The Summer Movie Guide for Geeks
Summer is almost upon us, and this is going to be a huge blockbuster season for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and general geekery. From Marvel's Civil War in May to DC's Suicide Squad in August, there are many varied (and rivaling) properties coming out with exciting movies this summer. Here are a whopping 21 geeky films coming out in the next few months, and whether they are worth your time and money to see in the theaters:
Captain America: Civil War - May 6
Rundown: Almost all of the MCU superheroes line up and fight each other in a classic conflict between freedom and security.
Should you see it? Well, it's Marvel, so we know you're going to see it, and the early buzz indicates this will be one of the biggest movie events of the year.
High-Rise - May 13
Rundown: Tumblr's favorite Marvel villain plays a doctor who is seduced by the luxury of the upper class in this adaptation of J.G. Ballard's dystopian novel.
Should you see it? Tom Hiddleston is always amazing, so his super-fans will likely enjoy, but for the rest of us it's a toss-up.
The Lobster - May 13
Rundown: The Jury Prize winner of the Cannes film festival stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz as two guests at a hotel in which you are required to find a romantic partner within 45 days or turn into the animal of your choice. It's sci-fi speed-dating on LSD.
Should you see it? YES. Despite the weird premise (or maybe because of it) The Lobster is an unexpected must-see.
X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27
Rundown: The whole gang from Days of Future Past returns (possibly for the last time, in Jennifer Lawrence's case), and they're joined by young versions of familiar heroes like Jean Grey (Sansa Stark/Sophie Turner), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as well as new additions Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Oscar Isaac as the titular villain who wants to--what else?-- destroy the world.
Should you see it? Yes. While it may not be as great as Deadpool, the X-Men movies have been on a roll, and the promising additions to the cast should mean this will be no exception.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - June 3
Rundown: TMNT brings back Megan Fox and adds Stephen Amell as Casey Jones for another live-action adventure.
Should you see it? Ugh, unlikely. The turtles are only cute when they're animated, this just seems like an uncanny valley nightmare with some bad jokes thrown in. There's a chance the appearance of classic baddies like Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady can make this worth watching, so let's hope it can revive this once-great franchise.
Approaching the Unknown - June 3
Rundown: Mark Strong stars in this Martian rip-off/Sunshine prequel space opera about a man who goes on an ill-fated one-way trip to Mars.
Should you see it? It's hard to say at this point. It looks somewhat derivative, but also could be interesting, especially if it's anchored in a strong central performance from Strong. Wait to see what the critics say.
The Conjuring 2 - June 10
Rundown: Aquaman director James Wan returns to direct the second installment of the Conjuring franchise, which sees Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigate poltergeist activity at a British council house.
Should you see it? Absolutely. The Conjuring was a genuinely scary breakout hit, and while horror franchises should never go past three movies or so, there's no reason to think this sequel won't be on par with the first.
Warcraft - June 10
Rundown: Universal adapts the beloved game into a mess of CGI.
Should you see it? No. Just no. Especially if you're a hardcore Warcraft fan looking for a sensitive adaptation of the property you poured so many hard hours into.
Swiss Army Man - June 17
Rundown: Daniel Radcliffe stars as a dead body with supernatural powers who helps a marooned man with his bodily functions.
Should you see it? It will either be amazing or terrible, but nothing in between. You decide.
Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24
Rundown: We always knew they would come back, and now they have. The sequel to the beloved sci-fi actioner stars Maika Monroe and Liam Hemsworth as well as returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and more, and sees the aliens return with an even larger battle fleet to threaten the human race.
Should you see it? Sure. The trailers have looked better than we expected, and twenty years later, we're all curious to see how this will turn out.
The Neon Demon - June TBD
Rundown: Nicolas Winding Refn's directs Elle Fanning as a model who is targeted by a group that consumes youth and vitality. Think Snow White meets Black Swan.
Should you see it? Tentatively, yes. Only God Forgives was divisive (and in my opinion, was actually pretentious drivel), but Refn's films are often masterful and always worth watching, if only for the controversy.
Equals - July 1
Rundown: Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult are star-crossed lovers in a dystopian world that has eradicated all emotion.
Should you see it? Only if you have a high tolerance for silly YA dystopian tropes. Read our full review here.
The BFG - July 1
Rundown: Disney plays on our childhood nostalgia with this live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel.
Should you see it? Yes. Disney has been killing it lately, and we can't wait to see this heartwarming story onscreen.
The Purge: Election Year - July 1
Rundown: Frank Grillo returns as the bad-ass police sergeant from The Purge: Anarchy and Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell joins the franchise as a Senator who tries to oppose the Purge. Slaughter ensues.
Should you see it? Only as a guilty pleasure. (Although, to be fair, it can't be as much of a shitshow as the actual election.)
Ghostbusters - July 15
Rundown: A new team answers the call to fight ghosts that have invaded Manhattan in this Paul Feig-directed reboot of the classic franchise, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
Should you see it? Meh. As much as we love the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters, the humor in the trailers thus far has been distinctly un-funny and slightly racist. Hopefully we're proven wrong.
Star Trek Beyond - July 22
Rundown: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana return in the third installment of the rebooted franchise, also featuring Idris Elba as the villainous Krall and Kingsman's Sofia Boutella as intriguing new alien Jaylah.
Should you see it? If you're a hardcore Star Trek fan, sure. If not, this doesn't look like it's got much chance of improving on the last two movies. But, then again, we've barely seen anything from it, which is odd given how close we are to its release date.
Lights Out - July 22
Rundown: James Wan produces and Teresa Palmer stars in this thriller based on an award-winning short film, involving a supernatural entity that is only visible in the dark.
Should you see it? Yes. Smaller horror films from new directors have been all the rage recently (if you haven't seen The Witch, which was also from a first-time director, you should), and the buzz is strong with this one.
Jason Bourne - July 29
Rundown: Matt Damon finally returns to the classic role, along with additions Julia Stiles and Alicia Vikander, as Jason Bourne resurfaces in time to save the world, or something.
Should you see it? Yes. After the half-hearted attempt to reboot without Jason Bourne, the franchise is finally getting back on track.
Suicide Squad - August 5
Rundown: Some of the most beloved villains of the DC Universe band together as part of a deniable team reluctantly working for the government. Starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
Should you see it? YES. If this movie is as great as it looks, it might get the bad taste out of our mouths from Batman v Superman.
The Space Between Us - August 19
Rundown: Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) star in this sci-fi romance about a boy from Mars who falls in love with an Earthling with whom he has been communicating.
Should you see it? It's a little early to say, but the premise sounds cute enough. Plus, Gary Oldman co-stars, which will make us watch just about anything.
Max Steel - August 26
Rundown: Based on the line of action figures from Mattel, Max Steel follows Max McGrath and his alien companion Steel as they combine their newfound superpowers to become the titular hero.
Should you see it? Nope. This sounds very dumb.
Rundown: Doctor Who's Matt Smith stars as a man trying to save his wife, who has been infected with a zombie virus, using his ability to communicate with the infected. He's joined by a virologist (Natalie Dormer) in his attempt to find Patient Zero and save humanity.
Should you see it? Sure. It's too early to say, but the cast is strong and from what we saw at San Diego Comic Con, the premise seems somewhat promising.