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Summer 2016 Film Preview: 35 Movies to Get Excited About

A look ahead to our most (and least) anticipated onscreen offerings this summer

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Ah, summer. A time of sun, heat, LFO, and the timeless, alluring pull of an air-conditioned movie theater. And yeah, times are changing. The food is better and more expensive. The theaters got rid of all the arcades, and half of them sell beer now. The screens are bigger, louder, filled with fewer movies that cost more and more money with each passing year. As you’re about to realize if you haven’t already, there are an exceptionally large number of sequels, reboots, and franchise offerings even by summer standards.

But let’s be honest. It’s still exciting. The communal experience of getting together to watch a hyped mega-budget film is something universally fun, no matter how questionable the quality of the films. Even if some of them might read really questionable at times. And the sheer law of averages suggests that there’ll be at least a few big-ticket items that transcend the hype, surprise, or at least deliver a healthy dose of excess in just the right way. The endless discussion of the relative merits of well-made, branded spectacle can be spared for another time. Right now, we’ll choose to be excited.

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But this isn’t just any summer movie season, folks. Twenty years after Randy Quaid died to protect the planet from extraterrestrial evils, one of 2016’s more anticipated offerings is delivering what the people have been waiting for. Sure, Marvel and DC and some of Hollywood’s other heaviest hitters lie in wait, but Independence Day: Resurgence sees the return of one of America’s preferred cult heroes to the limelight: one Jeff Goldblum.

So when it came time to decide on a rating metric for our annual summer film preview, to convey what we’re most excited about and what we’re … less excited about, only one scientifically recognized unit of measurement felt appropriate: the Goldblum. Without any further preamble, let us walk you through 35 of the summer’s most high-profile releases. Here’s hoping your summer at the movies rates five Goldblums, folks.

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–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
Film Editor

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Captain America: Civil War

May 6th

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Like death and taxes, a new Marvel blockbuster kicking off the summer has become an absolute. This time around, it’s Captain America: Civil War, which takes as its source one of the more sacred storylines in all of Marveldom. This one has a lot of promise, not least of which is the debut of (the newest take on) Spider-Man. If the trailer’s closing imagery of Iron Man doing battle with the Captain and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a the Winter Soldier) gives you goosebumps, there’s plenty to be excited about as Marvel unveils the first chapter of Phase Three. –Zack Ruskin

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Money Monster

May 13th

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While Jodie Foster’s previous directorial efforts have been bold and unconventional in the modern Hollywood landscape, Money Monster looks as though it could collapse under the tonal inconsistencies of its premise. This story of a Wall Street guru (George Clooney) and the frustrated Occupier (Jack O’Connell) that takes him hostage on air looks like another case of movie stars attempting to wedge dangerous, real-life issues into a screenwriting 101 template. O’Connell’s gun-toting terrorist, for one, looks to be made of nothing but pure intentions, while the big-money moguls watching the ordeal unfold on TV react with such fear that you’d think it’s some kind of secret that the big banks are perpetuating an economic imbalance in America. Eh, Clooney’ll be good. –Randall Colburn

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Angry Birds

May 20th

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Yeah, Angry Birds is a film adaptation of a mobile game with no real story, which is new and therefore terrifying to the fragile bunch of filmgoers we’ve all become. But, hey, the animations are vibrant and adorable, the comedy will hopefully avoid tired pop-culture punchlines, and the voice talent consists of Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Keegan-Michael Key, and Peter Dinklage, among others. This might just be better than you think. –Randall Colburn

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

May 20th

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The first Neighbors checked all the necessary boxes: laughs, a shirtless Zac Efron, and just enough heart to carry along the story of two new parents who find a fraternity house has moved in next door. Neighbors 2 retains the original cast but adds in Chloe Grace Moretz, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, and more as Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne battle with a new sorority house. The premise is flimsy, but the talent is solid, and let’s be real: We were never seeing the first Neighbors for its nuanced story anyways. –Zack Ruskin

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The Nice Guys

May 20th

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Since it’s a Shane Black movie, any post about The Nice Guys carries an obligatory demand with it: Go watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang before you see this one. Not only is it fantastic (and one of the great slept-on films of the aughts), but it’s likely that Black’s latest will follow in its brutal, funny neo-noir footsteps. The story of a P.I. (Ryan Gosling) and an all-purpose heavy (Russell Crowe) dragged into a sprawling murder conspiracy, this is one of the summer’s most promising films and will more than likely be one of its weirdest. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Alice Through The Looking Glass

May 27th

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was a huge hit back in 2010, more than successful enough to warrant a sequel, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that it was one of film’s biggest beneficiaries of the post-Avatar 3D boom. Whether James Bobin (taking over for Tim Burton, who’s producing) can recapture that magic remains to be seen; he’s retained the wild visuals that appealed to so many the first time around, but has also doubled down on the wackiness that alienated others, if that break-dancing Mad Hatter is any indication. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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X-Men: Apocalypse

May 27th

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For a franchise that’s spawned seven consecutive nine-figure hits since 2000, the X-Men movies almost seem to get lost in the shuffle at times in a film world dominated by talk of what Marvel and DC are doing next. But Days of Future Past was a hit with both critics and audiences, and the early promotion for Apocalypse suggests that Bryan Singer’s plan is simple: Go bigger. More X-Men, more destruction, more everything. If Singer can retain the quality that the series has generally maintained so far, it’ll be eight hits in a row. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

June 3rd

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Yeah, yeah, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will probably be dumber and even more Michael Bay-esque than its predecessor, but let’s all take a moment to acknowledge that it’s giving us a fairly faithful version of Bebop and Rocksteady, which is more than Secret of the Ooze can say. They’re also bringing the masked Casey Jones into the universe, though not casting Elias Koteas again was a huge mistake. We don’t care how old he is! –Randall Colburn

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

June 3rd

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The idea behind Popstar is so obvious that it’s sort of surprising it hasn’t been done by now. But few comedy think tanks are more suited to a long-form parody of wanky, label-mandated pop singer “documentaries” than The Lonely Island. The trio wrote the film’s screenplay, and Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer direct Andy Samberg as Conner4Real, a superstar who sets out on a nonsense journey of self-reinvention after his latest album flops. It’s going to be weird, filthy, and probably a good time. – Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Warcraft

June 10th

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It’s rumored that Warcraft’s production budget will easily land in the $100 million range, which is amazing for a major-studio video game adaptation of a property that saw its peak relevance come and go at least a half-decade ago. Duncan Jones has done some fine genre work in recent years (Moon, Source Code), but hard fantasy is a tough sell and the trailers’ striking resemblance to in-game WoW cutscenes isn’t suggesting a movie that’s going to find the crossover audience it badly needs. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Now You See Me 2

June 10th

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Now You See Me was a surprise hit three years ago, and if you know anything about the modern film industry, you know that any and all surprise hits get their own franchises now, whether or not the preceding films actually call for it. The primary cast is back for the most part, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher, and … well, you know what you’re getting. It’s a movie about street magic that exists in what appears to be David Blaine’s most sensual dreams, a world where high-end illusionists are the most venerated rockstars walking among us today. It’ll probably be just as preposterous as its predecessor and will hopefully retain some of its sense of goofy escapism. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

 

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The Conjuring 2

June 10th

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The Conjuring was good only by the ever-shrinking standards set by mainstream studio horror. It had a gripping story and some nice performances, but like Insidious before it, the film relied far too much on creepy kids and ghosts in harsh makeup for scares. This sequel again follows real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, but this time focuses on their work on the famous Enfield poltergeist case. Director James Wan is an extremely talented filmmaker (his work on Furious 7 was phenomenal), but with horror he consistently opts for cheap jump scares over any resonant sense of mounting dread or tension. A more interesting film would be about how the Warrens were full of shit. Because they were. –Randall Colburn

