Summer Movie Bucket List

Happy Memorial Day! 

This is the day that we remember the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and liberty of our country. My thanks will never be enough, but I will try to teach my children that our freedom is not, and never will be, free.

The Rocket's Memorial Day issue is always one of my favorite projects each year. This is my fourth now and while I sometimes grow tired of doing the same special sections (ask our special section editor, she has to listen to me complain) Memorial Day is never one of them.

It is also Big Kid Birthday -- 12 years old! More on that soon. 

I tried a Summer Bucket List a few years ago and while it went over well with Team Skelley, it honestly stressed me out, which is on me, I know. Some people aren't as anal retentive uptight um, task-oriented as I am and for them the summer bucket list is simply a loose guide to potential summer fun. Not me, I had to strategize how we were going to cross off every entry on the list or summer was ruined. I exaggerate, but only slightly.

So I have learned to set my goals more reachable. Since we are a family of movie fans, this is our Summer Movie Bucket List. 

Captain America Civil War
Out now

Already seen it and it was EPIC.

Neighbors 2
Out now

Two thumbs down. Not anywhere close to as funny as the original.

XMen Apocalypse
Out now

Not my favorite XMen, but still a fun afternoon at the movies.

Central Intelligence
June 17

The kids are clamoring to see this and you don't have to twist my arm to see a movie with The Rock.

Finding Dory
June 17

Finding Nemo is Little's favorite Disney movie so she is especially excited about this.

Independence Day Resurgence
June 24

YES! Gotta show Big Kid the original first.

The Secret Life of Pets
July 8

There is a basset hound!

July 15

I am hoping this is good, although it isn't possible to improve on the original. Big watched both Ghostbusters 1 and 2 on vacation this spring so he is a newly converted fan.

Star Trek Beyond
July 22

I really want this to be good. I absolutely loved the reboot but the last one was a little bit of a letdown. No one can out-Khan Ricardo Montalban.

Jason Bourne
July 29

The Engineer and I are excited about the first Bourne in almost a decade.

In addition to the theater flicks, we are hoping to do multiple movie nights at home to introduce the kids to such classics as A League of their Own, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Princess Bride, among others.

Different incarnations of Team Skelley will see the movies above based on their content -- my eight-year-old will not be seeing Jason Bourne, of course. I am also hoping The Bestie might come along for one of these as she is also a big movie buff. And I am sure Gramma will jump in on this too -- there are already Angry Birds plans with her next week. Cool theater, green apple slushy and a great summer flick? Sign me up.

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