'Tis the season for poolside barbecues, fireworks and of course, the year's most exciting, highest budgeted films. The movies coming out in summer 2016 range from adult animation to alien encounters and even McDonald's. Before you head to the movie theater this summer, check out which flicks we recommend to watch or skip.
WATCH: The Lobster, Out now. The Lobster has the potential to be one of the funniest films of the year and also maybe one of the smartest. Loosely based on the Franz Kafka novel The Metamorphasis, where the protagonist wakes up one day to find he has become a cockroach, The Lobster is set in a dystopian future where single people are given a last chance to find love… or else they’ll be turned into an animal of their choice. The flick stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly, along with a host of other recognizable faces and has already won 14 awards across screenwriting, directing and acting. Find tickets for this summer favorite at Fandango.
SKIP: Central Intelligence, June 17. Kevin Hart teams up with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a buddy cop movie no one should have to subject themselves through. The trailer, which anyone who watches TV has probably seen a thousand times, is actually hard to watch. Normally, comedies put all the funniest moments in the trailer. This trailer lacks even one.
WATCH: Finding Dory, June 17. Since it came out in 2003, Finding Nemo is still one of Pixar’s most popular movies. It’s been 13 years since Finding Nemo came out, plenty of time for audiences to get ready for a sequel. With Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as the forgetful blue-tang fish (and Pixar!), Finding Dory is the summer’s second most promising animated movie (see: Sausage Party).
SKIP: Independence Day: Resurgence, June 24. Special effects and nostalgia. That’s what moviegoers hope to get from Independence Day: Resurgence. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman return with newcomer Liam Hemsworth to battle off impending alien doom. Noticeably absent: Will Smith. It has been 20 years since the original, but don’t get your hopes up: trailers seem to indicate there was more focus on special effects than good writing. This one will be a stinker.
SKIP: The Legend of Tarzan, July 1. Isn’t one man-of-the-jungle themed movie enough for one year? We’ve already seen The Jungle Book do wonders at the box office, now it’s The Legend of Tarzan’s turn. Starring Alexander Skarsgard in the lead role with Margot Robbie supporting, The Legend of Tarzan feels like another special effects movie with a careless script. However, it does star Samuel L. Jackson, and that’s never a bad thing.
SKIP: Ghostbusters, July 15. The bust of all remake busts, Ghostbusters doesn’t stand a chance this summer. Granted, the cast is a good one, with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones replacing the original Ghostbusters. But wasn’t all the wonder of the original in the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson? Not to mention Sigourney Weaver, who is “replaced” by Chris Hemsworth. We don’t think the originals can be outdone and suspect this movie will be a huge letdown for Ghostbusters fans.
SKIP: Nine Lives, August 5. A recent binge on House of Cards has left me hungry for more Kevin Spacey. But seeing hard-nosed politician Frank Underwood reduced to the likeness of a cat is heart-wrenching. Yes, we know this movie is for kids but give me a break. Also starring Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, this is a summer 2016 movie that has left us wondering what is happening to our world.
WATCH: The Founder, August 5. Here is one of our most anticipated films of the year. Starring Oscar Winner Michael Keaton, The Founder covers the story of McDonald’s Ray Kroc. If you don’t know who Ray Kroc is now, you surely will soon. Basically, he was the guy who took McDonald’s from a small, one-store operation to the global phenomenon that it is. Also starring Nick Offerman and Linda Cardellini, The Founder promises to bring the drama to this summer’s upcoming movie list.
WATCH: Sausage Party, August 12. There are a few promising animated movies coming out this summer, but few seem as hilarious as Sausage Party could potentially be. Sausage Party features James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and the list goes on and on. Taking the side of food in a grocery store, Sausage Party shows how pride at being bought soon turns to horror once the food realizes what’s in store for them at home.
WATCH: War Dogs, August 19. Jonah Hill stars in another comedy that should bring the laughs this summer. War Dogs is based on a true story of two twenty-something year olds who discover a loophole in legislation regarding small businesses and government contracts and secure a $300 million arms deal. Also starring Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper and directed by Todd Phillips of The Hangover series, we’ve high expectations for this comedy to close the summer in side-splitting style.
Summer always promises movies both good and bad and the summer of 2016 will be no different! Whether you're headed to the movies, to the mall or out of town for vacation, PromoCodeWatch is here to help you save this summer.