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January 21, 2016

26 Most-Anticipated Hollywood Movies of 2016

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

They may not all turn out well, but these are the films that have us excited for 2016!

14. The Nice Guys

Directed by Shane Black, who previously directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, this film is about a bumbling private eye who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970’s LA. While we were already excited about watching Ryan Gosling playing off of Russell Crowe in this action comedy, the trailer has convinced us that we’re going to be in for a treat!


15. Ghostbusters

This all-female reboot of Ghostbusters has got to be one of the most talked-about and anticipated movie reboots in a year full of them. As fans of Paul Feig and his previous films – Bridesmaids and Spy – we’re excited to see what he does with four of the funniest women of the moment. If Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon aren’t enough to convince you (how can they not be?), their receptionist is played by none other than the god of thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth.

16. La La Land

Directed by Damien Chazelle, who last directed the brilliant Whiplash, this film will be an original musical about the relationship between a jazz pianist and an actress. Who plays the leads? Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Are you smiling ear to ear yet?

17. The Circle

Based on a novel of the same name, the film is about a young woman who lands a job at a mysterious tech giant. It stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega among others. Apart from a promising cast, what makes us excited about the film is its director John Ponsoldt, who’s last two films were The End of the Tour and The Spectacular Now.

18. Passengers

As far as high-profile romances go, this sci-fi romance is going to be starriest, with the most interesting high-concept setting. In fact, it brings together two of the biggest and most loved stars in the world currently – Jennifer Lawrence and Christ Pratt. The set-up is this: on a long-distance flight to a far-off planet a sleep capsule malfunctions, waking a passenger up. Faced with spending 60 years alone on a ship, he decided to wake up another co-passenger. Directed by Morten Tyldum, who last brought us The Imitation Game, expectations for this film are very very high.

19. Doctor Strange

As is the norm with Marvel, Captain America: Civil War will be their blockbuster of the year and Doctor Strange will be the smaller, more off-beat film. Starring heavyweights like Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen, the film will bring more magic and mysticism from the original comic book into the Marvel universe. We hope it creates some of the oddball magic, Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-style.

20. The BFG

A film based on one of our (and the world’s) best loved children’s book, The BFG by Roald Dahl makes us as apprehensive as happy. Knowing Steven Spielberg is directing the film makes us feel better. We are loyalists of the book and we dearly hope the film manages to capture its innocence, humour and magic.


21. Suicide Squad

This comic book adaptation is about a group of supervillains brought together by the U.S government to fight as the Suicide Squad. If the trailer is anything to by and from the hype surrounding Jared Leto’s transformation into the diabolical Joker, it’s going to be a dark and gritty film and a welcome change from the Marvel Universe.


22. X-Men: Apocalypse

While we’re all suffering from an overdose of comics-based blockbusters, we’re still going to watch the latest in the reboot of the X-Men films. If for nothing else, then because of how fun the previous two films were (X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past), the latter of which was directed by Bryan Singer, who is returning for this one. Of course, watching a bald James McAvoy as Professor X is another (small) reason.


23. Kubo and the Two Strings

Created by Laika, a small Portland-based stop motion company, who previously made Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings has an interesting premise. Set in ancient Japan, it is the story of young Kubo, who must save his mother by finding the suit of armour worn by his father, a samurai warrior. It has an excellent cast in the form of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes and from the looks of the first trailer it’s going to be visually stunning.


24. Kung Fu Panda 3

Jack Black returns as the loveable warrior Po in this animated franchise. In this film he meets his actual father played by none other than Bryan Cranston, and trains a secret village of pandas. Other new and returning voices include Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons.


25. The Magnificent Seven

This remake of the 1960 western is about seven gun-men who are hired by a widow to exact revenge on the men who murdered her husband. Directed by Antoine Fuqua of Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen and Southpaw, this film has a larger-than-life cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard and Matt Bomer.

26. The Legend of Tarzan

David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is also helming this live action 3D retelling of this ape-man’s adventures. Alexander Skarsgard is playing Trazan opposite Margot Robbie’s Jane, with Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz co-starrring. What we’re intrigued by is the new take on the story, in which Tarzan having acclimated to a gentrified life in London is forced to return to his original home – the jungle – to save it from mining activities.

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