These films – listed alphabetically – are among those scheduled to be released before Labor Day and look to be the top attractions of the 2016 summer season. Watch Ticket for openings, as studios often change schedules for a specific market.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov; cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi
Story: Jewish nobleman manages to survive years of slavery and finally gets a chance to face the man who betrayed him.
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Director: Steven Spielberg; cast: Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance
Story: Girl makes friends with a giant who has become an outcast because he won’t eat children.
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane; cast: Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Ellen DeGeneres
Story: The blue tang fish must remember how to reunite with her family.
Director: Brad Furman; cast: Amy Ryan, Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger
Story: Based on the true story of one of history’s most elaborate sting operations.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich; cast: Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum
Story: Another wave of aliens attacks the Earth. The only concern is whether we are ready.
Director: Paul Feig; cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Chris Hemsworth, Kate McKinnon
Story: The battle against ghosts takes a slight turn as now the team you are going to call is made up of female ghostbusters.
Director: Paul Greengrass; cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones
Story: The CIA’s most lethal asset is pulled back into his killer lifestyle.
The Legend of Tarzan
Director: David Yates; cast: Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Alexander Skarsgard
Story: After living in London for several years, Tarzan must return to the jungle to investigate a major problem.
Now You See Me 2
Director: Jon M. Chu; cast: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman
Story: Tech genius forces the magicians to pull off what appears to be an impossible heist.
Director: David Lowery; cast: Karl Urban, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley
Story: An orphan and a dragon become best friends in this remake.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Directors: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone; cast: Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Jorma Taccone
Story: Singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) sees his popularity drop after his second album bombs.
The Purge: Election Year
Director: James DeMonaco; cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
Story: Senator running for president must be guarded on the night when nothing is illegal.
Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon; cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd
Story: Sausage goes on a quest to discover his origin.
The Secret Life of Pets
Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney; voices: Albert Brooks, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey
Story: Pets act completely different once their masters have gone out.
Director: Anthony Jaswinski; cast: Bret Cullen, Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada
Story: Survival becomes a test of wills when a surfer finds herself stranded 200 yards from shore in waters filled with sharks.
Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin; cast: Chris Pine, Idris Alba, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg
Story: The crew of the Enterprise is headed for another adventure.
Director: David Ayer; cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney
Story: Some of the worst villains are recruited for a mission in exchange for clemency.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
Director: Dave Green; cast: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett
Story: Another threat to the city makes the Turtles put down their pizza so they can save the day.
Director: Duncan Jones; cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell
Story: Azeroth is on the brink of war as it must deal with a fearsome race of invaders. Based on the popular video game.