Post Civil War: 10 movies still to look forward to this summer
3. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (May 27) – While I have established that I’m a bit tired of superhero films, X-Men always fights the good fight in entertainment. This is the least excited I’ve ever been for an X-Men film but Bryan Singer has a proven track record with these characters. I’ve always found the X-Men team to be the most interesting of the superhero crews and with the talented cast and new characters, I expect another success. I just hope the high bar raised by CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR doesn’t cast too big of a shadow by comparison.
2. THE SHALLOWS (June 24) – A shark terrorizing humans is what every summer needs. Or at least every summer movie list needs. JAWS is my favorite movie. Over the years, nothing has come close to the way it struck fear into beach goers… pool goers for that matter… who am kidding, the bathtub became a little more tense after that movie. If the story of a surfer stuck on a rock as the tide is coming in with a Great White circling about is a fraction as exciting as JAWS, then we are in for a thrill. While this choice may bite me (see what I did there?), I am terrifyingly excited about this one.
1. JASON BOURNE (July 29) – Easily the most and maybe only truly anticipated film on the list. The Bourne movies have proven to be a consistently quality product that actually get even better with each sequel. Who else can say that? For the record, I’m not talking about that lame Jeremy Renner version. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are back! The Bourne films are on a constant loop in my household, as my wife uses them as the radio to know how much time has gone by in the day. Yeah, she’s pretty awesome! Who would win in a fight between, James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Jack Bauer? Why Jason Bourne of course and he wouldn’t even remember it.
Horror Fans: Lights Out (July 22) – I dare you to watch the short film by the same name from director David F. Sandberg. It’s less than three minutes long and quite possibly the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Will the feature film be as good? Probably not. Horror movies are always a question mark. More often than not they are a fail. A bigger budget and longer story is rarely the answer when it comes to scares but I’m still half interested in watching through my fingers.
Runner’s Up: Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), Free State of Jones (June 24), The BFG (July 1), Secret Life of Pets (July 8), War Dogs (August 19)