2016 Winter and Spring Movie Preview

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It’s the time of year again where cinema grinds to a bit of a halt. But worry not! Those desperate for potential early hits have a few things to look forward to before the big summer blockbusters start rolling out. In fact, 2016 has a few big blockbusters before that coveted first weekend of May. Here are ten movies we suspect you won’t want to miss in the first few months of the year.


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140037/Jane Got a Gun

If The Revenant and The Hateful Eight still leave you hungry for a western in late January, we’ve got one of the first major feminist westerns hitting theaters this winter. Natalie Portman stars as the titular Jane, and she’ll face off against her old Star Wars co-star Ewan McGregor as the film’s villain. Also starring Noah Emmerich and Joel Edgarton, Jane Got a Gun looks to be a fun little action flick to kick off the year. (Jan. 29)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1374989/?ref_=nv_sr_1Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Based on the popular novel of the same name, this horror period piece just blatantly looks like a ton of fun. Based on the trailer, the action looks dynamic and inventive. Besides, who doesn’t want to see a bunch of badass women in corsets taking down hordes of zombies? (Feb. 5)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475290/?ref_=nv_sr_1Hail, Caesar!

February hardly seems like the time for the Coen brothers to release their next film, but the writer/director duo are unlikely to disappoint no matter the time of year. This new effort stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. It’s a film about the eccentric nature of 1950s Hollywood. Again, written and directed by the Coens. This isn’t one to miss. (Feb. 5)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1431045/?ref_=nv_sr_2Deadpool

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)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1608290/?ref_=nv_sr_1Zoolander 2

It’s been over a decade, but Zoolander is finally getting a sequel. Ben Stiller returns as one of his most iconic characters (he’s also directing), while Owen Wilson and Will Farrell also return. Joining the returners are Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, and Fred Armisen, as well as a load of other cameos, some of which are in the trailer. The sequel looks positively stupid, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. (Feb. 12)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2101383/?ref_=nv_sr_1Knight of Cups

Terrance Malick is a one-of-a-kind director. His newest film is as shrouded in a mysterious depth as the rest of his films. Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and a slew of others, the artist’s next feature looks as stunningly shot as Tree of Life and the rest. Malick’s films are an acquired taste, and not all of them sing as beautifully as the last, but this is definitely one to watch out for. (Mar. 4)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2975590/?ref_=nv_sr_1Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It’s crazy to think that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has sought out the far reaches of the universe with Guardians of the Galaxy but Batman and Superman have never met in a live-action film. The time has finally come. While Man of Steel was the official kickoff of DC’s cinematic universe, this pseudo-sequel hopes to get the fans excited in a way few superhero films have before it. With it also featuring Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Doomsday, and a slew of others, this is DC’s chance to show fans it can compete with Marvel. (Mar. 25)


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Don Cheadle’s directorial debut is a biopic of Miles Davis. Cheadle also stare as the jazz legend, with Ewan McGregor playing a journalist following him around for a story. The film closed New York Film Festival this past fall and looks to make waves later this spring. It’ll be interesting to see how Cheadle both performs this role and directs the film. There’s no trailer yet, but here’s a clip from the film. (Apr. 1)


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From the director of Dallas Buyer’s Club and Wild comes this drama about a man trying to move on from the love of his life, who recently died in a horrific accident. Jake Gyllenhaal stars with Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper behind him. It looks to be a simple tale, but Jean-Marc Vallee has turned some simple stories into spectacular works before. (Apr. 8)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3040964/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Jungle Book

When Disney isn’t churning out Marvel or Star Wars films, they’re remaking their classic animated films as live-action ones. These have had varying degrees of success, but The Jungle Book just sounds great. Bill Murray is voicing Baloo, Ben Kingsley is Bagheera, Idris Elba is Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson is Kaa, and Christopher Walken is King Louie. You honestly can’t top that. Jon Favreau directs. (Apr. 15)


What films are you most excited for in the beginning of the year? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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