This coming weekend officially kicks off the 2016 summer blockbuster season. School is nearing an end, finals are being completed, and summer is coming. All that being said, it brings a lot of people to the cineplex. So those in the movie making business knows this is the time (not that it couldn’t happen any other time) to make the most entertaining popcorn thrill for the big screen. Here are my top nine anticipated film of this summer season in order of their release date. (Yeah, i chose 9, not 10)
Captain America: Civil War
For the past few years Disney’s Marvel has kicked off each season with a bang like last year’s Avengers Age of Ultron, and prior to that Captain America: Winter Soldier. Dubbed Avengers 2.5, Civil War picks up after the events of Ultron and Antman (sort-of). We find our heroes face off against each other. Loosely based off the comic series Civil War which pits heroes against each other by the superhero registration act. The film version will have some form of that registration act but more political accountability. I’ve been diligent to avoid spoilers so we’ll wait and see fully on why they are against each other. But what we do know is Spidey is back, plus a new addition of the Black Panther. Seriously can’t wait to see this movie.
The Nice Guys
I have always been a huge fan of Russell Crowe but in the past few films, he hasn’t come out with anything decent, though I haven’t seen his last movie and his directorial debut Water Diviner, which has fairly decent reviews. Crowe partners with Ryan Gosling in this buddy cop film set in the 70s. Falling into a chase of conspiracy of supposed suicide death of a famous adult actress. Not much is known from this movie except from what I’ve seen of the trailer, but it looks entertaining and funny. Though it may not be completely original but it will be somewhat different from the onslaught of sequels and reboots we are treated to every summer. (Not that I have any issues with them)
With Bryan Singer back at the helm, and the prequels/reboot/fixing the mess that was made by X3 and Wolverine’s Origin, the xmen franchise is on a hot track and especially with the big success of Days of Future Past. This time around we are heralding the arrival of Xmen’s big baddie, Apocalypse. Professor X, played by James McAvoy, will lead his team of students will new and familiar faces like Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Jean Grey to fight against Apocalypse and his four horsemen, comprised of Magneto(Fassbender) Storm, Psylocke, and a pretty sweet looking Archangel.
There has been a drought in the fantasy epic genre at the silver screen since Lord of the Rings. Warcraft hopes to bring back the draw for folks who love fighting elves, dwarves, orcs, and other mythical creatures. The one kicker is that Warcraft is based on a video game and there has never really been a successful game to movie franchise except for maybe Resident Evil, but even the quality of that franchise could be argued. Also, this looks to be a CGI heavy-laden movie, but if its done right and done well, it can pay off in a huge way. We’ll see, but for now I have a pretty high hope for it because I want it to be good. It’s a franchise that could be explored tremendously.
If you know me well enough when it comes to film, you’ll hear me say this about Pixar is, “Pixar always deliver, except for the Cars franchise.” Last year’s Inside Out was a tremendous testament on the power of imagination and pure story telling that Pixar brings. The Good Dinosaur didn’t fare as well, but it still turned out to be a fun, entertaining movie with tear jerking moments. This summer we are returning to the ocean with a sequel to arguably one of the best stories in Pixar’s collection, Finding Nemo. This time around, we will follow Dory and her quest to find her family. Don’t forget your tissues.
Independence Day: Resurgence
20 years ago the world fought for the freedom to exist. Now, the aliens have come back with advanced forces and unprecedented vengeance. Can mankind survive the onslaught threat of extinction? Can Roland Emmerich give us the fun thrill that made the first incredibly entertaining even without Will Smith? Mixed feelings have been wrought on social media but I’m looking forward to this.
Free State of Jones
Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey leads the epic action-drama piece set in the American Civil War. A defiant southern farmer unites fellow farmers and local slaves and leads them against the Confederacy as Jones County, Mississippi fights to secede from the Confederacy creating a Free State of Jones. 4 time oscar nominee Gary Ross is at the helm as director. This could be an Oscar contender.
Star Trek Beyond
Growing up, I’ve never been a huge Star Trek fan though I’ve enjoyed the films and the tv series and I definitely had a massive respect for the franchise. When J.J. Abrams brought us a tongue-in-cheek reboot with the origin of the original crew, my expectations was blown sky-high. I had an absolute blast with Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. This time with Abrams out working on the Star Wars films, Justin Lin will be the man at the helm. He is known for taking the Fast and Furious franchise to another level with the 4th, 5th, and 6th movies. It will be interesting to see his vision for the crew of the starship Enterprise in this new adventure. Also, Idris Elba is casted as the film’s main alien baddie.
Matt Damon has returned as former CIA agent with a hazy past, Jason Bourne.
The last Bourne with Jeremy Renner didn’t fare well at the box office which gave the impression that no one can really replace what Damon brought. The Bourne movies are known for slick story lines with incredible action sets and fantastic chase sequences. I expect nothing less.
DC’s team of super-villains are given a shot at the big screen. Set in the same universe as DC’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, the team of super-villains are given a shot at redemption by embarking on a heroic mission that would probably mean the death of them all. With the big screen debut of fan favorite Harley Quinn played by titular Margot Robbie and the new version of Joker played by outstanding oscar winning Jared Leto, fans are excited and extremely curious on how the new cast will bring the famed comic characters to life. We also know that Ben Affleck will be around as Batman. How Batman fits in with the movie, time will tell. BVS has been a bit of a misfire when it comes to criticism with fans and professional critics, Suicide Squad is hoping to set the record straight and establish DC cinematic universe as a viable franchise.
There are plenty of other films that may be incredibly fun and a worthy blockbuster, but those 9 are my most anticipated. Ghostbusters is one that I’m going to see regardless but have very mixed feelings about. The same goes for the new Ninja Turtles. Sound off in the comments. What are you excited to see?