The Top 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

15. Neighbors 2

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I don’t really like the idea of Seth Rogen making a sequel but it is here so I trust the film will deliver instead of it just being an empty cash grab. Rogen and Rose Byrne have such great chemistry in the first film along with Zac Efron’s fraternity leader. This time out they’re dealing with a sorority led by Chloe Grace Moretz. I’m tempering my expectations but it also has some potential.

14. Deadpool

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About seven years have passed since Wolverine Origins and the travesty that was done to the character but here we are with Ryan Reynolds finally getting to play Deadpool in a solo film. The handling of the character has left me a bit cautious when it comes to the film but because of that, this film kind of flew under the radar and is all set to deliver all kinds of crazy. I am still a huge fan of the character and Deadpool has the opportunity to bring something different to the superhero genre.

13. The Magnificent Seven

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I never watched the original so don’t know too much of what to expect and even with this version I don’t know too much about it. I do know that it’s supposed to be led by Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke so that alone has filled me with some mild excitement. Besides that, I don’t know too much and sometimes that’s for the best.

12. Keeping Up With the Joneses.

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Again, this is one of the films that I do not know too much about but it is led by director Greg Mottola, who directed two of my favorite films in Superbad and Adventureland so that is more than enough to get me excited. Besides Mottola, the cast includes Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot so that also is something to look forward to. I hope the film ends up somewhere between those two films instead of his one ‘only good’ film Paul.

11. Ghostbusters

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It’s Paul Feig teaming with his Bridesmaids stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, what’s not to anticipate. I understand the hesitation with fanboys who love the original Ghostbusters and don’t want the boat rocked and or don’t want to see a remake. If it was going to happen though, this is certainly the most exciting way to go. The fact that Feig filled the cast with exceptional female talent is enough to get excited, add to that the rich Ghostbusters mythology and all of the toys he has to play with, count me in.

10. Doctor Strange

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2016 is sure going to test out our superhero limit. The positive side of having so many superhero movies come out this year is we get to see the experimentation of the genre. This is going to be one of those ‘strange’ superhero films, pun intended. Marvel has already proved they can do no wrong so I’m sure we have another commercially successful film on our hands but what I’m more excited about is that we get to see a real weird and eccentric film that introduces magic into the Marvel universe.

9. La La Land

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The young director of Whiplash really could have gone in any direction after such a successful film, so he decides to go with a musical!?! I love the idea. Throw in Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as your leads and my anticipation grows even more. Not too much else is known but a still of the film was recently released and well, I can’t wait. Gosling and Stone were adorable in Crazy, Stupid, Love and I hope they bring some of that to this film.

8. Passengers

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I really hope Passengers sticks with its Christmas release date. Not too much is known and we haven’t seen anything, but the film is Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and outer space. If that’s not enough to get you excited then you probably are not a film lover and shouldn’t be reading this. Everything about this film makes me excited and makes me wish I could see it now.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse

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First Class and Days of Future Past did such a great job of reviving the X-Men franchise and that all has to do with the amazing young cast. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence were so perfect for their roles, and while it seems like the trio might be leaving the franchise soon, at least this one is already in the bag. Apocalypse doesn’t look all that great but he is played by Oscar Isaac so I trust that director Bryan Singer knows what he is doing.
X-Men: Apocalypse has all of the implications of it being somewhat of an end-game. I mean you go from the sentinels to Apocalypse, where do you go from here? Either way, you know the story will continue as the X-Men franchise has proved to be one of the most durable and lucrative ones out there.

6. Suicide Squad

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DC’s follow-up to Dawn of Justice will certainly be interesting. This is another superhero movie that promises to switch things up and take the genre to places it hasn’t been. It’s also such a risk for DC and Warner Brothers, especially following up their mega film with one about a rag-tag group of villains. With all of that said, I know plenty of people who are looking forward to this one more than any other superhero film this year.
It is a tricky sell but once you dig deeper, there’s a lot to get excited about. While some of the villains will probably be disposable, the film will feature the first appearance of the Joker since Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal in The Dark Knight. Jared Leto is following up his Oscar win with his twisted new portrayal of the clown prince of crime and it’ll be interesting to see what Leto will bring to the role.
Another thing to get excited about is the first live-action appearance period of Harley Quinn. The amazing Margot Robbie brings Joker’s ‘girlfriend’ to life and judging from the trailers and set photos, she’s all set to crush it and steal the film. Oh yeah, there’s also Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and a certain Caped Crusader is also set for a cameo.

