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With the warmest months of the year approaching, the internet is awash with lists of the biggest summer movies for 2016, but a quick glance will tell you that few of those are original. There are films such as Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie, based on video games, countless sequels such as Finding Dory and Independence Day: Resurgence, along with plenty of remakes and flicks drawing from books and comics. So, where are the originals?
While it may seem like they’re few and far between, there are some definite gems to look forward to this summer.
The Nice Guys
Directed by Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black, this film that features Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling is expected to kick off the summer in a big way with its release on June 3. Despite the powerhouse stars, this is one of the most anticipated indie films of the year. From Silver Pictures, it takes place in 1970’s Los Angeles, where private eye Holland March (Ryan) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell) are thrown together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. In the process, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
The film reunites Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger for the first time since 1998’s L.A. Confidential, in which they had such amazing chemistry it earned an Oscar for Best Picture. If they can replicate that in The Nice Guys, it’s bound to be a hit.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team up in this buddy comedy to crack a top secret case. The film finds Dwayne as an undercover CIA operative who’s on a mission to save the world. However, he requires a particular skill set, prompting him to team up with Kevin, a former high school classmate — an unlikely pairing as Kevin was the popular one in high school and Dwayne was a fat kid with braces who got picked on. It’s set to hit theaters on June 17.
Swiss Army Man
Out on July 1, Swiss Army Man stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. First-time directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known for their form in crafting eccentric, visually delirious music videos, offer their surreal debut that’s been called “outrageously fun and deeply affecting.”
According to Variety, the film is Cast Away meets Weekend at Bernie’s — and for obvious reasons. The plot involves Hank (Paul) being stranded on a deserted island when a corpse, played by Daniel, washes up on shore. Hank proceeds to use the body in various ways to ensure his survival. Things just get weirder from there.