Here we are once again; the summer is over, and school is back in full force. In all honesty, this summer’s movies were kind of lame. There wasn’t a huge standout movie such as 2015’s Jurassic World or 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We had the same big-budget franchise flicks that normally prove to be a fun couple of hours, but after a while, they all just start to bleed together. For me, the summer movie season runs from the first of May to Labor Day weekend. Looking at the calendar, all the big hits have already come out. Therefore, here are my hits and misses of the summer blockbusters of 2016.
Hits

  1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6) – It continued the plot that was already set up in past installments. At the same time, it introduced new characters that will be used or have stand-alone movies in the future. STUCKY FOR LIFE!
  2. Finding Dory (June 17) – This was one of the only successful sequels made years after its initial release, and it didn’t recycle the same story from the first film.
  3. Star Trek Beyond (July 22) – It took Star Trek back to its roots by actually exploring space.
  4. Suicide Squad (Aug. 5) – It was basically a two hour music video with Batman.

Misses

  1. Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27) – Hot Topic made more money off of this movie than theaters did.
  2. The Free State of Jones (June 24) – It was basically summer Oscar bait where Matthew McConaughey gave far too many speeches.
  3. Ben-Hur (Aug. 19) – This movie was another unnecessary reboot that will not earn back its budget.
  4. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24) – Jeff Goldblum might have saved the day, but he failed to save the movie from being a miss.

Ones I didn’t get around to seeing – I’ll rent later

  1. Southside With You (Aug. 19) – Obama : The Movie.
  2. Swiss Army Man (June 17) – Daniel Radcliffe’s corpse is a swiss army knife.
  3. The Nice Guys (May 20) – I don’t think anyone saw it, but I heard Gosling’s and Crowe’s chemistry is fantastic.
  4. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (June 3) – Because I’m trash.