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Blockbuster Movies Across the Street

You know, it’s not all-teeth-all-the-time with us. Sure, we’re passionate about those pearly whites, but we’ve got plenty of other interests, too. We’re cyclists, musicians and amateur chefs (though rarely all at once). And one passion that definitely unites us is our love for great movies.

There’s no better time to be a film buff than the summer, and 2016 is looking to be no exception. So this week we thought we’d talk about the upcoming summer films that are getting us excited. As blockbuster season goes into full swing, we’re lucky to have a seriously awesome cinema right in our backyard: SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton in the Yonge Eglinton Centre. This mid-town icon always has a fantastic range of summer flicks, and makes for a great, walkable night out on a warm summer evening.

We asked our kids to chime in with what they’re most excited about, too, and were pleased to realize that we’re actually down with most of their choices. It’s shaping up to be one of the most family friendly summers yet. Though we couldn’t help but notice that many of the biggest films this year are sequels and reboots. But hey, if it works, it works!

June Movies

Right out of the gate, the summer is dumping a ton of flicks on us. While the jury is still out on videogame-to-movie adaption Warcraft (June 10), it’s sure to be a visual spectacle. Same goes for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (June 3). They may not have the highest of brows, but anyone with kids knows they’ll be dragged to them both at least once. Luckily, those are followed up with two that we’re just as excited for as our kids are: Finding Dory (June 17) and Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24). Sequels to two of our favourite summer movies of all time  can’t lose, right? Fingers crossed, as hopes are high for both.

July Movies

July kicks off with The BFG (June 1), based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame. Spielberg’s at the helm of this one, and the response from Cannes was hugely enthusiastic. This is at the top of a couple of our lists. Then there’s Ghostbusters (July 15), which features a new all-lady line-up that definitely ain’t afraid of no ghosts. The original was an unforgettable icon for our childhoods, so we’re hoping this one will do the same for the new generation. Star Trek Beyond (July 22) warps in after that, just in time to scratch that inevitable summer space-ships-and-phasers itch. Jason Bourne (June 29) is back to cap off the month, with Matt Damon returning to inevitable beatings, crashes and explosions of the role.

August Movies

August doesn’t have quite the massive line-up as June and July, but we think it’ll be a nice breather after that avalanche of CGI action. We’re particularly excited for Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19), a beautifully animated tale of a young girl and her magical instrument. Though it may not be for the whole family, Suicide Squad (August 5) was filmed downtown, so if you ever wanted to see the Financial District trashed by manic mutants (not that we have, of course), this is your opportunity! For those of us with little ones, Disney’s reboot of their classic Pete’s Dragon (August 12) looks like it will capture the whimsical imagination of the original, with the requisite dose of 21st-century CGI of course. We’re torn as to whether we think that’s necessarily a good thing, but we’ll reserve judgement until our kids weigh in.

That should at least get you started on building your summertime movie schedule. There are plenty that didn’t make the list, but we’ve got to leave at least a little time for the beach, park or cottage, right? Oh, and before we forget: after you’re finished chowing down on popcorn and Milk Duds, give your teeth a quick brush and floss when you get home! Movie theatre snacks are great for adding a bit of sweetness to exploding aliens and ferocious orcs, but can be more than a little rough on your teeth. If you’re worried that you went a little overboard with the gummies during your summer blockbuster bonanza, you can always schedule an appointment for a cleaning! Then you can let us know what you saw we always love exchanging notes with fellow cinephiles.

See you at the movies!