2016 Summer Movie Preview

Even though summer doesn’t officially begin for another six weeks, Captain America and his buddies have officially kicked off the summer movie season. “Civil War” was the first of a bunch of big blockbusters on tap for summer ’16. And there’s a theme here — plenty of sequels — and get ready to see some characters you haven’t seen in a decade or two.

On Memorial Day weekend, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and the rest of the X-Men are back in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Apocalypse is a powerful and villainous mutant, played by “Star Wars” star Oscar Isaac, that threatens to destroy Earth.

Also out that holiday weekend, we take another trip down the rabbit hole in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” Tim Burton handed over the directing duties to James Bobin, the guy who directed “The Muppets,” but he’s sticking around as a producer.

Tim Burton: “This kind of a project is a real puzzle and a real house of cards in the sense of, there’s so many elements, so you really need to support somebody, and they need to have that kind of passion.”

Kevin Hart and The Rock, in a comedy. Do you really need any more convincing?

In “Central Intelligence,” The Rock plays a super spy who teams up with a not-so-willing Kevin Hart to take on a top secret case.

Thirteen years ago, we found Nemo. In “Finding Dory,” Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of the title character. This time, she’s going on a journey to find her family and herself.

The aliens are back 20 years later in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” A lot of the original cast is in this one, like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox.

Joining them in the fight are newcomers like Liam Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth: “I come to work, and we’re kind of messing around in spaceships all day long. And they look like real spaceships; they’re incredible. One of them weighs like 40 tons or something.”

On July 15, you know exactly who you’re gonna call. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy headline this all-female reboot of the 1980s classic “Ghostbusters,” with Chris Hemsworth thrown in for good measure.

“Star Trek: Beyond” is the third movie since the series was rebooted in 2009. Capt. Kirk and Spock are stranded on a hostile planet fighting off aliens that are even more hostile.

Ato Essandoh: “That’s Jason Bourne.”

Tommy Lee Jones (as Robert Dewey): “Why would he come back now?”

Why wouldn’t he come back now, Tommy Lee Jones? Even though in 2007, Matt Damon said he wasn’t interested in playing Jason Bourne again, we think we speak for everyone when we say it’s nice to see he changed his mind.

A group of comic book villains accept a secret government mission in “Suicide Squad.” Will Smith plays Deadshot, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, and we all can’t wait to see what Oscar winner Jared Leto does as The Joker.

Jared Leto (as The Joker): “I can’t wait to show you my toys!”

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