It’s official, folks! I can almost smell the comforting scent of buttery popcorn wafting in the air, and that means summertime is right around the corner–and with it comes a long list of must-see summer movies.
10. Now You See Me 2 (June 10)
The lowdown: The Four Horsemen crew are back at it again for their second act in this sequel. This time it’s their turn to uncover the truth about Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech genius who helped them pull of their vanishing act. Now he’s back and threatening them to pull off their most incredible trick yet. An all-star cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Dave Franco) along with magic, money and mayhem make this movie a must-see.
9. The Legend of Tarzan (July 1)
The lowdown: When does a Tarzan film ever get old? The answer is never. You know the story, but when you throw in seasoned grade A actors like Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, things get even better. A little change up: Tarzan, having adjusted to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to uncover the nefarious activities at a mining encampment.
8. The Conjuring 2 (June 10)
The lowdown: The signs of paranormal activity are happening: flickering lights, unidentified noises and an eerie vibe. In this sequel, Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to London to investigate a malicious spirit that has been plaguing a single mother and her children. Side note: “The Conjuring” is the only film that has ever made me make sure my feet didn’t dangle over the bed while I slept. In short, I’m betting my money that “The Conjuring 2” will surely have you creeping around corners and checking for “unwanted visitors” in no time. Don’t miss out on this summer’s horror blockbuster!
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (June 3)
The lowdown: Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael. Since 1987, these four guys or excuse me, “turtles” have been giving us hearty laughs and the hope that we, too, can all be superheros. I must admit I had doubts about whether or not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) would deliver, but thank goodness the ridiculously aerodynamic turtles didn’t let me down. Huge bonus: Even if your kids aren’t familiar with the original ninja turtles, they’ll love these guys. Goofy, loud and full of fight, the turtles are back to deliver another adventure this summer to save the city from a dangerous threat.
6. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
The lowdown: In 1996, “Independence Day” had its debut, and we all cheered for Will Smith hoping he would save the human race from a tragic alien-inflicted demise. Now the aliens are back, and it’s time to fight again. Using recovered alien technology, the humans have collaborated on a defense program to protect Earth. Can they save themselves? Only by the efforts of a few brave men and women. There’s no Will Smith this time around (I cried a little bit), but I’m still pretty excited. Also, Jeff Goldblum is back, so I’m a happy camper.
5. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
The lowdown: Beam me up, Scotty! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching the chair-gripping adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock and the whole USS Enterprise Crew. Chris Pine has served all of us trekkies well as Captain Kirk. He brought the perfect balance of cockiness, wisdom and sheer luck in “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). In “Star Trek Beyond,” we find Capt. Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew stranded on a deserted alien planet. Will the crew have the skills to escape the menacing alien threat? Hit the theaters on July 22 to find out.
4. Ghostbusters (July 15)
The lowdown: We’ve all been waiting a long time for this. You know the drill. You see a ghost, you call Ghostbusters. But can this all-female cast live up to the high expectations, and slay ghosts the way their 1984 predecessors did? Thirty years later, the film returns with an all-star cast of goofballs including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Director Paul Feig brings us a much anticipated remake, and it’s no secret that folks will be lined up to check it out.
3. Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27)
The lowdown: Sweet and unsuspecting Alice has taken yet another fall, returning to the magical world of Wonderland. But there’s a problem: the Hatter is in a horrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Wonderland from the wickedness of a sinister villain known as Time. I’m a sucker for wacky adventures, and this one has me excited.
2. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)
The lowdown: When you think you’ve defeated all the bad guys, another one always seems to rear his ugly head. And this villain is very, very ugly–and seemingly unstoppable. The immortal Apocalypse has awakened after thousands of years, and he’s well rested enough to team up with the notorious Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. Now it’s up to Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) to guide a team of X-Men to prevent Apocalypse from destroying mankind.
1. Suicide Squad (Aug. 5)
The lowdown: So let me get this right. A gang of psychopaths is on a government-sanctioned mission to reduce their prison sentences? That sounds like my kind of movie! That’s why Suicide Squad takes the cake as my #1 must-see movie of the summer. The Joker (Jared Leto), Batman (Ben Affleck), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and many others will be wreaking havoc, and no one’s going to stop them because, guess what? They’re the Suicide Squad. And did I mention the psychotic yet lovable Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will be gracing us with her presence on screen as well? Yeah, things just got real.
Honorable mention: Finding Dory (June 17)
The lowdown: I would be the worst person alive if I left this incredibly anticipated film off of my list entirely. You would be hard-pressed to find a living human being who hasn’t seen “Finding Nemo.” People of all ages alike let out gut-busting laughs as Dory (voice by Ellen Degeneres) goofily helped Nemo’s dad, Marlin, find Nemo in the outrageous 2004 adventure. Unknowingly, Dory became the crowd favorite, and we’ve been waiting over a decade for her to take center stage in her spotlight in “Finding Dory.” Bring the kids to this surefire hit, or channel your inner kid, and make your way over to theater on June 17 to check it out.
Laura Tolliver is a senior at Florida Atlantic University studying English, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She loves spreading positivity and bringing sunshine with her everywhere she goes. She adores anything sweet, lipstick and obsessing over food. You can reach her at email@example.com.