Get ready because summer movies are a plenty.
6/10 Warcraft: Angry Birds is not the only video game property seeing its big screen debut. Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) will have his hands full this summer bring the fantasy world of Azeroth to life in Warcraft. Based off of the massively popular MMO for computers, Warcraft follows two species, humans and orcs, as they feud for their families, their people, and their homes. After magical portals open in Azeroth, the orcs must abandon their world and colonize another to avoid extinction. That other world belongs to the humans. The film portrays both sides of the conflict, as both sides must come together if either has a chance of saving their races. With an acclaimed director at the helm, Universal Pictures has put a lot of eggs in the Warcraft basket. With the hopes that it becomes the next mega franchise, Warcraft is sure to be a fun filled fantastic time at the movies.
6/17 Finding Dory: She told us that all you need to do is “just keep swimming.” This summer, Dory (Ellen Degeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) are back in their first full-length animated feature film since 2003’s Finding Nemo, in Disney’s Finding Dory. Known for her lack of short-term memory, Finding Dory follows Dory as she sets out to find her long-lost family in the deep blue ocean. On their adventure, they will encounter new faces to the franchise like the whale shark; Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell), Hank (Ed O’Neill) the octopus and more. Finding Dory also features a talented voice including Idris Elba, Willem Dafoe, Bill Hader, Diane Keaton, and Sigourney Weaver. With the success of Frozen, Star Wars, and Marvel franchise, Finding Dory is set to be another box office hit in Disney’s Finding Dory.
6/24 Independence Day: Resurgence: It has been 2 decades since President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gave his call-to-action speech about how we, as humankind, will not bow down to an alien threat but rather celebrate our Independence Day. Set 20 years after the first invasion, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is back to combat an alien invasion in Independence Day: Resurgence. Apparently just before Levinson and Stephen Hiller (Will Smith) took out the mother ship, the aliens sent out a distress signal. Now the aliens are back with an even bigger fleet with one sole purpose, eradicate humanity once and for all. Director Roland Emmerich is back at the helm with Pullman, Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner rejoining to accompany him. New wo the series are Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maike Monroe and Sela Ward. While Smith’s Hiller won’t be making an appearance, apparently his character will play into the lore of the film. Just in time for the holiday, Independence Day: Resurgence is sure to set off fireworks in the box office this summer.
Out of the sewers and into June, the radical turtles are back in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (6/3). After the mixed reception of the 2014 reboot, we see our heroes fighting fan favorites for the first time on the big screen as in Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus), as well as the dreaded alien Krang (Fred Armisen). The comedic comedy rap group of the Lonely Island are bringing their talents to the big screen this summer in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (6/3), follows pop/rap superstar conner4real (Andy Samberg) as his celebrity high life begin to collapse in a mockumentary ala Behind the Music. Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in the love story about a girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s been caring for in Me Before You (6/3). After grossing 15 times its production budget with a total of $318 million worldwide, it’s no surprise that Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are back and being plagued by malicious spirits in The Conjuring 2 (6/10). The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and replacing Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) return to dazzle and impress with their magical tricks only this time to be joined by the wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe, in Now You See Me 2 (6/10). Wondering where Kevin Hart is this summer, don’t worry! Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are teaming up in the comedic action flick Central Intelligence (6/17), in which Hart plays a mild-mannered accountant that lured into the world of international espionage by his high school friend (Johnson). Blake Lively will learn just how dangerous the ocean can be this summer when she stranded just a short distance from shore after being attacked by a great white shark in The Shallows (6/24). Matthew McConaughey rounds out the end of June gathering rebels and farmers as he leads the fight against the Confederate army in Free State of Jones (6/24).