We are weeks away from closing the books on 2015, and while there are still numerous blockbusters preparing to drop between now and New Year’s Day – from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to The Revenant and The Hateful Eight -- we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re jumping the gun a tad and starting to look forward to the sheer number of eye-popping features that are going to entertain us in 2016. Some of your favorite filmmakers are returning to theaters next year. Other comic book properties are expanding their scope. And the first of what used to be known as the Star Wars Anthology films will drop, giving audiences their first look at the spinoff stories that are expected to explore the galaxies outside of the new, core trilogy.
So, crack the seal on your 2016 calendars, and pencil in all of these dates, because you’re going to want to be in a movie theater for these upcoming films, following the hard-R exploits of Deadpool, going on new adventures with Jason Bourne, moving back in with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, busting ghosts, waging a Civil War, and placing bets on Batman over Superman (or vice versa). Here are the top movies we’re anxious to see in 2016. What did we miss? Hit us up in the comments section:
Hail Caesar!What it’s about: Set during the Golden Age of an imaginary Hollywood studio system, a "fixer" (Josh Brolin) is hired to help retrieve a clueless silver screen legend (George Clooney) after he’s kidnapped and held for ransom.
Why we care: Because Hail Caesar! is a new Coen Brothers movie, and around here, that’s reason enough to be excited. But also because the first trailer that dropped showed that Joel and Ethan Coen are going after their own industry with the trademark brand of razor-sharp wit and biting observations, and are bringing along an incredible cast that – in addition to Coen vets Clooney and Brolin – will include Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand and Channing Tatum.
Release Date: February 5
DeadpoolWhat it’s about: Lethal mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) undergoes elective – and experimental – surgery after learning that he has been diagnosed with cancer. He emerges with an array of powers that turn him into Deadpool… only, none of the powers get in the way of his sarcastic humor and his motor mouth.
Why we care: Because Ryan Reynolds has been fighting behind the scenes for years to bring a proper version of Deadpool to the big screen, and Fox finally is giving him a chance after fans went nuts for leaked Deadpool footage that went viral and solidified the tone of Tim Miller’s superhero movie. If Deadpool connects, Fox might have a new superhero property that they can explore and expand for years to come.
Release Date: February 12