20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

Another year, another stream of spectacular movies are heading our way.

There are so many films to choose from this year, including a group of movie sequels, action movies, book adaptations, and a huge comeback.  I know it is an impossible feat, but I managed to narrowed it down to 20 movies.

 

Zoolander 2 (12 February)

Remember Zoolander?  Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are finally back with a sequel 15 long years in the making (yes we are that old) as they team up, with fashion, to save “The World’s Most Beautiful People” from a murder plot.

 

Deadpool (12 February)

Honestly, I am not a fan of Deadpool.  I just do not get this guy at times.  The thing is, he has a MASSIVE fan base that his solo outing (he first appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) in the silver screen is one of the most awaited.  Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment left him with accelerated healing powers.  Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

 

The Witch (26 February)

I was looking for a new horror movie to watch out for in 2016 and I came upon this one.  Interestingly, The Witch caused quite a stir at the 2015 Sundance due to sudden postponement of its screening, in order to make a proper campaign of what could be this year’s breakout horror movie.  Set in England during the 1600’s, the movie tells the story of a child who has disappeared.  Just looking at the teaser, I just could not understand the whole plot, which may involve witchcraft and/or demonic possessions, simple reason why I’m hyped for this horror flick.

 

Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (25 March)

We’ve been waiting for this film to come out and it’s finally coming out this year!  Honestly, I’m still not convinced with Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, but we will just have to wait and see if he can actually pull this one off.  So in this movie we will get to see Superman battling with Batman, probably facing against Lex Luthor, plus Wonder Woman is also in the mix, and Aquaman will be there as well, plus The Flash and Cyborg (maybe), Dawn Of Justice will be HUGE.

 

Captain America: Civil War (6 May)

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Captain America: Civil War will be the start of Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige promises that this phase will have a much darker tone that will lead to the Infinity War.  The Russo brothers are back at the helm from their acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which for me one of the best Marvel movies thus far) and we can only hope for the best from these two.  Civil War will also feature, for the first time, Black Panther! Which side are you on?

Witness the smashing trailer HERE!

 

X-Men: Apocalypse (27 May)

This is yet another X-Men movie (how many X-Men movies did Bryan Singer make since his first one in 2008? Eight?), but after a decent outing with Days Of Future Past (which I was not really a fan of), Singer is taking us to another time-warp, this time to the 1980s, as our heroes confront a purple-coloured threat named Ooze Apocalypse.

 

Warcraft (10 June)

Adapted from a globally phenomenal RPG game, Warcraft is an epic, CGI-induced spectacle of world-colliding conflict between the humans and the orcs.  Lots of motion-captured performances, dark portals, griffins, people riding griffins, and huge battles!  Need I say more?

Finding Dory (17 June)

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They’re back!  I believe Ellen DeGeneres, who happens to voice Dory, was a big part of why the sequel to Finding Nemo came to fruition because she was very vocal in her daily talk show to make this sequel and it is finally happening!  This time around, the ever-forgettful Dory is the centre of the whole story as she gets lost trying to find her lost family.

 

The BFG (1 July)

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Based on a beloved novel by Roald Dahl, The BFG tells the story of a girl named Sophie as she meets the Big Friendly Giant (BFG, get it?) who, despite his intimidating appearance, is actually a kindhearted soul, who is considered an outcast because he refuses to eat boys and girls, unlike his giant peers!

Get a first look of The BFG Here!

 

Ghostbusters (15 July)

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I am a fan of Ghostbusters and I am excited for this reboot, not just because it took them so many years to do it, but it is because they made an interesting change to their main cast.  Instead of seeing men in uniforms busting ghosts all over the city, we will be watching an all-new, all-female team led by funny actresses Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon (I am a fan!), and Leslie Jones.  Written and Directed by Paul Feig, who recently worked with McCarthy for last year’s Spy (my favourite comedy film of 2015), Ghostbusters will be a hilarious ride.

 

Star Trek: Beyond (22 July)

The Enterprise is back with more action.  This is the third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise that star Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock.  And boy, after the past Star Trek instalments, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana just basically threw herself out to outer space.

 

Suicide Squad (5 August)

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Worst. Heroes. EVER!  This will be a big year for DC fans as they will be served not just one, but two movies this year!  After Batman Vs. Superman, DC Universe will continue with a story about a bunch of super villains.  Jared Leto leads the cast that is so big I think this might be better than BvS!

Watch the trailer HERE!

 

Girl On The Train (7 October)

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Based on the worldwide hit and New York Times Bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, a hit that people are calling it as the must-have book of 2015.  The movie will be directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and will feature Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, and Justin Theroux.  I am currently in the middle of the book and I highly recommend it to you.

 

Doctor Strange (4 November)

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This is Marvel’s second movie for this year and the second film for Phase Three of its Cinematic Universe.  Still in the Marvel Can’t Fail camp, I believe Doctor Strange will be a good one, even if this might be one of those gambles they are going to take.  Aside from not failing, Marvel has mastered the art of perfect casting as they picked Benedict Cumberbatch to play the lead role as a surgeon who loses the use of his hands following a car accident and goes to a mystical journey to heal them.   Cumberbatch does have a huge following of Cumberbitches so that might help with the promotional boost that Marvel does not even need at this point.  Anyway, I can clearly imagine him standing next to the likes of Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. for future Marvel movies.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (18 November)

If you are still craving for more wizarding adventures post-Hogwarts, J.K. Rowling wrote a new one!  Based on the Potter-Universe comes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (that’s a mouthful), a new film that might be a start of a new franchise.  Gifted actor Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a wizard who visits America from the U.K. in search of, well, fantastic beasts.  Director David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is back for this one.  Rowling, Redmayne, Yates, yes I am hyped.

 

Moana (23 November)

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Another Disney original movie.  Another Disney Princess.  Set in the South Pacific, this new creation follows the adventures of Moana Waialiki and her Demigod friend Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.

 

The Founder (25 November)michael-keaton-the-founder-twc

A fantastic rebirth to his career, Michael Keaton is on a roll for the last 2-3 years.  Although he almost won an Oscar for Birdman (which I honestly think was robbed from him.  I know Eddie Redmayne was undeniably tremendous as Stephen Hawking, but it was Keaton’s year to be honest), he might have a clearer shot at winning for The Founder, a film about Ray Kroc, the person who was responsible of turning McDonald’s into a ubiquitous fast-food powerhouse.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16 December)

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It’s as if the Force actually awakens, we will get to see a slew of films for the next few years, all based from the Star Wars Universe, a franchise that is a huge part of our pop culture.  Rogue One follows a group of Resistance fighters who band together on a daring mission of stealing the Empire’s plans for the Death Star.  Movie stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Forest Whitaker, among others.

 

Assassin’s Creed (21 December)

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If you are a fan of the popular game, and a fan of phenomenal actor Michael Fassbender, then you are in for a really good treat.  Assassin’s Creed follows Callum Lynch, a character made specifically for the movie, who discovers that he is a descendant of a secret society called The Assassins, and must use his deadly skills to battle the powerful Knights Templar.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars (25 December)

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Another film based on a beloved YA novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an upcoming fantasy film from the master of the dark arts Tim Burton (that sounded more like a Potter film).  The film tells the story of a teen played by Asa Butterfield as he visits this magical school and learns that his new friends have special powers and powerful enemies.  The film also stars Eva Green, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

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