Entertainment Summer movie preview: 'Star Trek,' 'Ghostbusters' and more must-sees of 2016 By Scott Rosenberg firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 11, 2016 8:57 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Summer is the time for blockbuster movies, and this season won’t disappoint.You’ll get a colorful array of characters, from green Ninja Turtles, lost blue fish and some more green with giant orcs waging war. Here are some of the films we’re excited to see over the next few months. 'Me Before You' (June 3) Photo Credit: New Line Cinema / Alex Bailey A woman falls for a paraplegic man in this drama based on the novel by Jojo Moyes. Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ (June 3) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures The Heroes in a Half Shell are back, and they'll be facing off with a pair of classic villains, Bebop and Rocksteady, who are making their first cinematic appearance. Produced by Michael Bay. 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' (June 3) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Andy Samberg reunites with his Lonely Island pals for this comedy about Conner4Real, a music sensation who gets humbled by a poor-selling album. Looks funny, and the cameos -- Pink, Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg -- and co-stars -- Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph -- are impressive. ‘Warcraft’ (June 10) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Every time a high-profile video game adaptation rolls along, we ask the big question: "Will this finally be the first good video game movie?" Well, this one has a decent pedigree in director and co-writer Duncan Jones ("Moon," "Source Code") and a strong cast (including Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper). But there's also a whole lot of CGI orcs and special effects. Will it be good? We'll find out soon. 'The Conjuring 2' (June 10) Photo Credit: New Line Cinema / Matt Kennedy Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return and are now in the north of London for another house with some evil in it. 'Now You See Me 2' (June 10) Photo Credit: Lionsgate Films / Jay Maidment The magic-themed heist film -- starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman -- inexplicably gets a sequel with the boy wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe. How will any of them compete with his Hogwarts skills? And, don't look now, they already announced a third film. 'Central Intelligence' (June 17) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. / Claire Folger Formula for every Kevin Hart movie: He stands next to someone bigger than he is. In this new action comedy, he's next to Dwayne Johnson, who plays a CIA agent who enlists an old high school friend (Hart) to help him save the world. 'Finding Dory' (June 17) Photo Credit: Pixar In this Pixar sequel set six months after "Finding Nemo," Marlin's pal Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), the blue fish with the bad memory, is trying to find her family. Why do we feel like we're all going to be crying at the end? ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (June 24) Photo Credit: Rooftop Films New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi, who directed the cult hit "What We Do in the Shadows" and the upcoming Marvel movie "Thor: Ragnarok," helms this comedy about a manhunt for a kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the New Zealand wilderness. Starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (June 24) Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox It's been 20 years since the original "Independence Day" and, since then, the military has built the Earth Space Defense to keep the planet safe in case the aliens return. Guess what? Featuring returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and new cast members Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg. 'Free State of Jones' (June 24) Photo Credit: Styx Entertainment From "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross comes this Civil War story about a group of farmers and slaves from Mississippi who join together in a rebellion against the Confederacy. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. ‘Swiss Army Man’ (June 24) Photo Credit: Swiss Army Man via Facebook A man stranded on an island, played by Paul Dano, finds friendship -- and a multipurpose tool -- with a corpse (played by Daniel Radcliffe) in this oddball flick that was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival. 'The Legend of Tarzan' (July 1) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. / Jonathan Olley Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) leaves London and heads back to his jungle home to save his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) in this special-effects heavy film from David Yates, who directed a bunch of "Harry Potter" movies. 'The BFG' (July 1) Photo Credit: Disney Steven Spielberg brings the classic Roald Dahl novel to the big screen. Oscar winner Mark Rylance, who Spielberg just worked with on "Bridge of Spies," plays the Big Friendly Giant, who forms a kinship with a young girl. 'The Purge: Election Year' (July 1) Photo Credit: Universal Studios / Michele K. Short A senator running for president is looking to put an end to the Purge, and it's up to Frank Grillo's sergeant Barnes to save her during the 12-hour period where all crimes, including murder, are legal. I'm with the senator. Let's put an end to "The Purge." ‘Captain Fantastic’ (July 8) Photo Credit: Bleecker Street Films A father (Viggo Mortensen) and his six children are living on their own in the wilderness, but are forced to go back into society when the kids learn that their mother has committed suicide. The reintegration into society proves to be a jarring change for all of them. ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (July 8) Photo Credit: Universal Pictures This Manhattan-set animated film follows a dog named Max (Louis C.K.), who finds his life in upheaval when his owner brings home another dog, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But they have to team up when an evil bunny begins to threaten their building. 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' (July 8) Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / Gemma LaMana Adam DeVine and Zac Efron are the title characters in this comedy about two moronic, fun-loving brothers who are forced to find dates to their next family function in Hawaii. After a televised plea for dates, they land two women (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick) who are just using them for a free trip. 