The Movie Goer’s Guide to the Summer of 2016

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Ah, sweet summer. The weather gets unbearably hot, vacations are abundant, and film makers are savoring the season in an effort to collect all the money they can. With blockbusters aplenty, the film aficionado’s wallet can get a little lighter than desired. That’s where we, the self-proclaimed experts, come to your aid.

While this guide is a bit late to the game for several of the summer’s biggest titles, such as Captain America: Civil War (spoiler alert, it’s worth every penny, consider splurging for the IMAX experience), there are plenty of films left to push the limits of artistic ability and technology alike.

For those who are insatiable comic book junkies, the summer is not even close to over. DC Comics brings the Suicide Squad to life on August 5th, combining villains from every corner of their Universe, including the fan favorite, The Joker. Jared Leto gets a shot at film immortality as he portrays arguably the greatest character ever created, as the stakes have never been higher since the passing of Heath Ledger. Joining him on this endeavor are household names such as Will Smith, playing Deadshot, and Margot Robbie portraying the infamous Harley Quinn.

If super heroes are not up your respective alley, fear not. A childhood classic is given the sequel it (hopefully) deserves. Pixar aims to strike gold yet again with Finding Dory, the tale/tail of a forgetful fish, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in search of her mother. Since the 2003 release of Finding Nemo, fans new and old alike have been captivated by the aquatic world Pixar developed, filled with quirky characters and memorable lines that both tickle and pull on the heartstrings.

As for those who want a more thrilling experience and have a crush on Matt Damon, Jason Bourne returns to the screen for the self-titled movie. This latest entry into the series will challenge Bourne physically and mentally like no other. This summer entrée will require some prior knowledge, however, so make sure to brush up on the previous three films!

Last but not least, for the people in the back. If you enjoy paying copious amounts of money to scare the pants off of you and those around you, the summer of 2016 has your back. Enter the Conjuring 2, the film about children and evil spirits, everyone’s least favorite things. The first film in the franchise was met with rave reviews from both critics and audiences, leaving viewers wanting more. James Wan directs the film and looks to take it darker than ever before. Coming from the man who directed Saw, that’s saying something.

Some may point to this summer as being a bit lackluster as opposed to last year, but the collection is solid and should not disappoint. Plus, if we’re lucky, we may get a few really incredible surprises along the way. Looking at you, Oscars.


Patrick Bardenett
Contributing Writer at The Establishing Shot
Firm believer that a Golden Age of television and film is upon us, and eagerly taking advantage of it.
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