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The biggest summer movies of 2016

The biggest summer movies of 2016

From 'The BFG' to 'Ghostbusters', here are ten films we can't wait to watch this summer

By Cath Clarke, Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston and Hayley Joyes
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Get ready for Bolly-swigging, supervillains and Alexander Skarsgård's chest. There’s a whole lot of movies to look forward in the next few months.

Summer movies 2016

1. ‘The BFG’

Film Fantasy

If the trailer is anything to go by, this film of Roald Dahl’s kids’ classic will twinkle so brightly you’ll be able to see it from space. Not only is Steven Spielberg directing but Mark Rylance plays the friendly giant – radiating warmth as if he’s just swallowed a chunk of the sun. July 22 

2. ‘Suicide Squad’

Film Action and adventure

Okay, so we’re getting Wonder Woman next year. But Margot Robbie as baseball-bat-swinging, gum-chewing Harley Quinn, psychiatrist-turned-supervillain, looks like a way more fun heroine. Robbie steals the trailer of ‘Suicide Squad’, the DC Comics film about a gang of despicable criminals working for the US government. (But she loses points for crime fighting in sequin knickers and ripped fishnets. Impractical and objectionable.) August 5

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3. 'Jason Bourne’

Film Thrillers

He’s back! But is this fourth Bourne movie just a paycheck for star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass? We pray it ain’t so, because if the script’s good, if the fights are spectacular and if Damon’s heart is really, truly in it, this’ll be the super-spy smackdown of the summer. July 29

4. 'Independence Day: Resurgence’

Film Action and adventure

Will Smith may have ducked out, but he was never the real star of Roland Emmerich’s alien invasion classic. That honour went to nervous-twitching, cigar-chomping, virus-uploading scientific genius Jeff Goldblum, who’s back for this sequel. We’ll sheepishly admit to being really excited. June 23
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5. ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Film Drama

Meryl Streep has been nominated for more Oscars than any other actor. She practically walks on water. But she's hitting all the wrong notes in her new comedy – hilariously – playing real-life deluded diva Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1930s, wealthy American socialite Florence performed as an opera singer despite having a terrible voice. Guaranteed to dislodge ear-wax. May 6. 

6. ‘Ghostbusters’

Film Comedy

Nobody wanted a remake of ‘Ghostbusters’. Nobody. Until we heard that Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig would lead the all-female gang of ghoul trappers. The sad little dweebs on the internet who can’t stand the idea of girl-ghostbusters are outraged. Well, they would be, wouldn't they. July 15
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7. ‘The Legend of Tarzan’

Film Action and adventure

Fans of the Swedish hunk will be, um, pleased to hear that his torso gets plenty of air time in this all-action re-imagining of the Tarzan story. We’re just wondering where you could find a gym in nineteenth-century Congo to keep a six-plus-pack so sculpted. July 8

8. ‘Sausage Party’

Film Animation

It’s the cartoon comedy you never knew you wanted. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and James Franco (aka, the usual suspects) play innocent sausages who learn the horrible truth – that they only exist to be cooked and eaten. Don’t take the kids – early reports suggest the swear-ometer is off the scale. September 2
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9. ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Film Comedy

Sweeties, they’re back. More than 20 years after the cult '90s TV comedy first aired, fashion trainwrecks Edina and Patsy are coming to the big screen – hiding out after causing a major incident at fashion week (accidentally bumping off Kate Moss?). Hard to tell which way this will go. But we’re in it for the cameos. July 1

10. ‘The Nice Guys’

Film Action and adventure

The 1970s seem to suit Ryan Gosling. Just check out the handlebar moustache he’s rocking in Shane Black’s comic thriller, then try to imagine anyone else pulling it off. The Gos plays an LA private dick investigating the case of a missing girl. We’re thinking this will be laidback and ‘Lebowski’-ish. June 3

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Feeling overwhelmed or uninspired by the choice on Netflix UK? We’ve all been there. If you can’t decide what to watch, try one of these solid gold winners – and take your pick from hilarious comedy movies, reach-for- the-tissues heartwarmers and Oscar-winning nail-biting dramas.

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