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Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for 2016

Updated on June 9, 2016
The Top of the List for the Movies Worth Watching at the Cinema in 2016
The Top of the List for the Movies Worth Watching at the Cinema in 2016 | Source

Cinema Goers, Here Are 2016's Top Line-Up

As a courtesy to those looking to watch movies that have not currently been released as of yet at the movie theatres, this list is only going to include the up-and-coming among the movie releases for 2016.

But, since that is not exactly fair to the already-released movies for 2016, at the end of the list there will be a few titles included for the ones that would have been contenders for this most-anticipated list.

Matt Damon looking in good shape for his reprisal of the Bourne character in the new 2016 Jason Bourne movie
Matt Damon looking in good shape for his reprisal of the Bourne character in the new 2016 Jason Bourne movie | Source

No.1 - Jason Bourne

Release Date: July 29th

Bourne fans are going crazy for this release, as for the first time since 2007 after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, we are seeing the return of Mat Damon to his iconic role as Jason Bourne in the new movie, yes, that is right, Jason Bourne.

There has been a hiccup along the way for the Bourne franchise, as in 2012 there was the sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum called The Bourne Legacy, which opted to leave out Mat Damon and enter Jeremy Renner as the lead, but thankfully this just meant that the Jason Bourne character did not appear in the movie. Slightly disappointing, not that it was a bad movie, it is just that without Mat Damon playing Bourne in a Bourne movie it just did not feel right to call it a Bourne movie.

Anyway, the franchise is back in full swing for what could be the beginning of an all new trilogy, as Mat Damon returns as Bourne, and to further the excitement the director for the Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, Paul Greengrass, has also returned to direct this instalment.

All that is left to say now is, "where's the popcorn".

Screenshot from Suicide Squad
Screenshot from Suicide Squad | Source

No.2 - Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 5th

We have seen Marvel's good-guy group, The Avengers, and now we see DC's bad-guy group of do-gooders, The Suicide Squad, who are going to clean-up the streets of Gotham as it has become overrun with crime and anarchy.

Why would a group of bad-guys want to help in such a matter as this, well, they have struck a deal with the devil, also known as the city's mayor, to exit their captivity and in return clean out the major's garbage. How could any of this go wrong?

Sounds like an interesting release, with a lot of intriguing new characters, and as a surprise turn of events, Harvey Quinn is now a woman in this movie, perhaps a way to create a spark between her character and The Joker. And, ah yes, The Joker is back and played this time around by Jared Leto, who seems to be bringing an interesting performance for the character if the trailers are anything to go by.

Screenshot from The Magnificent Seven
Screenshot from The Magnificent Seven | Source

No.3 - The Magnificent Seven

Release Date: September 23rd

This is a remake of the 1960 movie version, The Magnificent Seven, sharing the same name and the same storyline, and it is another western to attempt to be successful at the box office.

For fans of the westerns, this may be the no.1 must-see for 2016, as this is the only western out for release this year. It is a shame, however, as westerns have not seen much success over the past few years, but this one may be the one to turn things around.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke, these are three stars who might be an interesting trio to observe working together on the big screen. Playing mercenaries working for townspeople to take down the bag guy, the storyline seems in itself interesting enough to be a descent action flick.

Only question is, are there enough western accept-ees to make this a successful movie commercially, as this does seem like an all-round good movie release for 2016.

It goes without saying, that with the line-up of well-known stars set to appear in this movie, it is likely that this alone may real-in the audience. Hence, a much-anticipated release for 2016.

Assassin's Creed poster
Assassin's Creed poster | Source

No.4 - Assassin's Creed

Release Date: December 21st

Assassin's Creed is a movie adaptation of the video-game franchise, Assassin's Creed, and this alone makes this a wide-shot for just how successful that the movie will be given that other video-game adaptations have not always been widely accepted by movie-goers, as proven by the dismal success of Hitman, released in 2007, a movie adaptation of the same-sharing title video-game franchise.

However, to give credit to this new 2016 release, it does seem to have a worthwhile viewing film trailer which shows a positive looking on-set of CGI action and storytelling, which seems to stay true to the Assassin's Creed video game.

The lead for the movie is Michael Fassbender playing Callum Lynch, 'the assassin'. Fassbender is paving his way through the Hollywood movies, always keeping his face ever present in the blockbusters (300, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse).

Finding Dory poster
Finding Dory poster | Source

No.5 - Finding Dory

Release Date: June 17th

The spin-off animated feature movie for 2003s Finding Nemo, focusing on the character, Dory, the loveable fish that everyone has a soft spot for.

This looks to be one of the most anticipated animated movies for 2016, given the substantial success that Finding Nemo received, a movie that even today is seen as one of Pixar's finest creations.

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is joined on this new adventure by the returning characters from Finding Nemo, Marlin and Nemo, but where this story differs, is that it is more of an adventure focusing on Dory's life, rather than that of Nemo.

Finding Nemo fans will be going nuts for this 2016 release, as it brings back the glory days of Finding Nemo, with this spin-off/sequel to Finding Nemo.

