Jacob Hall’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

most anticipated movies of 2016

10. Star Trek Beyond

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the greatest science fiction series ever created, so Star Trek Beyond has a pretty big responsibility. After all, it has to represent everything that’s great about this long-running universe and wash the stink of Star Trek Into Darkness out of our mouths! That’s a tall order for any movie. Despite that controversial first trailer, which was not a good preview by any stretch of the imagination, it’s easy to have faith that Justin Lin will make a two-fisted adventure movie in the same vein as the original ’60s Star Trek series (he’s certainly saying all of the right things). It’s about time Trek learned to swashbuckle again.

most anticipated movies of 2016

9. Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? How about four incredibly funny ladies? Controversial amongst dorks since the moment it was announced, the new Ghostbusters can’t help but feel like a cultural statement. Director Paul Feig knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to reboot this beloved franchise with an all-female team of paranormal investigators. Hopefully, Feig will prove what he’s already showcased in movies like Bridesmaids and Spy – women are just as funny as men. By extension, that means they’ll be just as good at busting ghosts, thank you very much.

most anticipated movies of 2016

8. Doctor Strange

2016 is jam-packed with superhero movies (Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse), but Doctor Strange stands apart from all of them. After nearly a decade of dancing around mysticism, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to dive face-first into the magical realm  and the results could be, and should be, really weird. Dr. Stephen Strange is the one of Marvel Comics’ greatest characters, an egotistical master of the supernatural who operates out of a magical house in New York City, and the thought of him getting to share a world with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers is exciting stuff. Just when the MCU is starting to feel comfortable and familiar, the Sorcerer Supreme gets thrown into the mix.

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7. Moana

Disney Animation has been on a roll recently, racking up box office hits and Oscars like nobody’s business. The upcoming Moana seems to be following a similar path as 2013’s Frozen, which is still a very good movie when you strip away the overexposure and forget about every single child in your life screeching “Let It Go” during every waking moment. Moana follows the titular young woman as she sets out on a journey to find a long-lost island with the help of the legendary Hawaiian hero and demigod, Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). A female-driven adventure set in a culture that rarely gets the cinematic spotlight is a strong start, but place Disney animation veterans Ron Clements and John Musker behind the camera and toss in songs by Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and you have the makings of a real winner.

most anticipated movies of 2016

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Let’s never accuse J.K. Rowling of making things easy on herself or resting on her laurels. While the official Harry Potter sequel heads to the London stage, the celebrated writer is making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes place in the Wizarding universe decades before Harry was born. Free of the Potter storyline, Rowling and director David Yates are free to explore other corners of this massive, fascinating fantasy world and that is a thrilling concept. The best aspects of the Potter novels and movies remain the world-building, the suggestion of how this magical society functions, its politics, laws, and rules, both written and unwritten. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looks like a fun and adventurous romp, but more importantly, it looks like another chance to surround ourselves in one of the most intoxicating fictional worlds of all time.

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