Summer 2016 promises to be huge at the box office, with a slew of big budget movies hitting the silver screen. From family friendly to action, there’s something for everyone.
The first major summer movie for families will be released on June 17. Pixar’s “Finding Dory” is the sequel to the 2003 smash, “Finding Nemo.” Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of Dory, who’s searching for her mother, voiced by Diane Keaton. Albert Brooks, Idris Elba and Ed O’Neill are also along for the adventure.
On July 1, Steven Spielberg presents his adaptation of the beloved children’s classic by Roald Dahl, “The BFG.” In the big-screen version, a ten-year-old girl, played by Ruby Barnhill, meets a “big friendly giant” (Mark Rylance) and goes on a life-changing adventure.
Fans of science fiction have a couple major films to choose from in summer 2016. The first up is “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Roland Emmerich returns to the helm for this sequel, in which aliens once again threaten humanity by invading Earth. Liam Hemsworth, Joey King and Charlotte Gainsbourg join original cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox in theaters on June 24.
For science fiction fans who prefer their adventures in space, the latest “Star Trek” sequel, “Star Trek Beyond,” flies into cinemas on July 22. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are back as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively. “Fast & Furious” helmer Justin Lin takes over directing duties from J.J. Abrams.
Two big action flicks are heading into cinemas this summer. The first up is “Jason Bourne” on July 29. Matt Damon is back as the titular hero. This time he’s teaming up with Julia Stiles to take down a covert operation and uncover the truth. Tommy Lee Jones and new Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander also star.
In August, Warner Bros. and DC will launch their latest comic book extravaganza with “Suicide Squad,” in which a group of outcast villains team up — against their will — to take down some bad guys. Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Jared Leto star.