Highlights June 2017

2017 Summer Movies

Summertime and movies go hand and hand. Here are a few films to escape with when the weather heats up.



Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
After hypnotizing their school’s principal, two prankster students inadvertently turn him into Captain Underpants, the Jockey-wearing superhero of the comics they’ve written. This animated feature is based on the long-running children’s book series by Dav Pilkey.

Letters From Baghdad
Nicole Kidman just played the British adventurer Gertrude Bell, known to many as the female Lawrence of Arabia, in a biopic from Werner Herzog. Now Bell is the subject of a documentary that draws on century-old footage and Bell’s own letters.

Wonder Woman
After an appearance in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in 2016, that was effectively a trailer within a film, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) gets a long-teased movie of her own. Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) directs this origin story, which finds the superheroine leaving her life as an Amazon princess to fight in World War I.


Beatriz At Dinner
A Mexican massage therapist and healer (Salma Hayek) and a billionaire hotel owner (John Lithgow) butt heads at a dinner party. Connie Britton, David Warshofsky, Amy Landecker and Chloë Sevigny are among the mortified faces around the table.

Lacking the money for college, Miles (Tim Boardman) learns that he’s eligible for a scholarship if he plays on a volleyball team. The problem? It’s an all-girls team.

The Mummy
Want to feel old? Tom Cruise is now beginning his fourth decade as an action star. Want to feel a bit younger? Meet his new nemesis, a princess (Sofia Boutella) who has been mummified since ancient Egypt.

Random Tropical Paradise
After his fiancée cheats on him — at his wedding — a groom (Bryan Greenberg) is persuaded by his friend (Brooks Wheelan) that it’s time for an all-bros vacation. Survivors of the “Hangover” movies know that this plan never works out.


A drama about an 11-year-old genius (Jaeden Lieberher) who, with his mother (Naomi Watts), sets out to rescue the girl next door (Maddie Ziegler), who seems to be abused by her stepfather (Dean Norris).

In the newest chapter of one of the less-loved Pixar series, the run-down Lightning McQueen sets out to prove he’s still got some gas in the old engine with the assistance of a technician.

Remember Richard Dreyfuss in the shark cage in “Jaws”? This is the same thing, except instead of Mr. Dreyfuss, picture Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters, and the cage detaches from the boat, sending the pair plunging to depths that make sharks just one of their problems.

Venice Beach, that is, where a detective (Bruce Willis) goes ballistic after a dognapping leaves his beloved pooch in the hands of drug dealers. (That’s better than what happened to John Wick, who sprang into action after his dog was killed.) John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Kal Penn, Famke Janssen and Thomas Middleditch are along for the ride. Written and directed by Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen, who wrote the script for Kevin Smith’s Bruce Willis vehicle, “Cop Out.”

In the midst of a coked-up bachelorette party, the women (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz) must suddenly scramble after one of them accidentally kills a male stripper.


Transformers: The Last Knight
The case that Michael Bay is a covert abstract expressionist, taking millions of studio dollars and subversively using them to create symphonies of color and movement that no human eye could possibly be expected to follow, has not gained enough popular traction.


No one puts Baby in a corner — but this Baby (Ansel Elgort) happens to be a getaway driver who rocks out to his favorite tunes as he careens through city streets. Edgar Wright’s action comedy also stars Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González and Jon Hamm.


Yes, the asking price is probably quite low by now, but it’s still probably a bad idea to move your family into the haunted house that will forever be associated with Amityville, N.Y. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan and Mckenna Grace are the new occupants.

Once a villain, still a curmudgeon, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) matches wits with a bad guy (Trey Parker) who has a thing for ’80s fashion and music. There will be Minions, and also Kristen Wiig.

Two parents (Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell), unable to afford college tuition for their daughter (Ryan Simpkins), turn their home into a casino. Does what happens in the rec room stay in the rec room? With Allison Tolman from “Fargo” Season 1 and Jason Mantzoukas.

A mother who is new to town (Nicky Whelan) is welcomed by a couple (Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage). Then she grows too close.

Jeff Baena’s shock comedy is centered on a group of medieval nuns (Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci) who don’t have the usual compunctions about promiscuity or foul language. John C. Reilly, Jemima Kirke, Dave Franco and Fred Armisen are among the many familiar faces in the cast.



Patti (Danielle Macdonald) is an aspiring rapper stuck in a pocket of New Jersey. Geremy Jasper’s debut feature follows her efforts to make it big — and is enough of a crowd-pleaser that you may rap along with her.

Sometime after a Dutch couple moved to an isolated village in Spain, they came into a conflict with a neighboring family. One of the pair disappeared. This documentary from Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer investigates what happened.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a reboot of the series, starring Tom Holland — who played the role in “Captain America: Civil War” — as a young Peter Parker. Marisa Tomei plays Aunt May, and Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man.


Alec Baldwin, as a novelist left blinded and widowed from a car accident, meets Demi Moore, who volunteers at a center for the sightless. She is unhappily married to a white-collar criminal (Dylan McDermott), and one thing leads to another. Please don’t let the title be a metaphor.

This auspicious and thoroughly cinematic first feature from the British stage and opera director William Oldroyd transplants a Russian novella, “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” to 19th-century England. A new bride (the fierce Florence Pugh), trapped in a sexless arranged marriage to an often-absent husband (Paul Hilton), begins an affair with a stable hand (Cosmo Jarvis).

