As I finish the polish on my best of 2015, I will go ahead and share those movies I most look forward to in 2016. Once again it was an easy list to make as once again there is another year with so many films that I may see but not really excited about.
10. X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27th
This would have been higher up on the list if a few things didn’t happen last year to bring it down to the bottom. One came from the anti-Christian bigot playing a pivotal role and then there was the underwhelming trailer. What still gives it some merit is that it stars Oscar Isaac and most of the returning cast and once again directed by Singer. I am hoping that it will deliver what the first two in this trilogy did, good storytelling, acting and fun action.
9. John Wick 2 – TBD
John Wick was an extremely fun surprise last year. It is one of the more interesting and exciting action films in almost a decade and it gave something for Keanu Reeves to do beside look wooden. He did a great job as did everyone else involved and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
8. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Bengazi – January 15th
I still remember being mocked on Facebook that I was even outraged that our current dirtbag in chief decided he wouldn’t leave the campaign trail even for more than a few minutes to recognize that once again our country was attacked. The administration lied and continues to lie to this day about that horrible night. It is extremely surprising that this film was even made, with the men who were there being involved in the making. I’m hoping Michael Bay will be able to capture the heroism of our military as Peter Berg does.
7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – October 21st
This is another sequel to a surprisingly good action film on this list. I think Tom Cruise is as much an action star and box office draw as he was decades ago. I look forward to the expanded universe here and no doubt some nail biting action. Here’s to hoping they have more interesting bad guys like the first one.
6. Deadpool – February 12th
I still remember the rumblings of this film while Origins: Wolverine was being released. After that film was a complete dud, it vanished from sight. Then a leaked test film for the character came to the internets and all the excitement came back. So much so that the studio picked up on it and hired people that loved the character and here we are only a month or so away from its release. Humor and action look spot on, I’m hoping for something new and fun for this genre.
5. Captain America: Civil War – May 6th
Here is the second one on this list where I was underwhelmed after seeing the trailer. Regardless I have faith in three things going into this film. First, Robert Downey Jr. is there, so added awesomeness. The Russo Brothers continue their collaboration with Marvel to most likely give us another good political thriller surrounded by super heroes. Lastly, Paul Rudd. Then of course, they can’t ruin the epic battle scenes expected, can they?
4. The Magnificent Seven – September 23rd
There isn’t even a cast photo for this one yet, but just loving the first one, not disagreeing with a remake and the cast involved and I am all on board. The western genre is one I miss and love seeing new ones come along, unless you are called Slow West. I’m expecting great things here.
3. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th
Most visitors familiar with site would have expected this would be number one, and normally you would be right. Funnily enough, there were two other movies that beat it out of the top spot. The trailers look decent, although the new one did give me an “oh no” vibe, I still think this will be a great film. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out.
2. The Nice Guys – May 20th
Shane Black has been around for a very long time. He wrote some phenomenal screenplays, looking at you Lethal Weapon and even one of the best modern detective films to date in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. After making waves with Iron man 3, a film I really enjoyed, he is back to his detective/crime films with this one. Gathering a great cast and his trademark humor and wit and this film looks downright fantastic. I waited in great anticipation for a trailer and it did not disappoint when released. Really looking forward to this.
1. Suicide Squad – August 5th
Fury was my favorite film in 2014. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen anything David Ayer was a part of that I didn’t love. After the first trailer left me practically speechless, I can say this is the movie to beat for me in 2016. The tone is perfect and the cast looks perfect as well. August cannot get here fast enough.
What are movies are you looking forward to in 2016?