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Hollywood Movies in June: X-Men, Warcraft, Finding Dory, Independence Day 2...

Jun 1, 2016 | 18:55 Wed
We're almost at the half-way point for summer blockbusters for 2016. You didn't ask for it (or, hey, maybe you did), but your going to get it anyways: sequels, remakes, reboots, prequels, oh yes. Click on the jump for the release dates for Hollywood movies in Shanghai for June.

Don't forget, the Shanghai International Film Festival is also coming up. Details on that one tomorrow-ish.


X-Men: Apocalypse, in theaters June 2

You've probably seen FOX's brilliant viral video of Professor’s Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and wondered if the movie would be as good as their marketing. Tomorrow, the wait is over. It's... getting pretty good reviews. Not bad, not bad. Worth seeing for fans, definitely. The new X-Men installment's pre-sale for Tuesday midnight opening has already launched on Gewara.

As the title suggests, this time, Professor X and Magneto's crew are facing a severe attack from the mutant's ultimate villain, Apocalypse. This guy is basically a god, and he's not very happy with mankind. In general. Seems like he's all about destroying it and remaking it from the ashes. Or something. Expect a very high body count and a lot of 'Quicksilver saves the day' moments.

Warcraft, in theaters June 7

One of the most highly anticipated video game adaptions of all time, Duncan Jones's Warcraft is a two-hour-and-change, action-packed 3D adventure based on Blizzard's hugely popular MMOPRG fantasy universe.

Seems like it didn't manage to break the "video game movies suck" truism, though, unfortunately. Reviews are tepid for the film, criticizing it for "trying to wrestle with too many characters and locations and motivations and subplots, all in a movie that’s clearly intended to be but the first of many". [The Wrap]


Finding Dory, in theaters June 17

Sequels, sequels, sequels... can you believe four out of the five upcoming Pixar films are sequels? Finding Dory will be the first one you see among many, and the third big budget animation film in 2016 to feature the voice talents of maybe-new-James-Bond, Idris Elba --- not that we are against it, he's got a butt-vibrating voice.

Ellen DeGeneres returns as the lovely but absent-minded Dory -- Nemo's sidekick in the first film. The CGI looks as fantastic as always, and it's directed by Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL·E), who will be responsible for making both children and adults sob uncontrollably in cinemas as Dory's background story unfolds in a visually stunning journey of loss and redemption and fishes.

Independence Day: Resurgence, in theaters June 24

Sequel, again. Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to 1990s sci-fi classic (we guess?), starring Liam Hemsworth (not Jaden Smith?) as a pilot on Earth Space Defense. The film continues the battle between earth and aliens (and possibly other species). They've also brought back Judd "Taxi" Hirsch, Brent "Data" Spiner and Jeff "Crazy Laugh" Goldblum. The trailer looks pretty good -- at least it's guaranteed some state-of-the-art special effects.

Now You See Me: The Second Act, in theaters June 24

The last sequel of this month is... Now You See Me 2. Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me was first introduced to audiences in 2013, and boasts a spectacular, A-list cast and not so spectacular plot about a team of super grifter con artists. They still have Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo returns alongside new cast members Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan to perform some CGI magic tricks.

Sounds... mesmerizing.


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