With 2015 almost over, it's time to start looking ahead to what 2016 has in store. Now, we know that with Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening this year, it is going to be a tall order trying to top 2015. However, 2016 certainly seems intent on giving it a try. This could be the biggest box office year yet!
It would be very hard for one film to compete with the massiveness that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And that is why one shouldn't even contemplate trying to go head on with that mack truck of a cinematic spectacle. If one, however, takes all the films from 2016 together, they certainly serve notice that the rest of the movie industry hasn't been asleep these past few years.
And the best part? The slate for 2016 is probably the most diverse, for tentpole properties, that we have seen in years. We have films to satisfy your superhero tastes, your comedic tastes, your dramatic tastes and even your Star Wars taste. Okay, I know that we probably could've just said sci-fi instead of singling out Star Wars, but lets be honest, the release of anything STAR WARS related is pretty darn big deal right now.
This doesn't even take into account that we'll have a new installment in the Ghostbusters franchise! If you look at all the films that are slated to be released, it is almost enough to make one wonder what year this is. We have films that reinvigorate franchises from the 80s (Ghostbusters), the 90s (Independence Day: Resurgence) and of course the various sequels to movies released in the 2000s and beyond.
So sit back and get ready to be stoked, because in addition to all the reboots and sequels, there are some new films on the docket that will surely inspire more reboots and sequels. I know it might seem like we are taking a tongue and cheek approach to this list. It might seem like we are just biding time until Star Wars: Episode VIII comes out, but that is clearly not the case. What we have done is try and bring you the films that will hopefully make the biggest waves at the box office (and the biggest dent on your cinematic mindset). So without further adieu, enjoy our "27 Big Movies You Can't Miss in 2016"!
1Hail, Caesar! - February 5th
Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Frances McDormand, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Who doesn't love a Coen Bros. movie, right? And with their skewed take on just about everything, this film could possibly be the best send up of the filmmaking world. EVER.
2Deadpool - February 12
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Ryan Reynolds is that rare actor that can handle both comedy, action, and drama. In the role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, we just might have an answer to Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man. For superhero fanatics, or just plain fans of action movies, Deadpool is a can't miss proposition.
3Zoolander 2 - February 12
A sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 hit comedy revolving around male fashion model Derek Zoolander. Okay, simply knowing that Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are returning is enough to make us want to see this film. But the plot finds Derek and Hansel teaming up with Penélope Cruz to stop an evil madman from killing all the beautiful people in the world. And the trailers are drop dead funny! We're taking what we know about Zoolander 2 and running with it. This could end up being the best comedy sequel of the year!
4Zootopia - March 4
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Jason Bateman voices Nick Wild? Count us in! That actor could recite the phone book and we'd show up.
5Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25
Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman vs Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before. One has to love the dark direction that director Zack Snyder has taken this film. If the early trailers are any indication,Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could be 2016's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With it's multi-layered characters and a nod to today's global political situation, this film might be more timely than ever.
6The Huntsman: Winter's War - April 22
Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya, suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain). Only now she has found that her prized two have defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. When Freya learns of her sister's demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable...unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen's cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain swirling swords and vanquishing foes? This sounds like a winner to us. With a set design and effects that are surely bound to be eye-popping,The Huntsman: Winter's War promises to bring a cold thaw to Spring!
7Captain America: Civil War - May 6
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. In what seems like a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the nuance that Civil War seems to have is precisely what makes it so interesting. With all the personalities of The Avengers, it is about time that their greatest enemy ends up being themselves.
8Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - May 20
This second installment in the highly popular Neighbors series sees Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac (Seth Rogen) again on the offensive as a sorority headed by Chloe Moretz and Selena Gomez moves in next door. One can only imagine where the laughs will come in this sequel, but one thing is for sure there will be laughs aplenty. Also making this film stand out is how it isn't even a tentpole film and it is considered a big deal. We essentially have a dialogue film yet the anticipation for it is akin to an X-Men film. Which leads us to...
9X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Given the layered acting chops that Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence have shown since X-Men: Days of Future Past, one can only imagine what they bring to this newest installment of the X-MEN universe. While a lot of superhero franchises seem to be chasing something, the X-MEN are boldly beating their own drum, forging their own path, and making 2016 something special in the process.
10Warcraft - June 6
Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. Since its debut in 1994, Warcraft has developed a loyal following across the globe, with several bestselling, award-winning PC games and a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more. World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment's subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe, is the most popular game of its kind in the world. Its most recent expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King," is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 2.8 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million in its first month. With a video game behind it that has taken on an almost mythic status, how can Warcraft not be seen as one of next years most important films?
11Finding Dory - June 17
Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory's life. This is a sequel to one of Pixar's biggest films. To one of the biggest films of all time; it was number 32, but still.... I don't need to say anymore... SEE IT in 2016!
12Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Okay, I admit I would be a bit more excited if Will Smith was a part of this "resurgence." That said, the first Independence Day was pretty badass and there's no reason not to think that Independence Day: Resurgence will be anything less than that!
13The BFG - July 1
The exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Okay, the cast includes Bill Hader and it's being directed by Steven Spielberg. Something tells us that The BFG will overcome the usual Spielbergian schmaltz, to be a film that Tim Burton himself would wish to call his own.
