2016 Movie Preview

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It’s hard to think after 2015 blew the lid off of a ton of box office records that 2016 is going to be filled to the brim with blockbusters. There are a few much-anticipated non-blockbusters hitting theaters in the coming year, but most of what we’re excited for involves characters or worlds we’re already familiar with. Here are the ten movies we can’t wait to see in 2016.


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Loosely based on the wildly popular mid-2000s Marvel event, the third Captain America movies seems a lot more like an Avengers movie. Cap will face off against Iron Man, both having teams of superheroes we’ve already met (and a few we haven’t), over a law that requires superheroes to register their identities and give the government control over their actions. The Winter Soldier‘s Russo brothers return to direct. (May 6)


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As a franchise, the X-Men have had a windy road. But here we are, one of the most feared villains from the comics will take center stage for an X film of epic proportions. Oscar Isaac plays Apocalypse, the first mutant who dawned from ancient Egypt. With much of the cast from Days of Future Past and First Class returning to close the trilogy, expect Bryan Singer’s fourth X-Men movie to make massive waves this summer. (May 27)


8. The Girl on the Train

Based on the best-selling novel, The Girl on the Train hopes to be 2016’s Gone Girl. Based on the popularity of the source material, that’s entirely possible. The cast features Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, and Lisa Kudrow. Coming from the director of The Help and Get On Up, this is a late year film you’re not going to want to miss. (Oct. 7)

Note: No trailer or poster is available yet for this film.


7. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Director Ang Lee has been quiet for a few years. 2016 looks to change that as his adaptation of the novel hits theaters late next year. Part comedy, part drama, part war film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk stars Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Time Blake Nelson, and unknown Joe Alwyn in the titular role. (Nov. 11)

Note: No trailer or poster is available yet for this film.


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Continuing 2015’s trend of resurrecting classic franchises and breathing new life into them, 2016 is going to deliver an all-female Ghostbusters reboot. The film stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon as the new trio. The director of Bridesmaids and Spy, Paul Feig, is at the helm of this one. There really seems to be nothing to fear for this one. (Jul. 15)

Note: No trailer is available yet for this film.


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Quick note: the trailer below is the red band trailer because it’s better. 20th Century Fox looks to stop playing it safe with superheroes this winter and give fans what they’ve been begging for for years. Ryan Reynolds is back as the wise-crackin’, fourth-wall-breakin’ Merc with a Mouth. Deadpool is finally coming to theaters and he looks like he’s going to be the truest version of himself possible. (Feb. 12)


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Ready for another stab at a prequel trilogy? Fantastic Beasts takes place 70-ish years before the Harry Potter series and probably has very little to do with it. So maybe it won’t go the way of Phantom Menace or The Hobbit. Other ways it might not? J.K. Rowling wrote the script herself and David Yates, the director of the last four Potter films, is at the helm. (Nov. 18)


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Here’s a film that was actually on our 2015 movie preview and didn’t quite make it. Martin Scorsese’s next film is the story of two priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they travel to Japan to seek out their mentor (Liam Neeson). The director has wanted to make this film for about two decades. If he’s been waiting that long, it’s going to be hard for us to have to just wait another year. (2016 TBD)

Note: No trailer or poster is available yet for this film.


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Coming off the well-received Godzilla update, director Gareth Edwards has been invited into the family of Star Wars creators for the first of the anthology films Lucasfilm is going to put out between and after the trilogy that started with The Force Awakens. If the new film was any indication, fans are in great hands. Taking place just before A New Hope, Rogue One centers on the stealing of the Death Star plans. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk. (Dec. 16)

Note: No trailer or poster is available yet for this film.


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Of all the superhero movies coming out in 2016, this one is the biggest gamble. However, Batman v Superman turns out to be, Suicide Squad could make or break the DC cinematic universe. So why the excitement? This film looks freaking bonkers in the best way possible. DC does with its villains what Marvel does with its heroes in terms of being relatable. A group of crazies you love to love, despite how bad they are, is something we haven’t seen yet in superhero cinema. Of course, the biggest attraction is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and how she’s been affected by Jared Leto’s Joker. This is DC’s best chance to show us something different and, from what we’ve seen so far, they may have just nailed it. (Aug. 5)


What films are you most excited to see in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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