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Aaron Hubbard


Another year has passed by in a flash and we've seen quite a few awesome movies this year with my favorites from each month consisting of movies like:

  • January - American Sniper
  • February - The DUFF
  • March - Cinderella
  • April - Age of Adeline
  • May - Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • June - Jurassic World
  • July - Ant-Man
  • August - Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'
  • September - Black Mass
  • October - Crimson Peak
  • November - Spectre
  • December - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Now, I'm sure my list looks very different from most people's and I'm aware of the somewhat chick-flicky nature of a few of my choices from this past year but what can I say? I'm a man with diverse tastes and happen to be in touch with my emotions.

All jokes aside, it's been a fun year for movies for me, especially being a part of MoviePilot for the first time. I've gotten to experience many movies in a very different way and I've become more in-tune with the movie business and more aware of what's to come.

Speaking of what's to come, the purpose of this article is to run through some of the movies coming out next year in 2016. Looking at the line-up of films, I'm pretty excited and think that next year's movie selection could almost top 2015's. I did write an article similar to this a year ago which looked at my top 10 most anticipated films of 2015 but there are too many movies coming out next year for me to choose just 10 but at the same time, too many to list all of them in one article. So what I've decided to do was go through each month and choose the movie I am looking forward to the most in that corresponding month of 2016.

So, without any further ado, here are my most anticipated films of 2016!

January / Enero / 一月 (yīyuè)

The first month of 2016 will already have an appealing start with many movies to choose from but the one that I have at the top of my most anticipated for this specific month would have to be Ip Man 3.


I have fallen in love with the Ip Man series so far and I had thought that Donnie Yen would not be returning to the role for a third film due to the writers supposedly veering to far off the story of the real Ip Man, that, on top of the fact that there seem to be so many other variations of Ip Man's story being told that I thought the subject matter was becoming over-saturated. But with Donnie Yen surprisingly returning for the role of Bruce Lee's master, I couldn't be more excited. I trust that whatever story they've come up with to tell is in line with Donnie's standards and if they are for him then they are for me as well because the last two films were top-notch films that deserve all the praise they receive. If there was one thing about this film that has me a little uneasy, it's the inclusion of Mike Tyson who I don't really view as an actor so much as an athlete. But if doesn't have too many speaking parts, then I'm okay.

Check out the trailer for Ip Man 3 below.

February / Febrero / 二月 (èryuè)

February seems to have a handful of decent looking films as well, maybe not quite so much like January's selection, but a few of them caught my eye. The movie for that month, though, that I think looks like it could be great would have to be Joel and Ethan Coen's new film, Hail, Caesar!.

I love the Coen Brothers' style of film making. They've done some amazing work with films with some of my personal favorites being:

  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • O Brother, Where are Thou? (2000)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • True Grit (2010)

And yes, I'm fully aware that Fargo isn't on my list and it is only because, for some reason, I still haven't seen that one yet so throw your stones if you will. But I've still seen my fair share of Coen Brothers films and I'm a fan of about all of them. But this new film, Hail, Caesar!, looks to be right up the same alley of films like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which is one of my favorite films of theirs. I like how these two directors, who are largely satirical in almost all of their films, are shifting their focus to old-timey Hollywood business. It looks hilarious, smart, and if it's anything like their other films, slightly dark.

Check out the trailer though and tell me it doesn't look hilarious.

March / Marzo / 三月 (sānyuè)

There wasn't really any variety to the selection of films that I want to see. In fact, I only counted two films in the whole month that I'm excited to see. The first one I'll just mention is Zootopia because I love Walt Disney Animation but the most-anticipated film of March, and really the whole year of 2016 for me, is none other than the superhero blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Can't wait till a more legit poster comes out.
Can't wait till a more legit poster comes out.

It doesn't take much more than pitting two of the comic book world's most iconic characters against each other on screen, to get me excited. Add to that list of excitement the fact that we are getting this film with the promise of a Justice League movie in 2017 and the fact that we'll be seeing the first live-action movie depiction of Wonder Woman and I'm on board 100%.

