As Spring comes to a close and Summer begins to heat things up, we have curated the perfect list of action, revenge and Hip-Hop havoc that will have us all going to the movies every other weekend to catch up on the latest and greatest the box office has to offer. From grubbing on the popcorn to gripping our chairs, this hot season is looking promising in the air-conditioned theaters with 2017’s summer movie line-up…
Release Date: May 25th
SYNOPSIS: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenseh Hadera, Hannibal Buress
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Release Date: May 26th
SYNOPSIS: Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Orland, o Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Stephen Graham, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Jessica Green, Goran D. Kleut, Kevin McNally, Paul McCartney, Martin Klebba
Official Website: http://pirates.disney.com/
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Transformers: The Last Knight
Release Date: June 21
SYNOPSIS: Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabella Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro
Official Website: http://www.transformersmovie.com/
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Release Date: June 16th
SYNOPSIS: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Directed by: Brian Fee
Cast: Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria
Official Website: http://movies.disney.com/cars-3
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All Eyez on Me
Release Date: June 16th
SYNOPSIS: The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur, from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death
Directed by: Benny Boom
Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard, Rayan Lawrence
Official Website: http://www.alleyezonme.movie
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Despicable Me 3
Release Date: June 30th
SYNOPSIS: Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s and gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long-lost twin brother, Dru.
Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Galer, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, and Julie Andrews
Official Website: http://www.despicable.me/
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Release Date: July 28th
SYNOPSIS: The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Directed by: David Leitch
Cast: John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones
Official Website: http://www.atomicblonde.com/
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War of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 14th
SYNOPSIS: Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary
Official Website: http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes
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Release Date: July 21st
SYNOPSIS: Four friends are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee and Will Packer
Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish
Official Website: http://www.girlstripmovie.com/
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Release Date: July 7th
SYNOPSIS: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Directed by: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Official Website: https://www.spidermanhomecoming.com/
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