2015 was an awesome year for movies. It was the year that brought us back to some of the worlds we know and love, such as Star Wars and Jurassic World. We got some solid superhero movies from Marvel. Pixar gave us some amazing animation. 2015 seems like a tough act to follow. So how are things looking this year? Well, there is whole bunch of new movies ahead of us and from the looks of it, 2016 just might bring it.
Without further ado, here are our most anticipated movies of 2016:
Hail, Caesar! – Did you see that trailer? I bet you had loads of fun just seeing the trailer alone. I know, I did. I am a big fan of the Coen Brothers’ screwball comedies. And this looks like their screwiest yet. It has one of those big ensemble cast. George Clooney being looney? I’m in. Channing Tatum doing a vaudevillian dance number in a sailor outfit? Sold. Tilda Swinton being Tilda Swinton? That’s it, I’m done.
Midnight Special – When I first heard of the premise of Midnight Special, I was about to explode like a firecracker. Jeff Nichols doing a sci-fi chase film? I thought what a brilliant idea! If you’ve seen his 2011 film, Take Shelter, you’ll see how primed he is to helm a sci-fi movie. So I was disheartened when I heard Midnight Special got pushed back from a supposed November 2015 release. But it doesn’t matter now because finally we’ll get to see the good ol’ Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols dynamic duo this February.
La La Land – This is a musical comedy drama from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle. He says it’s set in modern-day L.A. but if you see the preview photos, the style looks like an old-timey movie from the Golden Age of cinema so I am excited to see how everything will play out. Besides when have the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling pairing ever let us down? Never.
Swiss Army Man – The plot goes like this: A man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body, and together they chart a journey back home. How can anyone not be intrigued by this weird-ass story? And it stars some of the most talented young actors of this time: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Story of Your Life – Before you get excited, let me stop you right there. No, this is not a sequel to the 2013 One Direction: This is Us movie. And yes, they are still going on an extended hiatus. Hahaha. Anyway, after seeing Sicario last year, I know that any one of Denis Villeneuve’s films would always prove to be one heck of an intense movie watching experience. But with Story of Your Life, Villeneueve is treading a different genre, science fiction. And I am excited. My guess is this is going to be dark, and philosophical and nail-bitingly awesome.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – And I thought I’d never see a Star Wars movie until 2018! And rumor has it that just like The Force Awakens, the lead is a woman in the name of the talented Felicity Jones. So who run the world? Girls!
Ghostbusters – When Paul Feig announced the names of his ghostbusting ladies complete with a charming photo of them in costume and on set, I lost it. A great director with talent for comedy, and an equally hilarious talented cast, Ghostbusters is in good hands. Cherry on top would be a Bill Murray cameo. Also, who run the world?
The Nice Guys – Shane Black returns to familiar territory after a stint helming Iron Man 3 with The Nice Guys, a film that shares similarities in both narrative and style to his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I would certainly want to see Black mine the darker corners of humanity for another fun and energetic film.
Knight of Cups – Watching a Terrence Malick film, if you would pardon the pretentiousness, is an experience. There is nothing quite like watching his films with its mixture of gorgeous cinematography and philosophical musings in the form of voice-over monologues. It seems that Knight of Cups would be another classic Malick film with more of the same successful filmmaking from one of the most unique auteurs of his generation.
Chimes at Midnight – Yes yes, an Orson Welles film isn’t exactly a film from 2016 seeing that it first appeared in theaters in 1967. However, this loose adaptation of not even a Shakespeare play but of a supporting character in Shakespeare’s plays (Falstaff) have been lost in film vaults and copyright battles but it is now finally getting a rerelease in cinemas this 2016 after being restored and remastered by Janus Films and The Criterion Collection.
Silence – For me, some of Martin Scorsese’s best films are those that explore religious themes (The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun) and I am thrilled that he is returning to such themes with his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century missionaries facing persecution in Japan.
Everybody Wants Some – Linklater has been one of cinema’s celebrated auteurs which is why whenever he has a new movie coming up, everyone pays attention. This 2016, Linklater seems to be returning to his Dazed and Confused roots with this comedy-drama film about a group of college students who play varsity baseball.
Personal Shopper – There’s only one thing that you need to know about this film: Olivier Assayas once again directs Kristen Stewart in a film. People who’ve watched the amazing Clouds of Sils Maria know what I’m talking about.
Suicide Squad – I was unnecessarily giddy when I first heard that there’s going to be a movie with the Joker and Harley Quinn and Deadshot and a whole gang of supervillains at the center. I will admit I don’t know much about the Suicide Squad of the comic books but, hey, that’s what movies like these are for, right? Not just for the fantards but for the curious newbies, as well.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Yes to anything Harry Potter related! This is a spin-off/prequel to the film series and revolves around Newt Scamander, the future author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which, if you are a Potterhead, you will know; was a textbook mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This film will also be J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut and will star the always awesome Eddie Redmayne.
Assassin’s Creed – Based on the phenomenal video game franchise, this film will feature an original story that will broaden the mythology of the game series. I used to love playing this game so I was insanely thrilled when a film adaptation was announced in 2011 but it took 5 years to get it out but, really, nobody’s complaining as this will star Fassy and Marion Cotillard which re-teams them both with director Justin Kurzel and, if you have seen last year’s Macbeth, you know you’re in for something good.
So how excited are you for 2016?