Summer Movie Guide

For more than a few years, it seems that sequels have dominated your local Cineplex. 2012 can arguably be called the summer of the sequel, and with movies such as MIB III, Piranha 3D, Madagascar 3, GI Joe: Retaliation, Spiderman 3, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, and Expendables 2 taking to the screen in that year, no one can argue.

However, if 2012 was the summer of the sequel, then 2015 is the year the sequel finally took over! Beginning with the Avengers: Age of Ultron in May of 2015, it seems as though many of the fresh ideas that once made Hollywood films the envy of the world have been replaced with rethinkings, retellings, and indeed rehashing of old movies to come up with something to steal two hours of your time, and rid you of your hard earned money at the ticket counter and concession stand.

2016 wasn’t much different, as sequels to sequels are once again the big draw at your local megaplex. It looks as though this trend will continue for some time to come, with new Star Wars films in the works for the next decade or more, as well as more and more superhero films (including the best anti-superhero film ever, Suicide Squad), Fast and Furious franchises, and pretty much every other major movie you can think of that has the slightest chance at scraping more money out of your pocket!

2017, however, might be more exciting. With summer blockbusters such as the Transformers hitting the screen in June, and Jurassic World 2, the live action Beauty and the Beast, as well as the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious and the newest Pirates of the Caribbean, it has the makings of a summer of larger than life fun.

Nearly every week from now through August includes something for everyone, sequels galore, superheroes, vampires, and comedies. Don’t just check out the movies this summer…check out the different kinds of theaters available in your area.  After all, it’s all about location, location, location.

Now take a look at the preview of some of this summer’s biggest hits, and a few sleepers you might want to check out at your favorite Cineplex!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13) NEW
Rated for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content
Johnny Depp • Kaya Scodelario – 135 minutes
Poster Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (PG)
Rated for mild rude humor throughout
Kevin Hart • Ed Helms
Poster This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Wonder Woman (PG-13)
Rated for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Gal Gadot • Chris Pine – 141 minutes
Poster Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13)
Rated for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language.
Vin Diesel • Dwayne Johnson – 136 minutes
Poster From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Going in Style (PG-13)
Rated for drug content, language and some suggestive material
Morgan Freeman • Michael Caine – 96 minutes
Poster Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG)
Rated for some mild action and rude humor
Demi Lovato • Rainn Wilson – 89 minutes
Poster It seems to Smurfette that everyone else in the Village has a purpose — Papa Smurf (leading), Baker Smurf (baking), even Grouchy Smurf (grouching) — except for her. So what’s the only girl in the village to do? Go in search of hers, of course!




The Boss Baby (PG)
Rated for some mild rude humor
Alec Baldwin • Steve Buscemi – 97 minutes
Poster A hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.



Ghost in the Shell (PG-13)
Rated for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images
Scarlett Johansson • Pilou Asbaek – 106 minutes
Poster Major, a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.




Power Rangers (PG-13)
Rated for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor.
Becky G • RJ Cyler – 124 minutes
Poster The story follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.

Beauty and the Beast (PG)
Rated for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Emma Watson • Dan Stevens – 139 minutes
Poster Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior.

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13)
Rated for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language
Tom Hiddleston • Samuel L. Jackson – 118 minutes
Poster This film fully immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.



The Circle (PG-13)
Rated for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use
Tom Hanks • Emma Watson – 110 minutes
Poster As she rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.

How to Be a Latin Lover (PG-13)

Rated for crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity.
Salma Hayek • Kristen Bell – 115 minutes
Poster A very handsome and very young Maximo has a dream to be rich without ever having to work a day in his life. He marries a wealthy woman more than twice his age. 25 years later, spoiled and bored from waking up next to his now 80-year-old wife-he gets the surprise of his life when she ends up dumping him for a younger car salesman.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13)
Rated for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language
Charlie Hunnam • Astrid Bergès-Frisbey – 126 minutes
Poster When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern , Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy… whether he likes it or not.
Snatched (R)
Rated for crude sexual content, brief nudity, and language throughout
Amy Schumer • Goldie Hawn – 91 minutes
Poster After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

The Promise (PG-13)
Rated for thematic material including war attrocities, violence and disturbing images, and some sexuality
Oscar Isaac • Christian Bale – 133 minutes
Poster When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris, a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth.



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) NEW

Rated for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Chris Pratt • Zoe Saldana – 137 minutes
Poster The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid.

Baywatch (R) NEW
Rated for language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity
Dwayne Johnson • Zac Efron – 119 minutes
Poster The story follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Alien: Covenant (R)
Rated for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity
Michael Fassbender • Katherine Waterston – 123 minutes
Poster The crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)
Rated for some rude humor
Jason Ian Drucker • Charlie Wright – 90 minutes
Poster Based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
Everything, Everything (PG-13)
Rated for thematic elements and brief sensuality
Ana de la Reguera • Taylor Hickson – 96 minutes
Poster Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together – even if it means losing everything.



This guide will be updated throughout the summer, but if you think we missed something, please let us know!