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Friday, January 8, 2016

SandwichJohn's 22 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016

Here is my personal most anticipated list for 2016. I am sure I have missed a few films that will end up on our radar later this year.

Hail, Caesar! (February 5) The latest film from the Coen brothers features Josh Brolin as a Hollywood studio “fixer” in the 1950s, charged with tracking down a buffoonish star (George Clooney) who’s been kidnapped while filming a sword-and-sandal epic.

Deadpool (February 12) The Marvel superhero Deadpool gets his own stand alone film. Ryan Reynolds plays the mercenary with a mouth who has little regard for human life, including his own. The film is scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). Tim Miller is set to make his directorial debut

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25) DC’s efforts to match Marvel’s cinematic universe kick off here, with this superhero showdown between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill), plus appearances from other DC icons including Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aquaman and more.

Everybody Wants Some (April 15) Billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, the new feature from writer-director Richard Linklater follows the lives of a group of college freshmen in the early 1980s, as they smoke pot, hit on women and try out for the baseball team.

The Jungle Book - Disney (April 15) Disney is remaking The Jungle Book yet again into another live-action film, this time based on theie animated 1967 musical. The 1894 Rudyard Kipling novel focuses on Mowgli, an Indian boy who is raised by wolves. Jon Favreau directs from a script by Justin Marks.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6) Marvel’s superheroes take sides as the government attempts to control them, which pits Captain America (Chris Evans) against longtime ally and fellow Avenger Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Co-starring pretty much every other Marvel superhero.

See my entire list after the Jump...

Snowden (May 13) Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Edward Snowden. The former U.S. Intelligence analyst exposed the surveillance techniques of the NSA and other government agencies. Oliver Stone directs from his adaptation of "Time of the Octopus" by Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, and "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man" by Guardian journalist Luke Harding.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27) X-Men: Apocalypse will follow the younger mutant superheroes during the 1980s in the aftermath of Days of Future Past. Apocalypse is a powerful mutant born in Egypt 5000 years ago. Brian Singer returns to direct.

Central Intelligence (June 17) Kevin Hart plays an accountant who gets in way over his head in the comedy Central Intelligence from Universal Pictures. He reconnects with an old friend through Facebook who gets him entangled in a world of espionage. The script comes from Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen.

Finding Dory (June 17) Forgetful fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) takes center stage in Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, as young Nemo and his father Marlin, now reunited, help Dory search for answers about her past.

The BFG (July 1) The live-action fantasy The BFG is based on the Roald Dahl children's book about a young orphan girl who meets a Big Friendly Giant. Together they must stop other giants from eating children. Steven Spielberg directs from an adapted screenplay by Melissa Mathison (E.T.).

Ghostbusters (July 15) Who you gonna call? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the busters of ghosts in this reimagining of the ’80s supernatural comedy, from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).

Star Trek Beyond (July 22) Director Justin Lin (veteran of many Fast and/or Furious movies) takes over the space-adventure franchise for the third installment of the rebooted series, featuring Idris Elba as a mysterious alien villain who menaces the crew of the Enterprise.

The Bourne 5 (July 29) Matt Damon reprises the title character Jason Bourne in the fifth film of the spy franchise.

Suicide Squad (August 5) Based on the DC Comics, Suicide Squad comprises of super-villains who performed covert ops for the government in exchange for lighter prison sentences. Led by Amanda Waller, the most prominent members include Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn, Enchantress, Boomerang and Rick Flagg. David Ayer directs from a script by Justin Marks.

The Magnificent Seven (September 23) MGM is remaking the western The Magnificent Seven, which itself was a remake of The Seven Samurai. A Mexican village hired seven gunslingers to fight off a ruthless gang of bandits. The script is by Nic Pizzolatto.

Deepwater Horizon (September 30) Mark Wahlberg will play the No. 2 manager on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. The film chronicles the 48 hours leading up to the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Peter Berg directs and adapts from the New York Times article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour".

The Accountant (October 7) Ben Affleck stars as The Accountant, who happens to also moonlight as an assassin. Gavin O’Connor directs from an original screenplay by Bill DuBuque.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 21)Tom Cruise reprises the role of Jack Reacher in a sequel based on 'Never Go Back', the 18th book in the series by Lee Child. Returning to his old military base in Virginia to visit an old flame, Reacher finds himself charged with assault and meeting a child who may be his daughter. Ed Zwick will direct and rewrite Richard Wenk’s script with Marshall Herskovitz.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18) Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling herself penned the screenplay for this series spinoff, which takes place in New York City in 1926, and stars Eddie Redmayne as a wizard who collects magical creatures—and inadvertently allows them to escape.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16) Disney’s strategy of bombarding the world with Star Wars movies continues with a story that takes place just before the events of the original 1977 film, following a group of rebel operatives as they plot to steal the plans for the Death Star.

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