No Time For The Beach: The Ultimate Movie List Of Summer 2016

Let’s keep this short and sweet: This list has every movie coming out in the US this summer from today to September — except maybe for a few limited releases. Get your calendars out, and start saving up! You’re not going to get a sunburn this year.

1. Central Intelligence, June 17

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in this buddy-cop movie deliciously drawing on high school clichés.

2. Finding Dory, June 17

The ador(y)able sequel to the 2003 Finding Nemo features the amnesic Dory on a quest to find her parents and piece her memories back together. It includes Nemo, obviously, but also awesome new characters such as Hank the octopus. It’s also a remarkable achievement in terms of .

3. Free State of Jones, June 24

Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey as a Mississippi farmer determined to make his own rules during the American Civil War.

4. Independence Day: Resurgence, June 24

It’s only taken 20 years for the alien-fighting team of Independence Day — and their enemies — to . Thankfully, Jeff Goldblum is still part of the team.

5. The Shallows, June 24

See Blake Lively battle a shark in a terrifying and lonely survival game.

6. The Neon Demon, June 24

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is back with The Neon Demon, a glamour horror movie that got .

7. Swiss Army Man, June 24

Just imagine Paul Dano going insane alone in the jungle, until he finds a best friend in the person of dead Daniel Radcliffe.

8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople, June 24

This heartwarming New Zealand indie starring Sam Neill follows a rebellious teenager who flees into the bush with the help of his uncle.

9. The BFG, July 1

The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book stars Oscar-winner Mark Rylance as , the Big Friendly Giant.

10. The Legend of Tarzan, July 1

True Blood heartthrob Alexander Skarsgård, Suicide Squad favorite Margot Robbie and villain specialist Christoph Waltz are giving a new, intense spin to the beloved Disney classic.

11. The Purge: Election Year, July 1

Did you enjoy 2013’s The Purge? You’ll love The Purge: Election Year, in which Barnes has to protect Senator Charlene Roan, a presidential candidate whose campaign relies on eliminating the Purge.

12. Our Kind Of Traitor, July 1

This adaptation of John Le Carré should appeal to all The Night Manager fans. Starring Damian Lewis and Ewan McGregor, the story involves both the Russian mafia and the British Secret Service.

13. Equals, July 1

Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart play a couple falling in love in a futuristic world where emotions are forbidden.

14. Marauders, July 1

Do you need more Bruce Willis in your life? You’ll love Marauders, where Willis plays a bank owner suspected of organizing his own robbery. The movie also stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista.

15. Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, July 8

When two brothers, played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, have to bring a date to their sister’s wedding, they think they have found the perfect match in Aubrey Plaza’s and Anna Kendrick’s characters. Obviously, that’s not how it goes.

16. The Secret Life of Pets, July 8

What happens when you leave your beloved pet at home for the day? Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought us the Minion Mania with Despicable Me, just had to find out.

17. Captain Fantastic, July 8

Discover Viggo Mortensen like you’ve never seen him before, as a father raising his six kids in the Northwestern forest clashing with the rest of his family, who try to get him to come back to the “real” life.

18. Fathers and Daughters, July 8

Russell Crowe is an award-winning writer fighting depression, and Amanda Seyfried his daughter, who tries to come to terms with her own version of the family story 27 years later.

19. Ghostbusters, July 15

Now, there’s been a lot of noise around the female-led version of Ghostbusters — but let’s just wait until it actually comes out, shall we?

20. Café Society, July 15

Woody Allen’s latest comedy includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carrell and Blake Lively, all wrapped in 1930s Hollywood glamour.

21. The Infiltrator, July 15

The Infiltrator is based on the real story of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and stars Bryan Cranston as a US Customs official who discovers one of his money laundering operations.

22. Tulip Fever, July 15

Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz star together in this beautiful period drama of 17th century Amsterdam, which revolves around a young bride and a painter who develop impossible feelings for each other.

23. Ice Age: Collision Course, July 22

It looks like Scrat the squirrel can’t make enough mistakes: This time, he triggers a series of cosmic events, and our favorite Ice Age team has to go on a quest to fix things.

24. Lights Out, July 22

Based on the short movie with the same name, Lights Out is David F. Sanberg’s longer take on this simple horror concept: a creature that appears when the lights go out.

25. Star Trek Beyond, July 22

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is giving a new spin to Star Trek with Star Trek Beyond.

26. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, July 22

The popular British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous is back as a movie, and this time, Patsy and Ed might just have killed Kate Moss.

27. Into the Forest, July 22

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play two sisters who have to survive in the forest after a power outage.

