Post Civil War: 10 movies still to look forward to this summer

Now that CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has been released and lived up to our high expectations, what other summer movies do we have to look forward to?  That’s a great question.  Short answer: Not much.  But who knows, maybe some of these movies might surprise us.  I can’t say that I’m terribly eager about all of these films and with Captain America done and gone, I think this might be one of the worst summer movie lineups ever.  I hope I’m wrong and we have another great summer ahead of us.  But if you are scratching your head, wondering what to see and when you should be hitting the theater, here is a list of my top ten movies to see this summer after CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys

10. THE NICE GUYS (May 20) – Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a comedic buddy cop duo set in the 1970’s sounds a bit of a reach but when you factor in the film is directed and written by Shane Black (KISS KISS BANG BANG, IRON MAN 3), it becomes a lot more interesting. Shane Black is also the creator of LETHAL WEAPON and will be teaming up with the same producer, so my trust in the material continues to grow.  Lets just hope the actors can pull their weight.

9. SUICIDE SQUAD (Aug 5) – Perhaps I should be more excited, but DC’s run of bad filmmaking into their Justice League world feels like more of a catch up and cash in on Marvel Success than it does quality storytelling.  Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn are the only thing keeping me remotely interested and that has more to do with the characters than the actors.  Director David Ayer’s last film, FURY, left a lot to be desired. But despite my superhero fatigue, I’m still curious.

Michael Keaton in The Founder

8. THE FOUNDER (Aug 5) – Comeback kid Michael Keaton looks to earn his second Oscar nomination in three years.  This time he plays McDonalds’ founder, Ray Kroc. Director  John Lee Hancock has had his hands in a few audience pleasing films before (SAVING MR. BANKS, THE BLIND SIDE, THE ROOKIE), but I think the key to this one will be the casting of Michael Keaton, making the life story of a possibly unlikable character likable.

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