If you haven’t been to a movie lately then you may not have seen any trailers for upcoming films slated for release in 2016. Well, don’t worry – we have you covered. Below is a brief list of some of the movies headed to a theater near you next year. As you read through this list, I hope you notice the same trend that I did. It seems like a lot of films are either sequels, remakes, or something getting rebooted . You know those movie titles when you see them (e.g. movie titles we’ve seen before: something new). I’m not saying that all of these sequels/remakes are bad (I’m looking forward to a few of them) and that there isn’t anything original coming out in 2016 — it just seems like A LOT of films for 2016 are recycled properties.
KUNG FU PANDA 3
Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
SEQUEL: This is probably great for the kids but did we really need a third Kung Fu Panda? I mean, seriously. Let it go. I saw the trailer and the jokes are not even funny. The panda makes a ton of jaw drops and gasping sounds that I guess are supposed to make you laugh. Um, nope. If you choose to ignore me and go anyway, it hits theaters January 29th – so you can regret that decision in just a few weeks.
WORTH SEEING? I’m sure this is cute and all, but if you’re a parent that doesn’t want to be tortured for 90 minutes or so, then wait till March and see Zootopia instead. I saw this trailer recently and it is hands down 100x better than this panda garbage.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Political interference in the Avenger’s activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
SEQUEL: Ah, The Avengers are back at it, sort of! In this follow up to Winter Soldier, Iron-Man makes an appearance and Marvel also introduces Black Panther into the storyline.
WORTH SEEING? If you are a fan of Captain America, then this third film will probably not disappoint. The main players like Scar Jo, Anthony Mackie, and Chris Evans are all back so that’s a plus. Also the budget is rumoured to be ridiculous, which should yield crazy special effects. In an interview, Daniel Brühl (who plays Baron Zemo in the film) said, “This movie’s budget is so huge that you can make 20 films from it.”
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
SEQUEL: You may not remember but when the first film came out in 2001, it failed at the box office. It’s because of the strong cult following years later that this sequel is possible.
WORTH SEEING? Absolutely! I am admittedly a member of this cult following and I wouldn’t miss this for anything. I still quote lines from the original. In theaters February.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING
A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house’s bloody history.
REBOOT: How many times does The Amityville Horror story need to be retold? The original came out in ’79 then remade in ’05. Now we have another family in that damn haunted house. Seriously?
WORTH SEEING? This film is getting a lot of hype because fans thought it was coming out this December, but it got postponed until April 2016. The anticipation is killing everyone! It’s Bella Thorne’s first leading role in a horror movie and you can peep the trailer here. Personally, I hate scary movies so I will be giving this a pass. If you like being scared, then it’s probably worth it.
With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
SEQUEL: If you haven’t heard of the X-Men, where the heck have you been? X-men came out in 2000 and since then we’ve had five other installments, not to mention The Wolverine.
WORTH SEEING? Depends. Simon Kinberg explains that thanks to the time-travelling consequences of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), history has been altered so that some mutants have turned out differently than in the previous films. This has enabled new versions of old characters to potentially exist and appear in these films (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Angel, Nightcrawler). Not sure if this is going to upset the diehard fans or if they will embrace this? This comes out in May and while I don’t dislike X-Men, I personally don’t feel any overwhelming conviction to see this.
According to IMDB: Plot unknown at this time. (But we know it’s a reboot so you have an idea).
REBOOT: Why? Why? Why? Why?
WORTH SEEING? The fact that this is being remade infuriates me beyond belief. Why can’t movie studios leave the classics alone? UGH! Apparently, a 3rd Ghostbusters has been stalled in production for nearly 15 years so the director pitched this reboot instead. I would’ve rather had another sequel than a reboot. The only saving grace is that Bill Murray is in this. He may actually save this film and for that reason alone I will see it when it comes out in July.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.
SEQUEL: The original TNMT came out when I was 10. I can’t believe they are relevant to kids today; my 3 year old niece loves them!
WORTH SEEING? Believe it or not, I may go see this. They casted Megan Fox to play April O’Neil again so they needed an equally “hot” person to play Casey Jones, so who did they get? I have been binge watching Arrow on Netflix and I am obsessed with Stephen Amell right now. He’s the perfect choice. The film will be releasing in June.
BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Fearing the actions of Superman left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante Batman takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat Doomsday quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
MERGER: The ultimate goal for this film is for DC Comics to be able to launch The Justice League (like Marvel did for The Avengers). So you know the sequels are coming!
WORTH SEEING? If you haven’t seen the trailer for this, here it is. It seems like it’s going to be a huge action film (cue the Inception button) with a dash of humor. It doesn’t hurt that Ben Affleck and Amy Adams are in it either. If you’ve been waiting for DC Comics to get this rolling then hold tight, it comes out in March.
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.
SEQUEL: Man, fish be getting lost as hell in the ocean. Seriously.
WORTH SEEING? I happen to love Pixar movies so I will be seeing this film. It’s targeted for a release in June and I think it’s going to be big simply because Dory is the most liked character on Facebook from any Disney or Pixar film with over 25 million likes. That fish has got fans!
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
SEQUEL: Humans don’t need to worry about global warming anymore, aliens are just waiting to come in here and blow us up anyway.
WORTH SEEING? Hells no. Why would they even remake this without Will Smith? The trailer seems to offer the same thing from the first film except this time it seems like more stuff gets blown up. With all the superheroes fighting each other in 2016, I’m going to pass on everyone getting destroyed by aliens. My violence quota has been met.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
REBOOT: Disney is taking the animated classic and turning it into a live-action film. They are doing this to a lot of their films over the next few years actually.
WORTH SEEING? You know it is. We’ve been keeping our eye on this movie for a while. Visually it looks stunning and I’m expecting big things.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
SEQUEL: I saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) opening day so you know I’m going to be seeing this.
All quotes and movie plots sourced from IMDB.