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Summer Movie Preview 2016

By Bert Ehrmann

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First up this summer, as it has been the last eight years, is a Marvel movie; this time a third Captain America film with Captain America: Civil War on May 6. Really Marvel Movie XII, Civil War features most of the heroes of the Marvel universe splitting up and picking sides against one and other ó one side for the superheroes having to register their real identities with the government and the other side against.

The Nice Guys, out May 20, is the rare summer movie this year thatís not based on any previous work. Written and directed by Shane Black who also wrote and directed Iron Man 3 and the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys has a private eye and a mob goon, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe respectively, tooling around Los Angeles and getting into all sorts of Shane Black themed trouble.

The third movie of the recent X-Men movie series, but really the eighth in the overall franchise, is X-Men: Apocalypse out May 27. Iím a big fan of the most recent retro X-Men movies, the first taking place in the í60s, the second in the í70s and this latest one in the Ď90s with some of the characters from that decade I was realllllly into comics. My only concern here is that it seems like with Apocalypse the X-Team is fighting against an all powerful villain who threatens to enslave/destroy the human race. Which sounds a lot like Avengers: Age of Ultron from last summer to me.

WarCraft, based on the fantasy role playing game of the same name, is out June 10. Fantasy seems to be one of the hottest generas today with movies like The Hobbit and TV shows like Game of Thrones being fan-favorites. Except that thereís really nothing Iíve seen from WarCraft, which is admittedly not much, that makes it seem unique, or even all that different that whatís come before.

20 years after the original comes a sequel to the sci-fi alien-invasion action film Independence Day with Independence Day Resurgence on June 24. Now Iíve got no problem with remakes, reboots or relaunches, but it does seem to me that at this point to make a sequel so long after the original is a decade or so too late.

A third Ghostbusters is out on July 15. What looks to be more of a remake/reboot of the original, this time around all of the Ghostbusters are played by women; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and is being directed by Paul Feig whoís directed a ton of movies the last decade but will always be remembered by me and many others as being the creator of the highly influential Freaks and Geeks TV series.

A third Star Trek movie of the recent films Star Trek Beyond warps into theaters July 22. Whatís interesting here is that this latest Star Trek adventure is co-written by geek-god Simon Pegg. Whatís not so interesting here is that itís being directed by Justin Lin who helmed three of the Fast & Furious flicks.

Matt Damon returns to the Jason Bourne role he originated 14 years ago with the aptly titled Jason Bourne July 29. Damon skipped the last Bourne movie with Jeremy Renner filling in as a non-Jason Bourne lead. And I donít think anyone would argue that Rennerís The Bourne Legacy was as good as what had come before. Thatís why Iím excited about this new Bourne movie that brings back Damon and director Paul Greengrass that made two of the other previous films so great for Bourneís latest outing.

If Marvel gets to open the summer movie season then DCís gonna close it out with Suicide Squad on August 5. Feeling a lot like Marvelís Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad pares a group of disparate, and so-far unpopular superheroes together to fight some greater evil. But with Suicide Squad instead of the superheroes being the good guys, theyíre really bad guys like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshoot (Will Smith) and, no joke, Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney). And while admittedly this might seem odd and strange, from whatís so far been released for the film Suicide Squad actually looks kindía great.

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