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Flaco’s 2016 Summer Movie Preview – Part 1

Flaco’s 2016 Summer Movie Preview – Part 1

Summer movie season is here, where every release is huge and the competition ramps up each week. It’s also a season of familiarity, and the first half of this summer is just that. Two movies are based on video games, the rest are sequels. Early summer just isn’t the time Hollywood takes risks on movies that aren’t based on existing materials. Time to jump right in.


Captain America: Civil War

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a money-making machine, and the latest installment of the Captain America film series is no different. It’s going to be tough to balance all of the characters, in what is clearly more like Avengers 2.5 with Cap’s name slapped on the title, but the talented Russo brothers behind the helm are experts at handling ensemble casts as they cut their teeth on TV, directing episodes of Arrested Development and Community.

MAY 20

The Angry Birds Movie

While this looks like a huge corporate cash-in, I’ll give the filmmakers this much: they definitely aren’t straying too far from the game. Video game movies are still a tough sell, as even the faithful Ratchet & Clank film was a box office dud, but this has even wider appeal for the young target audience and could be a big hit. 

MAY 27

Alice Through the Looking Glass

I wasn’t too enthralled by Tim Burton’s CGI explosion that was the first Alice movie, but the box office proved me wrong as it went on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide, resulting in this eventual sequel. Burton is not in the director’s chair this time, but his esthetic remains. Now that superior CGI and 3D spectacles are more commonplace, will the audience still be along for the ride?

X-Men: Apocalypse

I’m a fan of the Bryan Singer X-Men films, even if they do take a lot of liberties with the source material, and they have a strange fascination with making Mystique the most important mutant in the world for some reason. Still, they’re always pretty solid, with a fantastic cast, and this sequel looks no different. Just don’t ask me how the continuity makes sense or my head may explode.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Now that everyone got their complaints out of the way, following the first movie, with the fact that Michael Bay is involved behind the scenes and the Turtles have nostrils, this looks like a TMNT movie more people will get behind. They are obviously playing with a bigger budget this time, and with the origin stuff out of the way, the Turtles can cut loose and have fun in more familiar ground.



After years and years in development, I was convinced a Warcraft movie would never see the light of day. While Sam Raimi’s version didn’t, this more faithful adaptation rose from the ashes, thanks to Duncan Jones, and I think the movie will be better for it. Sure it’s more or less the story that was covered in the games, but at the end of the day, that’s probably what fans want as opposed to a new story set in the same universe. I can’t wait to see how it’s received by gamers and moviegoers alike.

Now You See Me 2

The first movie was a lot of fun, and was a surprise smash at the box office thanks to the humor and plot twists. Like most sequels, this appears to offer more of the same, but now with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe making an appearance. This sequel will prove whether the first film was a flash-in-the-pan or the beginning of yet another franchise.


Finding Dory

Dory was the breakout character of the original Finding Nemo, but can she carry an entire film? The Minions had a similar mission last summer, and while I thought that film was a disaster, it still raked in boatloads of cash. With Pixar behind the wheel I’m a bit more confident, though their magic doesn’t always carry over into sequels.


Independence Day: Resurgence

While I’m excited for this final movie of our preview, I miss the practical effects of the original. Now 20 years later everything is CGI and particles are flying everywhere, but as long as the heart of the movie is still the characters surrounded by awesome destructive action, then it should hopefully be good. Will Smith is missed for sure, but it was nice to see Jeff Goldblum getting some great self-referential lines in the trailer.

So that’s it for part 1 of my summer preview. Only 9 movies but a lot of big, anticipated films on the list. Rank your most anticipated below, and participate in the comments as well. I had to leave a few movies out, but I’m always willing to discuss more here.

Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

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Your Ranking

Which of these 2016 Summer films are you most looking forward to?

Flaco's shown us the trailers and told us about the big movies for the first half of summer- Which ones are you MOST excited about?

Based on 10 Participants

  1. Captain America: Civil War
    (Average Rank: 1.80)

  2. X-Men: Apocalypse
    (Average Rank: 3.50)

  3. Independence Day: Resurgence
    (Average Rank: 4.40)

  4. Warcraft
    (Average Rank: 4.60)

  5. Finding Dory
    (Average Rank: 5.10)

  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    (Average Rank: 5.20)

  7. The Angry Birds Movie
    (Average Rank: 6.10)

  8. Now You See Me 2
    (Average Rank: 6.40)

  9. Alice Through the Looking Glass
    (Average Rank: 7.90)

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5/26/2016 8:17 AM

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I know I never get out to see movies anymore :( but i'd see almost all of these movies... except the Alice sequel because the first movie was god awful (I know not everyone agrees with me)
5/26/2016 9:12 AM

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I agree with that assessment! I was so disappointed with the live action Alice movie. I was floored when it grossed a billion dollars worldwide.
5/26/2016 8:40 AM

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I'm looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Warcraft.

But the one movie I'm looking forward to the very most, is TMNT: Out Of The Shadows, it has everything a TMNT fan was hoping for, You got Casey Jones, Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman, and Krang.

Casey Jones has appeared in the other movies in the 90s and the 2007 animated film, but Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang are making there motion picture debut, and that has a lot of fans, including yours truly very excited about it.

The sequel will no doubt be a hit at the box office. :)
5/26/2016 9:13 AM

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So glad Bebop and Rocksteady are finally showing up on the big screen.
5/26/2016 8:48 PM

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I made it out to see Civil War opening day and it didn't disappoint. It certainly made up for what Avengers 2 couldn't capitalize on. It even got me to see it a second time, which i rarely do.

Independence Day: Resurgence interests me. The original ID4 was a big part of my pre-teen movie going life a that time. I just hope it holds up and is still able to capture the charm it had back in the 90's.

The new TMNT movie interests me and I like the casting of WWE star Sheamus as Rocksteady. But given how little I get to go to the theaters I may have to wait to see it at home.
5/27/2016 2:34 PM

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I'm in the same boat with TMNT, plus I still haven't seen the first one. Fingers crossed that I finally get to watch Civil War this weekend. With the new Cap comic book news in mind, I wonder how that will change how I view what happens in the movie since I'm still going in not spoiled.
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