A complete guide to summer movies

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Summer is coming…

We’re about to enter movie mayhem with all of the big summer releases just around the corner, but who can keep up with it all? Well, that’s why you have your friendly neighbour Digital Fox.

Below is a list of upcoming blockbusters and their Australian release dates. These details are subject to change, but the epicness of the movies isn’t, so sit back, crack open a cold glass of fun, and enjoy.

The Founder

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Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in The Founder. Source: The Weinstein Company

Due: 24th of Novemebr

Director: John Lee Hancock

Actors: Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini

Sum-it-up: How the Golden Arches began.

Michael Keaton stars in this unlikely biopic about McDonald’s franchise founder Ray Kroc, a milkshake machine salesperson who begins his journey to perfect the fast-food industry.

Underworld: Blood Wars

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Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld: Bloodwars Source: Lakeshore Entertainment

Due: 30th of November

Director: Anna Foerster

Actors: Kate Beckinsale

Sum-it-up: Vampires get killed in droves.

An age-old battle between Lycans and Vampires continues in the 5th film in the Underworld series. In this instalment, Selene is back and badder than ever as she tries to fight both factions from getting to her and her daughter.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The crew at Rogue One leave their hangar Source: Lucasfilms

Due: 15th of December

Director: Gareth Edwards

Actors: Felicity Jones

Sum-it-up: A team of pilots try to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Another promising Star Wars film, Rogue One promises to shed new light on the tale of the Death Star, and how it came to be destroyed. I mean come on, who doesn’t love space fights?

La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance in La La Land Source: Summit Entertainment

Due: 16th of December

Director: Damien Chazelle

Actors: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

Sum-it-up: A musical movie about the love between a musician and an actress.

This is Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his breakout movie Whiplash, portraying Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s third on-screen romance.


Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers Source: Sony Pictures.

Due: 1st of January

Director: Morten Tyldum

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

Sum-it-up: Taken out of cryogenic sleep, two passengers must save their spaceship in 90 days.

Two movie heavyweights team up in this awesome sci-fi adventure of romance and action. I’m feeling a little 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe, maybe crossed with When Harry met Sally perhaps.

Assassin’s Creed

Michael Fassbender stars in Assassin’s Creed movie Source: 20th Century Fox

Due: 1st of January

Director: Justin Kurzel

Actors: Michael Fassbender

Sum-it-up: The gaming sensation turned silver-screen.

Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) travels back in time to the lives of his Assassin ancestors to relive the experiences of Aguilar, a 15th century Spanish assassin. It’s about time this movie was made.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Source: Screen Gems

Due: 26th of January

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Actors: Milla Jovovich

Sum-it-up: Heaps of Zombies and even more guns.

Resident Evil has become a staple in the world of Zombie Apocalypse. It’s nearly impossible to think of killing the undead without thinking about the movie franchise.

The Great Wall

Matt Damon stars in The Great Wall Source: Universal Pictures

Due: 16th of February

Director: Zhang Yimou

Actors: Matt Damon,

Sum-it-up: Forget the Mongolians, there’s far worse on the other side of the wall.

Matt Damon stars in this action-packed retelling of why The Great Wall of China was built, showcasing some seriously scary monsters and some pretty sweet bow and arrow tricks as well.


Hugh Jackman plays old man Logan in his reign to the X-Men franchise Source: 20th Century Fox

Due: 2nd of March

Director: James Mangold

Actors: Hugh Jackman, Doris Morgado

Sum-it-up: Wolverine becomes a pensioner.

Set in the future, Logan is a less than ideal look at what it means to be an X-Men in the future, where mutants are a dying breed and the world is a destructive and dangerous place.

Kong: Skull Island

King Kong stares over his kingdom in Kong: Skull Island Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Due: 10th of March

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Actors: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston

Sum-it-up: King Kong is less than happy when the military shows up at his front door.

A group of scientists and military venture to an unknown pacific island, unknowingly the birthplace of King Kong, and a whole host of terrifying monsters and gigantic dangers.

So there you have it!

What summer movies are you most excited to see?

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