'Ghostbusters' (July 15) Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Hopper Stone Who you gonna call? This time around, it's Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones who take over the mantle of Ghostbusters. Paul Feig directs the action-comedy, in which the quartet has to take down a ton of angry spirits in New York City. 'Cafe Society' (July 15) Photo Credit: Gravier Productions / Sabrina Lantos Another year, another new Woody Allen film. Jesse Eisenberg plays the Allen stand-in here, a Bronx guy in the 1930s who moves out to Hollywood where his agent uncle lives. He gets a taste of the high life, falls in love and gets in over his head. Also starring Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell and Blake Lively. 'Star Trek Beyond' (July 22) Photo Credit: Viacom Justin Lin takes over directing duties of the "Star Trek" franchise as the crew continues to explore strange new worlds. Here, they're stranded on a strange planet, but the details are still hush-hush. We do know that Idris Elba plays some alien named Krall, who looks kind of reptilian ... 'Ice Age: Collision Course' (July 22) Photo Credit: Blue Sky Studios It's the fifth "Ice Age" movie and the little guy still wants acorns and the other animals are still facing extinction. Here there are asteroids and maybe a sci-fi twist. Is it bad to be rooting for extinction? 'Jason Bourne' (July 29) Photo Credit: Universal Studios / Jasin Boland Matt Damon returns as the super spy for a fourth time, and, as his memories start coming back, he's out to learn more about his past. Also starring Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander. Paul Greengrass, who directed the second and third movies, returns. ‘Bad Moms’ (July 29) Photo Credit: STX Entertainment Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are the title matriarchs in this comedy about a trio of moms who are sick of being taken advantage of and go on a run of debauchery. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote all the "Hangover" movies. ‘Yoga Hosers’ (Sept. 2) Photo Credit: Invincible Pictures Writer-director Kevin Smith continues his Canadian film trilogy -- after "Tusk" and before the announced "Moose Jaws" -- with this action-horror-comedy about two teens from Winnipeg, Manitoba, played by Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp -- the respective daughters of director Smith and actor Johnny Depp -- who fight Nazi bratwurst. Not a joke. 'The Founder' (Aug. 5) Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company Michael Keaton stars as Ray Croc, the extremely driven "founder" of McDonalds, in this new biopic from John Lee Hancock, the director of "The Blind Side." Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the McDonald brothers. 'Suicide Squad' (Aug. 5) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Clay Enos Some of DC Comics villains get the spotlight in this vicious-looking actioner in which the government enlists the bad guys for potentially fatal missions and, if they survive, they'll get clemency on their sentences. Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto (as the Joker.) And Ben Affleck will be showing up as Batman as well. From "Training Day" writer David Ayer. 'Nine Lives' (Aug. 5) Photo Credit: Takashi Seida Kevin Spacey is a powerful business man turned kitty cat by a creepy Christopher Walken in this Barry Sonnenfeld family comedy. If Spacey's Tom Brand can become a better family man, he might get his humanity back. 'Pete's Dragon' (Aug. 12) Photo Credit: Disney / Matt Klitscher The 1977 Disney film, a hybrid of live-action and animation, is remade here. It tells the story of an orphan named Pete and his best bud, who you might have figured out is a dragon. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley as Pete. 'Sausage Party' (Aug. 12) Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures This raunchy animated flick, based on a story by "Superbad" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, follows some products at a supermarket who are excited to get purchased, only to discover that the chosen foods are set for a grizzly death via ingestion. Can a hot dog escape back to the store to warn everyone? It's an impressive cast and an impressive amount of cursing for a trailer. 'Florence Foster Jenkins' (Aug. 12) Photo Credit: Pathe This comic biopic tells the story of a New York City socialite who had ambitions of becoming an opera singer, despite her complete lack of talent. Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Directed by Stephen Frears, who also did "The Queen" and "High Fidelity." 'War Dogs' (Aug. 19) Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Todd Phillips, the director of "Old School" and "The Hangover," helms this film about two guys (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who somehow land a Pentagon contract to provide arms in Afghanistan. Soon they're gun running and living the high life. Based on a true story. 'Kubo' (Aug. 19) Photo Credit: Laika Studios/ Focus Features A new movie from the superb animation studio Laika ("The Boxtrolls," "ParaNorman") is always a reason to rejoice, and this film looks no different. "Kubo" follows a young boy who is being chased by monsters. He has to find his father's magical armor, and all he has to protect himself is a powerful magical instrument. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei, Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara. Ben-Hur (Aug. 19) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures Because what the world needed was another "Ben-Hur" movie. Jack Huston takes the title role in this new iteration of the story about a Jewish nobleman turned slave who takes on the Roman empire. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") directs this epic. The visual design, based on the trailer, is pretty impressive and the chariot race looks exciting. 'Southside With You' (Aug. 26) Photo Credit: Pat Scoula Set in the summer of 1989, this romantic biopic -- a hit at the Sundance Film Festival -- chronicles President Barack Obama's courtship of his wife Michelle in the South Side of Chicago. Starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter. Executive produced by John Legend. 'Hands of Stone' (Aug. 26) Photo Credit: TWC Robert De Niro in a boxing film? Stop me if you've heard this before. Here, the legendary actor is playing iconic trainer Ray Arcel in this drama about the life of famed pugilist Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), who defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (played by Usher, which seems funny, right?) to win the WBC Welterweight title in 1980. By Scott Rosenberg email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.