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SUMMER SAVERS By Lori Vernon Tom in The Tom Cruise Holland in Mummy Spider-Man Homecoming May (Marisa Tomei), while under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). While he tries to go back to a nor- mal life, Peter becomes distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. When the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new vil- lain, everything that Peter holds dear will be threatened. Also starring Zendaya, Gwyneth Paltrow and John Favreau. A Ghost Story Director: David Lowery July 7• Rated R Casey Affleck reteams with Rooney Mara and director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) for this eerie, existential drama/fanta- sy/romance that follows a recently deceased man who returns to his former home as a benevolent white-sheeted ghost repeatedly try- ing to connect with his bereft wife (Mara) and others who pass through the house. As time passes and unfolds, he reaches a deep under- standing of love, loss, his place in the world, and the world beyond. N ow that Wonder Woman is officially the queen of the box office - earning $100 million domestically in its first three days and garnering a ton of critical praise - we’re left wondering what the hell happened to May and June’s other blockbusters and sequels like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($160 million domestically to date), Alien: Covenant (opening 29% below 2012’s Prometheus) and The Mummy (only $69.5 million domestically in 3 weeks). All have sur- prisingly under-performed. According to box office analyst Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations, "… we already know August is pretty lean this year, so studios have to make it up elsewhere in June and July. That will put a lot of pressure 14 illinoisentertainer.com july 2017 on original films like Wonder Woman and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk to succeed." So, can Spiderman and a bunch of damn dirty apes save the summer? Here’s what’s on tap for July. Spider-Man: Homecoming Director: Jon Watts July 7 • Rated NR Tom Holland debuts a younger Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the new reboot. Having made a splash in Captain America: Civil War, Peter begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Pumped up by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home to his Aunt War For Planet Of The Apes Director: Matt Reeves July 14 • Rated PG-13 In this grim third chapter of the critically acclaimed reboot blockbuster franchise, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wres- tles 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 their species and the future of the planet. Also star- ring Toby Kebbell, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer Amiah Mitchell, Karin Konoval and Michael Adamthwaite. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Director: Luc Besson July 21 • Rated PG-13 Working in a vein similar to his 1997 hit The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson returns to space for this adaptation of the popular French comic-book series about a couple of heroes, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Lauraline (Cara Delevingne) who must save the universe. As special operatives to the government of the human territories, Valerian and Laureline are charged with maintaini ܙ\Y]B[^K[\H\X]HHZ\[X[\ ]H[K^H[X\ۈBZ\[ۈ[K[]\Y^[[Y]B\\\Yو\[وY\[XY\™H[\ܛ\وH[]\K[Iœ][Y[Z[[ۈ[X][]H۝\Yݙ\[YH H[][Z\[[XH[\\\܈H]\Y[و[ [ܝ[][K]\[ۙHۈ[H\\[\H[YHؚX]\[Y[ܘ\\H]ܚX[H[X[XH[ܙX][\[\[[^X]XXK][]KX[]\]Y\Z[K[\YH[˂HX\\Z[\X]\\[ܚY[[X\\Xܙ[HHX]\X\[H\[YBHX]\X\\\Y[X[Y܈\H[B[ݚYHZ[\XܙYHHX]\[ NMKX]\HX]YۈHX^HY[[B NMJH[X]\H H\[H\[ۊKX\X\[H[\X[X\\Z[\XYH][X\HX]ۈHX]\[B[ NNM۝[YYۈYH