The film also looks to have some amazing footage and I think that all the characters look to be fantastically cast (yes, even Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor). I think it's so cool that Warner Bros. and DC are deciding to take inspiration from Marvel Studios in that they're building a cinematic universe to house all of their respective characters while at the same time adding a different, more real-world flavor to the otherwise fantastical elements of this genre.

I was a huge fan of Man of Steel despite how many view the film as "divisive" to say the least. I love how everyone behind the scenes isn't afraid to continue on with the story they started and to even address the divisive nature of Superman's morally-complex decision at the end of the first film. I also love how Batman is being used as a part of the audiences' point of view of Superman and vice versa.

There's a lot to look forward to regarding this film in my opinion. There was also a trailer released this past month that showed pretty hefty amount of the awesome footage but I would argue that we may have seen too much of the awesomeness and the trailer edit was sort of bad so I'm just going to include the SDCC trailer from this past summer for your watching enjoyment.

April / Abril / 四月 (sìyuè)

April is a little lacking in the options similar to March is but unlike March, April doesn't have a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice-type movie but that's not to say there aren't films that look like they're not worth seeing. I've actually very intrigued by the live-action remake of the classic story, The Jungle Book.

Looks like Disney
Looks like Disney

I'm not going to sit here and say to you that I'm this huge classic-Disney-animated-movie buff when I'm not. I had my favorite cartoons as kid of course (Aladdin, The Lion King) and although I'm waiting for the day they make a live-action version of those films, I still get excited about the other stuff too. If you saw my list of films this past year, Cinderella was in my list as being the best of that month. I didn't love the movie but I really enjoyed how they kept the magic of the cartoon in the live-action version. The Jungle Book looks to be capturing that same magic and honestly looks like it's done a better job of it than any of the other live-action Disney films we've seen in the past year.

A couple of other reasons I'm very interested in this film is the cast:

  • Lupita N'yongu as Raksha (wolf)
  • Scarlett Johansson as Kaa (snake)
  • Idris Elba as Shere Khan (tiger)
  • Bill Murray as Baloo (bear)
  • Christopher Walken as King Louie (orangutan)
  • Ben Kingsley as Bagheera (panther)

This is such a diverse list of very talented actors and actresses and wield enough star power to bring in just as many adults as it would children. The second reason I'm interested in seeing this movie is because I want to be able to compare it to the Jungle Book: Origins in 2017, which has its own diverse cast as well:

  • Andy Serkis as Baloo
  • Christian Bale as Bagheera
  • Cate Blanchett as Kaa
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan

I have a feeling that where Jungle Book: Origins may be a more adult depiction of the book spun out of the book, The Jungle Book will be more in tune with what we've seen in the cartoons.

Check out the trailer for the film though, it's sure to be a great experience in theaters:

May / Mayo / 五月 (wǔyuè)

May is the traditional start to the big movie months (Summer) and 2016 has a few interesting choices but without a shadow of a doubt, Marvel Studios first installment in their Phase Three movie slate, Captain America: Civil War, is at the top of the list for May.

Great poster. Which side are you on?
Great poster. Which side are you on?

Marvel Studios have an amazing track record of delivering highly-successful films centered around their comic book characters such as the Avengers. Ever since Iron Man was released in 2008, we knew we were going to be getting a much different comic book movie experience and that promise was fulfilled in 2012 when The Avengers was released and showed us how awesome of an idea of merging several different solo films into one cohesive franchise really is. But where I think the game truly changed for Marvel's films was in 2014 with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Russo Brothers, who directed film, gave us something we've not really felt a whole lot of in the MCU: peril, real danger, uncertainty. They kept us on the edge of our seats and entertained us to the end. Now with them returing to the franchise with the Avengers - both new and old - we're sure to see these characters in a way we've never seen them before.

I also like the themes of freedom and law being depicted here. It's more than just a "punch the bad guy at the big end fight" type of film, we're actually seeing important themes being portrayed and neither is really depicted as right or wrong (though I'm sure the movie will have to take a stance somewhere).

