MoreMentum’s Definitive MUST-SEE Summer Movies List

Summer movies are fast-approaching – call it “Christmas in July” – a time when our favorite superheroes leap from the page and onto massive IMAX screens, best-selling books turn into live action, sweeping sagas, and the sequels and reboots we thought would never see the light of day, surge to life in the form of massive adrenaline thrill-rides.

So, if you haven’t been keeping up with what’s on the movie schedule for Summer 2016, no need to hyperventilate, we’re spilling the goods on the biggest summer blockbusters…and more importantly, why they’re worth checking out:

Blockbuster:  Captain America: Civil War
Hot Stars:  Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie
Temperature Rises:  Now in Theaters

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The Heat:  The hype is real and this highly anticipated Captain America: The Winter Soldier sequel is set to cause fanboy and fangirl heat strokes around the world. In this incarnation, heroes from the Marvel comics take sides and battle one another after the government tries to oversee the actions of superheroes. All in all, you’ll see close to 20-30 Marvel favorites kicking butt and taking names. “Team Iron Man” consists of: War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther, Vision and Spider-Man. And “Team Captain America” features: Hawkeye, Sharon Carter, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, Ant-Man and Scarlett Witch.  That is epic and combined with megahot stars, a 92% freshness rating from “Rotten Tomatoes”, and a first-week box office of $366 million, it’s safe to say that the mercury will continue to rise all the way to the top of the box office for Captain America: Civil War.

Blockbuster:  X-Men: Apocalypse
Hot Stars:  Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Olivia Munn, Michael Fassbender
Temperature Rises:  May 27

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The Heat:  In this hotter-than-July superhero sequel, Professor X (Fassbender) and Raven utilize a team of young X-Men to stop their invincible nemesis, Apocalypse, from destroying mankind. The story stands strong even in light of the backlash over some fans’ initial responses to the appearance of supervillain “Apocalypse”.  In the comics, Apocalypse (Isaac) was the first mutant in the X-Men world and one of the most powerful. He’s also a badass immortal who has been asleep for thousands of years, until of course, he wakes up with vengeance on his mind on May 27th. Apocalypse will probably be pissed off after his super-somber slumber, so I’m sure he will have nothing but destruction and mayhem on his evil mind. But not to worry, with two stellar performing and critically acclaimed Bryan Singer helmed sequels prior, there’s no doubt that the X-Men will fight their way to the top of the summer movies box-office.

Blockbuster: Me Before You
Hot Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis
Temperature Rises: June 3

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Claflin and Clarke in Me Before You.

The Heat: This heart-wrenching romantic drama is based on a bestselling book by Jojo Moyes. In the film adaptation, the story stays close to the book’s and centers on the adorable and perky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) who takes any job that she can to help support her family. She’s upbeat, but her disposition is tested when she accepts a caregiver position for Will Traynor (Claflin), a rich young banker who had survived an accident two years earlier, but was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound. His outlook on life has become bitter and dim, but Louisa’s sincerity and internal joy shines a new light and perspective into his home and heart. As though awakening from a deep slumber, both Will and Louisa begin to see the possibility of a life filled with love, laughter and everyday miracles.

Blockbuster: Warcraft
Hot Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper
Temperature Rises: June 10

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The Heat: This highly-anticipated fantasy film filled with Orcs, humans, sorcerers, and other spectacular and blood-lusting characters is based on “World of Warcraft”; one of the most successful online multiplayer, role-playing games ever made. At its peak, the game boasted over 12 million subscribers and to this day, it still has millions of loyal players. It’s no doubt that the film adaptation will also fill the theaters with superfans of the game. In the film version, the Warcraft land of Azeroth is close to invasion by the fearless Orc warriors who desperately need to find a new place to colonize. War is imminent and the Orcs utilize a portal that allows them to travel between their world and Azeroth. Both worlds have a reason to live and are willing to die for what they believe in. When the battle ensues, it’s hard to distinguish hero from villain because everyone has something precious to lose and a reason to live. But in the end, only one world will face extinction.

Blockbuster:  Finding Dory
Hot Stars:  Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Willem Dafoe, Idris Elba
Temperature Rises:  June 17

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Disney/Pixar 2016

The Heat: In Finding Nemo, we were first introduced to and delighted by Dory (Degeneres), everyone’s favorite absentminded Blue Tang fish (or Paracanthurus hepatus, in scientific circles). She was always eager to help (and sometimes hinder) her BFF’s (Best Fishy Friends) out of any and every dangerous encounter with sharks, jellyfish and other ocean adventures. Last time, Dory was even instrumental in helping Marlin (Brooks) rescue his son Nemo (Rolence), the cutest Clown Fish on the currents, from a dentist’s fish bowl. In this seafaring sequel, Dory is the one in need of her friends’ assistance as she embarks on a long and arduous quest to reunite with her own parents. There will be exciting twists and scary turns for the finned friends as they swim upstream and into box office high tide in June.

