If 2015 has left you nostalgic for the things of your past, such as childhood stories and superheroes, then 2016 is bringing you that long-awaited satisfaction.
There are so many things to look forward to this new year, so 303 Magazine‘s Film and TV staff are here to guide you toward which movies to add to your resolutions in the transition between this year and the next — and boy, there’s going to be a lot in store this upcoming year for all the movie lovers out there. So without further ado, we recommend you…
…resolve to see these top 14 films in 2016
#1. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
For all the millions of Sherlock lovers out there, the long-anticipated, new season of Sherlock is coming early this year, and you may have to pull out your competitive side if you wish to take part. Sherlock will be premiering in theaters all across the U.S. for TWO NIGHTS only. So we highly recommend buying your tickets in advance for the first showing on January 5th and/or the encore showing on January 6th. And also, look forward to the 20 minutes of additional special features that accompany.
#2. The Revenant
Left for dead in the untrodden American wilderness, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) faces the raw elements while seeking revenge upon those who betrayed him. Already nominated for 5 Golden Globes, this film promises to immerse you in a bone-chilling cinematic experience. In theaters January 8th.
#3. The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino does it again in another bloody, star-packed adventure. Join Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth in a post-Civil War era, riding through the wintry lands of Wyoming. While John Ruth (Russell) seeks to bring justice to his fugitive, Daisy Domergue (Leigh), they encounter some obviously unexpected trouble. With Tarantino there comes an expectation for blood, gore, nudity and fun — so maybe ditch the kids for a night to enjoy this hectic journey — In Theaters Now.
#4. 13 Hours
On January 15th, remember the tragic event that fell on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 — an attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound, as well as a CIA annex, in Benghazi. See the recently bulked-up John Krasinksi in this adaptation of a traumatic event in U.S. and world history.
#5. Zoolander 2
Ten years later, join two infamous has-beens, Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson), as a rival company attempts to remove them completely from whatever lime-light they still have left. Revisit the lives of these beloved, small-brained male models — and in addition to an all-star cast such as, Penelope Cruz, Kim Kardashian, Will Ferrell, Billy Zane, and of course, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, it’s sure to not disappoint. Zoolander 2 is strutting into theaters on February 12th.
Ex-Special Forces, Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds), is the victim of a failed experiment that leaves him with the ability to heal rapidly. In the wake of these events, Wilson forms a pseudo-self called “Deadpool” who faces the world head-on with his sarcastic sense of humor, newly equipped abilities, along with a primary motive of vengeance — (is there ever a better one?). Look for this MARVEL movie in theaters on February 12th.
#7. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
On March 25th, watch two of the world’s most known and loved superheroes, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill), dual-off. Although the likelihood of a happy ending seems minimal, it is bound to be an entertaining show-down. My money is on Superman…
#8. Captain America: Civil War
On May 6th, get in line for yet another MARVEL movie. With politics pressuring the actions of the Avengers, these superheroes are forced to pick sides, fighting for the world on their terms, or the government’s.
#9. X-Men: Apocalypse
On May 27th, X-Men tells the story of the original mutant, Apocalypse. So powerful, he is considered the “god” amongst them. Although the original mutant, he awakens after thousands of years with the unoriginal idea of “cleansing humanity” in order to create the new world order. While Apocalypse recruits his mutant army who have lost faith in mankind, Xavier (James McAvoy), Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and many others prepare to fight their own species in order to save the world from its iminent destruction.
#10. Independence Day Resurgence
After earth’s notorious escapades against the alien threat, humans now “resurge” with an alien defense system to rule them all — but will the alien’s technological advancements supersede earth’s yet again? A few determined individuals will decide our world’s fate in this much-anticipated comeback — in theaters June 24th.
#11. The Legend of Tarzan
We all know the much-cherished story of Tarzan and Jane, however, this new legend starts off in the life of post-jungle Tarzan, now known as John Clayton III (played by Alexander Skarsgard). Presently living amongst proper society with his beloved bride, Jane (played by Margot Robbie), he is invited back to his homeland to serve as a Parliamentary member, unknowing that it is a trap sworn in vengeance and selfishness. The Legend of Tarzan swings into theaters July 1st.
Who you gonna call? …not Abby Bergman (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), because for all you know, they are two weirdos that wrote a book about ghosts — and this reputation unfortunately follows them everywhere, getting them laughed away from their ambitions. However, the laughs subside when the world needs this duo (played by the comedic dynamite that is McCarthy and Wiig) to save them from the ghoulish threat that invades New York City. Oh and never fear, because Chris Hemsworth will be accompanying these two on their epic adventure! In theaters July 15th.
#13. Star Trek Beyond
If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi adventure this upcoming summer of 2016, then you are in luck. Star Trek is back again with more pointy eyebrows and form fitting space suits to satisfy your fantastical cravings, zooming into theaters July 22nd.
#14. Star Wars: Rogue One
You may be asking “another one so soon?” but the answer is yes! This time we won’t have to wait 10 years to get our Star Wars fix satiated — because Lucasfilm, along with Walt Disney Pictures, have promised a new Star Wars to hit the theaters every summer, alternating with a standalone. This standalone will be set in the space between Episode III and IV and is said to be about a group of wayward resistance fighters attempting to steal the plans to the Death Star. Not too many details have been released, but there is definitely another Star Wars to look forward to on the horizon, closing the year of 2016 with a zip, zoom and a boom! In theaters December 16, 2016.
There are already so many things to look forward to in 2016, and I am glad we have been privileged to add 14 more things onto that list. Of course, there are many more such as, The Divergent Series: Allegiant (March 8), The Huntsmen: Winter’s War (April 22), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (February 5), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (March 25), and Finding Dory (June 17)! So keep your oculars activated and get excited for some epic entertainment this new year.
Happy Holidays from 303 Magazine!