2015 is going to be a brilliant year in film. We have the new Star Wars and Avengers movies to look forwards too. Crimson Peak. Spectre. A new Mission Impossible! All sure to be great films. But am I satisfied? No, I always want more, so here then are some of the movies I am looking forwards to (or not) in 2016. All movies listed are from the US release list and are subject to change. As they are still a year ahead no trailers are available at present. This list covers January to June. The sequel to this preview will be with you soon.
Spooky tale set in the real life Aokigahara Forest in Japan, a place where people go to end their lives. Apparently. An American woman enters the forest looking for her twin sister only to then be confronted by the tormented souls of the dead. I don't know a lot about the film other than that David S.Goyer produces, Jason Zada (who?) directs and Natalie (Game of Thrones) Dormer is set to star.
The 5th Wave
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this sci fi tale of a world decimated by aliens. She survives and goes in search of her brother. Based on the young adult novel by Richard Yancey the story is set in a new stone age (thanks aliens) and Moretz is joined in her quest by a mysterious boy who may or may not be an alien.
Ride Along 2
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube again. The original wasn't great so my advice to anybody thinking of making Ride Along 3? Ride along and don't come back!
The Nut Job 2
The mischievous squirrel returns in this sequel to the bland original. The only nut jobs are the ones who thought it deserved a sequel.
Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum star in the latest from the Coen brothers. It's a 1950's Hollywood set tale about the mysterious disappearance of a film star during the filming of a movie and a 'fixer' who gets caught up in the plot.
X Men Origins: Deadpool
The last origins movie (Wolverine) was the critically shed to pieces. I kind of enjoyed it but I was disappointed at the shocking waste of the Deadpool character in the film. Ryan Reynolds returns as Deadpool in his own movie and I hope they catch the sarcastic sense of humour from the comic books.
I have never been able to stay awake long enough to watch beyond the chariot scene in the original so am gluing my eyes open in anticipation of this new adaptation of the epic novel by Lew Wallace. Jack Huston stars as Ben who survives years of slavery after being falsely accused by his best friend. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) directs.
How To Be Single
I can tell you how to be single. Sit at home all day watching movies while eating popcorn and with free reign over the remote. Awesome. And a little bit sad! The film follows the lives of five single New York women on the dating scene. Being single means I do not have to be forced to watch this nonsense. Still, the synopsis may be familiar but depending on the cast (Lily Collins) is rumoured, it may be ok. Emphasis on 'may'.
Peregrine's Home for Peculiars
20th Century Fox describes the film as thus...
"From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale. Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive."
I'm in! Hoping this is a return to form for Tim Burton back in the world of weird fantasy which is what he does best.
Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) directs this epic adventure of the popular online multiplayer fantasy. I have never played the game but in the hands of Jones this should be brilliant.
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
Telling the story of the young Jesus trying to discover his purpose in life. As a Christian I feel almost obligated in looking forward to this, though it is based on a novel by Anne Rice which worries me a little - I haven't read it but am assuming there are no vampires in it! I can forgive the giants in 'Noah' but a vampire Herod would be too much.
The third part of the Divergent series. If your a fan of the books this will be a must see. The first film was pretty good and the trailer for the second looks great.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Zack Snyder directs Henry Cavill again as Superman who faces off against Ben Affleck's Batman. Jason Mamoa is Aquaman, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher is Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons is Alfred, Me is Very Excited. This is the reason 2016 was invented, to host movies such as this. Could be complete overkill on the character front but I am still looking forward to this, almost as much as the next Avengers!
Beverly Hills Cop
The original was great, the sequels were not. Eddie Murphy returns as Axel Foley, probably hoping to redeem himself after the horrors of 'Norbit', 'Meet Dave' and 'Imagine That'. Brett Ratner directs and despite the fairly enjoyable 'Hercules' he doesn't have the greatest track record. Still am hoping for a revamp of the Axel F theme so the soundtrack may be good.
Jon Favreau directs this new adaptation of the Jungle Book. While I am not convinced we need another version of the classic story I am intrigued by the possibility of some great special effects in the wake of the 'Apes' films. Note: another Jungle Book adaptation due in 2017 directed by Andy Serkis.
Chris Hemsworth returns as the huntsman and Emily Blunt is rumoured to be playing the adult Snow White. Charlize Theron returns as nasty Ravenna and I shall be returning to my local cinema hoping for a perhaps better film than the okayish 2012 hit.
The Best Man Wedding
Sequel to 'The Best Man' and 'The Best Man Holiday' which I haven't yet seen, the title of this new film just does not fill me with any excitement whatsoever. And I hate weddings so that is another reason to fill me with dread. Sorry if this is the sequel to your Best Movie ever.
Captain America: Civil War
Based on the classic Marvel story line this sees Captain America squaring off against Iron Man as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act which forces those with superhuman abilities to come out of the superhero closet. Tony Stark approves, Steve Rogers does not. Kapow! This film will be awesome!
X Men: Apocalypse
Bryan Singer will direct the film which primarily focuses on the cast from 'First Class'. Apocalypse is a major character from the comics who was introduced at the very end of 'Days of Future Past'. Two Marvel films in one month! Satisfied sigh!
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
James Bobin directs this sequel to Tim Burton's original. No plot details announced as yet though Johnny Depp returns as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowsa is back as Alice.
Friday the 13th 2
A sequel to the 2009 film which was a reboot of the 97 previous Friday the 13th films. This will be a pointless hack fest. Even the original films were rubbish so why bother, other than to make money.
Based on the popular mobile games of birds vs pigs the very idea of this film makes me very angry indeed. Dumb. Still I will go to see it, and then see it again, and then see it again... damn my Angry Birds addiction!
Now You See Me 2
I am generally against sequels if they do not have the words 'Star' and 'Wars' in them, and are not Marvel or DC. However I greatly enjoyed the original film about four magicians pulling off some mind bending heists. So unless I am being deceived by some kind of movie sleight of hand this should be equally as enjoyable as the first.
Based on the popular Sony adventure game series, the film follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a descendant of explorer Francis Drake. The film follows Nate's journey to find the lost treasure of El Dorado while being thwarted by a rival hunter and zombie Nazi's! Most video game adaptations suffer in transition but this is one that is promising. If only I can find my seat in the cinema in the dark. Does anybody have a map?
Independence Day 2
Not quite sure a sequel is necessary but hey, the first film was a success (20 years ago - I feel old) and Jeff Goldblum and the aliens are returning with the original director even if Will Smith is not! Which is fine. It would make more sense for a whole new cast of characters to appear anyway. What? Oh, apparently the character of Will Smith's stepson is set to appear. More sequels are set to descend upon the world after this one. Possibly featuring Will Smith's stepson's grand daughter's cousin's son's pet hamster.
A reboot of the original franchise which I enjoyed despite being sub par Indiana Jones. Not a lot is known at the moment but there will be sand. And at least one Mummy!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
The first was appalling and featured in my worst of 2014 list. So my hopes are not high for our heroes in a half shell after the half arsed original.
Another Transformers movie though I do have a soft spot for them despite the constant critical backlash against them. This could have been in my 'hot' list but even I am now getting a little tired of the franchise. Will still go see it though and will still probably enjoy it but I fully expect it to be unoriginal. Still I have hopes that it may transform my expectations and turn into a world wide box office and critical smash!