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