In the past, summer blockbuster season has been a great opportunity to watch men in tights or capes, or sequels to sequels. But behold: this summer’s popcorn season seems to have taken a cue from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. Yes, there are still plenty of buff dudes, but just as many butt-kicking wonder women (one of whom is actually Wonder Woman). Read on for your guide to a summer of cinematic girl power.
Snatched (May 12)
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn play a buttoned-up mother and let-it-all-hang-out daughter who travel to Ecuador for some fun in the sun. When Schumer’s character gets drunk and makes out with an inappropriate stranger (as Schumer characters often do), she and mom get caught up in an elaborate, cringe-worthy kidnapping plot. But hey, it’s Goldie’s first movie in 15 years (woot! woot!), which may be worth the shameover.
Wonder Woman (June 2)
At last, a comic book movie where the hero doesn’t rely on that super-power known as a penis. Gal Gadot plays the titular Amazonian princess who takes on a whole bunch of bad guys with her sword and shield and signature (if not terribly practical) bustier. Gadot, who beat out a pool of wannabe Wonders, says she listened to Beyoncé before nailing her audition.
Beatriz At Dinner (June 9)
Salma Hayek plays an alternative healer and Mexican immigrant who doesn’t quite fit in at her friend’s fancy dinner party. In particular, Beatriz (Hayek) clashes with an arrogant racist billionaire, which explains the buzz around this movie as the first dark comedy of the Trump era. Bonus: Connie Britton co-stars.
Megan Leavey (June 9)
Dog parents, prepare to weep openly at this true story about an American marine and her loyal canine companion who served together in Iraq. Kate Mara (the scheming reporter from season one of House of Cards) stars as Leavey, who earned a purple heart for bravery.
Rough Night (June 16)
Five college besties come together for the ultimate Miami stagette, which means strippers, dance parties, drugs and puking in public — and then things get crazy. Scar-Jo stars as the straitlaced bride-to-be, with a group of gal pals (Kate McKinnon from SNL, Ilana Glazer from Broad City), who make those Hangover dudes look like little old ladies.
The Beguiled (June 23)
This spooky Civil War-era remake about what happens after a handsome stranger shows up at an all-girls boarding school has A-list estrogen on both sides of the camera: Sofia Coppola directs Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman.
The House (June 30)
SNL royalty Amy Phoeler and Will Ferrell play parents who accidentally spend their daughter’s college fund and open an illegal basement casino to make back the money.
Girls Trip (July 21)
Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith co-star in the second movie this summer to feature a “gal pals hit the road to recapture their carefree youth” plotline (see Rough Night above). But it’s the first to feature a public washroom emergency scene to rival Maya Rudolph’s in Bridesmaids.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)
The revered French sci-fi comic that influenced blockbusters like Star Wars is finally getting the big screen treatment, starring supermodel Cara Delevingne (as an intergalactic special operative) and featuring a Rihanna as some kind of smoking hot alien shape-shifter.
The Bad Batch (June 23)
Suki Waterhouse — best known until now as the English model who dated Bradley Cooper — kicks off her acting career as the star of this dystopian action-romance set in a community of cannibals.
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