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Central Intelligence

June 17th

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Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are two of the most talented performers working in studio comedies today, but charisma alone can’t elevate stock comedy like this. From the trailer’s boast that it comes “from the directors of We’re the Millers” to the film’s reliance on the big/small dynamic of the stars, this thing looks excruciatingly unfunny and far too reliant on the image of The Rock in a fat suit. –Randall Colburn

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Finding Dory

June 17th

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Pixar’s luck with the sequel game has been a mixed bag. Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 were both worthy successors to the film that made Pixar a household name, but Cars 2 was a movie no one asked for, and Monsters University failed to channel the essence of its predecessor. Now, Pixar will roll the dice with a follow-up to one of their most revered properties in Finding Nemo. Is Finding Dory up to the task or is it doomed to flounder? –Zack Ruskin

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Free State of Jones

June 24th

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Free State of Jones tells the story of Newton Knight, a controversial southern Unionist who led an uprising of Southerners against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Some stories suggest that Knight even attempted to start a free colony inside Mississippi while the war was still going on, which looks to be the focus of Gary Ross’ film. Knight is a fascinating (if oft-debated) figure, and as played by Matthew McConaughey, we can only imagine that he’ll suggest to the Confederates more than once that it’d be a lot cooler if they brought the war to its inevitable end. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Independence Day: Resurgence

June 24th

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Given that any hit film now warrants a sequel and/or accompanying series, it’s kind of amazing that it actually took 20 years to follow up on Independence Day, one of the more culturally ubiquitous ’90s hits. We could talk all day about the high-risk decision to bring back most of the film’s cast without Will Smith (who would have reprised the role that fully cemented him as a superstar) or Roland Emmerich’s borderline self-parody in upping the film’s destructive scale, but if this feature’s rating scale didn’t suggest it, there’s only one true story here: Jeff Goldblum’s return to leading-man status. And for a moment, until war comes, all is right in the universe. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Shallows

June 29th

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The Shallows looks like a neat subversion of Open Water, as it adds a few interesting wrinkles to the story of a stranded seafarer being circled by a hungry shark. Instead of being stranded deep at sea, star Blake Lively is within swimming distance of the shore — nay, walking distance, as the water itself is shallow. But her leg’s messed up and there’s something mighty big in that water, so all she can do is chill on a tiny rock until someone comes by. Something tells me it won’t be that easy, however. Open Water was as excruciating as it was fascinating, but director Jaume Collet-Serra has a spotty pedigree (though Orphan did have a great ending), and it’ll be interesting to see whether he and Lively alone can maintain the suspense for 90 minutes.Randall Colburn

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The BFG

July 1st

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When you’re the guy who made Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, you can pretty much do whatever you want. What Steven Spielberg wanted to do is take a stab at turning Roald Dahl’s classic tale of a giant who disperses dreams and befriends an orphan named Sophie into a feature film. The BFG is an ambitious foray into live action blended with a motion-capture performance from newly-minted Oscar-winner Mark Rylance as the titular giant. Given how cherished the source material is, the stakes are high for Spielberg, whose recent take on Tintin failed to leave a lasting impression. –Zack Ruskin

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The Legend of Tarzan

July 1st

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Harry Potter alum David Yates is behind this live-action riff on the Tarzan mythos, a project that’s apparently been swinging through countless directors and screenwriters since 2003. The character hasn’t resonated much in modern culture – the last attempt was a 2013 animated feature that failed to make an impression – but this take looks dark and adventurous in much the same way that Yates’ Deathly Hollows did. It also begins with a Tarzan who’s been domesticated, rather than one that we first meet in the wild, which should give way to some interesting themes about the animalistic nature of man. While that sounds pretty cool to this adult critic, it remains to be seen whether a broader audience will respond. Alexander Skarsgård’s abs should help. –Randall Colburn

