Let's face it, 2016 is the "King of the Nerds." With six superhero movies, three video game-based films, and both Harry Potter and Star Wars spin-offs hitting screens this year, it's easy to forget the handful of non-nerd culture films sharing the cinema this year. While yes we'll mostly look back and remember red capes, Batfleck, and plenty of big explosions, there are movies that are also destined to be looked back upon when January of '17 rolls around. With that being said, let's take a look.
Hitting theaters this weekend is the next picture from Disney animation about an animal-run metropolis city. Quite frankly, Disney Animation has cranked out a solid animated film streak since 2012 without the help of Pixar. With titles like Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6 all under its belt since then, who's to say this is to be the drought of Disney's gold mine? For all the animal loving kids, the humor, excess of creatures, and all the pretty colors are certain to be appealing, and for their working parents, the display of a society parallel to theirs may lead to their seal (no pun intended) of approval as well.
4. Elvis and Nixon
Heading our way on April 15th is a film that covers the events of December 21st, 1970 when Elvis Presley showed up to the White House and called for an urgent meeting with President Nixon concerning Elvis's desire to be an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. This one will be primarily for older audiences who may even recall the day of the actual event in their memories and are looking to take a trip back to another time and perhaps gain insight into the events of the consultation. And lastly, who doesn't want to watch Kevin Spacey play a former U.S.president? He does a great job on House of Cards after all.
3. Free State of Jones
Captain America isn't the only one facing a Civil War this year. Another film about a historic U.S. event hitting screens a week after Team Cap and Team Iron Man go at it is the story of Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey,) a Mississippi resident who lead an armed rebellion against the Confederacy in the American Civil War. This drama film certainly has potential to not only uncover an untold story to a fuller extent, but also to get thumbs up from fans and critics.
2. Jason Bourne
Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne this July in the continuation of arguably the greatest political thriller series to ever grace the silver screen. With negative response to The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner, the studio made the right chance of returning the only Bourne narrative we want to see. There isn't a lot we know about this movie at this point, however, we do know that Bourne is back, and he's not too old to kick ass.
1. Finding Dory
Just keep swimming, it's almost June. Finding Dory is undoubtedly the only film this year that is on the same pedestal of hype as our nerd-culture flicks. Being one of the most beloved Pixar films of all time, Finding Nemo was destined to continue some day, and that day is June 17th, 2016. Not only can we not wait to see some of our favorite sea creatures return, the continuation of their personal ventures (especially Dory's) could very well be on par with its predecessor concerning the level of heartwarming scenes and laughs.