This is a great 8 in a sense, but a double feature if you will. In this list I am counting down the films I am most looking forward to in the up coming year. For those that had plot summaries on IMDB I included them here, as well as adding a line or two as to why I am looking forward to the flick. Enjoy!
The film portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance’s and the Horde’s sides of their conflict. Featuring characters such as Durotan and Lothar, the film will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series
This movie has a pretty small chance of being any good, but should be a visual spectacle either way.
15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny
A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption. This is a Netflix Original Movie and comes out in less than a month. I loved the first one and am excited to see what this one has to offer.
14. Star Trek Beyond
While not much is available regarding the plot of this movie yet, it is another new Star Trek movie. The last two have been great, but were directed by JJ Abrams. This one would be higher on the list if they were also directed by Abrams. It falls to the 14 spot under the direction of Justin Lin, known for his work on half the Fast and The Furious movies.
13. The Magnificent Seven
Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves. This is a remake of a reinterpretation of the old Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. What makes it interesting is that Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, and Ethan Hawke are all part of the cast.
12. Doctor Strange
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
For the most part the in-house Marvel movies have been fantastic, and the have already proven they can do a very cool movie with a lesser known character… see Guardians of the Galaxy. Throw in Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead and I am all for it. I have a feeling this one would be higher on my list if there were a trailer already released for it.
11. X Men Apocalypse
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, 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 with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
I have really enjoyed what Brian Singer has done with his X-Men movies, and while I haven’t loved any of them, I have really enjoyed all the movies with the re-booted younger cast.
10. The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
For me this film has two big things going for it. It is a cool story from a good book and it has Emily Blunt, who is fast becoming one of my favorite actresses.
9. Midnight Special
A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
This film has a very good cast including, Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton, and Michael Shannon. Director Jeff Nichols is an interesting young director.
8. The BFG
A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.
This one hits the top 8 simply because it is Steven Spielberg directing a Roald Dahl story.
7. The Nice Guys
A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.
This comedy sold me with the trailer. Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, and Kim Basinger are all hit for me lately, but this one just looks fun.
6. Captain America: Civil War
After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
I have read the complete run of this comic, and it could be trimmed down into a pretty good story for a movie… but it will be a lot to get into one film. I’m willing to give directors Anthony and Joe Russo the benefit of the doubt. They made the last Captain America movie into a better Avengers movie than the Avenger sequel.
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
This is suppose to be the big movie that ties everything together. So far I have been a huge fan of the recent DC universe stuff like The Flash and Arrow, and I may be in the minority, but I loved The Man of Steel so I am happy to give Zack Snyder another chance.
4. The Jungle Book
An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
But we already knew that. The look of this thing is out of this world, the cast is top notch, and Jon Favreau pretty much kicked off the new super hero revolution with his direction of the first Iron Man. If the trailer didn’t get you excited, you may be a robot.
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
The cast on this looks alright… I’m personally not sure why everyone seems to like Eddie Redmayne though. I liked all the other David Yates directed Harry Potter films, and that’s just it. I am ready to go back to the world of Harry Potter, even if it is a side story based off of a cash grab book… it’s still more Harry F’ing Potter!
2. Suicide Squad
A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprising super villains, the “Suicide Squad”. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
The hope for Suicide Squad is for DC to have a crazier, darker, punk version of The Guardians of the Galaxy. The last trailer showed just that. Pair that with the fact that writer and director David Ayer has been evolved in some pretty cool projects. Writer of Training Day, writer and director of End of Watch and Fury.
1. Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story focuses on an esteemed Imperial scientist who’s genius was crucial to the technological development of the Death Star. After learning of the Empire’s true intention, however, Galen Marek defects in order to find his only daughter and destroy the very weapon he helped create.
This is 100% an I love Star Wars pick for number 1. Coming off what I thought was an excellent movie in The Force Awakens… I just can’t wait for more Star Wars… and the “rumored” inclusion of Darth Vader doesn’t hurt either.
So that is my top 8…er 16. It looks like it’s going to be a good year. What are some of you most anticipated? What can’t you believe I left out… Independence Day? Dead Pool? Finding Dory??? Love to hear what you have to say in the comments or on twitter.