2016 Summer Movie Preview

This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about.

The movies in the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview are in chronological order by release date. So without further adieu, here’s the movies we are excited about and think you should be too.

Captain America Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Release Date: May 6

It’s the comic book blockbuster to kick off the summer season, so of course it’s going to be on the list. Most of us here at /Film have already seen the Marvel Studios sequel, but I’m personally excited to see it again. Plus, we know tons of you are looking forward to seeing it. There’s probably no need to even remind you that it’s coming out at this point. We just want to make sure you’re ready to start the endless stream of summer movies that begins this weekend. If you want to know how good Captain America: Civil War is, read my full review right here.

Watch the Captain America: Civil War trailer right here.

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

The Angry Birds Movie

Release Date: May 20

Even though a movie based on the Rovio mobile game that feature birds being slingshotted into structures in order to smash the green pigs who stole their eggs doesn’t sound like it has the makings of a decent movie, the trailers have done a decent job of convincing us otherwise. The Angry Birds Movie actually looks like a solid comedy, and it’s hard to go wrong with a voice cast that includes talent like Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress and many more.

Watch The Angry Birds Movie trailer right here.

Neighbors 2 Red Band Trailer

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Release Date: May 20

Comedy sequels are hard to pull off without losing the special something that made the first film worth watching. However, if the trailers for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising are any indicator, we just might have a worthy follow-up in store. Sure, the concept is essentially a rehash of the first movie with a sorority instead of a fraternity, but with Chloe Grace Moretz stretching her comedic chops as an adult actress now, we’re excited to see how she holds her own against the likes of Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron.

Watch the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising trailer right here.

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The Nice Guys

Release Date: May 20

If there’s one thing Shane Black knows how to do better than anything else, it’s write dark comedies featuring odd pairs. From Lethal Weapon to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the screenwriter and director has delivered some great duos who get caught up in some seriously dangerous situations. The Nice Guys looks like Black will be back doing what he does best, and the pairing of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling feels surprisingly perfect. Both have impeccable comedic timing, and the ’70s setting only adds to the film’s wild style. This one could be the sleeper hit of the summer.

Watch The Nice Guys trailer right here.

Jennifer Lawrence Leaving X-Men

X-Men: Apocalypse

Release Date: May 27

The X-Men franchise continues on the modified timeline that was altered in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This time we get to meet the younger versions of familiar X-Men like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler while meeting new mutants like Psylocke. But the real draw of this one is seeing the iconic Marvel Comics villain Apocalypse on the big screen for the first time. Even though the early trailers left me concerned about the film’s quality, the most recent trailer seems to be on the right track. It’ll be tough to top just how good Days of Future Past was, but it should be exciting to see how this takes the franchise in a new direction.

Watch the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer right here.

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