2016 Summer Movie Releases


A plethora of new movies release this summer so there should be something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Two are rooted in very different Civil War themes than movies of old with Free State of Jones based on a true story of deserters that opposed slavery, and Captain America: Civil War that follows Marvel’s comic books storyline. 

Romance films include Mothers & Daughters with Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, and Eva Amurri Martino.

For those that thrive on drama, there’s Money Monster with George Clooney and Julia Roberts while Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, and Kristen Bell keep the comedy flowing in Bad Moms.

Here's a more complete list of movies releasing this summer in order of release date. ​

A Bigger Splash
Release Date: May 4, 2016
Rating: R
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes
The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Captain America: Civil War
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

Release Date: May 13, 2016
Rating: Unrated
Director: Luis Prieto
Cast: Halle Berry, Dana Gourrier, Lew Temple, Christopher Berry
A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

Money Monster

Release Date: May 13, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Jodie Foster
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito
In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor (Jack O'Connell) takes over their studio.

The Darkness
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: Greg McLean
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh, Jennifer Morrison, Parker Mack
A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation with a supernatural presence in tow.

The Angry Birds Movie
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Rating: PG
Director: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage
Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to.

The Nice Guys
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Rating: R
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Kim Basinger
A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow, Cameron Dallas
After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Rating: PG
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

X-Men: Apocalypse
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till
With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

Me Before You
Release Date: Jun 03, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: Thea Sharrock
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle
A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release Date: Jun 03, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Dave Green
Cast: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry, Brittany Ishibashi, Laura Linney, William Fichtner
The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Release Date: Jun 03, 2016
Rating: R
Director: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Imogen Poots
When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.

Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

Now You See Me 2
Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Central Intelligence
Release Date: Jun 17, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul
After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Independence Day: Resurgence
Release Date: Jun 24, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, Angelababy, Joey King, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Patrick St. Esprit, William Fichtner
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?

Finding Dory
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Free State of Jones
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Brendan Gleeson
As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

The Shallows
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Juame Collet-Serra
Cast: Blake Lively
When Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark while surfing alone, she is stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.

Release Date: July 1, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall
A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

The Legend of Tarzan
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: David Yates
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Star Trek Beyond
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho
The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), has been attacked by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, leaving the crew stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy.

The Secret Life of Pets
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Rating: PG
Director: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.


Release Date: July 15, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Chris Hemsworth
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.

Ice Age: Collision Course
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jessie J
Scrat's epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters as well as a new enemy who is a brother to one of their old foes.

Jason Bourne
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones
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.

Bad Moms
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith
A woman with a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

Release Date: July 29, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Grandage
Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney
A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Nine Lives
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Rating: PG
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman, Mark Consuelos
A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat.

The Founder
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson
The story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc.

Ben Hur
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro
A falsely accused Jewish nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his Roman best friend, who betrayed him.

Release Date: August 12, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Nic Mathieu
Cast: Emily Mortimer, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Bruce Greenwood
A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.

Pete’s Dragon
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Rating: PG
Director: David Lowery
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford
The adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Release Date: August 19, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Travis Knight
Cast: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

The Space Between Us
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Peter Chelsom
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino
A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.

War Dogs
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller
The true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Mechanic: Resurrection
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Dennis Gansel
Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine
Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

Hands of Stone
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Cast: Édgar Ramírez, Robert De Niro, Usher, Ellen Barkin, Ana de Armas
The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

The Light Between Oceans
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Patient Zero
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cast: Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Clive Standen, Stanley Tucci
After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent "Infected," a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Rating: R
Director: Afonso Poyart
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

The Wild Life (Robinson Crusoe)
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Cast: Lee Christopher, Domonic Paris, Graham Welldon
On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can't stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals. It isn't always easy at first, as the animals don't speak "human." Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Release Date: September 16, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage
CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

When the Bough Breaks
Release Date: September 16, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Jon Cassar
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, Jaz Sinclair
A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.

Bridget Jones’s Baby
Release Date: September 16, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Sally Phillips, Jessica Hynes
The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.

Release Date: September 16, 2016
Rating: Not yet rated
Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Cast: Dave Franco, Emma Roberts
A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

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