Jack Giroux’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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5. The Bad Batch (Release Date TBD)

A “post-apocalyptic cannibal love story” featuring a “dope soundtrack”? Who doesn’t want to see that movie? The Bad Batch is written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the filmmaker behind the lovely and effortlessly cool A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. She’s an exciting and bold talent, and I can’t wait to see where her career goes. Her sophomore effort stars Jim CarreyKeanu Reeves, and Diego Luna.

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4. Untitled Howard Hughes Movie (Release Date TBD)

I almost hesitated placing Warren Beatty‘s long-gestating Howard Hughes project on this list. Beatty is famous for taking his time, and he hasn’t changed his ways with this film. Originally scheduled to come out last summer, we still have no clue when we’ll see the actor, writer, and director’s latest, but the odds are it’ll finally come out this year. As a huge fan of Beatty’s directorial efforts, especially Bulworth, this is more of an event for me than most tentpole pictures we’ll see this year.

Hail Caesar trailer

3. Hail, Caesar! (February 5th)

It’s a Coen brothers‘ movie — do I really need to say more than that? Well, I kind of do, so here goes: this looks like a more farcical, even stranger depiction of the frightening world of Hollywood than what we saw in Barton Fink. Packed with a stellar cast, Hail, Caesar! appears to be another immensely charming screwball comedy from the directors. The Coen brothers haven’t made a disappointment in over 10 years, and even their misses aren’t without merit. I don’t see them making another misstep anytime soon. Hail, Caesar! in no way looks like it’ll disappoint.

the nice guys trailer

2. The Nice Guys (May 20th)

Years ago I read an early draft of Shane Black‘s upcoming film, and it was everything I wanted and more from one of his scripts. The clever structural choices, the sharp quips, the wonderful buddy dynamic, and the surprising amount of heart — it’s downright wonderful. Black is an old pro at writing two-handers by now. His latest duo, Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), at least on the page, are every bit as compelling as Harry Lockhart and Gay Perry from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This is the kind of R-rated fun I want to see from Black, especially during the summertime.

Midnight Special Trailer

1. Midnight Special (March 18th) and Loving (Release Date TBD)

Not only are we seeing one film from writer-director Jeff Nichols this year, but two. His last film, Mud, found the audience it deserved, likely helping him to get his original sci-fi drama, Midnight Special, made. Nichols’ first big studio film looks very much like a Jeff Nichols film: full of heartbreak, terror and emotion. I’ve spoken to a few people who have seen Midnight Special, and from what I’ve been told, you should keep your hopes high for his fourth feature. Later in the year we’ll probably see Loving, which stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, and the director’s good luck charm, Michael Shannon. This is a good year to be a Jeff Nichols fan.

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