The Rebellion’s Top 10 Must-See Summer Flicks


Meaghan Luong

By Meaghan Luong and Nirupa Abraham

Staff Writers


Whether you are a film buff or a bored teen looking for something to do, check out the Rebellion’s top 10 must-see summer flicks.

X-Men: Apocalypse’: The first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Isaac), rises after thousands of years and enlists four followers to help him on his quest to destroy humanity and create a new world led by him. The X-Men must band together to defeat Apocalypse and save mankind.

Release Date: May 27

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac

‘Me Before You’: Based on Jojo Moyes’ bestseller novel, the film explores the relationship between Louisa Clark (Clarke), a bubbly young woman left jobless, and Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy banker who is paralyzed. After she is assigned to be his caregiver, Louisa is asked by his family to show him the worth of life.  Although his pessimism does not allow a connection, Louisa eventually transforms Will and both form a deep bond.

Release Date: June 3

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

‘The Conjuring 2’: A single mom of four children seeks the help of paranormal investigators Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Farmiga) to rid their London home of bloodthirsty spirits in this sequel to the 2013 horror hit.

Release Date: June 10

Rating: R

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor

‘Finding Dory’: Set six months after the beloved Disney classic Finding Nemo, the forgetful but humorous Dory (DeGeneres) is accompanied by Nemo and Marlin (Brooks) as they set out to find her family, with the group encountering challenges and meeting new friends along the way to California.

Release Date: June 17

Rating: PG

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’: A sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, the nations of Earth join forces and create the Earth Space Defense in order to combat against a new, threatening alien species in this film, set 20 years after the events of the original. 

Release Date: June 24

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman


‘The Legend of Tarzan’: Years after leaving the African jungles , Tarzan (Skarsgård) and his wife Jane (Robbie) live a civilized life in England. When he is invited back to the Congo as a trade emissary of Parliament, Tarzan accepts, oblivious to his status as an instrument in a Belgian captain’s (Waltz) corrupt plot.

Release Date: July 1

Rating: Pg-13

Starring: Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz

‘The Secret Life of Pets’: In a Manhattan apartment, a terrier named Max (C.K.) has his life turned upside down when his owner brings home a mongrel named Duke (Stonestreet). The two must set aside their differences to fight against Snowball (Hart), an adorable yet evil bunny who plans to ruin the lives of all happy pets and their owners.

Release Date: July 8

Rating: PG

Starring: Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet

‘Star Trek Beyond’: In the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, the USS Enterprise is destroyed by a wave of mysterious aliens on the outskirts of Federation Space. Stranded on a remote planet with no means of escape, the crew faces danger from a new enemy filled with hatred for the Federation and what it stands for.

Release Date: July 22

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba

‘Jason Bourne’: Taking place 12 years after his disappearance in The Bourne Ultimatum, Bourne (Damon)—a CIA assassin who suffers from memory loss—returns to the world, resuming his search for answers about his past.

Release Date: July 29

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel

‘Suicide Squad’: The third film in DC’s Extended Universe unites imprisoned supervillains like Deadshot (Smith), Joker (Leto), Harley Quinn (Robbie), and Enchantress (Delevingne), recruited by a secret agency to carry out black ops missions and to save the world from an unknown threat.

Release Date: August 5

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Jared Leto