Summer flicks heat up theaters


This summer’s batch of movies is set to please viewers, with superheroes versus super villains, people hunting ghosts, ghosts haunting people and much more. 

Here is a guide to some of the movies to keep an eye one as they hit theaters this summer, compiled with information from and

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Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) face off in the newest Marvel movie. (

6: Captain America: Civil War

PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.

The government decides the Avengers need to be governed after their careless mistakes in previous battles. Chaos ensues when the superheroes disagree with the decision, separating the crew into Team Iron Man and Team Captain America. This film also introduces Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

13: The Darkness

PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language.

A family’s young son brings an ancient evil force home with him after visiting the Grand Canyon. The film comes from the producers of “Insidious” which means it’s bound to terrify. The movie stars Kevin Bacon, Lucy Fry and David Mazouz.

20: Angry Birds

PG for rude humor and action.

Inspired by the popular game, this movie follows outcasts Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) as they try to figure out what a bunch of green pigs are doing on their bird island.

27: X-Men: Apocalypse

Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) team up to take down Apocalypse in the newest X-Men movie. (

PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence, action and destruction throughout, some suggestive material, partial nudity and brief strong language.

The first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), wakes up after thousands of years to a world he is not pleased with. He builds a team of mutants, including Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to destroy the world and create a new one. Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead their own team of mutants to try to stop Apocalypse and save the world from destruction.

27: Alice Through the Looking Glass

PG for fantasy action/peril and some language.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Wonderland. She learns the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in trouble and travels back in time to try to save both him and Wonderland.

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3: Me Before You

PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material.

This romantic drama is based on the novel by Jojo Moyes and follows small-town girl Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) as she falls in love with  Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), the paralyzed man she is taking care of.

3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.

The pizza-loving teenage turtles are back to take on a new enemy and fight to save the city.

The battle rages in video-game-turned-movie Warcraft. (

10: Warcraft

PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.

The video game world meets the movie world in this film based on the best-selling game franchise. Two heroes on opposing sides are sent on a journey of sorts to determine the fate of their people, families and homes.

10: Now You See Me 2

PG-13 for violence and some language.

The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) are back to perform the most impossible heist yet. The movie also includes Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the mastermind behind the Horsemen’s heist.
Dory gets excited to find her family in the highly anticipated movie. (

17: Finding Dory

PG for mild thematic elements.

It’s been 13 years since Nemo was taken from the sea. Now, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is going on an adventure of her own to find her family after she finally remembers they might be looking for her.

BYU alum Kierstin Baak is excited to see Dory return to the big screen.

“It’s been over ten years since the last one came out, and since that one was a hit, hopefully this one will be too,” Baak said.

17: Central Intelligence

PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language.

Bob (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Calvin (Kevin Hart) team up to take on the world of international espionage after meeting up at their high school reunion. These two are sure to make a hilarious team.

Liam Hemsworth suits up to save the world from aliens. (

24: Independence Day: Resurgence

PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction throughout and brief strong language.

It’s been 20 years since aliens tried to invade earth in “Independence Day,” but now there is a new alien force the world needs saving from. Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and others come to save the day instead in this epic sequel.

29: The Shallows

Not Yet Rated.

A young medical student (Blake Lively) goes to a secluded beach to surf and gets attacked by a great white shark. Only 200 feet from the shore, Nancy has to find a way to fight off the shark long enough to make it back alive. It’s like a modern-day Jaws with a strong woman instead of a bunch of fishermen.

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1: Legend of Tarzan

PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality.

This isn’t the Tarzan story people might be expecting. The film begins with Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) living in London with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie). He is invited to go back to the Congo to be a trade emissary of Parliament, but he later finds out he is being used for the wrong reasons.

1: The BFG

PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor.

This film is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl. It follows a young girl named Sofie (Ruby Barnhill) as she befriends the Big Friendly Giant, who turns out to be a pretty awesome giant despite what everyone thinks about him.