I just couldn't be more excited for a Marvel Studios film than I am with Captain America: Civil War...


...hey look at this trailer!

June / Junio / 六月 (liùyuè)

Now there were a couple of films in June that look interesting and I'm sure that my choice for the most anticipated of this specific month will say the least. But out of the movies being released in June, my most anticipated would be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

I don't know if this is official, but it looks cool
I don't know if this is official, but it looks cool

Hate me if you will but I loved the first film from 2014 despite its flaws. It's not a perfect film, it wasn't deep, I won't even say it was a "good" movie but I had fun and it was extremely entertaining and that's all that matters to me. As my brother would say: "It's not going to be Citizen Kane..."

The film looks even more fun, even more exciting, and looks to have even more Turtle-power than it's predecessor. It's got Casey Jones played by Arrow, Stephen Amell, who I am a fan of. It's also got a recast of Shredder and Karai that look to be ten times better than the first movie (and I'm not one to often approve re-casts). Plus, to top it all off, it's got Turtle-classic villains, Bebop and Rocksteady, which is something I've wanted to see in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for a long time.

You can check out the trailer below, it's seriously my second favorite trailer out of all the trailers released this month (December 2015):

July / Julio / 七月 (qīyuè)

There's quite a few interesting movies being released in July of 2016 but nothing to get too excited over just yet. They're more the type of films that I'll have to wait and see which ones truly look the most intriguing. But for me, Star Trek Beyond, is the film to see in July.

Still no official poster yet.
Still no official poster yet.

What J.J. Abrams did with the Star Trek films, starting in 2009, was amazing. Star Trek had always been this uber-nerdy franchise that most associated with the geekiest of geeks: "trekkies". But Abrams, along with a diverse cast of great actors and actresses, made Star Trek cool again and now even the general audience can't help but boldly go into the movie theaters to watch these sci-fi epics.

This next film though, won't be directed by J.J. Abrams though and that's the only thing that's got me nervous. But the film seems to have a pretty interesting premise and the cast that is involved know the vision, or at least part of the vision, that Abrams had for this modern day retelling of Star Trek and some (Simon Pegg) have even ventured to help on the script.

But the film looks amazing from the trailer and, in my opinion, has had the best trailer released this past month (December 2015):

August / Agosto / 八月 (bāyuè)

August doesn't have the biggest selection of films for my taste but what it does have is my third-most anticipated film of the year, Suicide Squad.

This is one of the most odd superhero(villain) movies ever to be announced. I, along with half the comic book fanboy world, was very shocked to see that a film this dark and edgy actually got greenlit for release. It's going to be so interesting to get a broader view of DC's Extended Universe and yet still being able to see how it all comes back to, and connects with, movies like Man of Steel and/or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There's some mystery and a lot of questions about what we still don't know. We still have actors who we're still unsure exactly who they're playing such as Scott Eastwood (I'm under the impression he's Dick Grayson but that may just be me). I want to know just what kind of history these villains all have had with Batman considering it's been said he's the one responsible for putting them all in prison. But most of all, I want to see how well Jared Leto plays the Joker and what his relationship with Harley Quinn is really like.

Hopefully there'll be a new trailer soon and I've been hearing rumors about one being released in time for the superbowl and that it plays to the tune of Queen's "Bohemian Raphsody". Sounds neat, but for now, we've only got one:

September / Septiembre / 九月 (jiǔyuè)

There's nothing in September that looks any good to me. I've seen a few movie titles that are being released that month but I know little to nothing about any of them so I cannot accurately say which film I'm looking forward to the most in that month. Maybe if I'm lucky, something will be revealed later on and that month will have a few movies that really shocks me. But for now, I'll just have to wait and see as I enjoy the other months' releases.

