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  • Todd Puhl

Top 10 Summer Movies for 2016

Updated: May 29, 2019

It’s that time again. Summer Blockbuster Season, which usually starts in May and ends in August. Probably my favourite period on the movie calendar. (Though December is good too, but that’s a whole other article) To help get us all excited for the season of popcorn films, here’s my Top 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies for 2016. Enjoy!

10. Pete’s Dragon: This is a remake of a 1977 Disney film about an orphan boy named Pete, who lives in the forest with a dragon named Elilot. Elliot is Pete’s protector and does his best to help him as the outside world comes to Pete’s door in the form of Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. The original Pete’s Dragon was one of my favourite movies as a child. I’m hoping that the remake is great, and will get audiences to discover, or re-discover the original. Premieres August 12.

9. Suicide Squad: DC Comics villainsThe Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and a whole team of literally crazy villians team up as the Suicide Squad to save the world. ARGUS director Amanda Waller brings these criminals together because she thinks this team of villians will do the missions no one else will, because they have nothing to lose.

Suicide Squad is the next entry in the DC Cinematic Universe and is part of the continuity of Man of Steel, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. There’s a lot of hype for this movie. It’s the big-screen debut of the Joker since The Dark Knight, it’s Harley Quinn’s live-action introduction, and it has been said that Batman will make a cameo. Holy Batfleck Batman! Premieres August 5th

8. Independence Day Resurgence: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Judd Hirsch return to battle the same aliens that tried to destroy Earth 20 years ago in this long-in-development sequel. They’re joined by a new generation of fighters that include Liam Hemsworth, and Jessie Usher. The original Independence Day is a blockbuster classic. It may not be the greatest movie, but it’s a lot of fun. What stands out the most is the absent presence of Will Smith, but I think he was busy with Suicide Squad, so he didn’t come back. Looking forward to catching up to the original characters and how they’ve been doing for the last 20 years.

7. Star Trek Beyond: The crew of the Starship Enterprise goes on their next adventure 3 years after the sequel In to Darkness. It re-teams Chris Pine as Captain Kirk with the rest of the crew as they battle an alien villain played by Idris Elba. This is the third Star Trek film that’s part of the rebooted universe that JJ Abrams started in 2009. I’ve been a Trek fan all my life, so naturally I’m looking forward to it. I have mixed feelings because Star Trek has been missing the philosophical messages and ideals that used to be the golden standard of the franchise, although Simon Pegg has assured fans that the new film will go back to the roots of Trek.

6. X-Men Apocalypse: The sequel to 2014’s Days of Future Past brings back Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, as they battle the threat of Apocalypse, an ancient mutant that threatens to cause havoc to the world in the 1980’s. I’m really looking forward to the introduction of Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as a young Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as a young Cyclops, and Star Wars’ Oscar Issac as the evil Apocalypse.

Premieres May 27.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Out of The Shadows: The turtles return with their reporter ally April O’Neal (Megan Fox) and a new friend, Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) as they learn more about their secret enemy The Shredder, two humans-turned-mutants named Bebop and Rocksteady, and an alien from another dimension named Krang.

If you grew up with the original cartoon in the late 1980’s/early 90’s, than you’re in for a treat. This film looks like the complete live-action adaptation of that beloved Saturday morning show of ages ago. Nothing tops the cartoon or the original 90’s films, but the first reboot that came out in 2014 wasn’t too bad, so I’m hopeful for this sequel. Premieres June 3.

4. Jason Bourne: Matt Damon returns as the assassin who has now regained all of his memory and is out to kick ass and take names. The new trailer that dropped recently looks fantastic, and while spin-off movie The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner was decent, this franchise really belongs to Damon. Glad to have him back.

Premieres July 29.

3. The BFG: Steven Spielberg directs this children’s fantasy adaptation of the Rolad Dahl classic about a young girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant (BFG)( who takes her on an adventure. I’m really excited for this movie because Spielberg hasn’t done a fantasy film in quite some time, and this film has shades of his underrated classic Hook. Plus, who can resist a Spielberg movie in the summer? Or anytime really? It’s Spielberg for gosh sake!

Premieres July 1.

2. Ben Hur: Jack Huston stars as Judah Ben Hur, a young prince who is betrayed into slavery by his adoptive brother during Roman times. Once he escapes his fate, Judah vows revenge against his former friend Messalah and will stop at nothing to see his mission through to the end. This film is a remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, and is one of my favourite films of all time. Sadly, I think this movie will flop. The film is a part of a very competitive summer season and will probably get lost in the shuffle.

It comes out around the same time as Suicide Squad, which will no doubt make a lot more at the box office. Plus, movies centered around ancient history and biblical stories aren’t as popular as they once were, and the story of Ben Hur may not resonate with younger audiences. Still, that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to the movie. And Morgan Freeman’s in it!

Premieres August 19.

1. Captain America Civil War: This is the movie I’m looking forward to the most this summer. This is like the crown jewel of the season. Steve Rogers and Tony Star (Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans) clash with a difference of ideals when the US government decides that superheroes should be regulated and monitored for their actions by the government. Captain America feels that heroes should have the liberties and freedoms to make their own choices without government control. Iron Man feels that because of his actions related to Ultron, heroes like him should be more controlled and be made answerable for their mistakes.

Both sides have merit as friend becomes foe and an epic clash of heroes starts to cause tremors between super-powered titans. I don’t think I’m alone when I say this movie is hugely anticipated on so many levels. Superheroes fighting each other? Somewhere Thanos is laughing.

Premieres May 6.

So, there you have it! What summer movies are you looking forward to? Grab some popcorn and have fun! Happy Summer Everyone!

#suicidesquad #captainamerica #civilwar #ironman #batmanvssuperman #deadpool #xmen #apocalypse

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