10 Highly Anticipated Films to Catch this Summer

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Atomic Blonde (July 28) • A longtime stunt coordinator and one of the creative forces behind John Wick, David Leitch officially steps behind the camera with Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron as an undercover agent kick-punching her way through a buffet line of Cold War-era stooges. Leitch has Deadpool 2 lined up for next year, so hopefully we get one decent genre film out of him before that abomination kills us all.

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Detroit (August 4) • Kathryn Bigelow reteams with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal for her first film in five years, a visceral ensemble piece about the 1967 Detroit riots featuring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski. Sparked by racial injustice and inflamed by police brutality, the riots seem like the sort of historical event tailor-made for Bigelow’s brand of compellingly problematic cinema.

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Wind River (August 4) • This is the second directorial effort from Taylor Sheridan, but the barely released 2011 genre film Vile was made before he became Wunderkind Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind Sicario and Hell or High Water.  Now there are legitimate expectations for this low-key mystery about a murder on a Native American reservation.

Logan Lucky (August 18) Steven Soderbergh is very bad at retirement. He claimed to call it quits following 2013’s Behind the Candelabra, but he has been working nonstop ever since, most notably on his Cinemax show The Knick. And now he even manages to beat the already overhyped Ocean’s Eight to the punch with his own heist movie, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as brother thieves.






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