October / Octubre / 十月 (shíyuè)

October seems to have slim pickings as well but if there was a movie in there that I would be most excited to see, it would have to be the sequel to Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Book cover, not the Movie Poster
Book cover, not the Movie Poster

I really enjoyed Jack Reacher despite my feelings for Tom Cruise as a person. His acting in the film was great, he's obviously a great stuntsman, and he just knows how to keep your attention in all of his films and Jack Reacher was no exception. So when they announced that they were going to be doing a sequel, that got me intrigued and this will be a great film to take my wife on a date to see considering that she loved the first film as well.

As of right now, there is no trailer but I'm pretty sure we can expect the same old formula of guns, cars, girls, politically imposing buildings, and a whole lot of Tom Cruise stunt action.

November / Noviembre / 十一月 (shíyīyuè)

The end of the year is often times just as exciting for movie-goers as the Summer time and the 2016 year-end releases look fascinating despite what little we know of any of them. The release for November that I'm looking forward to the most though would just so happen to be the most excited I've been for a MCU film in a long time (sorry, Captain America: Civil War).

Not a poster but our first look at Doctor Strange
Not a poster but our first look at Doctor Strange

This movie has so many formulas of success for me such as the following:

  • A new MCU hero that's not necessarily an Avenger
  • It stars Benedict Cumberbatch
  • It's a new style of superhero for the MCU
  • It stars Benedict Cumberbatch
  • It is said that it's going to be a darker film for the MCU
  • Did I mention it stars Benedict Cumberbatch?

No, all jokes aside, I've been really wanting to see Benedict Cumberbatch ina superhero role and although I may have been upset when they announced him as Doctor Strange, it wasn't cause I didn't think he'd do a good job, it's because I wanted him to play Brainiac in a DCEU film instead. But he's perfect for this role and with the new images of him released, he definitely looks the part.

But besides Benedict Cumberbatch, this film has a great cast of renowned actors and actress such as Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more. This film just cannot be bad and I'm so anxious to see just what kind of magic Doctor Strange brings to audiences across the world.

There's no trailer for this movie just yet considering that they've only just begun filming but that hasn't effected my excitement for this movie.

December / Diciembre / 十二月 (shíèryuè)

The last month of 2016 is sure to end with a bang as it houses my second-most anticipated movie of the year, the first ever live-action, Star Wars Anthology film: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

This is the film to see next year and it is only number two on my most anticipated because I've been so longing to see Batman and Superman share a screen together, otherwise, this would be the movie that I would be the most excited for.

It's going to be so cool seeing how they handle peripheral Star Wars stories such as the story of the characters in Rogue One. There's not a whole lot of detail on the story other than the fact that the film follows a band of Rebels who are seeking to steal the plans for the Death Star before the Empire gets it built (or maybe they have it built and they need the plans to understand it better?). We know nothing about these characters but the cast is impressive considering it's got the following:

  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
  • Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale, Doctor Strange)
  • Alan Tudyk (Firefly series, Serenity)
  • Donnie Yen (Ip Man 3, Kung Fu Killer)
  • Forest Whitaker (The Butler, The Last King of Scotland)

It's also got Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards behind the camera and the man has a good eye for visuals, intrigue, and overall story-telling.

Sadly, once again, there is no trailer for this film as of yet, apparently they showed something at one of the Conferences this past year but it's not been officially released online.

Monthly Honorable Mentions

  • January - The Revenant, Kung Fu Panda 3, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Janet Got a Gun
  • February - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Deadpool, Zoolander 2, Risen
  • March - Zootopia
  • April - Ratchet & Clank
  • May - Angry Birds, X-Men: Apocalypse
  • June - Warcraft, Independence Day Resurgence
  • July - The Legend of Tarzan, The Secret Life of Pets, untitled Bourne sequel
  • August - Ben Hur
  • September - nothing, nada, zip, zilch
  • October - Gambit, untitled Underworld sequel
  • November - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • December - Assassin's Creed


Well, there you have! Those are my most anticipated movies of 2016 based on the month. Did you agree with my list? What film are you looking forward to the most? Feel free to share all of your thoughts, concerns, and strongly biased opinions in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll!


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