14The Legend of Tarzan - July 1
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Christoph Waltz is so great at playing a bad guy that it's easy to think that he is simply being typecast. Yet, he is so good at it that one can forgive him for essentially playing the same role. Tarzan seems poised to be a film that will swing into people's collective consciousness in 2016... and stay there.
15Ghostbusters - July 15
Four women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) battle spirits in this reboot of the famed 1980s film. While some people have applauded the use of women to battle apparitions in this film, others are mad that people with the last names Murray and Aykroyd are not involved. Lets be honest... it is 2016, people. The past isn't coming back. Nothing that this film does or doesn't do is going to change what a great film the first Ghostbusters was. So, let your new anticipation start and get ready for yet another tale in this films storied franchise.
16Star Trek Beyond - July 22
With the first two films in this rebooted franchise making everybody go absolutely berserk, it stands to reason that the third installment should keep the gears moving along. Sadly, not too much is known about this film at present. One thing we can breathe a collective sigh of relief about, is the fact that the cast of the Enterprise is returning. Sadly, Leonard Nimoy has passed away so it is unclear about the fate of Spock Prime. There's also some speculation that William Shatner could be making an appearance. With so much secrecy about Star Trek Beyond, that alone makes it one of THE films to see in 2016.
17Bourne 5 - July 29
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips) also returns for this much-anticipated chapter, and Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon and Greg Goodman also produce. There is little known about exactly when and where Bourne exists in this new saga. At the same time, Matt Damon is back and that is reason enough to anticipate yet another thrill ride!
18Suicide Squad - August 5
Suicide Squad will be the third film in the DC Extended Universe after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It follows a team of villains working for the government fighting monstrous menaces. The group called the Suicide Squad includes many popular DC characters; everyone from Deadshot, to Harley Quinn, to Captain Boomerang, and even The Joker. Based on what we have seen so far, Suicide Squad is either going to change the comic book game in a Dark Knight sort of way, or it's going to play as some 70s afterschool special on acid. Most signs point the former and yet the latter doesn't seem to bad either.
19Gambit - October 7
An X-Men spin-off series featuring the popular Cajun mutant. It seemed to only be a matter of time before Channing Tatum would enter the superhero fold. And lets be honest, the X-Men series is as as good a fold as any to be in, right? With Doug Liman rumored to be handling directing duties afetr a few starts and stops, Gambit could end up being one of the more interesting comic book films of 2016. With both Tatum and Liman getting their start in the world of independent films, if they can bring some of that sensibility to Gambit, it could go a long way toward elevating this film above the pack. That anticipation alone is enough for us to be really stoked on this 2016 release.
20Inferno - October 14
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's "Inferno." Just when you thought there wasn't another staircase for Tom Hanks and Ron Howard to go down, they come at us with an almost Bourne-like take on Dan Brown's book. We all know that Tom Hanks will bring a thinking man's approach to this film and that will help make it a whole lot more interesting.
21Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - October 21
Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide. Considering that Tom Cruise seems to be attaching himself to every tentpole in town right now, it is a certifiable fact that his career is on the upswing. With a franchise that was initially headed by Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher sets itself apart by making Reacher the enemy only to figure his way out of the situation. Taking the world on his shoulders seems to currently be a metaphor for Cruise's film career, and that makes the stakes for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back that much higher in 2016.
22Doctor Strange - November 4
The second Marvel movie of the year is Based on the comics character created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Stephen Strange is beset by demons controlled by apprentice sorcerer Karl Mordo, but is rescued by Mordo's mentor, the Ancient One, a millennia-old sorcerer who protected the Earth dimension as its Sorcerer Supreme, a role Strange is destined to inherit. He offers himself as a disciple to the Ancient One, who accepts, having known of Mordo's treachery all along. The Ancient One spends years instructing Strange in the art of sorcery, teaching him how to tap the innate mystic powers of both himself and the world around him. Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange? We were in yesterday.
23Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - November 18
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world's preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures. Eddie Redmayne truly captivated us as Stephen Hawking, so chances are he's doing some interesting stuff here. With the idea that the Harry Potter universe could be extended, both Warner Bros. and us are hoping this works.
24Moana - November 23
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. The Rock goes animated in a film that seems perfectly suited for him. In 2016, Moana is as sure a thing as they come.
25Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - December 16
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens casting a long shadow, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a lot to live up to. However, these films are not widgets made in some cookie cutter factory. Something tells us the Star Wars universe is about to get a lot more interesting.
26Assassin's Creed - December 21
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Michael Fassbender is such a solid actor, we would watch him in a film shot with the lens cap on. Him adding credibility to an already established product makes Assassin's Creed even more of a slam dunk! If you are not excited about 2016 yet, you may want to check your pulse.
27Passengers - December 21
Set in the future, Passengers centers on Jim Preston, a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship. A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim's misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself. Jennifer Lawrence is always good. Chris Pratt is the newest most bankable actor. This film has a highly interesting premise. Can you say Oscar nominee?
How did we do? Are you excited for 2016 yet? Is 1939 still the best year for films ever? Are you still waiting for the industry to return to the movies it made in the 1970s? 80s? 90s? 2000s? Heck, they're kinda rebooting everything aren't they? Whatever your thoughts are on this list (or anything else) please let us know!