HOLLYWOOD—This is the summer of the blockbusters. However, blockbusters, aren’t for everybody. This summer, you have “Transformers: The Last Knight, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.” You’ll also have the animated sequel “Cars 3,” animated threequel “Despicable Me 3,” and Christopher Nolan’s war epic “Dunkirk.” But what if you don’t really care for blockbusters. Not to worry, here are a few films you can choose from.
Whitney Houston’s fans will love, “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a documentary being released on June 24, that chronicles the extraordinary life and tragic death of Houston.
The film “Baby Driver,” will be released on June 28. The film’s director Edgar Wright is known for his work on the films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” movies that combined gross-out comedy with spins on familiar genre conventions. The movie is a straight crime thriller about a baby-faced getaway driver whose skills behind the wheel make him in high demand. It has a great cast, a very interesting soundtrack and plenty of tire-squealing mayhem, a little bit more substance that your average “Fast and the Furious” movie.
This is what fans have been waiting for, the film “All Eyez On Me,” was released on June 16. The first in a number of upcoming films about the great Tupac Shakur. It’s a straightforward chronicle of the rapper’s short life and a brilliant career. Plenty of raves for Demetruis Shipp Jr’s performance as Shakur, the Harlem-born performer who was shot and killed in September 1996. The film, shares its title with the last Tupac album to be released during his lifetime.
“It Comes At Night,” is a psychological thriller steeped in suspense and dread, about the tale of two families sharing a cabin in the wood. It looks like it might have been better to release the flick closer to Halloween. Joel Edgerton stars as a father who has constructed a refuge from a deadly epidemic that is believed to have wiped out much of the human population.
On June 30, you’ll be able to see “The Beguiled.” Talent runs in the family. Sofia Coppola’s latest, her first theatrical feature since 2013’s “The Bling Ring,” is a starry affair that won her a best director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in Virginia during the American Civil War, it tells of a girls’ school that is thrown out of whack when it takes in a wounded Union soldier. Colin Farrell, plays the soldier and upsets the equilibrium of this all-female enclave, drawing out tensions and resentments that had laid out of view. Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst inflate the cast of drama whose source material previously spawned a Clint Eastwood movie back in 1971.
Last but not least, the film “The Big Sick” will be released on July 28. A charming romantic comedy about a Muslim comedian from Pakistan who begins a relationship with a white American woman. The film was a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was snapped up by Amazon for $12 million. The film stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in this witty, heartfelt and very sophisticated movie. With a surprise insight into Pakistan’s fascination with cricket.
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