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2016 holds promising movie releases

By Chris Skarnulis, Arts & Entertainment Editor

“FINDING DORY” JUNE 17 NOT YET RATED
findingdoryOne of the most beloved Pixar Animation movies, “Finding Nemo,” has a new sequel swimming into theaters this June. “Finding Dory” sees the return of the original cast from “Finding Nemo,” with Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence reprising their roles as the forgetful Pacific regal blue tang Dory, the protective clownfish Marlin and Marlin’s naïve son Nemo respectively. Set six months after the events of the first film, Dory suddenly recalls childhood memories involving her family. She enlists the help of Marlin and Nemo to scour the seas in search of her family, and to find the meaning behind the mysterious phrase “the jewel of Monterey, California.” Andrew Stanton, the director of the first film will be returning to direct the sequel.

“INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE” JUNE 24 NOT YET RATED
independencedayTo continue the agenda of summer blockbusters, “Independence Day: Resurgence” is a must-see. The sequel to “Independence Day” sees the return of the original cast Jeff Goldblum, BillPullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner. The plot focuses on the effort to once again combat the alien invasion that left the world in ruins on Independence Day 1996. Twenty years following the events of the first film, a new fleet of Martians once again threaten Earth. It’s up to a band of heroes to protect planet Earth. Expect plenty of sci-fi action, violence, and lots of drama.

“GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)” JULY 26 NOT YET RATED
ghostbustersThis reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural comedy is expected to draw in big bucks at the box office. Adding a new twist this time, instead of an all-male cast, the remake introduces an all-female cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the title roles. The premise will mirror the original, and will include cameos from the original cast consisting of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and the infamous Marshmallow Man. Expect plenty of ghouls, comedy, and “ghost-busting.”

“ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY” DECEMBER 16 NOT YET RATED rogueoneThe first spinoff feature film of the Star Wars franchise introduces a completely new storyline and cast. The film acts as a prequel to the events of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Set before the events of “Star Wars” (1977,) a group of rebels band together to steal the blueprints of the newly constructed Death Star before it can be used by the Galactic Empire to take control of the galaxy. Introducing an entire new cast and new plot angle holds a lot of potential for the first film in the Star Wars anthology series. Although 2016 is just beginning, the next twelve months is set to be a successful year in cinema. With a variety of films coming to theaters, the year is sure to be filled with entertainment.