman who discovers that her father is having an affair, while she and her sister (Abby Quinn, in a breakout role) navigate their own relationships. Landline premiered to solid reviews at Sundance, where it was picked up for distribution.

Atomic Blonde (July 28)

Our expectations: ☢️ ?? ??

After Mad Max: Fury Road and Aeon Flux, Charlize Theron has proven that she is as much action hero as she is Oscar winner, and this spy thriller cements her status. Here, she stars as an MI6 agent sent to Berlin just before the fall of the Wall. We can’t wait for the fight scenes, which will be killer (literally) if the red-band trailer is any indication.

Watch Charlize Theron in action heroine mode in Aeon Flux, now streaming free on Tubi TV. 

The Emoji Movie (July 28)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

We scoffed when this film was announced, but we were won over by the casting of Steven Wright as the Meh emoji and Sir Patrick Stewart as Poop. And remember when people weren’t sure about The Lego Movie?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (July 28)

Our expectations: ? ☀️ ?

How many documentaries get a sequel? The original An Inconvenient Truth won two Oscars with its message about global warming, and this follow-up travels with Al Gore as he continues his environmental mission.

Watch An Inconvenient Truth, now streaming free on Tubi TV. 

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, The Dark Tower

Summer 2017 Movie Preview: August

The Dark Tower (August 4)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

So it’s not Idris Elba as James Bond, but we’ll take him as The Gunslinger in this adaptation of Stephen King’s series that pits him against Matthew McConaughey’s The Man in Black. We finally have a trailer for The Dark Tower, which makes us feel better since the project has been in development *forever*.

Watch other Stephen King adaptations like The Dead Zone, streaming free on Tubi TV.

Detroit (August 4)

Our expectations: ? ? ✊?

Zero Dark Thirty director–and Oscar winner–Kathryn Bigelow helms this movie that, while set in 1967, feels relevant in 2017. Starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, and Samira Wiley, Detroit covers “the Algiers Motel Incident,” which included murders of black men and the riots that followed.

Watch Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller K-19: The Widowmaker free on Tubi TV. 

Step (August 4)

Our expectations: ? ? ??

This documentary was a critical and audience hit when it played at Sundance earlier this year, where Fox Searchlight purchased it for more than $4 million (huge, particularly for a nonfiction film). Amanda Lipitz’s doc follows a step dance team in Baltimore as they perform and try to be the first members of their family to go to college.

Ingrid Goes West (August 4)

Our expectations: ? ❤️ ?

Like a Single White Female for the Instagram era, this dark comedy follows Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) and the object of her social media obsession, Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). We love the crazy energy of its red-band trailer, but after Legion, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and The To-Do List, we’re really on board for anything with Plaza.

Annabelle: Creation (August 11)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Last year’s Lights Out was a nicely creepy horror movie, so we’re excited about having its director David Sandberg helm this origin story for everyone’s least favorite doll from The Conjuring. Its trailer made us say “Nope!” in the best of ways.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (August 18)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

Whoever decided to set the trailer for this action-comedy with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is a certified genius. Samuel L. Jackson stars as top assassin, while Ryan Reynolds is the bodyguard assigned to protect him.

Tulip Fever (August 25)

Our expectations: ? ? ?

This prestige costume drama about a painter and his married muse has been delayed a few times (and the late August release date is not a vote of confidence), but we can’t help but swoon over the thought of Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, and Zach Galifianakis (what?!) here.

 

Which film are you most looking forward to? Did we miss anything you’re waiting for in our Summer 2017 Movie Preview? When you’re not going to the theater, make it a Movie Night with Tubi.