The Michael-Bay-directed Transformers franchise returns this summer. In this latest installment, Optimus Prime is gone, and without his leadership, the Transformers are at war with humans. The fate of the world depends on discovering the secret, hidden roots of the Transformers on Earth. This fifth film in the series stars Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, an inventor who forms a partnership with an Oxford professor, Bumblebee, and an English lord to save the world in Bay’s last work of the franchise.
This family drama marks a striking “genre departure” for director Colin Trevorrow, a veteran in the sci-fi world who is responsible for blockbusters such as Jurassic World and is currently working on Star Wars: Episode IX. The Book of Henry is told from the perspective of a child brainiac Henry Carpenter, played by Jacob Tremblay, who devises an intricate rescue mission to save his neighbor. It also stars Naomi Watts and the dancing prodigy in Sia’s music videos, Maddie Ziegler.
This based-on-a-true-story drama promises to tug heartstrings with the emotional tale of a U.S. Marine and her combat dog. It follows the saga of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) and her K9, Rex, when their bond is threatened by an IED that separates them across oceans. The real life duo completed over 100 missions in Iraq, and their story garnered national attention when Senator Chuck Schumer helped to reunite the two.
The world-famous Despicable Me franchise returns to the screen with Gru and, this time, his long-lost twin brother, Dru. While it’s easy to spot the biological connection, the two characters are complete foils. Steve Carell, who takes on the voice for both, remarked, “whereas I see Gru as being pretty cynical, a little bit of a grump, darker, more cynical, and more sarcastic, Dru is ebullient and happy and earnest and joyful at all times.”