My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

2015 was a big year for big movies. It was the few years in recent memory where pretty much all of the big-budget, big-screen films actually lived up to their promise (in my opinion).

It’s going to be tough to repeat that feat in 2016, but in terms of sheer quantity, the odds are pretty good that there are going to be some gems. Here’s my list, along with a few notes about why I’m so excited about each one.

  • Deadpool (Feb. 12): Kind of like Suicide Squad (later on the list), this just looks so different for a comic-book movie. I don’t know if the entirety of the film will be good, but it says something that Ryan Reynolds really worked to get this movie made in the first place.
  • Zoolander 2 (Feb. 12): The trailer looks great! Can’t wait for this one.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (Feb. 26): One of the first times I was ever truly transported to another world while watching a movie was during the first Crouching Tiger movie. I’m hoping the same thing happens during the sequel (there are a lot of sequels on this list).
  • Batman v. Superman (March 25): Batman AND Superman in the same movie? I loved the graphic novel this is loosely based on. My only concern is that I watched the most recent trailer, which appeared to give away way too much information.
  • Captain America: Civil War (May 6): This pretty much looks like The Avengers vs. The Avengers. Yes please.
  • The Nice Guys (May 20): One of my favorite movies from about 10 years ago was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This movie by the same director has almost the exact same look and feel of it, so I have high hopes.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27): In my opinion, Apocalypse is the most formidable villain the X-Men ever faced. They’re legitimately afraid of him, so I look forward to seeing how they can possibly stack up to his powers.
  • Warcraft (June 10): I’ve never played World of Warcraft, but I really like the look of this movie. It reminds me a bit of Avatar in its sheen. I have my doubts about the story, but if it works, it could be epic.
  • Now You See Me 2 (June 10): I must say that I loved the idea of magician-thieves more than the actual movie, but it was still fun. I’m hoping the sequel will be even more fun.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24): Remember when the original Independence Day was released? I was a boy when I saw it in the theater, and the image of those alien spaceships casting shadows over the world is forever etched in my memory. It would be great if the sequel recreated that sense of awe.
  • The BFG (July 1): This is my favorite Roald Dahl book, not to mention one of my favorite books ever. I can’t possibly imagine the movie will manifest what my imagination pictures, but I’ve always wanted a BFG movie anyway. It’s in good hands with Spielberg.
  • Ghostbusters (July 15): An all-female Ghostbusters led by some of the funniest people alive? Why in the world did producers spend decades trying to convince Bill Murray to do a sequel when they could have done this years ago?!
  • Star Trek Beyond (July 22): I was worried that this movie–the last two of which have been excellent–would change too much with J.J. Abrams departing for Star Wars, but the trailer put those concerns to rest. It’s going to be awesome.
  • Suicide Squad (Aug. 5): I think this dark superhero movie is going to be super weird…in a good way.
  • Dr. Strange (Nov. 4): Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel Universe with magic? Sounds awesome. I’m in.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov. 18): Harry Potter without Harry or the Potters. But I’m glad to see this world explored more on the big screen.
  • Rogue One (Dec. 16): With The Force Awakens as my number one movie of 2015, I’m incredibly excited about this movie. It’s not a sequel; rather, it’s a spinoff that takes place earlier in the Star Wars timeline. I actually think that’s going to work really well, because it gives the writer and the director the freedom to tell a contained story instead of one that has to fit into some greater narrative. Also, it’s a heist movie, which I love.

And yes, I know, I left off some big movies, probably most notably Finding Dory, which I’m sure I’ll love. But it doesn’t get my juices flowing the same way these movies do. Which of these are on your list, and which ones did I miss? I really hope there are a few surprise comedies this year.

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