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The Purge: Election Year

July 1st

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For a successful franchise that most moviegoers know fairly well, the Purge films still have yet to see an installment truly break out on its own as a genuinely great piece of dystopian horror. That’s not for a lack of effort, though. The Purge: Anarchy vastly improved the formula by following the concept’s most interesting idea: what’s the Purge like for the people too poor to hide from it? And Election Year seems like the logical endgame in our currently fraught cultural climate, given that we’re just demolishing the concept of subtlety now and imagining an America where political discord could collapse the whole system. It’s timelier than it should be. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

July 8th

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The concept behind Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates – two brothers discover that the ad they’ve placed seeking dates to a wedding has gone viral – is nothing special, but the talent of the cast is hard to ignore. There’s WorkaholicsAdam DeVine and the surprisingly funny Zac Efron as brothers Mike and Dave Strangle and supporting turns from Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. If director Jake Szymanski can find the chemistry, this could be a sleeper rom-com with wide appeal. –Zack Ruskin

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The Secret Life of Pets

July 8th

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Anybody with pets knows how fun it is to make fun of them for being fat and stupid. The latest from the makers of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets looks to indulge in a fair bit of that. Though it plays with the conceit of pets having secret lives while we’re away at work, its plot evokes Oscar and Felix with the story of a Jack Russell terrier who is none too pleased with the Newfoundland his owner just brought home. The cast is stacked with voice actors both naturalistic (Louis CK, Jenny Slate, Hannibal Buress) and zany (Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan), as well as some old hands in Dana Carvey and Albert Brooks. A solid crew if there ever was one. –Randall Colburn

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Ghostbusters

July 15th

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Perhaps the most discussed film of the summer, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot assembles four of the funnier people working today as they attempt to save Manhattan from a slew of supernatural ghouls. That the four leads – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones – are women is a talking point that needs to head straight to the graveyard. All that matters is whether this new Ghostbusters channels the frenetic charm and humor of the original. With a script from Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation, The Heat ) and Feig, there’s every reason to hope it will. –Zack Ruskin

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Ice Age: Collision Course

July 22nd

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Like the Leprechaun and Friday the 13th series before it, the Ice Age franchise is keeping things fresh by venturing into space. It only stays there long enough, however, for John Leguizamo’s ground sloth, Sid, to trigger a meteor shower and bring about the presumed apocalypse for these lovable misfits. That’s a bold premise for a kid’s movie, and we’d probably be more excited for it if the trailer didn’t seem so preoccupied with yoga jokes. –Randall Colburn

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Star Trek Beyond

July 22nd

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When J.J. Abrams revived Star Trek in 2009, his willingness to play fast and loose with canon and stylistic tradition was considered an attribute, the method that would bring Gene Roddenbury’s greatest creation into a new era. By the time Into Darkness rolled around, the reception was more heavily contentious. So look for that conversation to continue when Justin Lin takes over, bringing what may well be an even action-heavier touch to the franchise in an attempt to keep it going. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Bad Moms

July 29th

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Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, and Kristen Bell star as moms who are fed up with the daily stresses of parenting and decide to liberate themselves, probably by swearing, getting drunk, and flirting with college guys before realizing how much they love their kids or something. It’s always good to see female-fronted comedies, but like 2014’s abysmal The Other Woman, this one looks boring, broad, and formulaic. It was also written and directed by two dudes, which seems dumb. –Randall Colburn

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Jason Bourne

July 29th

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Welcome back, Matt Damon! After the experiment of The Bourne Legacy, both Damon and Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass are back for more. Joining the cast are Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and veteran badass Tommy Lee Jones. Given that Greengrass and Damon both stated their intentions to leave the series after Ultimatum, one can expect Jason Bourne has a hell of a story, along with some top-notch action and no shortage of shaky camera work. In the dog days of summer, the icy cool of a new Bourne film will hopefully be a welcome oasis. –Zack Ruskin

