The 34 Movies to See in 2016
Some of these movies will suck. Others will be great. But here are our 34 most anticipated movies of 2016, plus a few “we’re pretty sure they won’t be good but still want to watch to just to make sure” picks as well. Trailers are included where available, and of course, dates are subject to change.
34. Gambit – October 7
Channing Tatum looks like the popular Cajun mutant, but it’s hard to imagine him capturing the personality of Gambit, in this X-Men spin-off.
33. Deadpool – February 12
One of the biggest question marks of the year is the long-awaited Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero flick, about a foul-mouthed assassin. Featuring plenty of edgy R-rated humor, its success will live or die on whether it’ll actually be funny. The trailers haven’t convinced me so far.
32. The BFG – July 1
Steven Spielberg directs the Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, in which a girl befriends a Big Friendly Giant.
31. Zoolander 2 – February 12
Will this long-gestating sequel be funny, or will it play like the horrendous Anchorman 2?
30. Money Monster – May 13
Jodie Foster directs this George Clooney-starrer about a TV financial expert who is held hostage on air by an upset fan who lost all of his money on a bad tip. Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts also stars. This is one of two movies in 2016 in which George Clooney plays a celebrity who is taken hostage.
29. La La Land – July 15
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reunite in this romantic drama from the writer-director of Whiplash, about a pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress.
28. Doctor Strange – November 4
In this comic book adaptation, a man is trained by a sorcerer to defend the world against evil. While the premise sounds questionable, Disney-Marvel has proven it can launch new franchises—and with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton, expectations should be high.
27. The Great Wall – November 23
In this Chinese-American co-production, Matt Damon stars as an explorer who discovers that the construction of the Great Wall of China is not intended to keep the Mongols out—but keep something much more dangerous in.
26. Ghostbusters – July 15
Paul Feig has made some great comedies of late (Bridesmaids, Spy), but it will be interesting to see what becomes of Ghostbusters, which scraps the characters we’ve known for 30+ years in favor of an all-female cast (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones).