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Summer 2017 movies: Beyond 'Pirates,' 'Apes' and 'Transformers'

(L-R) Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer in Columbia Pictures'
(L-R) Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer in Columbia Pictures' "Rough Night."

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Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but the summer movie season is already upon us.

As has been the case in years past, screens this summer will be dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots. If you’ve been itching for another installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Transformers" or "Planet of the Apes," you’re in luck!

But there are also plenty of promising original films to watch out for too —  many of them from filmmakers who’ve been traditionally working in the art film world.

For those of you looking to figure out your summer movie plans, Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at New York Magazine’s, stopped by The Frame to offer some of his top picks:

The Big Sick (June 23)

I often hear from people, Ugh, I've seen so many bad movies. What's good that's coming out? This one. "The Big Sick." It's with Kumail Nanjiani, who you might know from "Silicon Valley." He co-wrote this with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, and it's about their courtship essentially —  this culture-clash courtship of this Pakistani American, played by Kumail, who falls for a white woman and his family isn't having it... And it really imbues the sort of tired, romantic comedy genre with specificity and laughs and it's great.

Logan Lucky (August 18)

I'm also excited about "Logan Lucky." It's Steven Soderbergh's first movie in a long, long time. This one has a really eclectic cast, with Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Hillary Swank, even Seth McFarlane found his way into this, so I'm curious.

Dunkirk (July 21)

While it may have a lot in common with a lot of other World War II movies, it has not very much in common with the other big summer movies that are coming out. And I think people will really respond to that — the notion that they are getting the scale and the craftsmanship of a summer movie, and a story that is quite unlike all the other superhero films we've got. So it could be a real sleeper hit. 

It Comes at Night (June 9)


I'm excited for this horror movie called "It Comes at Night." It's directed by Trey Edward Shults, who made this incredible indie called "Krisha" just a few years ago. It's distributed by A24, they're on a huge hot streak after winning Best Picture with "Moonlight."

Rough Night (June 16)

I'm really curious about "Rough Night." It is a female-fronted, R-rated comedy, which we're slowly starting to get more of, but what I appreciate about this one is it's actually directed by a woman, which studios don't often do. You would expect that— you would expect say the Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn movie "Snatched" to be directed by a woman, it wasn't. Neither was "Bridesmaids." But this one is directed by Lucia Aniello, who is sort of one of the maestros of "Broad City." I've heard great things about that script, trailer ain't great... but I still hold out hope. It's got a great cast.

The Beguiled (June 23)

Now this is a sequel I can get behind. "The Beguiled" is sort of a take off on a Clint Eastwood movie that came out quite a while ago. This one has Colin Farrell in the Clint Eastwood role, and a surfeit of actresses that are just perfect for Sofia Coppola... And I think this one is really provocative because the story is such a loaded gender play, and so to have a woman direct it, well that's what I want to see. If you're going to remake something, give us a fresh point of view. And I think Sofia Coppola can supply that. 

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