The block busters are upon us. Here’s a list of what we can’t miss.
7/15 Ghostbusters: Who are you gonna call this summer when after a 30 year hiatus, Ghostbusters returns to the big screen? Hoping to bring in a new audience while catering to its long-time fans, Ghostbusters is going to have some big shoes to fill in this reboot. Long after the need for the Ghostbusters, New York is once again invaded by ghoulish foes and it is up to paranormal investigators Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to rid the city of these evil spirits. You are not mistake; the cast of the film is all female. With the aging original cast, Columbia Pictures has decided to make this an all female reboot. While this has left a sour taste with some of the fans, it’s fantastic to see Columbia Pictures and director Paul Feig try and tell a story with all female leads. Hopefully these progressive choice works out for th on e best. Old school fans rejoice as Ghostbusters will also include cameos from the original Ghostbusters including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts. Just remember what Egon Spengler taught us…Don’t cross the streams! RIP Harold Ramis.
7/29 Jason Bourne: Bourne is back! Both director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon return after skipping out on Jeremy Renner’s 2012 spinoff The Bourne Legacy. Picking up where 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum left off, the CIA’s most dangerous former operative is back with all of his memories and is out for revenge. Now that Jason Bourne (Damon) remembers who and what he has done in the past, he is now out for revenge against the organization that turned him into the expertly trained killer that he is. Bourne alum Julia Stiles returns as Nicky Parsons while newcomers Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassel gather to bring down Bourne after his is lured out of hiding. While it is unknown if this is the final chapter in Bourne’s outings or the attempt to restart the franchise, one this is for sure…Jason Bourne is going to kick a lot of butt this summer!
This July should be a monstrous year at the box office and what better way to start of the month by pairing director Steven Spielberg and Disney to bring Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book to life in The BFG (7/1). BFG (Big Friend Giant) girl named Sophie that encounters and befriends a kind Giant that is considered an outcast by the other giants because he refuses to eat humans. This summer marks the third chapter in the Purge series with The Purge: Election Year (7/1). As the frontrunner in the next Presidential election, Senator Charlene Roan (Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell) vowed to get rid of the Purge once and for all, which has put a target on her during what could be the very last Purge if she makes it through the night alive. Everyone knows the story of Tarzan and Jane, but what happens after Tarzan leaves the jungle behind? In The Legend of Tarzan (7/1), Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) has already left the jungle to live a civilized life in London with Jane (Margot Robbie) before being called back to his former home in the Congo to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. What happens when you are at work and you pet is at home? Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the minds behind Minions, brings The Secret Life of Pets (7/8), the story about a Max (Louis C.K.) who starts to feel neglected when his owner brings a new pet into the house. In the millennial raunchy comedy of the summer, Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine and Aubrey Plaza team up in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (7/8) which follows two brothers that place an ad online for wedding dates that go viral. Whom better than to play a notorious drug lord but Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Based on a true story, The Infiltrator (7/16) follows a U.S. Customs official (Cranston) goes undercover in an attempt to take down by infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring. The USS Enterprise crew are back only this time to be stranded on an uncharted planet fighting a new enemy led by Idris Elba’s Krall, after being attacked by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens in Star Trek Beyond (7/22). Five movies in and still going strong, the prehistoric gang is back and this time trying to avoid extinction in Ice Age: Collision Course (7/22). What happens when parents Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell go up against alpha moms Christina Applegate and Jada Pinkett Smith as they battle for parent supremacy at their kids’ school in Bad Moms (7/29). Genius (7/29) chronicle Max Perkins’s (Max Perkins) time as the book editor who oversaw the works of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Guy Pearce round out the star-studded cast.
8/5 Suicide Squad: In the first follow up film to the widely criticised Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice within DC’s connected universe, Suicide Squad is making it’s big screen debut. Suicide Squad follows Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), head of a secret government agency, that assembles “Task Force X,” supervillains that are given a chance to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency as well as the honor of saving the world from an unknown threat. Making their debuts from the ink of comics to the big screen are Deadshot (Will Smith), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) , Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Each as expendable as the last. If I did not mention, all the members of this “Suicide Squad” also have a bomb implanted in their head, in case they decide to go rogue. Also making his DC debut, Jared Leto’s Joker is already shaping up to be the most accurately portrayal of this psychotic character. There will also be a special appearance by Batman (Ben Affleck), which Affleck widely considered one the best thing about BvS, thought his appearance could be in the form of a flashback. Warner Bros.is rolling the dice by seeing if they can strike gold just like Fox was able to with their mega successful R-rated Fox comic film Deadpool with Suicide Squad. Will hard R-rated comic films be a consistent thing of the future? Will DC bounce back in the mindshares of their fans? How will Jared Leto’s Joker compare to the Joker’s of past? All of these questions will hopefully be answered this summer when Suicide Squad hit theaters August 5th.
This August, Michael Keaton steps in the shoes of Ray Kroc, the mind behind of McDonald’s in The Founder (8/5). Kevin Spacey finds himself trapped in the body of his family’s cat as he attempts to learns to put his family before his work in Nine Lives (8/5). Woody Allen weaves the tale of a young man that falls in love and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society after moving out to Hollywood in the 1930s in Café Society (8/12). Making their live-action debut in a modern retelling of the 1977 Disney film, Pete, a human boy and his best friend Elliot, a dragon, adventure off in Pete’s Dragon (8/12). Regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Jack Huston has very big sandals to fill when he steps into the role of Ben-Hur (8/12). Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and their gang are all back but this time in a R-rated animation film about the dirty truth of what happens to groceries when they get home in Sausage Party (8/12). From the team that brought the acclaimed stop-motion feature films like Coraline and ParaNorman comes Kubo and the Two Strings (8/19). Featuring a voice cast of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei, the film follows a young boy that is being haunted by an ancient spirit that sends various gods and monsters after him as part of an age-old vendetta, Kubo must find a magical suit of armor that once belonged to his father. Asa Butterfield plays a 16-year-old boy who grew up on Mars. After falling in love with a girl on Earth that he has been communicating with, he devises a way to reach her planet in The Space Between Us (8/19). Directed by Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover) and based on a true story, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) quickly find themselves in over their heads after securing a multimillion-dollar contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons to Afghan allies as a pair of gun dealers in War Dogs (8/19). Jason Statham, a retired contract killer, is back and kicking a lot of butt around the world and ordered to make three impossible kills after his girl has been kidnapped in Mechanic: Resurrection (8/26). Director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) is back to remind you that summer is nearly over with his latest horror film that follows a group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man only to find that there’s more to meet this man than they’d like to find out in Don’t Breathe (8/26).