2015 was an insane year for movies. It was as if the 90s came back for a summer fling. We had a new Terminator movie (questionable quality aside), a fun Jurassic Park movie, and squeezed in between those were Pixar's phenomenal Inside Out and the hugely underrated thriller, The Gift.
We're getting a new Star Wars movie that actually looks like the Star Wars movie all Star Wars fans have pined for forever, and we are getting the new Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio movie, The Revenant (which we can already confidently tell you will be a game changer of a movie). It is actually hard to fathom just how awesome December's movies are going to be in 2015.
But what about looking ahead? What do we have to look forward to after this year ends? It's almost daunting to imagine another year with as many A-list movies as there were in 2015. The thing is, this is the movies we're talking about - they' re always going to have to consistently up their game if they want to drag people away from the comfort of their "Netflix and chill" zones. This means that yes, indeed, there are some fantastic movies set to be released in 2016.
We have some superhero joints that look slamming, a few dramas that look fantastic based on the cast alone, and a a horror movie that looks like it will soil some pants. Here are the 15 movies you should all most be looking forward to in 2016.
15 Dr. Strange
We love comic book movies, even if they are pushing it a little. This is one such example of pushing it. The dude is a magician who travels between dimensions and such. We're not really sure how well this story will work on film (which was the same fear for Ant-Man and proved to be a valid one), but it's safe to say that Marvel has a pretty good track record.
14 Kung Fu Panda 3
What are you, dead inside? You have to be to not enjoy this series. While some animated movies drive themselves into the ground with sequels, the second movie in this series was as good as the first, so why should we assume the third won't be as good as the first two?
And hell yes, Jack Black is back. He is this series, after all. We're excited for some more animal kung fu action that's sure to please both adults and kids alike.
13 X-Men: Apocalypse
Though they may be tapping this series out a little too quickly (didn't the last one JUST come out?), they have remained tight enough films that we are super curious to see if Apocalypse saves or kills the franchise.
Being a fan of the comic, we can state that the main villain, Apocalypse, looks pretty stupid in the stills we've seen so far, so that is not looking too good; let's hope the final product will look much better. We do, however, have faith in Marvel (even if DC's 2016 movies look way better), Bryan Singer and its stellar cast. Fingers crossed.
Here's the thing: video game movies suck 98% of the time. Here's the fine print: the man who directed this is 1) the son of David Bowie 2) has made two other phenomenal films (Moon and Source Code) and we have to have faith that the man who has a track record that unreal would not be content putting out a piece of crap movie, especially when it has such a huge core audience of fans already because of the game.
Honestly, the trailer looks kind of "meh". But again, we're holding out hope that this will be 2016's awesome fantasy film. There has to be at least one.
11 Zoolander 2
Yes, this is going to be stupid - we know. But if you look at the list, there isn't much stupid elsewhere: there are superheroes, action, and superheroes. Oh, and more superheroes. So we have to pop a comedy in here too and just hope it works out.
Granted, the cast is old now and the gag may be spread a little too thin at this point, but screw it. It's the return of blue steel!
10 Independence Day: Resurgence
You know, the original Independence Day was a fun, popcorn flick, the kind of movie you just shut your brain off to watch. It just keeps your entertained, which is just what movies need to do. Again, they may have put a little TOO much time between the first and second, but here is hoping they can do the original justice and blow up up some more stuff in epic fashion.
9 The Nice Guys
Though maybe not the typical big movie in the sense that there are superheroes and tons of explosions, just look at the cast. Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, and directed by the brilliant Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), this is a film about some men looking into the death of am adult star and the circumstances behind that.
It may not have the pacing or madness of some of the other films on the list, but the buzz is already big for this one.
8 Finding Dory
Pixar does not make movies. What the company does transcends film. They strike at the core of every emotion we feel, and they do it better than most. They are without fault. Well, the Cars movie weren't so great, but everyone is allowed a few mulligans.
Finding Nemo was such a fantastic movie, and everyone who loved it seemed to love Dory the most, so making a movie centered around that character is a fool proof plan. And it's Pixar, so expect to laugh, then weep. That is just what they do. We both love and hate that about Pixar movies.
To hell with all the people who talked bad about this movie because it has a female cast. You do realize all the females in this cast are brilliant and hilarious, right? The casting is perfect and gender should not factor the least bit into this movie's success.
It has ghosts, yes? It has Ghostbusters, yes? Then it will be awesome.
All the misogynist haters need to shut up and wait to judge the movie on the actual merits of the movie itself and not the genitals of those who star in it.
6 The Witch
Growing up in New England, I can tell you some stories about just how haunted this whole area is. We did have a knack for burning innocent young women alive back in the day. This film focuses on that time period and the madness that surrounded the witch phenomenon back in those days.
The thing is, in this movie, there is actual evil.
The trailer looks unsettling as hell. With it dropping early in 2016, some who have already seen it say it is truly scary and mesmerizing. It's this years It Follows, if I may be so bold.
5 Captain America: Civil War
The truth is, some of us are really on the fence about this flick. Marvel loves to play it safe (PG-13 for life) and the real Marvel Civil War storyline from the comics was very dark, with heroes actually killing each other. But the main worry among fans is that they will water it down and take out some of the most crucial moments.
But if done right, this could be Marvel's best movie to date (and it better be, as the comic story was stellar). Marvel needs to bring their A-game next year.
Speaking of which...
Yes, Deadpool is placing this high - and if you think that's silly, then you don't understand how important an R-rated comic book movie really is. Think about this: it's the first comic book movie not pandering to a teenage audience.
On top of that, Deadpool is one of Marvel's best characters with the most charisma, even though he is a train-wreck. The potential for an amazing film here is very real. Let's just pray they can deliver.
3 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I will tell you right now, this Star Wars will be the grittiest and darkest Star Wars movie that we will have gotten up to this point. The team behind it and some of the stars in it say so much about the movie (half the cast is from the phenomenal The Raid movies) and director Gareth Edwards (2014's Godzilla) knows his stuff.
This film is also rumored to have a Darth Vader scene or two considering it takes place during the raid on the Death Star (so it will take place in the timeline of the original films). There is so much potential here but it didn't quite make the top two because we still know so little.
2 Suicide Squad
The whole movie looks friggin' fantastic, but let's be honest here. The thing that got us ALL in that trailer was that ten second look at The Joker portrayed by Jared Leto. We all know the last Joker by Heath Ledger is one of the best bad guys EVER put on film, so all the world is looking to see what Leto (a great actor in his own right) will do with the part. Looks like he went a little Marilyn Manson with it all. We're curious to see how well it works on film.
Plus, Harley Quinn for the win.
1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
If you think there is any movie next year that will be bigger than the movie where Batman fights Superman, you are probably on massive amounts of illegal substances right now. Even if this movie fails (a March release, what?) it still will bring in billions because EVERYONE wants to see how this battle will play out.
Spoiler alert: Batman has some kryptonite. Yeah, this is gonna be gangster.
So what movie are YOU most looking forward to in 2016? Did we leave it off our list? Take to the comments and let us know!