The Non-Sequel Non-Superhero Movies of Summer to See
“High-Rise” (May 13)
A doctor (Tom Hiddleston) lives atop a London skyscraper where class is proportional to the floor you live on: the well-to-do up top and the impoverished in the basement. As anarchy ensues, an architectural war begins and Sienna Miller continues to look smoking hot. And we see Dr. Laing take matters into his own hands. The book adaptation also stars Jeremy Irons and Elizabeth Moss.
“The Nice Guys” (May 20)
The young and seasoned duo of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe buddy up back in late ’70s Los Angeles to investigate the disappearance of a girl and death of a porn star. Shane Black directs the detective thriller with its bits of comic relief. Young and classic beauties, Kim Basinger and Margaret Qualley (of “The Leftovers”) star.
“Manhattan Night” (May 20)
Academy Award winner Adrien Brody plays petering journalist Porter Wren, who’s always on the lookout for an edgy story. “Dexter” babe Yvonne Strahovski plays a housewife who enlists Wren to solve her husband’s mysterious death, but in the end, he’s the one whose life hangs in the balance as she and her accomplices burn every corner of his Manhattan life in a very “Basic Instinct” kind of way.
“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (June 3)
Andy Samberg is popping hot (HOT, I say!) in his new mockumentary film, sort of a Zoolander-esque take on pop star culture. Playing pop sensation, Conner4Real, Samberg gives us the overhyped, overdone life of a spoiled pop star with an oversized entourage, including heavy comedy hitters Will Forte, Will Arnett, Bill Hader and Sarah Silverman, along with the amazing Imogen Poots and a few real-life pop stars themselves. It’s going to be ridiculous, folks.
“Warcraft: The Beginning” (June 10)
The Warcraft series makes it to the big screen as orc warriors are forced to flee their homes toward Azeroth, a peaceful refuge. As the native army of a peaceful land faces destruction, the orc army faces extinction as the two butt heads, each with their own hero who will likely go head to head in the end.
“Central Intelligence” (June 17)
Facebook has done it again: reuniting estranged friends who have no business in each other’s lives. Little man, Kevin Hart, plays a simple accountant who reconnects with an old buddy (Dwayne Johnson) who gets him caught up in his life of international espionage. Suffice it to say Kevin Hart is once again feeling completely misplaced in a midrange comedy that will likely get about 40 to 50 percent on the Tomatometer.
“Free State of Jones” (June 24)
Matthew McConaughey (Newt Knight) will try his hand in a period piece where his degenerate language is better suited as he goes from war hero to leader of a small, yet noble, Jones County Mississippi, army of slaves and farmers against the Confederacy. If you’re uncertain of seeing it, watch the preview: We’re pretty sure the trailer spoiled the entire ending.
“Elvis and Nixon” (June 24)
One of the most notorious photos in political history gets its story told as Kevin Spacey stays in the White House, but changes his name tag from Frank Underwood to President Nixon. Michael Shannon, plays Elvis Presley, who goes to the nation’s capital to buddy up with the president himself in this rock ‘n’ roll political bro-love story.
“Suicide Squad” (August 5)
It’s not another superhero movie; no, it’s all about the anti-heroes. With no origin film to predicate itself on, no rule book or necessary signposts, we get an electric cast with Jared Leto’s Joker down to his little sexy sidekick, Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn. As the summer winds down, the “Suicide Squad” warms up, and it’s going to hit hard as everyone’s favorite of the villainous variety.
“The Founder” (August 5)
Michael Keaton continues down his unique role path as the “founder” of one of the biggest franchises in American history. From a milkshake salesman to a rooster in the hen house, Ray Kroc steps on every toe he has to in order to make those golden arches cover the globe. Watch as Kroc puts a small-time diner on the map in the biggest, most deceitful way possible. Hey, it’s only business.