Angie Han’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

most anticipated movies of 2016

10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)

The Force Awakens was such an effective return to the Star Wars universe that a small part of me resents Rogue One for being next, rather than Episode VIII. That said, I’m already assuming my resistance will only last as long as it takes to get to that first trailer. The cast, led by Felicity Jones, is top-notch, and they’re in the capable hands of Gareth Edwards. Best of all, it looks like there will be nary a Skywalker in sight. The galaxy far, far away is a big one. It’s about time we met some of the other people living in it.

The Nice Guys

9. The Nice Guys (May 20)

Iron Man 3 felt about as much like a Shane Black movie as it possibly could while also feeling like a Marvel movie, but I’m excited to see Black return to his wheelhouse outside the PG-13 constraints of the MCU. Based on the trailer, all his usual hallmarks are there: the punchy energy, the snappy dialogue, the sardonic humor, the offbeat action, the asshole characters you kind of end up loving anyway. If you look closely, you’ll even spot some Christmas decorations in the background. At the center of it all are Russell Crowe, who might really want to consider adding more comedy to his repertoire, and Ryan Gosling, who’s so much better in quippy bro mode than strong silent antihero mode.

The Witch

8. The Witch (February 19)

It’s been nearly a full year since The Witch premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the buzz still hasn’t died down. Those who’ve seen it have already anointed it one of the best films of 2016, and those who haven’t are eagerly circling its February 19 release date on our calendars. I’ve gone out of my way to avoid hearing too much more about it (those reviews have already sold me; I don’t see any point in “spoiling” myself further) but based on what I’ve heard it sounds like horror at its best: intelligent, atmospheric, and disturbing in a way that lingers long after you’ve shaken off all the surface-level creepiness.

Melissa McCarthy;Kristen Wiig;Kate McKinnon;Leslie Jones

7. Ghostbusters (July 15)

I didn’t think Sony could do anything to get me interested in a Ghostbusters reboot. I was wrong. The moment Paul Feig announced his intentions to direct a new Ghostbusters movie with a female cast, I went from being preemptively annoyed to being curious — here, finally, was an idea that genuinely felt fresh. Then, when he cast Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, as his new fab four, I went from being curious to being fully hyped. Maybe it’ll live up to the original and maybe it won’t, but what I’m really looking forward to is seeing Feig and his cast make Ghostbusters their own.

Moana D23

6. Moana (November 23)

Disney Animation has been on a roll lately, with films as varied as Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down this year. Zootopia looks like a delight (that sloth’s slow-spreading grin is especially golden), but I’m even more intrigued by Moana. Dwayne Johnson, quite possibly the most lovable movie star alive, voices a demigod opposite newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Disney’s first Polynesian princess. And Lin-Manuel Miranda, the certified genius behind Hamilton, provides the music, which means you parents may want to brace yourself for an earworm to rival “Let It Go.”

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