12 must-see movies for 2016

Let’s face it. There’s way too many movies coming out in 2016 to keep track of all of them.2016 preview

That’s why I decided to offer my two cents in with the must-see film for each month in 2016. These are the ones you’ll definitely want to start lining up baby sitters for so you can actually see the year’s best films instead of just hearing someone else rave about them.

January

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Granted, a decent amount of folks have already seen it and proclaimed it one of 2015’s best films. For normal folks, we see it in 2016 so it’s the top choice for January. With a solid Oscar pedigree with Birdman winner Alejandro González Iñárritu and regular Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio emerging as the Best Actor Oscar frontrunner, this survival tale looks amazing.

Its stellar acting ensemble including Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, a guy who can’t help but appear in excellent films, this is an easy lock to kick 2016 off on the right foot.

February

Deadpooldeadpool-image Ryan Reynolds comic book movie

For all the much deserved grief I’ve given 20th Century Fox for its abysmal handling of the Fantastic Four license, 2016 puts the studio back on track. The fun starts off with the big screen debut of The Merc With a Mouth — X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn’t count.

The only good that movie provided was showing audiences how amazing Ryan Reynolds would be with the character in capable hands. And from every indication with posters, trailers and Reynolds’ dedication to the role, there’s every reason to suspect this could be a breakout hit for the studio desperately seeking another major comic book movie franchise.

March

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25)

NEW Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Trailer - YouTube - Mozilla Firefox 1232015 124419 AMArguably the most important film on the list. If this clash of DC’s two biggest titans succeeds, we officially have a comic book movie battle on our hands.

With Warner Bros. banking on this unofficial Man of Steel sequel being a hit and leading off its ambitious slate of 10 films in the next five years, this could be the kickoff to DC reclaiming pop culture superiority.

April

The Jungle Book (April 15)

Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs this interesting update on the classic Disney film with the aid of an all-star cast including Bill Murray, Scarlet Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba.

May

Captain America: Civil War (May 6)“Captain America Civil War” - Bucky and Cap vs Iron Man

Batman and Superman may arrive earlier, but this certainly seems like the hero battle most moviegoers are anticipating as Iron Man and Captain America lead two Avengers squads against one another.

With the long-awaited introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this seems like the obvious candidate to be 2016’s biggest blockbuster.

June

Finding Dory (June 17)finding-dory

Originally slated for 2015, the sequel to the outstanding Finding Nemo finds Dory reuniting with her family and friends. Ordinarily, I’d be worried that this is just a simple cash grab, but in Pixar’s hands it’s one of the rare animated sequels I’m excited about this year.

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  • Pierre V. Mooney

    I will be back in the STATES in MAY so I will be able to see these films at the theaters. If not through streaming. I couple look to scary for me but I will see most of them I hope. Thanks for the heads up.

  • fred

    Great list, I would personally pick “Doctor Strange” for November but that’s just me.

  • Which ones look too scary for you? Always my friend!

  • Thanks man. Honestly that was the only one I was going back and forth on. I figured some folks may be comic book’ed out by that point 😉

  • fred

    I do realize the film is part of the Harry Potter franchise so obviously a lot of folks will be anticipating, certainly not a bad choice for November. I’m just real amped up to see “Doctor Strange” and those new pics of Cubberbatch in the film looks great, that is one hell of a cast that movie has. I agree with you on “Civil War” being possibly the biggest hit of 2016, the buzz on it definitely seems to be stronger than it was on AOU. If that film is great it will have the second biggest opening weekend of all time. While it won’t get to “Force Awakens” opening weekend record, I wouldn’t be surprised if it made a reasonably strong run at it. But it does have to be great which I think there’s a good chance it could be. Marvel has a knack of coming back strong with their films after previous ones didn’t cut it, in 2013 when “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: The Dark World” didn’t live up to expectations, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and GOTG knocked it out in 2014. AOU didn’t live up to it’s potential in 2015 and while “Ant-Man” was a damn good movie, it wasn’t on quite a big enough scale to make up for AOU’s drop off from the first film. I expect ‘Civil War’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ to both be very good and possibly great.

  • Pierre V. Mooney

    THE SUICIDE SQUAD although it says a comedy but the picture freaks me out. WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS also might be a little too much for me too.

  • Ben

    Great choices. Think this will be the best year yet for superhero movies – although it’s technically Suicide Squad at the top of my list.

  • Oh, I got you. I’ll give you the scoop on Suicide Squad!

  • I’m pretty curious how that one will do. That’s the biggest wildcard of the year for me.

  • Oh man, I’m so excited about Doctor Strange and the possibilities that can come from that one. I know Cumberbatch is gonna knock that role out of the park.

    Good point about the next up Marvel films. 2015 was an “off” year so this could be a big rebound for them.

  • fred

    Yeah after 2015 I heard some rumblings under people’s mouths asking was superhero fatigue starting to kick in, but if Civil War, Doctor Strange, BvS, Deadpool, Apocalypse and Suicide Squad kill it this year those haters will be shut up in a hurry and you won’t hear one word from them haha.

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