Screenshot from Angels and Demons, prequel to Inferno (apologies, unable to acquire an image from Inferno)
Screenshot from Angels and Demons, prequel to Inferno (apologies, unable to acquire an image from Inferno) | Source

No.6 - Inferno

Release Date: October 28th

Robert Langdon is back, played by Tom Hanks, in the sequel to Angels and Demons, which follows Robert Langdon after he awakens and cannot recall the events of the past few days. It is not long until he finds himself the target of a manhunt, and has to regain his freedom and memories.

This movie, directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, two legends in Hollywood, seems to be at the top of the list for the potential best thriller release for 2016.

It may be recommended to read the books, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno, to get a taste of what to expect so that you get a cleared idea of whether or not this will be a movie to suit your tastes.

Again, another recommendation, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons have already been adapted into movies, so it may be worth giving these a viewing, to see if the movies are to your liking, as Inferno is liking to keep the rhythm of similar entertainment and storytelling going.

Ice Age: Collision Course poster
Ice Age: Collision Course poster | Source

No.7 - Ice Age: Collision Course

Release Date: July 22nd

The Ice Age gang are back, with Manny, Sid and Diego, and they are about to go out with a bang as they are forced out of their home on an all new quest where they will enter into new lands full of all sorts of new creatures along the way.

Ice Age has slowly become an animation franchise of choice for cinema goers, and this seems to be fresh and interesting, as an new adventure sets its pace in this sequel to Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Ice Age is relentless, as this is the third sequel for the Ice Age franchise, and the characters are extremely missable, so any and all sequels for this franchise are happily welcomed at the movie theatres.

Doctor Strange poster
Doctor Strange poster | Source

No.8 - Doctor Strange

Release Date: November 4th

Doctor Strange is an upcoming Marvel superhero movie, starring the character of the same name, Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, BBC's Sherlock).

After Stephen Strange (aka Doctor Strange), a leading neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident, he goes on a journey of healing where he meets The Ancient One, who later becomes his mentor in the mystic arts.

The movies premise seems to be a little different to that of previous Marvel superhero films, but still retains an element of intrigue, which may make this an entertaining outing at the movie theatres.

Hence, its entering onto this much anticipated movie release list for 2016. Plus, who does not like Benedict Cumberbatch, he is a British gem in the acting world.

Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars"
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars" | Source

No.9 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars

Release Date: September 30th

Tim Burton's 2016 project, and as anyone could expect it is anything but unusual and inviting, a sure fine piece of family entertainment.

Burton has always taken on peculiar projects in the movie business, and this one actually includes the word in the title, so this should be a lot of fun to view.

Not a lot of the movies on this list have the same all-round family outing appeal like this one, so it is without a doubt an anticipated release for 2016. The only hope is that this movie is more like Alice in Wonderland, and a little less like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a couple of other Tim Burton movies.

Screenshot from The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Experiment
Screenshot from The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Experiment | Source

No.10 - The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Experiment

Release Date: June 10th

The only horror movie to be added to this list, but not due to the fact that there were a lot of descent looking ones to choose from and this was the only one to make the cut, but rather that from the few that are due out for release, this was the only have descent looking one that stood out.

The first Conjuring (The Conjuring) was an exciting release, and delivered on all accounts, as it was visually gripping with a few scares along the way, and tense to watch from start to finish.

The only hope is that the sequel has the same impact, and is not just a release trying to cash in on the success of the first. Leaving no hope for a potential third in the series.

But, hopes remain high for this release, as it has a similar set of cast to the first including Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren and Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren. This sequel also thankfully retains the original's director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious, Furious 7), who will have likely took on this project carefully as he will not want to tarnish his growing reputation in Hollywood.

A personal note: Not completely reassured by the movies title, as it is proven that when it comes to movie titles of today, sometimes adding extra names is unnecessary in the titles, so what this means is that simply entitling the movie The conjuring 2 may have been good enough. But, no big-y, as long as the movie is good, who really cares.

Final Thoughts

2016 has a lot of good movies in the running, but these are the most anticipated movie releases without a inkling of doubt in the mind for those that have not already been released into movies theatres.

But, as previously agreed, here are some of the other worthy movie anticipations for the movies that have already been released in 2016, that have the eye for entertainment.

Other 2016 Anticipated Releases- Yet, Unfortunately, Or Fortunately Released

No.1 - Zootopia - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $1 billion

No.2 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $872 million

No.3 - The Jungle Book (2016) - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $896 million

No.4 - Captain America: Civil War - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $1.1 billion

No.5 - The Nice Guys - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $29 million (currently domestic only: US)

No.6 - X-Men: Apocalypse - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $424 million

No.7 - Alice Through the Looking Glass - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $179 million

No.8 - The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $176 million

No.9 - London Has Fallen - Box Office Records - worldwide revenue - $195 million

No.10 - Deadpool - Box Office Revenue - worldwide revenue - $771 million

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