With Labour Day this weekend, the summer 2016 movie season officially comes to an end! It’s been a mixed bag this year with a bunch of huge blockbuster movies bombing big time, animated movies dominating, and original films not finding an audience. While I didn’t see every movie that hit theatres this summer, I did see a lot of them! Here are my top 10 movies of summer 2016!
1) CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
The best movie of the summer was also the first movie of the summer. I’m a diehard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Civil War took it to a whole new level. From the stellar performances to the incredible superhero action, this movie had it all for comic book movie fans. The airport battle sequence is a “marvel” (get it?) of modern superhero movies, with Spider-Man and Giant-Man being the standouts. In a summer of lacklustre blockbusters, Marvel could still be counted on to provide the goods!
There hasn’t been a movie this century more controversial than the new Ghostbusters, and it didn’t need to be. Four hilarious lady comedians putting on proton packs and battling ghosts while also bringing the laughs is a no brainer, and this movie delivered all of it. Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were the standouts, and this was an excellent addition to the Ghostbusters series. It’s sad that this movie got bogged down in the online negativity that plagued it for months before it even got released.
3) THE CONJURING 2
I’m not a big horror fan, but the Conjuring movies bring major scares! This time the action moves to England where a new entity is haunting a family in Enfield, England. Master director James Wan once again mixes low key creepiness with huge jump scares. I usually rush out to see the latest superhero flicks before horror stuff, but the Conjuring series demands viewing on opening weekend.
4) SUICIDE SQUAD
After the disappointment that was Batman v Superman, I had really high hopes that Suicide Squad could turn things around for the DC Extended Universe. This movie is by no means perfect, but it was a lot of fun! However, it is nowhere close to being as good as any film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I grew up a DC fan, but they still have a long way to go with their film universe. Suicide Squad is a move in the right direction, and I have hope for Wonder Woman and Justice League next year.
5) THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
Like the Conjuring films, The Purge series always gets me out to the theatre on opening weekend. The 2nd film in the franchise, Anarchy, was a brutal and violent film that took the Purge to the streets. Election Year continues that trend with great performances from Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell. Although it doesn’t quite top Anarchy, Election Year was another fun and scary time at the movies.
6) STAR TREK BEYOND
I don’t love Star Trek nearly as much as I love Star Wars, but I’ve always enjoyed the franchise, especially the films. The 2009 reboot from JJ Abrams was a fantastic space adventure; the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was less so. Star Trek Beyond feels more like an episode of the TV series than the other films, and it’s a pleasant enough experience. It never really takes off in the way the 2009 film did, but it has steered the Trek franchise back into the right direction.
This movie actually came out in April, and I didn’t actually see it until I watched it On Demand a couple weeks ago. Either way, it is awesome! Key and Peele are already comedic geniuses, and then they throw in the cute lil kitten known as Keanu, and BAM: INSTANT CLASSIC! Well, kinda. I didn’t laugh as much as I thought I would throughout the movie. I thought it felt like a really awesome 2 minute trailer stretched out to feature length. But…cute lil kitten!
8) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
I wish this movie was made back in 1991. I grew up a huge Turtles fan, and when Secret of the Ooze came out back in the day I was disappointed that it didn’t feature Krang, or BeBop and Rock Steady. They were big characters on the old cartoon show. Out of the Shadows finally brings these characters to the big screen, and it is an old school Turtle cartoon fan’s dream. It’s not actually that great a movie, but it wins some points with me simply for bringing those classic Turtle characters to life!
9) X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
Like the DC Extended Universe, there’s no way that Fox’s X-Men films can live up to the continuing awesomeness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apocalypse squanders all the goodwill the franchise earned after 2014’s Days of Future Past turned out to be great. Somehow they went from the best film in the series to the worst with this entry. I don’t know what the future of the franchise holds, but it might end up just being multiple Deadpool sequels!
10) INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Oh, Independence Day: Resurgence, I wish I remembered you! I was determined to see this mess in the theatre despite the horrible reviews, like I was on some sort of mission of self punishment. I ended up falling asleep 20 minutes into the movie, waking up near the end. All I remember is some sort of alien orb that can talk and Jeff Goldblum. This movie only proves my rule that sequels shouldn’t be made more than 10 years after the original!