Another year is about to pass and now comes the onslaught of “best of…” or “worst of…” lists and that is fine, I kinda like those lists. But I don’t want to look back, I want to look forward to what is coming next. Since I have done the cringe worthy movies, let’s dive into the movies I am looking forward to seeing.
There is the very obvious group of movies coming out in the New Year that top my list and I have talked about them many times on this site or they will be discussed at length once we get closer to their release dates:
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (Dec 16), Captain America: Civil War (May 6), Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25), Star Trek Beyond (July 22), Deadpool (Feb 12), X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27), Suicide Squad (Aug 5), Finding Dory (June 17), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 18), Doctor Strange (Nov 4), The Jungle Book (April 15), Ghostbusters (July 15), Assassin’s Creed (Dec 31)
But I want to talk more about the other (maybe a few under the radar) movies coming this year that also have me excited:
Hail, Caesar! (Feb 5) – There are few directors UberApe and I get excited over and the Coen Brothers are pretty close to the top of that list. Some of our favorite movies we can’t get enough of have been directed by the interesting and masterful storytelling duo. Their next project is about a Hollywood fixer on the case of a kidnapped actor staring a barrage of Hollywood’s biggest names. Hail, The Coens!
Zoolander 2 (Feb 12) – I know the first Zoolander was so dumb, but the conspiracy filled world of male modeling was so much fun to watch. Here is hoping Ben Stiller can catch that magic again.
Triple 9 (Feb 26) – If you took out the all-star cast, Triple 9 looks like a typical action flick being dumped off on the slow February release date. The fact that I haven’t seen much chatter about this movie does have me weary. But the movie stars Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Aaron Paul. It is also directed by John Hillcoat who has made a couple of interesting and underrated movies. Fingers crossed for this one.
The Witch (Feb 26) – Normally horror movies being released in February get a giant pass from me, but The Witch came out of Sundance with a lot of rave reviews and the trailer looks seriously unnerving. A family on the edge of civilization contends with evil when their infant son goes missing.
The Lobster (March 11) – In the future, single persons are taken to a hotel where they have 45 days to find a partner or they are turned into an animal. The Lobster looks corky and bizarre, but the odd premise has me interested. Big praise from TIFF and Canes help too.
Midnight Special (March 18) – Take Shelter and Mud were brilliant movies and I cannot wait to see what Jeff Nichols does next. I am also excited to see where Adam Driver is taking his career. So far he is making some interesting and smart choices.
The Nice Guys (May 20) – Shane Black is kinda meh for me. I loved the first couple of Lethal Weapon movies and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was interesting, but Iron Man 3 was so blah and the last Lethal Weapon movies were repetitive at best. What has me interested in The Nice Guys is the cast and the premise. Black is kinda going back to what made him good in this action, buddy comedy set in the 70’s about a private eye investigating the suicide of a porn star starring Russel Crow and Ryan Gosling.
The Girl on the Train (Oct 7) – I really enjoyed this book. It was compared to Gone Girl a lot and there were some similarities, like an unreliable narrator and the mystery of a woman going missing. But for the most part, it is its own premise. With Emily Blunt starring as the girl on the train, this movie could be the next big obsession.
Passengers (Dec 21) – A colonist on a transport ship gets woken up 60 years before he is due to land on his new home planet and decides to wake up a companion so he does not have to grow old alone. Not too much is known about this movie other than Jennifer Lawrence talking about how awkward it was to film her first sex scene with the married Chris Pratt. But the premise does sound interesting, Morten Tyldum is a promising director, and the movie also stars Michael Sheen and Lawrence Fishburne.
Silence – Like The Coen Brothers, any new Martin Scorsese project is cause for excitement in our home. His latest is about two Jesuit priests looking for their mentor in 17th century Japan based on the novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver (continuing down the road of great career choices) star in the period piece. The release date is not known yet, but it is safe to say it will be out sometime in December just in time for the Oscar races.
What movies coming out in 2016 are you excited for? Are there any movies I may have forgotten to put on this list? Let me know in the comments section below.