2015 brought us a plethora of hit movies such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Inside Out, Ant-Man, Star Wars VII, Spectre, and Mockingjay: Part 2 and that's just naming a few! But hold on, because this year is already shaping up to be EVEN BETTER!
Here's a look at some of the must see movies.
The Revenant was an intense survival film starring Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio (feels so good to type that!) The film was directed by Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant). One big reason to see this movie: it's the performance that got Leo his little golden man!
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino, the unique and controversial director responsible for titles such as Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Kill Bill had not released a movie since Django: Unchained in 2012. The Hateful Eight almost didn't make it to production after the script was leaked in January 2014, but two years later we will finally got the live action film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Goggins, and many more.
After past missteps (Wolverine: Origins) Fox was willing to go all in with the anti-hero, Deadpool. Going R-rated with a superhero movie always poses a risk box office wise. Watchmen was the highest grossing R-rated hero film but only brought in $107 million compared to its $130 million budget. Deadpool blew that out of the water when it made over $130 million in its first weekend! It's already green lit for a sequel and it is no wonder why! People loved Deadpool!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
This month there will be a live action Batman/Superman film on the big screen for the first time. The trailers for Dawn of Justice have already amassed 100's of millions of views on YouTube, and there is almost no competition in March. After what Jurassic World raked in last year, and what Deadpool did just last month, it is easy to predict this movie breaking box office records. Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) directed the film that will contain Wonder Woman, Lex Luther, Aquaman, and Cyborg along with the title characters. Is 2016 the year DC strikes back at Marvel?
Captain America: Civil War
Just a little more than a month after Batman clashes with Superman, Captain America: Civil War will pit superheroes against each other yet again. With appearances from Captain America, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Falcon, Black Panther, The Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Vision, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Spider-Man, it will easily be the most packed hero movie yet. Will it outdo Batman v Superman? Only time will tell.
With director Bryan Singer returning, X-men: Apocalypse figures to try and turn things up a notch after the success of Days of Futures Past. DOFP virtually hit the reset button on the franchise by erasing events from the previous films. Now we get Apocalypse which will take place in the 80s with a younger cast portraying many of the fan favorites (Storm looks particularly badass!) and Oscar Isaac will be playing the sinister Apocalypse.
Duncan Jones, director of Moon, will attempt to bring one of the most popular video games ever to life in a World of Warcraft movie. Video games have historically not been very successful when translated to film, and Warcraft could either bring it to prominence or be the movie that finally kills the genre completely.
Finding Dory will be Pixar's fifth sequel/prequel. While Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 were well received, Cars 2 is Pixar's worst critically received movie, and Monsters University was met with mixed reviews. Most of the cast is back for the sequel, with Ellen reprising her role as Dory of course, and Diane Keaton playing her mother. Seeing as this is the biggest children's movie of the year, to go along with the fact that it's bringing back all the people who loved the first one, it will be huge! The trailer just debuted recently and it's sure to give you all the feels!
Independence Day: Resurgence
Taking place 20 years after the events of the first Independence Day, Resurgence will pit a new generation of humans against a second wave of alien invaders. While Will Smith opted not to return, Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox will be reprising their roles along with new cast members William Fichtner (the bank manager in The Dark Knight), Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games), and Maika Monroe (It Follows). Director Roland Emmerich is also returning for the sequel.
Who ya gonna call? The Ghostbusters reboot features some of the funniest women in Hollywood. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have already shown their ability to carry movies with films such as SPY and Bridesmaids, while Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will be stepping away from Saturday Night Live and onto the big screen for the first time. With Paul Feig in the director's chair, it seems this movie has all the potential in the world. The trailer is out now and it features a ghost getting slapped out of Melissa McCarthy. Check it out here.
After a 9 year hiatus, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are back! Not much is known about the plot yet, other than a quick teaser during the Super Bowl, but these two have never led us astray.
Star Trek Beyond
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) chose to direct Star Wars Episode VII so Justin Lin (Fast 5) is set to direct the third film of the rebooted franchise. There were rumors of Bryan Cranston joining the cast that had the internet abuzz last year, but Cranston denied them and Idris Elba is set to play the villain.
Suicide Squad is about some of the most dangerous DC villains forced to work for the U.S. government. The bootlegged comic con trailer was so sought after by fans that Warner Bros. released the trailer online, despite the fact they really didn't want to. Then the second trailer featured the awesome song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Jared Leto's Joker in all his creepy glory. The rest of the star studded cast includes Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot), Cara Delevingne (Echantress), Jai Courtney (Boomerang) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
If you're having withdrawals from lack of Harry Potter, don't worry because the wizarding world is coming back. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of a trilogy that takes us back 70 years before the days of the boy who lived, following the adventures of "magizooligist" Newt Scamander, who will be portrayed by Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne. J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay herself and it will be her first time doing so for any movie. Check out the teaser here!
Speaking of Eddie Redmayne, do you remember who he beat out for the Oscar last year? It was Benedict Cumberbatch who will portray the Marvel hero known as Doctor Strange! Doctor Strange's name was dropped in a bit of an Easter egg in Captain America: Winter Soldier and now he will be placed prominently into the MCU. If you're not familiar with Dr Strange it's okay, you're not alone. Basically, he is a skilled and arrogant surgeon whose hands get crushed in a car accident, ending his career. He spends his fortune looking for someone to fix his hands, finds The Ancient One who doesn't fix his hands, but instead teaches him how to use and control magic.
Star Wars: Rogue One
Star Wars has transcended being just a group of films and has become a cinematic event. Felicity Jones (Gone Girl) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) are set to star in the first Star Wars Anthology movie titled Rogue One. It is about Rebel forces trying to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Empire. Gareth Edwards will direct the film. He is best known for directing Godzilla (2014).