Most Anticipated Films of 2016

If you ask me, 2014 was the best year for movies in quite some time. I saw every Best Picture nominee and was campaigning relentlessly for Boyhood to win. I truly enjoyed all of the nominees, which is pretty unbelievable.

With the 2015 nominations approaching, I have been working to see what critics have predicted to be likely Best Picture contenders. Should they be correct, I have seen ten potential nominees. Once I see The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Carol, I should be pretty safe. So far, I've certainly liked the potential nominees and have absolutely loved some of them. With that said, 2015 in movies does not even begin to compare to 2014.  

I'm hoping that the films of 2016 will be more impressive, but I'm a bit doubtful. On the bright side, there are a handful of films that I am anticipating and I've listed them here for you!

The Revenant
directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

This film had, by far, my favorite trailer of the year. Every time I went to the theater, I crossed my fingers hoping that they would show it. I'm even more excited to see the film, especially since stupid male critics have commented that it's not suitable for female viewing!

X-Men: Apocalypse
Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy

If I'm being totally honest, X-Men is probably the film I'm the most excited for being that I am a shameless freak about this franchise. 

 

The Witch
directed by Robert Eggers
starring Anya Taylor-Joy

I love a good bleak, colonial-era witch film.

Wiener Dog
directed by Todd Solondz
starring Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin

I remember seeing Welcome to the Dollhouse when I was in high school, so I'm quite surprised and excited that there is a follow-up movie now. If you've seen Dollhouse I think you will be as surprised as me to see that Dawn Wiener is now played by Greta Gerwig. I love Greta, but I'm not sure why they didn't cast the original lead Heather Matarazzo considering she is still an actress. Since Dawn Wiener technically was pronounced dead at the beginning of the film Palindromes, I wonder if casting Greta in this new film is sort of playing with the idea of Dawn in an alternate reality. 

Certain Women
directed by Kelly Reichardt
starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart

There hasn't been much revealed about this film which will premiere at Sundance, but I know that it is about women in small town America and that the casting is reason enough to see it.

Everybody Wants Some
directed by Richard Linklater
starring Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin

While the plot (baseball in the 70s) of this film might be the complete opposite of what I'm into, it has two elements that pique my interest: Annapurna and my favorite director Richard Linklater. You can't go wrong there.

The Light Between Oceans
directed by Derek Cianfrance
starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander

Not a lot of information available for this film, but it is based on a book of the same name which is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby in a rowboat.

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Knight of Cups
directed by Terence Malick
starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and more

The new Terence Malick film has the best cast you can get. The story is about a screenwriter in L.A. experiencing strange things, which is pretty typical of Malick. I'm just excited to see Natalie Portman back on the screen!

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Hail Caesar!
directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
starring George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson

After Inside Llewyn Davis, I am ready for a new Coen brothers film and this one looks quite funny. It's about a film studio in the 1950s, which will likely provide a good amount of camp and glamour. 

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Desierto
directed by Alfonso Cuaron
starring Gael Garcia Bernal

While this movie was technically released in 2015, it won't be widely released until this year. I saw the trailer this past weekend and was completely blown away by how beautifully it was put together. Also, Denny is the killer.