2016 Summer Movie Preview

It’s hard to believe that summer’s upon us. And while you probably have seen the new Captain America movie straight out of the gate, there’s no reason for you to stay cooped up inside. As we close the door on another year at Loras, here are the films to see and avoid for this summer:

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” — Ok, the first movie was something of a mixed bag. It definitely had its good parts, but after the triumph of “Sweeney Todd,” this was an inevitably lesser effort from Tim Burton. Nonetheless, this sequel looks promising. Apart from the poignancy of hearing Alan Rickman in one of his last roles, the effects look great, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen should be a hoot. This one’s worth a shot.

“Finding Dory” — Pixar has had hit-or-miss success with sequels/prequels. However, if Dory’s short-term memory loss leaves her unable to remember where home is, we might have a sure thing on our hands. With Andrew Stanton returning as director, and Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks coming back as Dory and Marlin, respectively, this one has potential.

“Ghostbusters” — If anything, this movie should be seen thanks to the controversy, not in spite of it. When the news broke about how many dislikes the trailer earned on YouTube for this all-women remake, it was a sobering reminder that some alterations are too much for misogynists to handle. Considering that it boasts Melissa McCarthy and three of SNL’s most gifted women as of late (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones), there’s reason to believe this remake will stand on its own.

“Suicide Squad” — DC has had a devil of a time trying to make a name for itself. Despite its huge box-office success, critics just didn’t like “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” all that much. Hopefully, “Suicide Squad” changes that. Margot Robbie in particular looks promising as Harley Quinn, even though we still haven’t heard her say “Mistah J” once yet. With Jared Leto as Joker, we might be in for a wild ride.

“Kubo and the Two Strings” — From Laika Studios, who brought you “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” comes another excellently animated feature. Set in ancient Japan, this fable combines magic, talking animals and voice work by such heavyweights as Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and George Takei. Given Laika’s track record so far, this will definitely be worth seeing.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” — Stay in the shadows, you unnecessarily regurgitated sewer reptiles. Back to where you came from!

“The Conjuring 2” — Same goes for sequels to horror movies as well. Don’t force me to conjure up something, you hear?

“Independence Day: Resurgence” — I get it. It’s been twenty years since the original. Besides, special effects have improved so dramatically since the ‘90s that there’ll be people who wanna see how sick the explosions are this time. The problem is, we might end up witnessing a real life Independence Day come Nov., so a fictionalized version may not be the best viewing option right now.

“Ice Age: Collision Course” — It’s the fifth one in the series. Give it a rest.

“Ben-Hur” — I do not kid. Hollywood’s lack of restraint has extended to epics that you’d think are so legendary no one would dare touch them. The original made history by being the first movie to win 11 Oscars. This one has Morgan Freeman in it. Special effects are bound to be better in this one, but it’s your call.

There are many more options to choose from. The third installment in the “Purge” series is being released (now it’s Election Year, so it might be worth seeing just for that aspect), Meryl Streep is the legendarily bad singer Florence Foster Jenkins in a new biopic, and Disney’s releasing another live-action remake with “Pete’s Dragon.” Hey, “The Jungle Book” remake was better than the original, so lightning might strike twice. As this will be my last summer movie preview, let me say this one last time: See you at the movies!

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