Summer Moview Preview 2016

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Summer Movie Preview 2016: Films Representing SCA Alums We Can't Wait to See!


Money Monster

Release Date: May 16, 2016

Produced by Grant Heslov '86 and Dan Dubiecki

Lee Gates (George Clooney) hosts a financial TV show along with his producer Patty (Julia Roberts). While filming one of their episodes, a shooter (Jack O'Connell) comes into the building with a bomb demanding answers that America has been longing to ask after the stock market crash.

Captain America: Civil War

Release Date: May 6, 2016

Produced by Kevin Feige '95
Edited by Jeffrey Ford '94
Sound Re-Recording Mixing by Tom Johnson

The Avengers are finally asked for face the collateral damage and trauma that they have caused in their pursuit of justice. When the government tries to regulate them, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) divide causing the Avengers to take sides in battle.

The Nice Guys

Release Date: May 20, 2016

Music by John Ottman '88

Rough and tough Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and careless, nonchalant Holland March must join forces despite their differences to solve the apparent suicide of a porn star. Chaos ensures as they hilariously dig deeper into the 70's world of sex and drugs.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Release Date: May 27, 2016

Written, Produced and Directed by '89
Edited, Composed and Co-Produced by John Ottman '88
Sound Design by Chuck Michael '88

A new threat unlike this world has ever seen, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), plans to make the human race extinct. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) must train a new generation of X-Men in order to stop him.

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Release Date: May 27, 2016

Produced by Jennifer Todd '87 and Suzanne Todd

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) must return to Wonderland once again to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and Wonderland from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) himself.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Release Date: June 1, 2016

Produced by Judd Apatow

After breaking from his boy band roots, Conner (Andy Samberg) attempts and fails at a solo career. This hilarious mockumentary follows Conner trying to keep up his celebrity image, while he figures out what it truly means to be pop star.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Edited by Bob Ducsay '86

In this sequel, Shredder joins forces with an evil scientist Baxter Stockham and two mutant henchmen Rocksteady and Bebop. The Ninja Turtles must be ready to stop them from taking over the world. However, they also have to deal with their arch nemesis: Krang..

Now You See Me 2

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Directed by Jon Chu '03
Story by Pete Chiarell '99

The Four Horsemen are forced to reappear and reunite to pull off a heist for a tech mogul.


Release Date: June 10, 2016

Produced by Charles Roven

Based on the hit video game, Warcraft tells of two opposing worlds separated by a portal. The Orc nation must leave its dying world by crossing the portal and taking over the Azeroth nation. One nation faces destruction, while the other faces extinction.

Finding Dory

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Story by Victoria Strouse '97
Sound Designed by Tim Nielsen '99

We revisit the beloved underwater world of Finding Nemo in its sequel Finding Dory. Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) remembers her family and goes on a quest with Nemo (voiced by Hayden Rolence) and Marlin voiced by Albert Brooks) to find them. Along the way, they define what it truly means to be a family.

Central Intelligence

Release Date: June 17, 2016

Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber '99

Geek turned C.I.A. spy (Dwayne Johnson) enlists the help of the popular high school jock turned accountant (Kevin Hart) to help him complete his mission and save the world.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release Date: June 24, 2016

Written by James Vanderbilt '99

Twenty-years later after the first attack, Earth has strengthened its defenses to combat any extraterrestrial forces. However, the enemy has had twenty years as well to prepare for their second attack. Earth must now defend itself again from alien invasion, but this time the threat is deadlier.


Release Date: July 1, 2016

Sound Design by Gary Rydstrom '81

A girl meets a giant unlike any other. Despite his appearance, BFG refuses to eat any children and is an outcast because of it. Together, the pair team up to stop all of the children-eating giants.

The Secret Life of Pets

Release Date: July 8, 2016

Written by Cinco Paul '93

Max's (voiced by Louis C.K.) life is perfect until it is turned upside down by a big-haired, sloppy dog Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). Their quarreling leads them outside of their safe apartment and into the harsh New York world. There, they meet an adorable bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) who plans to build an army of abandoned pets to take over happy pets and their owners.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Release Date: July 8, 2016

Edited by Lee Haxall '80

After ruining countless family gatherings, Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are told that they need to bring dates to their sister's wedding. The hard-partying brothers put out an online ad for dates hoping to get two well-behaved girls. Hoping to have a fun vacation, party girls Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) outsmart the two brothers by posing as well-mannered girls which results in chaos.


Release Date: July 15, 2016

Written and Directed by Paul Feig '84
Cinematography by Robert Yeoman '79

The Ghostbusters return with a fresh approach to this beloved comedy starring today's funniest actors.

Ice Age: Collision Course

Release Date: July 22, 2016

Produced by Lori Forte

In Scrat's epic pursuit of the acorn, he accidentally sets in motion a series of catastrophic events that could lead to the destruction of the earth. Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home, travel to zany, wild places, and survive.

Star Trek Beyond

Release Date: July 22, 2016

Produced by Bryan Burk '91
Executive Produced by David Ellison

The USS Enterprise explores uncharted space and encounters a new enemy that tests the entire crew and the entire Federation.

Bad Moms

Release Date: July 29, 2016

Produced by Suzanne Todd

Three overworked moms have had enough with the pressure to be the "perfect" mom. Together, they ditch their responsibilities and enjoy their new-found freedom.

Little Men

Release Date: August 5, 2016

Written by Mauricio Zacharias '91

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

The Founder

Release Date: August 5, 2016

Cinematography by John Schwartzman

The Founder tells a true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) met Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a burger joint. Kroc decides to take this franchise from under the brother's feet and turn it into a billion-dollar company.

Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 5, 2016

Produced by Charles Roven

A secret government agency gathers a team of imprisoned super villains to go on a highly dangerous black ops mission in exchange of clemency.

Sausage Party

Release Date: August 12, 2016

Produced by Megan Ellison

A sausage and his food companions finally get chosen from the supermarket only to discover the truth about what happens in the kitchen.

Pete's Dragon

Release Date: August 12, 2016

Produced by James Whitaker '94

A little girl meets a young orphan boy named Pete in the woods. Pete claims that his best friend is a dragon, the one the girl had heard from her storybooks. The two uncover the truth about where Pete's dragon came from and where he belongs.

The Intervention

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Produced by Sev Ohanian '12

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Southside With You

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Edited by Evan Schiff '04

Southside With You tells the story of future president Barack Obama's date across the South side of Chicago with the future first lady Michelle.