Summer Blockbusters are my favorite thing. Every summer, I look forward to an amazing line-up of great movies, and this year is no exception. There are a lot of movies to look forward to, but these are my top ten selections that I will be guaranteed to see in the theater. Let me know if you agree or comment with your own list.
1. The Conjuring 2 – Release date June 10, 2016
Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Starring: Vera Fermiga, Patrick Wilson, David Thewlis, & Franke Potente
Directed By: James Wan
2. Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory – Release date June 17, 2016
The friendly but forgetful, blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, & Kevin Hart
Directing By: Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane
3. Independence Day: Resurgence – Release date June 24, 2016
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Starring: Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, & Bill Pullman
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
4. The Purge: Election Year – Release date July 1, 2016
Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front-runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.
Starring: Frank Grillo, Mykelti Williamson, & Ethan Phillips
Directed By: James DeMonaco
5. Ghostbusters – Release date July 15, 2016
30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actresses working today.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, & Leslie Jones
Directed By: Paul Feig
6. Star Trek: Beyond – Release date July 22, 2016
The first leg of the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission takes them into uncharted territory. There the Enterprise is nearly destroyed and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet with no means of communication. Kirk must then work with the elements to reunite his crew and get back to Earth.
Starring: Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pike, & Zachary Quinto
Directed By: Justin Lin
7. Ice Age: Collision Course – Release date July 22, 2016
Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
Starring: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, and Simon Pegg
Directed By: Mike Thurmeier & Galen T. Chu
8. Suicide Squad – Release date August 5, 2016
A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
Starring: Jared Leto, Will Smith, Scott Eastwood, & Ben Affleck
Directed By: David Ayer
9. Pete’s Dragon – Release date August 12, 2016
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, & Carl Urban
Directed By: David Lowery
10. Ben Hur – Release date August 19, 2016
A falsely accused Jewish nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his Roman best friend, who betrayed him.
Starring: Jack Huston & Morgan Freeman
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov