2016 Summer Movie Wrap-Up


I’m going to do my best not to make this a 5-page rant against Suicide Squad. In truth though, Suicide Squad is the iconic imagery of the summer movie season – a big bowl of suck. While we didn’t get a cavalcade of stinkers, the summer was full of “Been there, done that’s.” Even movies that I enjoyed such as Independence Day: Resurgence and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, I forgot about them five minutes later. That’s the story of the summer. Was Jason Bourne perfectly enjoyable? Yeah, but whatever. Did I have some fun with Captain America: Civil War? Yeah, but it left no impact.

Aside from one movie that almost made the entire summer worthwhile, it was mostly an influx of safe, forgettable crap. It seems as though I’m not the only one who feels this way. The box office was down considerably. What does it ultimately mean?  I’m not sure it means anything. Next summer will be another barrage of franchises and shared universes.

I’m not here to evaluate next year though. It’s time to remember all the movies you’ve probably forgotten about. The good. The bad. The terrible (*cough* Suicide Squad *cough*). Please keep in mind I haven’t seen everything. Maybe Kubo and the Two Strings would have made my top five. Maybe Nine Lives or Ben-Hur would be my pick for Worst Movie of the Summer. I can’t see everything, alright! We’re going to abstain from talking about movies like Hell or High Water, as they were limited releases and aren’t really “Summer Movies.” We’ll get to those later in the year.

Without further ado, let’s look back at the summer of 2016. The sooner we do, the sooner we can all movie on.

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Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow’s fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop.