Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

2016 has already given us multiple great movies like Deadpool, Hail! Caesar, and The Witch, but we had our new writer Aaron put together his top ten for the rest of the year! Let us know your suggestions or any movies we might have missed!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)– While some of you may be tired of the Star Wars hype based off the exhausting holiday advertising, I cannot get enough of it. While the trailer of this December 2016 release has not given much detail away (and it should not yet at this point), I am very excited for this first ever Star Wars spinoff that will accompany the other two on the slate! I am looking forward to seeing how the young cast will play the rag-tag Rebel Alliance team that served as the inspiration for the events of A New Hope!

Everybody Wants Some (April 1) – “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Any avid fan of the Dazed and Confused will recognize this famous line by Matthew McConaughey, which many would consider to be Richard Linklater’s best movie. Well, now after mastering the feel of 70’s teenage life, he’s moving to the next decade! A movie about a group of college baseball players in the 1980’s, the trailer of this film contained much of what we loved about Dazed and Confused – sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll!

Star Trek Beyond (July 22) – While I may not be a “Trekkie” or know a whole lot about the Star Trek series, I thoroughly enjoyed the past two Star Trek movies. However, the trailer seems to be receiving mixed reviews. While some criticize it for having too much CGI, the trailer is definitely at least pleasing to the eye. Being that J.J. Abrams directed the first two, it will be interesting to see where the highly esteemed franchise will go under the direction of Justin Lin, who has directed multiple movies from the world renowned Fast and Furious series.

The Lobster (March 11) – This is a movie where the premise is so strange and unconventional that it might just work. Single people must find a romantic partner in 45 days or the consequences include being turned into an animal and living life in the woods. If the movie is as good as it is strange, this is definitely worth a view! The movie is currently receiving favorable reviews along with a few European awards, so this might be a big sleeper this year!

Assassin’s Creed (December 21) – Yet another video game turned movie franchise that will surely attract many people just by the name and its legacy to gamers. I mean, who would not want to watch a movie about a man who discovers that he is a descendant from a secret Assassin society? While I personally have not played Assassin’s Creed, I have heard nothing but good things about the franchise. One important thing that I have heard is that the games are pretty true to historical facts, which could attract history buffs as well as all the fans that have already been on board with this movie for some time now.

Finding Dory (June 17) – This much anticipated sequel to the ever popular Finding Nemo is a movie that everyone of my generation has seen…many times. With Ellen DeGeneres returning as Dory and Andrew Stanton returning as director, this movie has the potential to live up to the hype that has been surrounding it for years. The trailer has the same quirky elements as Finding Nemo did thirteen years ago, and if they stay true to this formula, the movie should not disappoint.

X – Men Apocalypse (May 27) – While I admit that I am not a huge superhero movie fan, this movie looks promising. Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy superhero movies, but I don’t stand in the long lines on opening night. That being said, X – Men has always been my favorite superhero team, and this movie looks like it has much potential. With Bryan Singer returning to the franchise along with a solid cast and story, I eagerly await the theatrical release of this apocalyptic film.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22) – This movie has a certain Middle-Earth feeling to it that audiences will enjoy. An evil queen (Charlize Theron) summons an army to capture the Magic Mirror, and a couple (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain) bound by love is the only force that can stop the queen’s malicious effort to control her kingdom. The movie benefits from a magnificent cast and picture, which are two things that have proven to entice people to spend their hard earned money at the theaters. While the plot seems fairly straightforward, I yearn to see what else this movie contains that is not explicitly shown in the trailer.

Warcraft (June 10) – Another movie that strikes close to my heart because of its Middle-Earth appeal is Warcraft. Recently we have been seeing an influx of videogame to movie adaptations, and I feel this one has potential. While it inevitably will not live up to the hype of the Lord of the Rings movies, I feel this movie could start a series if it is done well. Being that it already has a large following from the video game world, this movie should certainly at least make the studio a decent amount of cash.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18) – I would say this film’s biggest problem is the fact that it has a lot to live up to – and I mean a lot! It may not be as dire as the circumstances for The Force Awakens, but nevertheless, the film is still important to Harry Potter fans. We haven’t seen a whole lot from a trailer standpoint, but if the film is anything similar to the Harry Potter movies, I think fans will be pleased. The film’s biggest strength is the fact that it is based off a novel by the beloved J.K. Rowling, who is the same writer for the Harry Potter series.

Aaron Miller