It’s time for war, and fearsome leaders head both species’ armies. On the ape side, Caesar (Andy Serkis). On the human side, the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

An unhappy teenager (Joey King) has an opportunity to improve her life and get revenge on her bullies when she comes into possession of a wish-granting music box. Of course, there’s a catch.


First Kill
Hayden Christensen stars as a Wall Street broker who, with the best of intentions, takes his son (Ty Shelton) on a bonding trip. But the son is taken hostage by bank robbers, and his father must scramble to meet their demands. Bruce Willis plays a police chief.

Girls Trip
Overdue for a reunion, four friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish) embark on a wild weekend excursion to New Orleans. Malcolm D. Lee (“Barbershop: The Next Cut”) directs.

Valerian and The City Of A Thousand Planets
Twenty years after “The Fifth Element,” Luc Besson returns to flying cars and futuristic cities with this adaptation of the long-running French comic “Valérian and Laureline.” Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne play special agents. There are appearances by Rihanna and Herbie Hancock, along with Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer and Kris Wu.


Atomic Blonde
Charlize Theron does what promises to be some dazzling stunt work as a British agent in Berlin at the end of the Cold War. James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones also star.

The Emoji Movie
An entire animated movie about emojis? The voices include those of T. J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart.

An unsuccessful actress (Virginia Kull) is persuaded that the way to improve her cash flow is to rip off her mother’s boyfriend (Ed Begley Jr.), who works in Chicago’s Jewelers Row district. Marilu Henner, Ashton Holmes and Zach McGowan also star.

The Last Face
Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem star as the planet’s best-looking humanitarian aide workers, who have a steamy affair against a backdrop of war and strife in Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia.


August 4

Brave New Jersey
The residents of a small town in New Jersey tune into Orson Welles’s 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast — and like many who heard it live, they don’t realize that it’s theater. The fun cast includes Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Dan Bakkedahl and Raymond J. Barry.

The Dark Tower
Adapted from Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series — seven novels and a short story published over three decades — this adaptation casts Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the last gunfighter in an alternate land, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, with whom he is in mythic conflict.

Fun Mom Dinner
Four mothers (Toni Collette, Katie Aselton, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon) of preschoolers assemble for what turns out to be a crazy yet heartwarming evening out.

Ingrid Goes West
An unbalanced loner with a few screws loose (Aubrey Plaza) becomes obsessed with a social media celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen) and worms her way into her life. It’s a dark comedy, not a stalker thriller. O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Wyatt Russell also star.

Wind River
A murder mystery set on a remote, mountainous reservation in Wyoming. Jeremy Renner is a game tracker who teams up with an ill-prepared (yet consistently underestimated) F.B.I. agent (Elizabeth Olsen) to find out whodunit.


The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
An animated squirrel with Will Arnett’s voice works with his animal friends to thwart the construction of an amusement park.

The Only Living Boy In New York
If the Simon & Garfunkel reference in the title weren’t enough, it sure sounds a bit like “The Graduate”: A newly minted college graduate (Callum Turner) contends with both the girl he’s wooing (Kiersey Clemons) and his father’s mistress (Kate Beckinsale), with whom he becomes infatuated. Marc Webb directs from a script by Allan Loeb (“Collateral Beauty”). Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Nixon are also in it.

Any new fans Tom Holland wins from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” can catch him here as a 13th-century monk on a dangerous mission to transport a holy relic to Rome.


The Spanish director Mateo Gil (who has collaborated with Alejandro Amenábar on scripts for films like “Open Your Eyes”) wrote and directed this science-fiction film about a man (Tom Hughes) with a terminal disease who is cryogenically frozen and then awakened in 2084 after 60 years of limbo. Charlotte Le Bon and Oona Chaplin co-star.


The Hitman’s Bodyguard
A renowned bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) takes on the unenviable task of chaperoning the world’s most wanted hitman (Samuel L. Jackson), who has been his enemy in the past. Even the advertising materials for this buddy comedy mercilessly parody the 1992 Whitney Houston vehicle “The Bodyguard.”

Logan Lucky
Channing Tatum and Adam Driver play brothers who plot a robbery at a speedway. Many others are involved: Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig and Katherine Waterston.


In this theatrical film, which covers 30 years of John Gotti’s life, John Travolta assumes impersonation duties. Mr. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, plays Gotti’s wife.

Tulip Fever
Alicia Vikander, as a 17th-century woman unhappily in an arranged marriage (with Christoph Waltz), has an affair with a painter (Dane DeHaan). Together, they enter the Dutch tulip market hoping to strike it rich. That bubble didn’t work out, but maybe these crazy kids will be O.K.? Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) directs from a script by Tom Stoppard.

The Unknown Girl
A doctor (Adèle Haenel) declines to answer a ringing doorbell after hours; when the person doing the ringing is found dead, she sets out to learn more about her — and to find a shred of decency in a sinning world. Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet, Dardennes regulars, are also in the cast.

An app designer (Kate Micucci) moves to San Francisco to get away from her treacherous boyfriend — which sounds like a good plan, but then a full moon turns her beloved cat and dog into men.


A girl who longs to become a dancer and a boy who longs to become an inventor head to Paris to pursue their passions in this animated feature. With the voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Kate McKinnon, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen and Mel Brooks.

The Teacher
Zuzana Maurery plays a teacher whose seemingly innocuous question to new students — what do your parents do? — is part of a bartering strategy.

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