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.

The Beguiled (June 23)

Since its announcement over a year ago, The Beguiled has been an irresistible notion: Don Siegel’s entertainingly overwrought “bitches be crazy” Clint Eastwood flop, rejiggered into a presumably feminist perspective by the great Sofia Coppola (helming her first theatrical feature since 2013’s excellent The Bling Ring, which most of you still haven’t seen, you monsters). And her casting is, as usual, impeccable: she’s got hot-streaking Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, plus her Somewhere star Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst in her third Coppola joint (fourth if you count New York Stories, which most people wouldn’t). And if it can deliver half the moody chills the trailer promises (“Bring me the anatomy book”), good heavens.