Silver screen heats up this summer


Staff report



Photo Courtesy of comingsoon.net “X-Men: Apocalypse,” opening tomorrow, is one of several superhero-themed blockbusters slated for a summer release.


Photo Courtesy of Pixar.com Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of cartoonland’s most forgetful fish in “Finding Dory,” which opens in theaters on June 17.


Photo Courtesy of traileraddict.com “Ghostbusters,” starring, left to right, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, will hit the screens on July 15.


Superheroes will heat up Hollywood this summer. Following on the heels of “Captain America: Civil War,” released on May 6, and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which kicks off tomorrow, the Ninja Turtles and Task Force X (aka Suicide Squad) also will be suiting up and springing into action. There also will be plenty of spaceships soaring on the silver screen, as “Independence Day: Resurgence” and “Star Trek Beyond” come out in June and July, respectively.

And oh, the sequels! A new team of “Ghostbusters” are on deck, and there’s “The Strangers 2,” “The Conjuring 2,” “The Purge 3,” and “Jason Bourne 4,” among others, and Disney takes over from Tim Burton for “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

Here’s what you can look forward to during summer blockbuster season, which extends through August.

May 27

• “X-Men: Apocalypse” — Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) was worshipped as a god. He was the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, and amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world he finds and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. Also stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters.

• “Alice Through the Looking Glass” — Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends, including the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is not himself. Also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, the late Alan Rickman (voice).

• Also: “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “The Do-Over,” “Ma Ma,” “Ones Below,” “Holy Hell, “Presenting Princess Shaw”

June 3

• “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” “Me Before You,” “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” “Andron,” “Approaching the Unknown,” “The Final Master,” Urge,” “Time to Choose,” Fits”

June 10

• “WarCraft” — The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. Stars Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbel, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Clancy Brown.

• Also: “Now You See Me 2,” “The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Experiment,” “Be Somebody,” “Blackway,” “Genius,” “The Music of Strangers,” “De Palma”

June 17

• “Finding Dory” — The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish from “Finding Nemo” reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Voices include Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill, Eugene Levy.

• Also: “Central Intelligence,” “The Last King,” “Clown,” “The Last Heist,” “No Stranger Than Love,” “Tickled”

June 22

• ”Nuts”

June 24

• “Independence Day: Resurgence” — Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough? Stars Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner.

• Also: “Free State of Jones,” “Swiss Army Man,” “The Neon Demon,” “Wiener-Dog,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “The Duel,” “The Phenom,” “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words”

June 29

• “The Shallows”

July 1

• “The Legend of Tarzan,” “The BFG,” “The Purge: Election Year,” “Equals,” “Our Kind of Traitor”

July 8

• “The Secret Life of Pets,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Captain Fantastic,” “The Dog Lover,” “Our Little Sister,” “Life, Animated”

July 15

• “Ghostbusters” — Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Bergman (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Bergman and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and try to save the world. Also stars Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth.

• Also: “The Infiltrator,” “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” “Cafe Society,” “Tulip Fever,” “Gleason”

July 22

• “Star Trek Beyond” — This is the third installment in Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the lead roles.

• “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie:” — In their big-screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to: shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber-fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by paparazzi.

• Also: “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Lights Out,” “Into the Forest,” “Don’t Think Twice”

July 27

• “Nerve”

July 29

• “Jason Bourne,” “Bad Moms,” “Indignation,” “Equity,” “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”

Aug. 5

• “Suicide Squad” — A mix of well-known and unknown villains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn) are recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. Stars Margo Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis.

• Also: “Nine Lives,” “The Founder”

Aug. 12

• “Pete’s Dragon,” “Sausage Party,” “Spectral,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “The Hollars”

Aug. 19

• “Ben Hur,” “War Dogs,” “The Space Between Us,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Southside With You”

Aug. 26

• “Max Steel,” “Don’t Breathe,” “Mechanic: Resurrection,” “Hands of Stone, “Remember the Goal”

Photo Courtesy of comingsoon.net “X-Men: Apocalypse,” opening tomorrow, is one of several superhero-themed blockbusters slated for a summer release.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_xmen-apocalypse.jpgPhoto Courtesy of comingsoon.net “X-Men: Apocalypse,” opening tomorrow, is one of several superhero-themed blockbusters slated for a summer release.

Photo Courtesy of Pixar.com Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of cartoonland’s most forgetful fish in “Finding Dory,” which opens in theaters on June 17.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_finding-dory.jpgPhoto Courtesy of Pixar.com Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of cartoonland’s most forgetful fish in “Finding Dory,” which opens in theaters on June 17.

Photo Courtesy of traileraddict.com “Ghostbusters,” starring, left to right, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, will hit the screens on July 15.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ghostbusters-2016.jpgPhoto Courtesy of traileraddict.com “Ghostbusters,” starring, left to right, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, will hit the screens on July 15.

Staff report

Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this article.

Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this article.

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