Five movies you can’t miss this summer


Lucas Koprowski, Editor-in-Chief

There will be 55 movies released during the summer. Nobody has time to see all 55 of these cinematic adventures, and, of course, no one should see every single film. No one wants to spend anywhere from $5 to $10 on a ticket to go see a film that can potentially waste two hours of their life. With that in mind, I sorted through the list to find five movies you can’t miss.


1.) Swiss Army Man – July 1 – Adventure/Comedy

This is an independent, artsy film with a very unique story line. The film follows Hank, a man isolated and lost in the wilderness. He was going to kill himself because of  his loneliness, but what changed his path was a dead body, played by Daniel Radcliffe, washing up onto the beach near him. He realizes although the body is definitely dead, it is somehow conscience. He befriends the body, names it Manny, and decides that he needs to find his way out of the wilderness with his new dead friend.

Throughout the journey, Hank, played by Paul Dano, slowly realizes that Manny is the Swiss Army knife of dead bodies. Manny is able to spit fire, traverse across water as if he is a speedboat, and can become a grappling hook launcher. This aspect changes the story into something more unique than anything else in recent cinema, and is what makes this film so enticing.



2.) The Purge: Election Year – July 1 – Action/Horror

This is the third part in the unraveling Purge series. Every movie in this series follows a holiday enacted by the United States government called the Purge. Over a 12 hour period, all laws can be broken. You can steal from, rape, and murder whoever you want in this time period. The first movie was extremely boring. It followed a very wealthy family, and made the purge seem like an episode of Desperate Housewives. The second movie was significantly better. We finally saw what happens in middle class America during the Purge, which is way more interesting than following the wealthy.

This addition follows Charlene Roan, a U.S. senator who is running for president on the platform to extinguish the Purge from existence, played by Elizabeth Mitchell. The majority of citizens want the Purge gone, but special interest groups want her dead. After her heavily protected home is taken over by people who want her gone, she escapes and runs through the streets trying to survive possibly the last purge ever.



3.) Suicide Squad – Aug. 5 – Action/Adventure

One of the most anticipated titles of 2016, Suicide Squad follows a gang of DC Comics super villains as they are enslaved to do the bidding of the U.S. government . The government, out of fear of Superman’s strength, decides it needs to create a super-human task force to deal with the possible threat of the DC Comic’s god-like figure attacking the White House. Although that was their main objective with the squad’s creation, the trailer seems to focus on their interactions with the Joker, played by Jared Leto, and Batman, played by Ben Affleck.

This movie is primed to be a fantastic summer blockbuster, and might be the movie we will talk about in a year looking back to this summer. The studio is even going as far as reshooting some scenes to add more action and depth to the story to ensure its success. If you like superhero movies, you’ll enjoy this quirky, dark and twisted film.



4.) Sausage Party – Aug. 12 – Comedy/Animation

The title of this film sounds like a porno, but it is unsurprisingly a movie by Seth Rogen. Rogen probably thought of the plot of this movie while high. What if food was sentient? What if food thought being bought from the market was moving onto the afterlife? The film follows a group of food products bought and taken away from their home at the supermarket, only to find out that they are going to be eaten by people. A sausage named Frank decides he needs to go back to the supermarket to tell the rest of the food about what happens after purchase.  

This film is packed with star appearances, such as Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera and tons more. Although the plot sounds ridiculous, the trailer is absolutely hilarious. This could become Rogan’s most outrageous and hilarious film yet.



5.) Don’t Breathe – Aug. 26 – Horror/Thriller

How easy is it to steal from a blind, old man? You would think it’s like stealing candy from a baby, but this film challenges the viewer to look past the man’s crutch. This follows three young adults, played by a few unknown actors, trying to steal a rumored $300,000 from the old man’s basement. Once they find themselves inside the house, it’s a whole other ballgame. The old man is able to utilize his increased hearing to see where they are, and he won’t let them slip away. He will stop at nothing to kill every last person who tried to sneak into his house to find out what he’s hiding in his basement.

The trailer gives this film a strange aura, and it leaves you wanting more after the black and white sequence near the end. The movie looks to be a great horror film, and it has the potential to be the best horror film of the summer.