Tenth Annual Movie Preview Guide

January 10, 2016 Comments Off on Tenth Annual Movie Preview Guide
Tenth Annual Movie Preview Guide

It’s the 10th annual list of movies for the year! When I first started the list back in 2007, it was must-see theatre movies, but it’s morphed into films I’m interested in for various reasons, even if I’ll never get the chance to see them in cinema.  After the amazing year we had in 2015, can anything in 2016 live up? Let’s take a look!

Previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

the 5th waveJanuary 15th – Anomalisa – Stop motion animated from the director of Synechdoche, New York? Expect all sorts of weirdness, but it looks amazing!
January 15th – 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay’s take on the attack on the American consulate in Libya. Not sure how accurate it is (from the guy who made Pearl Harbor), but it looks interesting.
January 22nd – 5th Wave – Another YA dystopia, this one’s based on an alien invasion. Looks like Divergent crossed with The Darkest Hour.
January 22nd – Synchronicity – Reminds me a lot of Dark City, and that’s a good thing.
January 22nd – Monster Hunt – Really not sure what to think of this mix of live action and CG. Could be good or terrible, but the martial arts look amazing!
January 22nd – Kung Fu Panda 3 – Pushed back from last year, this will presumably cap off the trilogy.

deadpoolFebruary 5th – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Not gonna lie: this looks ridiculous, but also awesome!
February 5th – Hail, Caesar! – The Cohen Bros. latest romp looks hilarious, and the cast is fantastic!
February 12th – Deadpool (NSFW trailer) – Foul-mouthed, fourth-wall breaking anti-hero Deadpool done right.
February 12th – Zoolander 2 – The first one was dumb fun and this looks like more of the same.
February 19th – Race – I’m pretty excited about this biopic about Jesse Owens’ triumph at the Berlin Olympics.
February 26th – Gods of Egypt – Looks like big dumb fun – a cross between Clash of the Titans and Stargate.
February 26th – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Electric Boogaloo – Sequel to the 2000 martial arts phenomenon, this one is being produced by Netflix. The trailer looks like more of the wuxia action that made the first one so good.

zootopiaMarch 4th – London Has Fallen – Pushed back from last year, Ekhart, Butler and Freeman return for this bigger, more explodey sequel.
March 4th – Zootopia – The sloth trailer that ran ahead of Star Wars had the whole theatre in stitches. Looking forward to it!
March 4th – The Brothers Grimsby – Action comedy that could be either really funny, or really really dumb.
March 4th – Triple 9 – Gritty action drama – could be good.
March 11th – Valencia – I know next to nothing about this film, but I was really impressed with the director’s short Portal: No Escape.
March 11th – Eye in the Sky – Tense-looking war thriller with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. The trailer asks some good questions that hopefully the movie will delve into fully.
March 18th – The Divergent Series: Detergent – Apparently, splitting the last book into two movies is the new trilogy. I wasn’t a fan of the final book, but the movie may improve on it. I’m curious to know why the trailer includes lorem ipsum text – that’s usually a placeholder for something else that’s supposed to go there.
March 18th – The Little Prince – I’m curious about the framing device for this gorgeous-looking film. Looks like it has a lot of heart, and I love the look of the Prince’s story.
March 18th – Midnight Special – Looks like an ode to Escape to Witch Mountain and E.T. and the cast is superb.
March 25th – Batman v Superman: Breakfast of Justice – DC attempts to launch their cinematic universe with a follow-up to Man of Steel. High hopes for this!
March 25th – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Bigger! Fatter! Greek-er? If it keeps the charm of the first one, it’ll be fun.

huntsmanApril 1st – Keeping Up With the Joneses – The premise has been done before, but the cast could make this one great!
April 15th – Jungle Book – Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animated films continues. This one was pushed back from 2015.
April 22nd – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Take the best parts of the Snow White movie (Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth) and center the sequel on them. Looks good!
April 29th – Ratchet & Clank – One of my favourite video game franchises is getting a movie!
April 29th  – Nine Lives – The premise for this film is bonkers, but the cast looks good.
April 30th – Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon – This one’s flown under the radar, which makes me suspicious it won’t make its release date.

captain america civil warMay 6th – Captain America: Civil War – The second superhero team up movie of the year, this one’s been billed as Avengers 2.5. The same directors as The Winter Soldier makes this one of my most anticipated movies of the year.
May 27th – Alice Through the Looking Glass – The first one made a bajillion dollars, so of course they made a sequel. Could be interesting.
May 27th – X-Men: Apocalypse – The last of the Fox reboots, this one is set in the 80s and looks even more earth-shaking than the last one.

