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Walt Disney Studio and the creators at Pixar present Finding Dory -- the sequel to Finding Nemo. Image ©Walt Disney Studio/ Pixar

2016 Summer Movies for Families

As the kids eagerly anticipate summer holidays, the movie studios also look forward to enticing them to spend a few of their days off at the theater. Here is a line-up of some of the films releasing in 2016, which the box office is hoping will be hot entertainment picks for families, teens and kids.

May 6, 2016:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Marvel’s Avengers are hitting the screen with a tale that pits the good guys against the good guys. You’ll see Captain America (Chris Evans) take on Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in this civil war.

May 20, 2016:

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
This movie is based on the highly successful Angry Birds Game. Hopefully this big screen version will feature more of a plot than its inspiration or it won’t just be the feathered characters who will be angry.

May 27, 2016:

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
This is the sequel to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland, starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice. This time she travels back to Wonderland to try and save her friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
This poplar franchise continues with the story of a powerful mutant named Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) who sets out to bring an end to the world. Now it is up to the X-Men to save society – again.

June 3, 2016:

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
This sequel to the 2014 reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has the heroes in a hard shell stepping into the limelight as they face off against other mutants.

June 10, 2016:

WARCRAFT
Another popular on-line video game gets a movie make-over. The script focuses on the origin story of the fighting civilizations and what sparked the conflict between.

June 17, 2016:

FINDING DORY
In this sequel to Finding Nemo, it is Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) who is looking for her family. So her friends Nemo and Merlin (voices of Hayden Rolence and Albert Brooks) agree to help the memory-challenged tang fish find her way home.

June 24, 2016:

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Twenty years after Independence Day appeared in theaters, the sequel arrives. the plot also picks up two decades later with a second alien attack. Despite their best efforts to prepare for another invasion, mankind still finds themselves vulnerable when the inevitable strike happens. Now it is up to just a few (Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher) to try to save the many.

July 1, 2016

THE BFG
The classic Roald Dahl story is adapted into a live-action film. Here the enormous and scary looking BFG –Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) shows his gentler side when he befriends a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill).

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
Produced by Warner Brothers Studios, this is not like the Disney version of Tarzan. Instead this grown-up portrayal of Edgar Rice Burroughs' character takes place after the ape man (Alexander Skarsgård) has left the tropics for the urban jungle of London, but is soon called back to save his homeland.

July 8, 2016:

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
This animation asks the question: “Do you know what your pet does while you're away?” The answer involves some mysterious and surprising goings-on – including gang warfare.

July 15, 2016:

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)
Columbia Pictures is calling on the Ghostbusters again, in this remake of the 1984 movie. Although cameos are expected from the original cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson), this version of the film will feature female characters (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) as the paranormal swat team.

July 22, 2016:

STAR TREK BEYOND
Preceded by Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, this third installment of the rebooted series follows the starship Enterprise into an uncharted part of the universe where Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew find themselves stranded in the great beyond.

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Speaking of galactic travel, this franchise boldly goes where it never has before – outer space. Here Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge) accidentally sets Earth on a cosmic collision course, and that puts the herd (voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo) and the rest of the planet’s inhabitants scrambling to save themselves from utter destruction. This movie is also part of a franchise that includes Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Ice Age: The Dawn of the Dinosaur and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Aug 5, 2016:

NINE LIVES
In contrast to The Secret Life of Pets, this movie portrays a human with a secret life as a pet. Workaholic businessman Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) inexplicably finds himself trapped inside the body of his daughter’s cat, where he learns a thing or two about the importance of family. This movie is reminiscent of the Disney classics The Shaggy Dog (1959) and The Shaggy D.A. (1976).

Aug 12, 2016:

PETE’S DRAGON (2016)
This is a live-action remake of the 1977 Disney animation. Here Oakes Fegley plays the orphan Pete, who has a not-so-imaginary dragon for a friend.

Aug 19, 2016:

BEN-HUR 2016
The 1959 Bible epic gets a redo too. Now Jack Huston stars in the title role of Ben-Hur, a falsely accused Jewish nobleman (Huston) whose soul will not rest until he gets vengeance. Then he meets a quiet preacher named Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro) who suggests a different path to finding peace.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
This amazing-looking animation depicts Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) a young boy who has to run for his life when an ancient spirit seeking revenge is awakened. The only help he has against the unleashed force is a Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron), a Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey), and a magical musical instrument.

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America verses Iron Man

The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie

These flustered feathered folk got their start as a digital game.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Another trip to Wonderland.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

The X-Men face a most formidable foe.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Everybody needs a friend.

Pete’s Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

A big friend can get you into some big trouble.

Ben-Hur 2016

Ben-Hur 2016

The epic 1959 movie Ben-Hur gets a remake in 2016.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

The power of music is magic.

Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

Which brings true life? Hate or love?

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

A tail-wagging tale.

The Shaggy D.A.

The Shaggy D.A.

There are some things you never out-grow.

Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course

Expect galactic-sized problems ahead.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

No river is wide enough to keep Manny from getting to his family.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

A new day is dawning.

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Here comes the sun!

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

An out-of-body experience.

Ice Age

Ice Age

A misfit group of prehistoric animals work together to save a human child from an encroaching ice age.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Hope you kept their phone number on re-dial!

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Who ya gonna call?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Green power redefined.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Hard-shelled heroes.

Tarzan (Disney’s)

Tarzan (Disney’s)

The jungle is a swinging' place.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

A shadow falls across the universe when a powerful enemy arrises.

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

The rebooted Star Trek crew embark on a third mission.

Star Trek

Star Trek

A change in the time continuum allows for a new story line for Kirk and Spock (now played by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto).

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets

While their owners are away, the pets will play…

Warcraft

Warcraft

War: It's not a just game.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Finding Dory

Finding Dory

Dory feels lost without her family.

Independence Day

Independence Day

Freedom wasn't won in a day.

The BFG

The BFG

You can't judge a giant by his size.

The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

The Ape Man comes home.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

A second fight for freedom.