When I was working for an open air cinema in the summer of 2015, I got used to the idea of watching films in summer. I am not sure if the films in this list will be screened open air, but you should definitely check them out either way.
Starting with Baby Driver, which is the most exciting film to be released in my opinion. Starring; Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, and Lily James. The cast is not the only inviting thing about this film, it is directed by Edgar Wright, the genius behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. So expect amazing snappy editing, creativity, kick ass soundtracks and a unique fun film.
Next on the list is somewhat similar in style, Atomic Blonde. However, I have never seen a film from the same director. Apparently, he is filming Deadpool 2 and did stunts in Fight Club? That's what IMDB says anyway. I don't care though because I adore Charlize Theron's work and to see her and James McAvoy in the same film is enough reason for me to want to watch it.
So you probably heard about this adaptation of a French novella to the big screen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. I watched Dane DaHaan (the main guy) on a few good productions and I am positive he is a good actor, I can't say the same about Cara Delevingne, but she is trying. To be honest, I am not into space films if they are not Star Wars but I would give it a shot just because it is adapted from a 1967 French comic book and turned into a film by Luc Besson and the genre is 'space opera'.
Moving onto the indie genre, the following films were screened in Cannes this year.
I will be starting with a disappointment. I have not watched the film yet but Fatih Akın, the Turkish-German director who crafted a beautiful film such as Gegen die Wand (2004) is working with Diane Kruger on his upcoming film Aus Dem Nichts. I don't mind Kruger, but having watched Akın's filmography, I have my doubts about this film.
If you are like me, you say "I am a simple person, I see Joaquin Phoenix, I click", then you should see this trailer. The film got very good reviews, as Phoenix always does with his films. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) director Lynne Ramsay directed the film, oh yay another female director! I honestly hope promoting female filmmakers is not a passing trend in media. The trailer is actually a teaser but I really like the camera movements.
Finally, The Beguilded by Sofia Coppola brings together -the suddenly popular again- Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. The film looks like a Virgin Suicides and The Others (without the ghost stuff) crossover and I am mainly excited to see this film because it is a thriller, which I believe is a first for Coppola.