Flavorwire’s Reasonable, Low-Expectation Summer Movie Preview

Much of the summer slate is dire indeed - but we've plucked out a few strong possibilities, and a couple of confirmed gems.

Logan Lucky (August 18)

And speaking of long waits, it’s been four years since Steven Soderbergh retired from big-screen filmmaking with Side Effects, though he’s certainly kept busy in the interim. (It also says something about Soderbergh’s productivity that he does an entire lapsed retirement in the time other filmmakers just regularly take between movies.) No one actually thought he wouldn’t make another movie again, and they were right; he’s back with this NASCAR-set heist flick, which he calls an “an anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie.” Unsurprisingly, Channing Tatum stars (he appeared in three previous films for the director, plus Magic Mike XXL, which Soderbergh shot, cut, and executive-produced), alongside Riley Keough (who starred in the TV adaptation of Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience), Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Adam Driver, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, and Dwight Yoakam. Do we really have to wait for frigging August for this?