warcraftJune 3rd – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – This sequel appears to be taking the absurdity of the premise to the fullest. Also featuring Stephen “Arrow” Amell as Casey Jones!
June 10th – Now You See Me 2 – Wait, Daniel Radcliffe in a movie about magicians? I enjoyed the first one, up to the last five minutes, so I’ll check this one out.
June 10th – Warcraft – The first of two huge video game movie adaptations. While this looks like a really fancy cutscene, having Jones as director gives me hope.
June 17th – Finding Dory – Long-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, not much is known about the story so far, but it’s a safe bet that the movie will be good. Pixar has rarely disappointed.
June 17th – Central Intelligence – I’m a sucker for anything with the Rock in it, and this looks like fun!
June 24th – Independence Day: Resurgence – It’s been 20 years – can this movie live up to the anticipation? Will Apple save the day again? I’m pretty hopeful.

ghostbustersJuly 1st – The BFG – Spielberg’s first Disney movie is an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. Should be good.
July 1st – The Legend of Tarzan – The latest Tarzan movie, this one is directed by the guy who did the last two Harry Potter movies. Also, the cast has a lot of heavy hitters. Could be good.
July 8th – Secret Life of Pets – Ever since the first trailer dropped, I’ve been waiting for this one. Looks hilarious!
July 15th – Ghostbusters – Not much is known about this remake, other than it’s from the team behind Spy and The Heat.
July 22nd – Ice Age 5 – Scrat’s adventures in space (!?) cause problems for the gang back on Earth. How long will they keep making these?
July 22nd – Star Trek Beyond – Since JJ was busy with Star Wars, Paramount got Justin Lin to make a Fast & Furious movie with the Enterprise. Written by Simon Pegg, so I’m hopeful.
July 22nd – Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur – New Guy Ritchie film with Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Jude Law. I like Ritchie’s films, generally, so I’ll try to see this one.
July 29th – The Space Between Usio9 got me hyped for this sci-fi take on the star-crossed lovers story.
July 29th – Bourne 5 – No idea what this is about, but Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are back, so high hopes!

kuboAugust 5th – Suicide Squad – Villains teaming up to take on a bigger villain. DC’s second entry this year into their wider universe.
August 12th – Pete’s Dragon – The original was an interesting mix of live action and animation; this modern update features CG instead, but will it retain the charm of the original?
August 19th – Kubo and the Two Strings – This gorgeous-looking film from Laika, the studio behind Coraline and The Box Trolls looks like a fantastic take on Japanese mythology.
August 26th – Mechanic: Resurrection – New Jason Statham movie!

September 2nd – Patient Zero – An interesting take on zombie movies, like a cross between Warm Bodies and I Am Legend, maybe?

infernoOctober 7th – Gambit – Little is known about the story for this film, which has been in development hell for years, but the director did the original Bourne film and Edge of Tomorrow, so expect reasonable action.
October 14th – A Monster Calls – Based on the acclaimed Patrick Ness story, this looks amazing!
October 14th – Inferno – Wisely skipping over the not-so-great The Lost Symbol, Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon in this convoluted story about art history and epidemiology.
October 21st – Underworld 5 – Undead killing machine Selene is back in her leather pants for the fifth installment of this vampires vs. werewolves series.
October 21st – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Tom Cruise returns as Lee Child’s Military Police hero in an adaptation of one of the more recent Reacher novels.

fantastic beastsNovember 4th – Doctor Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s second movie of the year.
November 18th – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Return to the world of Harry Potter in this movie set 70 years before the previous films. J.K. Rowling apparently wrote the script herself.
November 25th – The Great Wall – “Dude, what if, like, the Great Wall of China was, like, actually built to keep out, like, monsters?” “Whoa… duuuuude.”  And that’s why this movie is being made.
November 25th – Moana – Disney’s latest animated movie looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Rogue OneDecember 16th – Rogue One – More Star Wars movies? More Star Wars movies! The first of Disney’s anthology movies deals with how the Death Star plans came to be in Princess Leia’s hands at the beginning of A New Hope.
December 16th – The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun – Sequel to the 2011 mo-cap film, this one has Spielberg and Jackson switch roles as producer and director, respectively.
December 23rd – Passengers – The premise of this film is intriguing. Sort of last man and woman on earth (except not), but in space. With Lawrence and Pratt as leads, this should be good.
December 23rd – Assassin’s Creed – The second big video game adaptation of the year, this one is supposedly a side-quel to the story presented in the games. I wasn’t too excited about this one (don’t play the games) until I heard Fassbender was attached. Could be good.
December 23rd – Jumanji – Apparently, it’s been long enough that the 1995 movie was due for a retread. How they’ll top Robin William’s performance as the guy stuck in the game for 25 years is the big question. Oh, right… the big question is “Why remake it?”
December 23rd – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars – Honestly, this kind of film is sort of perfect for Tim Burton, but I still don’t hold out a lot of hope, since Burton hasn’t been on his game for the last few films. Of course, Ridley Scott redeemed himself with The Martian, so maybe there’s hope for Burton yet.

No release date: Story of Your Life – A linguist is recruited to speak with aliens to find out if they are a threat.

So? Do the films this year look like they can live up to last year’s cinematic smorgasbord? We’ll see at the end of the year!

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