Mike's 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

My second post in the "Top 10" section and I've already broken the "Top 10" rule...oh well. It was a good run.

We could be on the cusp of one heck of a year, people. There are so many movies that I want to see this year that it’s hard to condense down to a short list, but what’s new? I’m always jacked to see almost anything. Obviously, I’m a bit movie obsessed – hence, the website.

One thing I will say about this list before I list it off is that you’ll notice that it’s mostly big Hollywood action movies. There are multiple reasons for that. First, I love it when a Hollywood action movie clicks and we’ve been spoiled recently with the uptick in quality from Marvel, Mad Max, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible types. They’ve raised the bar as far as expectations go for audiences. That can’t be a bad thing. The second reason my list is chock full of big Hollywood movies is that a lot of the big Academy Awards dramas haven’t been officially announced or given a release date just yet. I’m just as excited to see what crops up come next fall.

So, here it is: my top 20 most anticipated films (by release date):

1.)    Deadpool (February 12th 2016):

If you haven’t seen the ads yet, where have you been??? It comes out tomorrow, buddy…Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, fourth wall breaking superhero that he was born to play. Take my money.

2.)    Eddie the Eagle (February 26th 2016):

As I said in my Top Films of 2015 list, Taron Edgerton is one of my new favorites, and this looks like a real winner for showcasing his talent.

3.)    London Has Fallen (March 4th 2016):

The first one was a surprisingly solid little action flick. It felt like Die Hard in the White House. Hopefully this one is more Die Hard with a Vengeance in London than A Good Day to Die Hard in London.

4.)    10 Cloverfield Lane (March 11th 2016):

I haven’t re-watched Cloverfield in quite a while, but I remember absolutely loving it when it came out. The trailers for this make it seem like it’s very loosely affiliated, but they’re intriguing enough to make me curious. Also, dat cast…

5.)    Midnight Special (March 18th 2016):

Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) has made some excellent indies in the recent years – this looks like he’s making a Spielberg Amblin-era sci-fi movie. Count me in.

6.)    Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25th 2016):

Warner Bros. whole DC Comics universe hinges on the success of this film, and, as a huge fan of The Flash (which will come later), I’m rooting for it. Plus, Batman & Superman in the same movie?! Come on…this has been every comic book geek’s wet dream for decades.

7.)    Captain America: Civil War (May 6th 2016):

If the hype is true, this could be the best Marvel movie yet – and I loved Captain America: Winter Soldier (Same writers and directors) – you had me at hello.

8.)    Snowden (May 13th 2016):

Oliver Stone can be pretty hit-or-miss with me, but the subject and Joseph Gordon-Levitt make it hard to resist.

9.)    X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th 2016):

I’ve really dug the revamped X-Men universe that started with X-Men: First Class (my favorite of the series thanks to director/writer Matthew Vaughn). Now you add Oscar Isaac to the mix and amp up the stakes…this has potential to be the best or worst of the series. We shall see…

10.) Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24th 2016): 

The first one isn’t the best movie in the world, but it’s fun and I saw it a million times on TV growing up. WELCOME TO EARF!

11.) Ghostbusters (July 15th 2016):

This could be very good or very, very bad. The original is one of my all-time favorites, so they’re treading on hallowed ground here. They’re making very deliberate choices with the director and cast – as a fan of everyone involved, I hope it pays off.

12.) Star Trek Beyond (July 22nd 2016):

I’ve really enjoyed JJ Abrams take on Star Trek – despite the fanboy disdain for the most recent Star Trek Into Darkness, I thought it was a pretty fun sci-fi actioner…but I’m not a huge trekkie, so I don’t care what they mess with as far as the established history goes. Plus, Simon Pegg wrote this one…isn’t he just the best?!

13.) Jason Bourne (July 29th 2016):

I was in at “new Bourne movie”

14.) Suicide Squad (August 5th 2016):

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A DC comics villains movie so soon? It’s an odd choice, but I have to admit that the trailers look pretty fun.

15.) The Magnificent Seven (September 23rd 2016):

Antoine Fuqua’s take on the classic western starring Denzel Washington & Chris Pratt?! Best case scenario for a remake.

16.) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 21st 2016):

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I like the books a lot, and the first movie was a pleasant surprise, despite Tom Cruise looking nothing like Jack Reacher is described to be. I’ll still happily give it another go.

17.) Doctor Strange (November 4th 2016):

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Benedict Cumberbatch is literally dream casting for Doctor Stephen Strange. I cannot wait to see the mystical side of Marvel.

18.) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th 2016):

A prequel supposedly about the rebel group that stole the plans for the death star. SOLD.

19.) Assassin’s Creed (December 21st 2016):

I’ve yet to see a videogame movie that I love, but I’ll follow Michael Fassbender anywhere. The videogame itself does seem to be more cinematic, as well. Color me cautiously optimistic.

20.) Passengers (December 21st 2016):

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A sci-fi movie starring two of the most likable names (Chris Pratt & Jennifer Lawrence) in Hollywood? Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!