28. Nerve, July 27

The kind of futuristic movie that seems all too real, Nerve is based on Jeanne Ryan’s novel and stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco as two teenagers who get absorbed in a dangerous online game of truth or dare.

29. Bad Moms, July 29

Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell are here to make all the exhausted moms feel better.

30. Jason Bourne, July 29

If you thought the Jason Bourne franchise was over, think again! And this time, he remembers.

31. Equity, July 29

It was about time we got a female Wall Street drama. Anan Gunn plays an investment banker who has to defend herself against a scandal, uncovering a whole corrupted system in the process.

32. Yoga Hosers, July 29

This bonkers comedy stars Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, and little evil Kevin Smith bratwursts. ‘Nuff said.

33. Suicide Squad, August 5

The highly expected Suicide Squad features Harley Quinn’s first big screen appearance played by Margot Robbie, and a new take on the iconic character of the Joker by Jared Leto.

34. The Founder, August 5

Michael Keaton leads the real life story of the ruthless entrepreneur who took over the McDonald’s franchise, and turned it into the empire we all know today.

35. Nine Lives, August 5

Would you have imagined Kevin Spacey reincarnated as a cat if it wasn’t for Nine Lives?

36. Pete’s Dragon, August 12

Do you remember the semi-animated, semi-live action Pete’s Dragon? The modern take on this beautiful feral child story seems just as magical.

37. Florence Foster Jenkins, August 12

There’s nothing Meryl Streep can’t do, as proved by this tale of the real life Florence Foster Jenkins, who was an awful opera singer whose entourage didn’t dare to tell her.

38. Sausage Party, August 12

Seth Rogen imagined a crazy R-rated animation movie about food who have no idea that they’re, well, food.

39. Anthropoid, August 12



Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy star as two Czech soldiers in the true story of Operation Anthropoid, where they were tasked with assassinating SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.

40. Hell or High Water, August 12

Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges join forces for a good old Texas story featuring an ex-con and his brother, ready to try everything to save the family farm.

41. Joshy, August 12



There’s no trailer yet for Joshy, which premiered at Sundance this year, but we know it stars Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch as John, a young man who tries to reconquer his friendships at his bachelor party.

42. Ben-Hur, August 19

Jack Huston takes on the colossal task of leading the remake of the iconic Ben-Hur.

43. Kubo and the Two Strings, August 19

This little animation gem tells the tale of Kubo, who has to go on a quest for a magical Samurai suit to defend himself in the midst of the chaos generated by a spirit from the past.

44. The Space Between Us, August 19

The Space Between Us is about a boy born on a shuttle sent to colonize Mars. While his mother dies in childbirth, no ones knows who the father is — so the day he makes it back to Earth, he sets off on a mission to discover his origins.

45. War Dogs, August 19

The WTF comedy of the summer is brought to you by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and it’s based on a true story. They play Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, two men who were granted $300 million by the Pentagon to deliver weapons to Afghanistan.

46. Morris From America, August 19

Morris From America is the charming story of a 13-year old American teenager living in Germany, chasing his dream to become a rapper and struggling with the confusing emotions of young love.

47. Southside With You, August 26

The end of Obama’s presidency seems like the appropriate time to release a biopic of his younger years, specifically the time when he seduced his future wife on a trip through Chicago’s South Side.

48. Don’t Breathe, August 26

Stephen Lang plays a wealthy man who is also blind — which leads a group of friends to think it’ll be easy as pie to break into his house. But this is a horror movie.

49. Hands of Stone, August 26

Hands of Stone was inspired by Roberto Durán, a Panamanian professional boxer, played by Edgar Ramírez, and his intense relationship with his trainer Ray Arcel, played by Robert De Niro.

50. Mechanic: Resurrection, August 26

'Mechanic: Resurrection'

‘Mechanic: Resurrection’

While there’s no trailer for Mechanic: Resurrection, you can probably imagine the vibe rom 2011’s Mechanic. Jason Statham’s character Arthur Bishop didn’t think he’ll be back as a hitman — until his loving lady is kidnapped.

51. The Hollars, August 26

John Krasinski by Mark Mann

John Krasinski by Mark Mann

The Hollars is another Sundance movie still in need of a trailer, but most importantly it’s John Krasinki’s second gig as a director. He also stars alongside Anna Kendrick and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the main character, John Hollar, a man who returns to his hometown once he learns his mother is sick.

52. The Light Between Oceans, September 2

You can argue that September isn’t summer anymore, but the tear-jerking beauty of Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in The Light Between Oceans was the perfect way to end this list.

Which movies are at the top of your list this summer?


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