5. Everybody Wants Some

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The trailer plays a little too goofy for my tastes, but you certainly can’t judge a book by its cover especially when the director is Richard Linklater. It’s not a stretch to say that Linklater might just be the best director working today. His last two films were Boyhood and Before Midnight, both of which were my favorite films in 2013 and 2014.
Everybody Wants Some is supposed to be a ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed and Confused (another one of my favorite films). While that film is set in the 70’s and high school, this one is set in the 80’s and college. I trust that Linklater will deliver another classic and hopefully will deliver a film that will be worthy of topping yet another best of the year list.

4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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I have this ranked as four but this one could easily be placed higher, especially with the more we find out about the film. This is the second Star Wars film Disney will release after the big purchase but it’s not the follow-up to Episode VII. Rogue One is set right before ‘A New Hope’ and while that may seem like a bad idea initially, it seems more intriguing each day.
First off, the director is Gareth Edwards, who directed Godzilla and promises to give the Star Wars franchise a facelift and deliver a new, grittier look. Also, Disney will finally get its wish as the film will feature Darth Vader. It’s not really clear if it’ll be a minor role or just a cameo, but it’s still pretty exciting either way.
The biggest way for this film to blow our minds is if it ties into The Force Awakens. Rogue One features Felicity Jones as its main character and while we’re not exactly sure who she is playing, the possibilities sure are exciting. I won’t get into theories or speculation, but I will say that whoever she’s playing, at least we get our second straight strong female character in the series.

3. Star Trek Beyond

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After disappointing many fans with Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond has a lot of work to do. Personally, I liked the previous film and will be excited each and every time a Star Trek film comes out. Justin Lin made some pretty entertaining ‘Fast and Furious’ films so while he wouldn’t exactly be my first choice I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the Trek world.
The trailer is action packed and while some may argue that it’s not Star Trek, I remain open-minded and just hope for an entertaining film. There’s a lot to be excited about with an already established cast, here we are right in the middle of the five-year mission. Strange worlds, strange species and far away from home; that promises great adventures and great risk just like it should be.
Forget about whose Star Trek this is, us Trek fans should just be excited that we’re getting Star Trek films period. While the ‘shiny new toy’ is currently Star Wars, I mean even JJ Abrams left the Trek director’s chair for the Star Wars one, Star Trek still offers endless excitement and possibility for me. Star Trek has been pushed to the background, but at least that will give it an opportunity to shock everyone with a great film once again.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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This one is going to be huge. If the first trailer doesn’t get you both pumped up and emotional then these movies probably aren’t for you. With such a huge cast, this film initially seemed like it could be a huge disaster. Instead we’re getting a huge Captain America sequel with huge emotional stakes.
Yes, the film will feature the debuts of both Black Panther and also a certain web-slinger, but at the heart of the film is the conflict between Captain America and his ‘friends’ Bucky and Tony Starks. We’re only about four months away but a lot still hasn’t really been revealed and the marketing really hasn’t kicked in yet so a lot is still speculation.
Who will be on whose side is the main question, also how will all of the characters be juggled and how can they all get their shine. Steve and Tony have been on a collision course since they met in the first Avengers and here both sides will finally be allowed to let loose. The films are huge but the key is making it feel personal and when Tony tells Steve how he also used to be his friend, it doesn’t get more personal or emotional than that.

1. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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I am so ready for the epicness that Zack Snyder has in store for us. It’s ‘too dark’ and it’s ‘too serious.’ I call nonsense and say bring it on. I love that Snyder and Warner Brothers are doing their own thing instead of just following Marvel’s lead. DC’s heroes are different. It’s not about ‘joke-joke,’ it’s about mythological heroes that are getting treated with the grandeur they deserve.
You have Batman and Superman on screen for the first time. There’s Wonder Woman finally getting her chance to shine as well as Aquaman getting such a badass treatment, how could anyone not be excited for that? It seems like DC finally has their stuff together as Suicide Squad follows then a Wonder Woman solo movie and then finally the big Justice League film. It’s an exciting time to be alive and to be a DC fan.
DC’s heroes could all be identified by a simple logo, they are that iconic so it baffles the mind that DC would mess it up time and time again. Yet, with what we’ve been seeing, it is so exciting that Warner Brothers might finally have it together. I put my blind trust into Zack Snyder as well as whatever director Warner Brothers trusts with these huge franchises. I didn’t say a whole lot about the actual Dawn of Justice film, but still words can’t really describe how excited and ready I am for it. Bring it on.

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