Every summer, there are tons and tons of blockbuster movies to see in theaters, and this summer is no different. Need some hints about what to check out? We’ve got you covered! Look below to see what you should make sure to watch this summer.
Me Before You – June 3
If you want to start your summer off with a little romance and a lot of tears, check out Me Before You. Based on the popular novel by Jojo Moyes, this movie features Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games movies’ Sam Claflin as lovebirds Louisa and Will, who meet after Will is paralyzed in an accident. Those of you looking for another The Fault in Our Stars should definitely see Me Before You.
Now You See Me 2 – June 10
The much-anticipated sequel to 2013’s Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2 brings the Four Horsemen back to our movie screens – or at least most of them. Expect more magic fun from Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson.
This time, it looks like the Four Horsemen aren’t in control, instead facing off against Thaddeus Bradley (the returning Morgan Freeman) and being roped into a con by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. It wouldn’t surprise me if Now You See Me 2 had a big twist at the end. Or maybe the twist is simply the fact that a third movie is already in the works.
Finding Dory – June 17
After years of Ellen DeGeneres talking about a Finding Nemo sequel, this one is finally hitting theaters! Bringing back all your favorite characters, Finding Dory will focus on the forgetful Dory as she searches for her family with the help of Nemo, Marlin and Crush.
Of course we’ll get to see Dory speaking whale again as she makes friends with Bailey the whale, and you can expect all the heart of Finding Nemo. Pixar and Disney lovers, Finding Dory is the movie you need to see this summer.
Independence Day: Resurgence – June 24
The 13-year gap in the above Disney sequels isn’t the longest one on this list, as Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters 20 years after the original movie. Although Earth won round one in Independence Day thanks to Will Smith, more aliens have returned to take on the Earth Space Defense force.
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox reprise their roles from the first movie, but Independence Day: Resurgence also has a roster of up-and-coming stars, including Maika Monroe (It Follows, The 5th Wave) as the former President’s daughter and Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) as Will Smith’s character’s stepson. Of course everyone will be watching for our hero, Jake Morrison, played by Liam Hemsworth.
Also Coming in June:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (June 3rd), The Conjuring 2 and Warcraft (June 10th), Central Intelligence (June 17th)
The BFG – July 1
My most anticipated movie of the summer, The BFG is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book of the same name. For those of you not in the know, BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, a giant who starts talking to an orphan named Sophie in hopes of relieving his loneliness. But the BFG isn’t the only giant, and soon, Sophie and her new friend are in serious danger.
Directed by the great Steven Spielberg and written by Oscar-nominated Melissa Mathison, The BFG recently premiered at Cannes to favorable reviews. All the kids-at-heart or people who love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda should make sure to put The BFG on their summer schedule.
The Secret Life of Pets – July 8
Brought to us by Illumination Entertainment, most notable as the company behind Despicable Me and its sequels, The Secret Life of Pets takes a look at what exactly our pets do when we’re not at home. As it turns out, they hang out with each other and talk.
But trouble comes into Jack Russell terrier Max’s life when his owner brings home a new dog and the two accidentally get hauled off by Animal Control. Now, the dogs must learn to get along if they ever want to make it home. Fans of Toy Story and anything with pets in it should definitely check out The Secret Life of Pets.
Ghostbusters – July 15
Even though the Ghostbusters trailer got bashed, this all-female reboot to the original 1984 film should be high on your list of movies to see this summer. Starring the hilarious and winning combination of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters is back with more ghosts and more ghostbusting. If you liked Bridesmaids, The Heat or the original Ghostbusters, make sure to see Ghostbusters in theaters.
Star Trek Beyond – July 22
The third in the rebooted Star Trek film series, Star Trek Beyond brings back Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. During the Enterprise’s five year mission, the crew is attacked and stranded with a hostile enemy. That enemy will be played by none other than Idris Elba, and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Sofia Boutella will also be joining the cast as a friendly alien.
Plagued by a bad trailer, Star Trek Beyond’s writer and actor Simon Pegg encourages all fans to see the movie anyway. If it makes enough money, there’s every chance we’ll see another movie in the franchise as Pine and Quinto are already signed for a fourth film.
Also Coming in July:
The Purge: Election Year and The Legend of Tarzan (July 1st), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (July 8th), Ice Age: Collison Course (July 22nd), Jason Bourne and Bad Moms (July 29th)
Suicide Squad – August 5
The most anticipated comic book movie of the year, Suicide Squad finally makes it to theaters in August. Featuring DC Comics villains like Deadshot (Will Smith), Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), the movie promises fun, mayhem and plenty of action. Since the rest of the summer is pretty light on comic book fare, Suicide Squad is going to be what everyone is talking about come school-time.
Pete’s Dragon – August 12
One of The Daily Quirk’s most anticipated live-action Disney movies, Pete’s Dragon is a must-see. The movie is a reboot of the original 1977 film and showcases the relationship between an orphan named Pete and his pet dragon, whom no one else can see. Expect high-flying action and a family focus when you check out Pete’s Dragon.
The Space Between Us – August 19
This science-fiction romance film features Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride) as Gardner and Tulsa, a couple who redefines the long-distance relationship. See, Gardner was born on Mars and strikes up an online relationship with the Earth-based Tulsa. From the director of Serendipity, one of my favorite romantic movies of all time, The Space Between Us is the perfect way to cap off your summer of movie-watching.
Also Coming in August:
Nine Lives (August 5th), Florence Foster Jenkins and Sausage Party (August 12th), Mechanic: Resurrection (August 26th)
Now that you’ve got your summer movie schedule all lined up, you can stretch out by the pool, sip some lemonade and relax. Until you remember all the summer TV that has to be scheduled too. Sighs. Entertainment’s hard in the summer, isn’t it?