26: Equals

PG-13 for thematic content, sensuality, partial nudity and disturbing images.

Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) find themselves in a world without emotions. They begin to recover emotions as they fall in love, leading to trouble. It is an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” It is only a limited release, so people may have to search to find it, but it looks like it would be worth the search.

8: The Secret Life of Pets

PG for action and some rude humor.

A lot like “Toy Story”, this film shows what pets do when their owners aren’t around. It includes the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart.

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The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby, ready to take on the ghosts. (Moviestillsdb)

15: Ghostbusters

Not Yet Rated.

It’s been more than 30 years since the original Ghostbusters hit the big screen. Producers felt it was about time to bring it back, but with a female cast instead. The film stars funny ladies Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as they join together to bust ghosts in Manhattan with Chris Hemsworth as their secretary.

22: Star Trek Beyond

Not Yet Rated.

This is the third movie in the reboot of the Star Trek series, still starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock and Zoe Saldana as Uhura.  

22: Ice Age: Collision Course

Not Yet Rated.

The pesky squirrel from previous “Ice Age” movies will do anything for his acorn, causing events that threaten to destroy the Ice Age world and sending the rest of the animals on a journey to find a new home. It includes original characters like Sid (John Leguizamo) and Manny (Ray Romano), along with a lot of new colorful characters.

22: Lights Out

PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content.

This is not a flick for those who are afraid of the dark. It follows a woman (Teresa Palmer) who is being haunted by something that only comes out when the lights go out. People might need to keep their night lights on after this one.

Matt Damon rides back in as Jason Bourne. (

29: Jason Bourne

Not Yet Rated.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back with a vengeance. Now remembering who he is, Bourne is on a mission to uncover all the secrets about his past.

29: Café Society

PG-13 for some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking.

Woody Allen’s newest film is about a young man named Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) who comes to Hollywood to work in the film industry. He falls in love instead and gets involved in the café society of the 1930s. The film also stars Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively.

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5: Suicide Squad

Not Yet Rated.

It’s the bad guys’ turn in the spotlight. Villains from the DC comics are given a mission from the government that is too risky for the superheroes to accomplish. This is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, so it’s sure to be a box office hit.

Katie LaFontaine, a BYU senior studying illustration, is ready to see the villains in action and hopes the film lives up to the hype.

“It looks like DC has finally done something right with their lives,” LaFontaine said.

5: Nine Lives

PG for thematic elements, language, and some rude humor.

A successful businessman (Kevin Spacey) who has become distant from his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children finds himself trapped in the body of a cat. In order to get his body back, he has to figure out why he was put in the situation in the first place. Talk about a furry situation.

5: The Founder

PG-13 for brief strong language.

McDonald’s was not always the empire it is today. This biographical film tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) took a little burger shop and turned it into a fast food empire.

12: Pete’s Dragon

PG for action, peril and brief language.

Pete (Oakes Fegley) is an orphan who lives in the woods and, instead of a family, has a dragon as his best friend. The film follows Pete as people discover him and his BFF Elliott and learn more about how they ended up together. This is a reboot of the 1977 Disney film.

Photo credit: Philippe Antonello
Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. (

19: Ben-Hur

Not Yet Rated.

A Jewish nobleman (Jack Huston) is falsely accused of treason, separated from his life and made a slave. He comes back years later to exact his revenge on his adopted brother (Haluk Bilginer) who accused him of the crime. It is a reboot of the 1959 version that has been a classic for years.

19: Kubo and the Two Strings

Not Yet Rated.

This stop motion film tells the story of Kubo (Art Parkinson). After he accidentally summons a spirit from his past that has a vendetta against him and his family, he sets out to find his father’s magical suit of armor in order to destroy the spirit once and for all.

19: The Space Between Us

Not Yet Rated.

The first boy born on Mars (Asa Butterfield) begins an online relationship with a girl living in Colorado (Britt Robertson) and decides he is going to risk his life to go to earth to find his own father.


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