Summer Splurging: 10 movies to see


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With summer just around the corner, people are getting ready for a ton of adventures. Everything from road trips to pool days to Netflix for months at a time is on the table.

Hollywood is doing everything it can to keep theaters packed this summer, and with a packed list of promising releases, it’s probably going to work.

Among the masses of movies to be released in the next few months, some are generating plenty of hype.

Here are the top 10 upcoming movies for summer:

1. “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)

The main events of this sequel transpire after the Avengers’ collateral damage. A system of accountability headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team is installed, but this new development breaks the Avengers into two separate groups.

One side is led by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who wants the Avengers to remain free to work without government interference, and the other is headed by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his decision to support the system of accountability. Iron Man and Captain America will go toe-to-toe in this new action flick that will also feature newcomers like Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Black Panther (Chadwick Bosman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).civil-war

2. “X-Men: Apocalypse”

(May 27)

The newest installment in the “X-Men” saga has fans brimming with excitement. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, awakens after thousands of years in a dormant state. Dissatisfied with the world as he finds it, he recruits a team of powerful mutants, including Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

3. “Me Before You” (June 3)    With no clear direction in her life, 26-year-old Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) goes from one job to the next in order to help her family make ends meet. Her normally cheerful outlook is put to the test when she faces her newest career change. Lou finds herself as a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Clafin), a wealthy young man who became paralyzed in an accident.

No longer the risk-taker he once was, the now-cynical Will has all but given up until Lou becomes determined to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures in this romantic comedy, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for.

4. “Finding Dory” (June 17)   

The long-awaited sequel to the beloved 2003 animated film focuses on a fan favorite, forgetful fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) when she suddenly remembers that she has a family who may be looking for her.

In an effort to find her mom and dad, Dory swims across the ocean to California and enlists the help of three of the Marine Life Institute’s residents: Hank (Ed O’Neill), a cranky octopus; Bailey (Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his sonar skills are failing; and Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. As they navigate the maze that is the institute, Dory and her friends discover the charm of their flaws, friendships and family.

5. “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24)

The sequel to the 1996 sci-fi hit begins the next epic chapter in protecting the planet. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to defend humanity.

6. “The Purge: Election Year”     (July 1)

The third installment of “The Purge” series is set in the year 2025, two years after police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) chose not to kill the man who murdered his son.

He becomes head of security for Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), the frontrunner in the next presidential election.

Due to her vow to eliminate the Purge, the government secretly opposes Roan’s campaign and plots against her to keep her from destroying the Purge. On the night of the Purge, a betrayal from within the administration forces Barnes and Roan out onto the street, where they must fight to survive the night.

7. “Ghostbusters” (July 15)

Thirty years after the first installment of this well-known story, the reboot stars a cast full of comedians, as Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and more will be featured. It’s sure to induce sidesplitting laughter.

the-purge8. “Suicide Squad” (August 5)     Unlike many of the action movies coming out this year, this film primarily features villains as its main cast.

A mix of well-known and unfamiliar antagonists (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn) are recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes.

9. “Sausage Party”

(August 12)

This animated film follows one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

The voices of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and James Franco appear in this adult-humor feature.

10. “War Dogs” (August 19)           Based on a true story, this action-comedy follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War.

The two exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts.

Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life, but the pair gets in over its head when it lands a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan military.