Top-5 most anticipated summer movies


School is almost over and that means one of the greatest times of the year is upon us: Summer Movie Season.

Studios put out their biggest movies knowing that more viewers will come.

Here are my top-five most anticipated summer movies.


Note: summer is a relative term when it comes to movies. It extends past the official summer solstice and begins before it.

5. “Ghostbusters” (July 14, 2016):

A few items should be made clear here: I am not a huge fan of the trailers this Paul Feig-remake has released so far and it has nothing to do with the all-female cast.

The four women chosen to fill the shoes of the original gang are a huge plus for this movie. There will be few better ensemble collections this summer than Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

On top of that, there is no reason this isn’t one of the most anticipated films of the year in general. It is based on one of the most beloved comedy movies ever and even if it is bad, it will have a car-wreck effect. It will be too difficult to just look away.

4. “Warcraft” (May 25, 2016):

“Warcraft” looks like a movie that, if done right, could exceed past the fandom of the source material.


It has a talented director helming, “Moon’s” Duncan Jones. It is a high-budget fantasy film and it has an excellent cast including Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster and Toby Kebbell.

This is another movie where its trailers’ haven’t been pleasant, but beyond some sketchy CGI, it seems like at worst the movie will still be better than any of the Hobbit films.

3. “Jason Bourne” (July 28, 2016):

It has been nine years since the original Bourne series ended and Matt Damon exited the role that made him a genuine action star.

Now, one lukewarm spin-off film later, “Jason Bourne” is attempting to reclaim the series’ spot as a top-tier action franchise. With a cast including Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander, anything is possible.

The most interesting part of a new Bourne movie is seeing if the series can still survive in a landscape so influenced by the original films.

2. “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 18, 2016):

Besides the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise has been the hottest and most successful superhero adaptations since the big boom of the genre.

“X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” proved the series still had sustainability after two previous misfires with “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Bringing up a huge villain like Apocalypse and a bigger cast could prove to be tricky for even a director like Bryan Singer. It will be interesting to see how well this movie does in a year already full of highly anticipated superhero movies.

1. “Suicide Squad” (Aug. 3, 2016):

“Suicide Squad” might be the most important movie on the DC Comic’s film slate. After a critical bombing and less-than-anticipated box office draw, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has caused Warner Brothers to look down the barrel of a metaphorical gun.

It would be fitting if a movie about super villains doing some good could come around and save the whole cinematic universe. 

With some pretty good-looking trailers, each presenting a bit of style and fun that could jumpstart the DCU, this movie is on track to being the best non-Batman or Superman DC film and the best David Ayer movie.

Jacob Pierce can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3325