Those in the know are predicting a major sag in the box-office takings for the summer of 2017. Audiences have had it, right? They don’t want to queue up to throw their money away on the fifth iteration of Transformers (this one’s called The Last Knight) or Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell No Tales), or Pixar’s third Cars movie?
Not so fast. The demise of blockbuster retreads and rip-offs must still be filed under fake news; the revolt against franchise fatigue may be as slow in coming as Trump impeachment proceedings. Lousy movies wouldn’t be spawning sequels if the public wasn’t paying for them. And now studios have a large overseas market clamoring for same-old-same-old.
But all is not lost… well, not completely, at least. Even in this season of the walking braindead, we’ve have founds some great surprises in live-wire escapism and real-deal Oscar heat. Here are the blockbusters and big-name, big-budget movies you need to be paying attention to this summer