As a massive movie lover, here are my top ten picks of the must see movies this summer. I’ve left out some obvious ones such as X-Men Apocalypse and Finding Dory, because I know many of you will see those with or without my recommendation. There’s also some movies like The Accountant that I’m really looking forward to but come out later in the year. So I’ve tried to pick movies that look great, come out this summer, but that you may not have even heard of. So lets get started:
10. Sausage Party ( 12th August 2016)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Salma Hayek etc
Premiered at SXSW, the film follows Frank the sausage, who after being purchased at a grocery store, discovers the truth about the existence of food. It’s made to be eaten (tortured/killed). It sounds silly but it actually is quite funny and tackles some interesting issues in a unique way.
9. The Shallows (29th June 2016)
Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen
A young pro surfer is surfing at a secluded beach when she becomes stranded on a giant rock 200 yards away from shore after an enormous great white shark attacks her. Now, she must find a way back to safety, proving the ultimate contest of wills.
8. Hell or High Water (12 August 2016 – USA)
Starring: Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster
A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
7. Nerve ( 27th July 2016 – USA)
Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
The film tells the story of “Vee” who enters an online game of truth or dare (minus the truth) that escalates to dangerous levels, with her every move being manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers”.
6. Jason Bourne ( 29th July 2016)
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander
Several years after his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability, now remembering who he truly is and trying to uncover hidden truths about his past. After being stuck in development hell for years, fans are now treated to the true sequel to the original trilogy.
5. The Nice Guys ( 3rd June 2016)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger
Down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and apparent suicide of a fading porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking criminal conspiracy which reaches up to the highest circles of power.
4. Money Monster (27th May 2016)
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
Lee Gates (Clooney), a TV personality who investigates conspiracies on commerce and Wall Street, is forcefully interrogated by Kyle Budwell (O’Connell), a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip. You may recognise Jack O’Connell from “Skins” or some of his movies since, Starred Up (which I highly recommend), Unbroken (directed by Angelina Jolie) and 300: Rise of an Empire. He is my favourite British actor and holder of a Bafta Rising Star Award, so definitely keep your eye out for his work.
3. Brotherhood (29th August 2016)
Starring: Noel Clarke, Stormzy
First there was Kidulthood then Adulthood now, ten years later, (feel old yet?) comes Noel Clarkes last installment: Brotherhood. With Sam facing up to the new world he realizes it also comes with new problems and new challenges and that he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers.
2. Suicide Squad (5th August 2016)
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto, Viola Davis
A secret government agency known as “Task Force X,” led by Amanda Waller (Davis), recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.
1. Don’t Breathe (26th August 2016)
Starring: Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Also premiering at SXSW, the movie that tops my list follows Rocky (Levy), a teenage delinquent living with unreliable parents, looking for money to run away. Her boyfriend, also called Money, convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. But all isn’t as it seems…
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