All the Movies You’ll Want to See in 2016

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Our annual “All the Movies You’ll Want to See…” series has been one of the most viewed of all of our entries at each year.  So this year we again scoured Hollywood and its publicity machine for as many genre films coming out in 2016 as have been disclosed.  Usually we select the 24 that look like the biggest hits, but we’re going all out for 2016.  The result is a whopping 48 movies, many you’ll probably want to see in the theater or catch on video.  We bet you’ll find a bunch below you’ve never heard of.  Bookmark this now for your 2016 calendar!

Most coming out in the second half of 2016 don’t even have posters released yet, but many do.  We’ve included descriptions and key cast so you can start planning accordingly.

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What do we think will be the biggest hits of the year?  How about Star Wars: Rogue One?  Or Star Trek Beyond?  You’ve heard endlessly about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but 2016 will also see Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse.  There’s even a handful of Westerns, with The Hateful 8, Jane Got a Gun, and another remake of The Magnificent Seven heading our way.

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The Hateful Eight – January 1

Tarentino’s Western!  Ennio Morricone score!  Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Channing Tatum!


The 5th Wave – January 8

Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber in an alien invasion.

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400 Days – January 12

The CW’s Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, and Tom Cavanaugh in a movie about astronauts that seems to be a play on Ender’s Game.

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Moonwalkers – January 15

Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint in a con about staging the moon landing.


The Boy – January 15

Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans in a creepy horror/suspense flick.

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Jane Got a Gun – January 29

Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor reunite in a Western.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – February 5

A horror twist on Jane Austen’s classic story.

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Deadpool – February 5

Ryan Reynolds plays the quirky superhero.  With Morena Baccarin.

Hail, Caesar! – February 5

The Coen Brothers are back again in a 1950s throwback story with an all-star cast: George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Dolph Lundgren, Frances McDormand, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert, and Robert Picardo!

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Triple 9 – February 26

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, and Clifton Collins, Jr., in a heist/murder.

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Zootopia – March 4

Animated fun in an animal city with the voices of Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk, JK Simmons, and Tommy Chong.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25

The long-awaited DC Comics film finally arrives, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot.

10 Jungle Book

The Jungle Book – April 15

Another animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, with the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, and Ben Kingsley.

Criminal – April 15

The memories of a dead CIA agent are transplanted into a convict.  With Kevin Costner, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, and Gary Oldman.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War – April 22

Sequel to the 2012 Snow White flick, with Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, and Charlize Theron.

12 Captain America Civil War movie poster

Captain America: Civil War – May 6

The Avengers are at it again.

Nice Guys poster

The Nice Guys – May 20

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a 1970s comedy.

12 Angry Birds

The Angry Birds Movie – May 20

The famous birds get their own movie.  With the voices of Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Jason Sudeikis.

13 X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27

The young cast of X-Men from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past are joined by Oscar Isaac and Olivia Munn.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27

The original cast returns in a sequel to the brilliant 2010 Tim Burton movie.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – June 3

A sequel to the 2014 reboot, this time bringing on Arrow’s Stephen Amell.

Now You See Me 2 – June 10

A sequel to the fun 2013 flick, minus Isla Fisher.

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Warcraft – June 10

A Lord of the Rings-light looking fantasy starring Viking’s Travis Fimmel, with Clancy Brown.

Finding Dory – June 17

The original crew of Finding Nemo are back in the animated Disney adventure.

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Central Intelligence – June 17

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in this new comedy of friends reunited.

Independence Day: Resurgence – June 24

A dark and bleak return of the cast from 1996’s summer hit, minus Will Smith.

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The Legend of Tarzan – July 1

The umpteenth remake, with newcomers Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, with a great supporting cast, including John Hurt, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The BFG – July 1

Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy classic about a Big Friendly Giant.

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The Secret Life of Pets – July 8

Fun animal story with the voices of Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Bobby Moynihan, Laraine Newman, and Dana Carvey.

Ghostbusters – July 15

The much talked about remake with a cast of female comic leads.

Star Trek Beyond – July 22

The third entry in the reboot universe with new villain played by Idris Elba.

Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur – July 22

Guy Ritchie takes on the classic story.

Ice Age: Collision Course – July 22

The fifth sequel to the 2002 hit, with the voices of Simon Pegg, John Leguizamo, Max Greenfield, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and Jennifer Lopez.

Bourne 5 – July 29

The fifth Jason Bourne film.  Will Matt Damon return?

The Space Between Us – July 29

Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield is raised by scientists on Mars and returns to Earth.  With Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino.

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Suicide Squad – August 5

The DC Comics B-level villains get their own movie.

Pete’s Dragon – August 12

Karl Urban, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star in this remake.

The Infiltrator – August 31

A money laundering story, with Diane Kruger, Bryan Cranston, Jason Isaacs, and John Leguizamo.

The Magnificent Seven – September 23

Antoine Fuqua directs a remake with an all-star cast, including Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer, Byung-hun Lee, and Ethan Hawke.

Deepwater Horizon – September 30

Peter Berg directs the true story of an oil rig that created the worst oil spill in 2010.  With Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg.

The Girl on the Train – October 7

Mystery thriller starring Emily Blunt and Luke Evans.

Underworld: Next Generation – October 21

Kate Beckinsale and Lara Palmer star in the next sequel to the dark action series.

Jack Reacher–Never Go Back – October 21

Cobie Smulders stars with Tom Cruise in this sequel to the 2012 hit.

Doctor Strange – November 4

Benedict Cumberbatch takes the lead in this Marvel Comics flick with Rachel McAdams.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18

Eddie Redmayne stars in this new J.K. Rowling adventure.

Star Wars: Rogue One – December 16

The next entry in the new Star Wars universe under Disney.

Assassin’s Creed – December 21

An adaptation of the hit video game, with Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, and Jeremy Irons.

Passengers – December 21

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence star in this space trip gone bad.

So that’s all folks.

See you at the movies!

C.J. Bunce



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