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Rocker Reviews: Five Films to Watch This Summer

Posted on May 02, 2016 in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews
By USM Free Press

John Rocker, Free Press Staff

With the semester coming to a close and the summer months just within our grasp, I thought I would make a list of some films that I’m excited to watch this summer. A reminder that this is simply my opinion and the list is only a selection of the films I will be watching this summer. Just because it’s not this list doesn’t mean I’m not interested in seeing it. In fact, let me mention a few films that aren’t on the list but I’ll definitely be watching this summer: Now You See Me 2, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond…and maybe that new Ghostbusters reboot? I’m still on the fence with that one. Anyways, let’s move on to the list.

The Nice Guys: The story takes place in the 1970’s is about a private eye teaming up with a hired enforcer to investigate the death of a porn star. It wasn’t until I saw the first trailer for this film that I got really excited for it. You’ve got a solid cast with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and you’ve got director Shane Black at the helm. It’s got a buddy cop movie feel with loads of action and laughs, and that’s just basing it off of one trailer. If one trailer can convince me to go see it, Black must be doing something right. Here’s hoping it delivers.

Finding Dory: Finding Nemo holds a special place in my heart. It tells a thrilling tale of a father doing what it takes to get his son back and is filled with great characters, humor, and heart. A lot people might say that Ellen DeGeneres’s performance as the lovable and short term memory ridden Dory was a standout. Well, looks like Dory is getting her own movie now. The story for this sequel revolves around Dory trying to find her family, whom she has forgotten about…until now. Finding Dory is intriguing because it really makes one wonder if a sequel is really necessary for Finding Nemo. Really, as long as the film tells a compelling story and doesn’t rely on nostalgia, it should hopefully be a good film. It is one my list to look out for, and if you’re a fan of Pixar, chances are you are interested as well.

X-Men: Apocalypse: The sequel to Bryan Singer’s 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. This takes place in the 1980’s and all seems to be going well for Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his school. Things are about to change when an ancient mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) begins a crusade for rebuilding the world and he’s recruiting mutants such as Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and many more. What’s interesting about this film is that there are actors that will be portraying younger versions of characters we’ve seen in past X-Men films. Some examples include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). It seems that Singer will be raising the stakes in this film, and I hope it succeeds.

Suicide Squad: This is probably one of the films I’m most interested to see rather than actual excitement. After seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice I certainly have some concerns with what Warner Brothers is trying to achieve with their DC Comics cinematic universe. The Suicide Squad is an interesting concept because the team consists of villains, and somehow they will have to be compelling. The second trailer that was release for this film gave a lot more promise on what the tone is supposed to be. It’s going to be a lot more comedic and lighthearted in comparison to the previous DC movie. The cast also appears to be solid, with big names such as Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis. Perhaps the one thing I am most excited to see is Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker, a classic Batman villain. After Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance in The Dark Knight, Leto has some big shoes to fill. From what I’ve seen in the trailers, Leto seems to be taking an approach that is completely his own. We’ll see what happens, but this is certainly one to keep an eye out for.

Captain America: Civil War: This is the movie that I believe to be the start of the summer movie season. Also, this article is coming out before the release of this film, so therefore it counts. This is, without a doubt, my most anticipated film of the summer. Following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America (Chris Evans) is leading a new team of Avengers. Things will change for the team when the government wants to take control of the Avengers, with Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) in full support of this. Cap doesn’t like this idea and this causes a rift amongst the Avengers and people start taking sides. While the big fight between all these heroes is certainly going to be exciting, the trailers have conveyed that at its core, that this film will still be a Captain America film. It will be a difficult challenge for the Russo Brothers, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but I believe that they will be able to pull it off.  

Those are films that I’m excited for to see this summer, and yes, three of them involve superheroes. Regardless, this summer looks to be a promising one when it comes to film, and I believe it will provide some great entertainment. We’ll see if this list changes at all next fall. I hope you all have a good summer.   

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