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Suicide Squad

August 5

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It feels like we’ve been waiting for Suicide Squad forever. The trailers have been tantalizing, teasing the sheer insanity of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and the dark phantom of Jared Leto’s Joker. It’s hard to believe that in a film starring Will Smith, he’s almost an afterthought, but that’s become the case for DC’s tale of bad guys sent to fight badder guys. In the wake of Batman vs. Superman’s poor critical reception, DC has everything riding on this neon-colored nightmare tale. The time has almost come for this Pandora’s box to finally be opened. –Zack Ruskin

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Nine Lives

August 5th

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Nine Lives looks like a fake movie in a Simpsons episode. In it, Kevin Spacey’s spirit is infused into a cat named Mr. Fuzzy Pants by the owner of a “mystical pet shop” (played by Christopher Walken, natch). This was supposed to be a 1999 straight-to-DVD release starring Jake Busey, not a 2016 comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. I feel like someone is playing a joke on America. –Randall Colburn

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Ben-Hur

August 12th

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Yep, we’re remaking Ben-Hur. Timur Bekmambetov, who’s made a career of over-the-top, logically suspect action filmmaking, will helm the latest adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the story of a young nobleman’s rise to challenge the Roman crown by way of exciting chariot races. And here’s the thing. Accepting that Bekmambetov’s 3D photography is likely in service of some ridiculous, excessive action, this could be the good kind of late-summer nonsense. It’s also curious how much of the novel’s distinctly religious storytelling will remain in what’s being sold as an action movie first and foremost. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Pete’s Dragon

August 12th

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Any hope you might have had for the end of Disney’s recent quest to update every one of its beloved animated films to a big-budget live action version pretty much died with the massive success of The Jungle Book, so let’s just tuck in and welcome the new way. Next up is a “reimagining” of the 1977 animation/live-action hybrid Pete’s Dragon, about a young boy living in the forest whose only friend is (supposedly) a giant green dragon named Elliott that only he can see. And if you want to talk strange career transitions, how’s this: David Lowery will direct, whose most notable feature before this was the stark neo-Western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Sausage Party

August 12th

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If ever there were a film without any pretenses, it might be the upcoming adult animated feature Sausage Party. Featuring the now-standard onscreen crew of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and countless others, it follows a group of food stuffs from the grocery store to someone’s home, where they learn the sobering truth about the fate of edible fare. The plot is solid and ripe for the kind of humor Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have employed successfully in most of their previous work. That this film will inevitably be rented by parents looking for something to distract their kids when it hits DVD next year is an added bonus. –Zack Ruskin

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Kubo and the Two Strings

August 19th

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The late-summer doldrums have played home to many a dud over the years, but look out for Kubo and the Two Strings. Laika Animation has done some exceptional work in recent years since Coraline introduced them to audiences in 2009, and Kubo looks to continue their streak by fusing the CG/stop-motion hybrid that’s become their calling card with the story of a young boy doing battle against monsters and gods in ancient Japan. If you’ve seen any of Laika’s work, you know how good this may well be. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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War Dogs

August 19th

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Billed as a “biographical war comedy,” War Dogs follows arms dealers Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as they encounter some trouble surrounding a weapons deal in Afghanistan. Perhaps inspired by Adam McKay’s recent success with The Big Short , this film marks new territory for director Todd Phillips, best known for his work helming instant classics like Old School and The Hangover. If nothing else, Hill’s track record as an actor is near-flawless. Anything he signs up for has the potential for greatness, so let’s hope War Dogs follows in that tradition. –Zack Ruskin

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Mechanic: Resurrection

August 26th

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Jason Statham stars in this sequel to a 2011 movie not that many people saw, again playing a badass with a blunt, one-word distinction. In the second installment of this apparent franchise, Statham must assassinate three “impossible” targets in order to save the love of his life, all while making each death look like an accident, which just so happens to be his specialty. Our prediction: It will be loud. –Randall Colburn

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