According to social media, you wanted to hear what I’m most excited about this summer. Also according to social media, no one gives a crap about Ratchet and Clank: The Movie. 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in cinema history. Over 30 long-awaited movies are releasing during the 3 month-long period, but only 10 are appearing. At the end, I’ll add a list of Honorable Mentions that are still on my radar. But the following are the 10 movies receiving a theatrical release between May and Early August.
10. Warcraft: The Beginning (June 10th)
It has been rare, I’m talking trinkets in the desert, that a video game adaptation has been good. Best ones have been Mortal Kombat and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This one looks like it can save video game movies and prove that they can tell compelling stories. Co-written and directed by Duncan Jones, the film stars an ensemble cast as humans and orcs. Both races hate each other with flaming passions, but the key to survival is ultimately working together, creating tensions. From what the trailers have shown, it looks like it’ll to focus on both sides of the conflict, equally showing their views and struggles like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I’m crossing my fingers for both this and the Michael Fassbender-led Assassin’s Creed movie, but if both fail to resonate, then Hollywood should just stop trying with video game to film adaptations.
9. Ghostbusters (July 15th)
What? How could this be up on your list, Cade? Simple, because I love the original movie from 1984 and no matter what, I’m going to see this movie. I didn’t like the trailer that much, but I wasn’t up in arms over the fact that there are women taking over the franchise for geeks. From what I understand, Bill Murray, who will be making a cameo, has handpicked many of the cast members such as Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. I’ve seen some skits of theirs on Saturday Night Live, and I think that there will be better comedy than screaming that “the power of Patty compels you!” It also has Chris Hemsworth as the team’s secretary and Charles Dance cast in an undisclosed role. I hope it can get me to laugh hard at least once.
8. The Legend of Tarzan (July 1st)
After the massive success of the Jungle Book, this feels like more of a victory lap. Directed by David Yates, maker of the last three Harry Potter films, this reboot-sequel hybrid focuses on John Clayton III after he had left the jungle and become a successful Lord and husband in England. Don’t worry though, as he’s soon drawn into a deadly plot that forces him to embrace his past and become one with the jungle once more. Alexander Skarsgard leads the pack as the titular hero, along with a star-studded cast that includes Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, and even Samuel L “The Mofo” Jackson. Top that off with a musical score by Hans Zimmer, and this has the potential to be an epic and emotional tribute to an iconic character.
7. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24th)
To be honest, I’m not as pumped for this movie as other people I know that are. But that doesn’t change the fact that it still looks pretty cool. Taking place 20 years after the original movie, this sequel sees the return of Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox reprising their roles in a future where mankind has adapted the technology of their former alien invaders and set defense systems on the Moon. Sadly, Will Smith will not be returning as Capt. Steven Hiller, as he was committed to another role to appear later on this list. But it does show off some cool CGI action scenes and may finally explain why the aliens invaded us in the first place. That is all assuming they’ve updated their technology to withstand being infiltrated by something as meager as Windows 95.
6. Finding Dory (June 17th)
As if Disney couldn’t leave us this year with just one great animated picture. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return as Dory and Marlin in a new adventure of when Dory suddenly remembers a part of her past and sets out to find her family. In this reviewer’s personal opinion, Finding Nemo was one of the most definitive computer-animated films of the past decade. Based solely on the trailers and marketing, this sequel looks like it can recapture all the lightning-in-a-bottle its predecessor once had. The animation effects look gorgeous, some of the jokes have me laughing, and there is bound to be some sort of unifying theme somewhere in the story. That’s how it will be.
5. Xmen: Apocalypse (May 27th)
3 whole months after Deadpool left me laughing my ass off, 20th Century Fox provides us with another film in their ever-growing franchise. Concluding the trilogy arc set up by First Class and Days of Future Past, audiences will be introduced to the new villain Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant in existence. Pretty much everything mankind has learned about gods and deities up to this point, including the Holy Bible, came from this being. He even has the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding along, which are essentially mutants who have been enhanced with special powers to fight with and defend the titular villain. With Oscar Isaac tapped to take on the role, it appears that he is starting to take over Hollywood.
4. Suicide Squad (August 5th)
Following the mixed/poor reception of DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is looking to close out the summer in style. Featuring a range of iconic Batman villains, the story follows a group of super-criminals who are temporarily busted out of jail by Amanda Waller, played Viola Davis. She offers amnesty if they can pull off a dirty assignment for the government, and if anything goes wrong, Waller has plausible deniability to blame them. Unlike the Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, which show likable, straight-arrow superheroes willing to save the day, this movie makes the bold move of focusing on an ensemble of quirky, unpredictable psychopaths whose motivations can change on a dime, and can die at any moment. Think of a DC version of Game of Thrones, but instead with a large cast consisting of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, and Jared Leto as The Joker.
3. Jason Bourne (July 29th)
This feels like a long time coming, as it has been almost 9 years since the last installment. Yes, 9 years; Legacy with Jeremy Renner doesn’t count, damn it. Director Paul Greengrass and lead actor Matt Damon reunite for the 4th time in a co-written script about the titular spy, who has seemingly regained all of his memory and manuevers through a world that is particularly unstable. When I first heard about this sequel I was skeptical, but after the trailer, I may have changed my mind. Tommy Lee Jones, Riz Ahmed, and Alicia Vikander have joined the cast as the new CIA operatives attempting to track down the rogue special agent. Better get ready for another round of super shaky, handheld camera angles and intense fighting sequences.
2. The Nice Guys (May 20th)
After a wave of sequels, spinoffs, and reboots galore, here we come to an original movie, and just misses out on the top spot. Starring Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe, the story is set in 1970’s Los Angeles and follows a down-on-his-luck private eye and a lethal hired enforcer who work together on a case revolving around a young missing girl. Their investigation supposedly leads into a larger criminal conspiracy. Director Shane Black is delivering us a buddy-cop dark comedy that can hopefully pay homage to classic buddy-cop movies, including Crowe’s own L.A. Confidential. In a world full of high-octane blockbusters and CGI showcases, it’s nice to see someone going back to a movie genre that has been all but forgotten.
1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6th)
Honestly, anything with the word “Marvel” slapped in front of it, we nerds are bound to get pumped about it. But there is a particularly high amount of anticipation for the first movie in Phase Three of the M.C.U. Based in part on the commercially successful yet controversial comic book of the same name, Iron Man and Captain America go to war with each other when the government issues an accord that all super-humans register their true identities in case of collateral damage. Similar to Warcraft, it appears that this movie is going to attempt to examine both sides of the argument. It also marks the cinematic debut of the Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, as well as Tom Holland as Spider Man crossing over into the M.C.U. Pick what team you’re on, because we the audience are in for the biggest all-star rumble in history.
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