Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TwoOhSix Picks - Top 20 Summer Movies of 2016

At this point, you've seen Captain America: Civil War and are now very excited about the prospects of a big time summer at the movies. I mean, if just a couple of the movies on my list come even close to being as good as Marvel's latest release, we could be in for a whole lot of fun.

Movies are listed by release date:
  • Neighbors 2 - The first movie was hilarious and this one looks like it will be more of the same while adding both ChloĆ« Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez to the mix.

  • The Nice Guys - Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe team up in what looks to be a dark and twisted take on the classic buddy comedy formula.
May 20th
  • X-Men: Apocalypse - More mutant mayhem is always a good thing. I'm a little hesitant on this one but it should at least satisfy fans of the franchise and will most likely finish the year as one of the top box office money makers.
May 27th
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - The heroes in a half shell are back! I liked the first installment of this rebooted series more than I probably should have and the same goes for how much I'm looking forward to the sequel.
June 3rd
  • The Conjuring 2 - My brother recently asked me what was the last truly scary movie I've seen and I had to go with The Conjuring. I can't wait to see Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprising their roles and, as you'll see, they are the only team of ghost busters who made my list.
June 10th
  • Now You See Me 2 - This has been high on my radar for a while now because of how much I enjoyed the first film. I was actually kind of surprised a sequel was made since the original was only a moderate success. I'm hoping director Jon Chu had some really cool ideas in mind for the story to convince the studio to make another.
June 10th
  • Warcraft - I do not know anything about the game, but the movie looks pretty interesting from the trailers I've seen so far. Sort of a Lord of the Rings on steroids. I just hope the story is at leas decent.
June 10th
  • Finding Dory - Pixar goes back to another sequel which has mostly worked for them in the past with Cars 2 being the major exception. Finding Nemo is one of the studio's most beloved and successful films so this one better be good or people will just keep swimming away.
June 17th
  • Central Intelligence - This should be the action comedy hit of the summer. Both The Rock and Kevin Hart have been box office juggernauts over the last several years so it totally makes sense to put them together. "A little Hart and a big Johnson" might just be the perfect combination for some really fun blockbuster antics.
June 17th
  • Independence Day: Resurgence - Roland Emmerich specializes in big, block buster, special effects extravaganza, event films and I'm going to love watching every moment of his latest effort. Set 20 ears after the first movie, the alien invaders are back and they're not happy.
June 24th
  • The BFG - With this film, I'm like Jon Snow because I know nothing although I still have it on my list because it was made by Steven Spielberg and it comes out in one of the year's biggest release dates. By the way, BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant.
July 1st
  • The Purge: Election Year - I'm really hoping this is not the year for this franchise to get purged although I'm a little worried about how this movie is going to turn out. Still, it's been a fun ride so far and I will remain optimistic until proven otherwise.
July 1st
  • The Secret Life of Pets - The trailer for this animated comedy is pretty freaking funny and I'm hopeful that the entire movie will be just as good. I like the idea of seeing how pets live after their owners leave for the day and it looks like the creators have done a great job of giving the characters personalities based on their real life animal counterparts so it should be fun.
July 8th
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - I love both Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick so this is a no brainer for me. If you've seen the trailer, you get the idea that this is going to be the type of raunchy comedy people will be talking about all summer long.
July 8th
  • Star Trek Beyond - I really, really want this movie to be good as I have been a big fan of the last two films with Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto leading the way. After the first trailer came out, I was a little nervous but still pretty confidant the film will kick ass and be one of the biggest hits of the summer.
July 22nd
  • Light Out - I don't know much about this film although it looks pretty freaking scary. James Wan, who has been at least partly responsible for both the Saw and Conjuring series, is listed as a producer so that definitely gives it some credibility and will hopefully have a lot of good scares.
July 22nd
  • Jason Bourne - Matt Damon is back and ready to kick ass once again! This series has been pretty solid ever since the first movie became a surprise hit and I don't see why this one would be any different.
July 29th
  • Bad Moms - Any opportunity to put Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Christina Applegate in a movie together has to be a good thing, right? This could be one of those films that becomes a big crowd pleaser and surpasses expectations. I really hope so anyway.
July 29th
  • Suicide Squad - You all know how I feel about Batman vs Superman and how they might as well take the current DC movie universe and flush it down the toilet. Twice. Keep in mind, there are two things I would save from that flushing. One would be Wonder Woman because Gal Gadot is amazing and she is the one thing I liked from BvS and the other would be Suicide Squad. If the movie turns out to be half as good as the trailers, it will contend for a coveted spot on my end of the year "Favorite Movies" post.
August 5th
  • Don't Breathe - This is the third horror movie to make my list and, if all goes as planned, it cold be the best of the bunch. It seems like the horror genre has been taking up more and more space in the summer movie schedule where it used to be relegated to October and maybe January for the really bad ones. Early reports on this movie have been pretty positive and I am looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype.
August 26th
There you have it, the 20 summer movie releases I am most looking forward to seeing. Is there one on the list you can't believe made the cut or just don't agree with? Leave me a comment. Are there movies you are looking forward to seeing that is not on my list? Leave a comment and let me know what they are.

Why is Captain America: Civil War not on this list? Well, it already came out, it's amazing as expected, and I didn't want to use up a space for a movie you have either already seen or plan on seeing regardless. Finally, I am going to leave with the trailer for a movie that comes out more towards the end of the year. You may have heard of it.


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