Movie:  Independence Day: Resurgence
Hot Stars:  Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher,Maika Monroe
Temperature Rises:  June 24
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The Heat:  For nostalgia sake, we really wish Will Smith was going to be leading the charge in this highly anticipated, non-stop action sequel, but sadly he’s not. But not to fret, enough of the old gang is back to satisfy us and to make our must-see “Blockbuster Summer Movies Season” list, including: President Whitmore (Pullman), David Levinson (Goldblum), and Jasmine Dubrow (Fox). In this sequel, those pesky aliens bent on the decimation of mankind are back and this time, they’re unloading an arsenal of other-worldly weaponry with unprecedented force. And like any great action flick worth its salt, the ingenuity of a few brave men and women will be on hand to fend off the alien invaders and help save the world.  If you still haven’t checked out the trailer, the visual effects alone will assault your senses and fuel your worst otherworldly nightmares.

Blockbuster: The Legend of Tarzan
Hot Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, Djimon Honsou
Temperature Rises: July 1

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The Heat: Get ready to release your inner animal as the original hunky monkey-man swings into action this summer. Tarzan has been spreading his jungle love since 1918, when the very first Tarzan movie (Tarzan of the Apes) hit the silent movie theatres. In 2016, Tarzan and his lady love Jane Porter are still encountering rumbles in the jungle. But this time around, they are a little more citified and start out their lives as a royal couple living in London. Soon thereafter, Tarzan aka John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, is invited to travel back to the Congo as a trade emissary of Parliament. His caring, trusting nature unknowingly leads him down a dark path of corruption, greed and of course, an evil villain (Waltz) who hates Tarzan and his designer loin cloth.  This classic story is perfect for all ages and is sure to be a fan favorite.

Blockbuster:  Ghostbusters
Hot Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
Temperature Rises:  July 15

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The Heat:  In the 1984 Ghostbuster movie, the obvious difference from the new offering is that the ghost removal service was literally manned by men. The main cast was comprised of four very popular and hilarious, male comedic actors who owned comedy in the ‘80s. Ringleader and parapsychology professor Dr. Peter Venkman was played to hilarious perfection by Bill Murray. He was the head of a unique paranormal patrol comprised of co-stars Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis. They were the perfect friendly foils and provided classic ghost goofs filled with a lot of gross green slime. Flashforward to 2016 and the franchise reboot has been feminized with some of the most reliably funny female actors working today: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. The storyline runs along the same vein as the original and centers on a paranormal, a physicist, a nuclear engineer and a subway worker attempting to rid New York of ghosts that can possess humans. Despite a blitz of skepticism surrounding the film’s initial teaser trailer, the YouTube numbers don’t lie with some 31 million-plus viewers checking out Director Paul Fieg’s contemporary paranormal portrayal.  (It may be worth noting that Akroyd serves as Executive Producer and Ramis as Producer.)  Fan expectation and excitement is super high, but as long as the ladies’ proton packs, ghost traps and Ecto Containment Units are all charged up and ready to go, I’m sure they’ll ghostbust their way to box office glory.

Blockbuster:  Star Trek: Beyond
Hot Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Idris Elba
Temperature Rises:  July 22

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The Heat:  In this third installment in the franchise reboot James Tiberius Kirk (Pine), Spock (Quinto) and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew are back and ready for more planetary proliferation. JJ Abrams returns as one of the producers, but he hands over the directing reigns to Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) who will most certainly take the action to new and exciting heights. Simon Pegg, who returns as “Scotty”, also co-wrote the script and in this storyline, Kirk and crew end up stranded on a hostile planet, facing a new and brutal alien threat.

Blockbuster: Jason Bourne
Hot Stars: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel 
Temperature Rises: July 29

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Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne.  

The Heat: You can thank director Paul Greengrass for the return of Matt Damon as the ferociously badass Jason Bourne.  Damon said a few years back that the only that he would do another installment of this action spy thriller was if Greengrass signed on to direct; and he waited until he did. This dynamic duo’s last Bourne film together was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, but not to confuse you, “Jason Bourne” is actually the sequel to The Bourne Legacy; the 2012 film starring Jeremy Renner—who is not in this sequel. Okay, now that we cleared that up, in this non-stop, action-packed film, Bourne is back with a vengeance and he picks up right up after his disappearance in the end of “The Bourne Ultimatum”. As always, Bourne is ready to kick ass, fall in love, and save the world—in that order.

Blockbuster:  Suicide Squad
Hot Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Margot Robbie
Temperature Rises:  August 5

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The Heat:  Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming together in what is sure to be an uber summer blockbuster. This film is filled with the antihero “Who’s Who” of the DC Extended Universe. Deadshot (Smith), Joker (Leto), Harley Quinn (Robbie), El Diablo (Hernandez), and Amanda Waller (Davis), to name a few, are coming together to wreak havoc on a global black ops scale. In this latest DC Comics summer movies entry, these ultimate supervillains accept a secret government mission that will likely result in their deaths. “Fanticipation” for this film has reached a fever pitch, so make sure and reserve your ticket early.