Thursday, December 31, 2015

Movies of 2016: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe

Yet another year has come to a close. As such, it's now time to look forward to what movies the new year has in store for us! To do this, I will split the movies into three categories: the movies I'm looking forward to (the good), the movies I'm not looking forward to (the bad), and the movies that have me on the fence for one reason or another (the maybe). This is the third year that I've done my yearly preview this way and I've found it's a great way to talk about a lot of movies in a short amount of time instead of just limiting myself to 10 or 15 because there is a lot to talk about when it comes to 2016. It's also fun having on record what I was thinking going into each year. In the past two years, there's been several movies that I put on the good list that I didn't like. There's also been several movies that I put on the bad list that I did like. So we'll see what happens this year because I'm sure that this will again be the case. This is also not all inclusive. I'm just going for the highlights of what we know at this point. No reason to talk about every movie, especially since there's a lot that aren't even on my radar right now. With all that in mind, let's begin! And yes, the order here is by release date.

The Good:

Kung Fu Panda 3 - January 29
I loved the first Kung Fu Panda. When Dreamworks announced the second one, I was really nervous because Dreamworks has a habit of just making endless sequels when they find a hit, but Kung Fu Panda 2 was fantastic! This time around I am all in for the third, especially since Kung Fu Panda 2 set itself up for a sequel.

Hail, Caesar! - February 5
Like most fans of movies, I've had this one marked on my calendar for a while. It's the Coen brothers! Whether they're directed, producing, or writing, these two have proven time and time again that they know how to make a movie. This time they are doing all three. And they have a big cast and an intriguing premise to make things even better.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - February 5
I'm not a fan of Pride and Prejudice. Sorry. I watched the 300-hour-long version once and that was one time too many. But this adaptation of the classic tale gave me a big grin from the second I heard about it. From the same author that did Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter if you need a clue as to what we're in for here.

Deadpool - February 12
A violent, foul-mouthed, superhero that's cracking jokes and breaking the fourth wall throughout the entire movie? I'm not going to lie, I'm a lot more excited about this movie than I probably should be.

The Witch - February 26
I love myself a good horror film. The sad thing is, there's usually only one good one for every 10 or 20 that are released. I'm counting on this one to be the good one this year. And I'm cheating a bit because this came out at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and I know someone personally who saw and loved it, so I've been impatiently waiting for like a year now.

Zootopia - March 4
Have you seen the teaser for this movie? The one where the fox goes into a DMV full of sloths? Holy cow I was laughing uncontrollably when I watched that for the first time. I think Disney has us a surefire winner with this new animated movie of their's.

The Jungle Book - April 15
I actually had this movie on my list last year because it was supposed to come out in October. The cast alone had me excited for this first Jungle Book adaptation, but then we saw the trailer. Wow! Disney has actually yet to satisfy me with any of their live-action remakes of their old animated classics. I think this could be the first.

The Huntsman: Winter's War - April 22
Speaking of live-action remakes of Disney's classic animated movies, the best one yet in my opinion was Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman. Yes, that movie still had its fair share of issues, but how about this decision with the follow-up? They took the best parts of that movie, the evil Queen and the Huntsman -- played by Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, and they do a movie following them. Add in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain and you have me sold.

Captain America: Civil War - May 6
As you may know, I recently revealed that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel film to date, so of course I'm excited for the sequel. Especially since it starts the Civil War story arc, which I've been intrigued by since they announced they were doing it. I just hope they don't make up and become friends again at the end. They need to play this out for all of Phase III.

Snowden - May 13
Talk about a controversial figure, just look up the Edward Snowden if you haven't already. Hero or criminal? That usually depends on if you're asking a democrat or a republican. Even then it's still split. The documentary Citizenfour already dove into this recently, winning an Oscar at this most recent Academy Awards. Now since we can't be satisfied with just a documentary, we're getting a movie. I'm intrigued actually, especially since Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing Snowden.

The Angry Birds Movie - May 20
"They're making an Angry Birds movie?!?!?!?! Has Hollywood run out of ideas?!?!" That's generally the reaction that people had when this was announced. Except for me. I thought this could be a lot of fun, especially with that huge cast. Now that the trailer is out, it's funny how a lot more people are on my side.

X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27
I've always had a unique opinion on the X-Men franchise. However, I was right along with everyone else in thinking that X-Men: Days of Future Past was totally epic. Easily the best X-Men movie in my opinion. And now we're going Biblical with the huge villain Apocalypse and I'm stoked. No Hugh Jackman this time around, but I'm excited to see our additional cast added to the already great cast of Days of Future Past and First Class. It's a new generation of X-Men and I like it!

Finding Dory - June 17
I'm not going to lie, when I heard they were doing a sequel to Finding Nemo, I was concerned. Great movie, but did it need a sequel. Then I saw how ecstatic Ellen DeGeneres was about this and I was sold. It even follows her character of Dory this time around. Pixar brought it big time with Inside Out this past year and I expect them to continue that with Finding Dory after a slight misstep with The Good Dinosaur.

The BFG - July 1
I can't say I know a ton about The BFG. When everyone freaked out about the trailer, I felt like I was suddenly out of the loop. But I'm still excited, though. And it's not because everyone else is excited. The "directed Steven Spielberg" is what got me. I always look forward to his next movie, whatever it is.

La La Land - July 15
Yeah, I know. I also think that's a bit of an odd title. La La Land? Then I looked it up. Oh. This is Damien Chazelle's next movie. Whiplash was one of my favorite movies from 2014, so I'm excited to see what he has in store for us next. He is bringing back J.K. Simmons and also has Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling on board, so it's looking good already. And it's a musical drama again, too!

Bourne 5 - July 29
I'm sure this movie will get an actual title here soon. Bourne 5 is all I got for now. While I did like Jeremy Renner in Bourne Legacy, I also thought that movie paled in comparison to the first three. You can't do a Bourne movie without Jason Bourne. But hey! He's back! Matt Damon is in this movie and Paul Greengrass is back directing as well! I don't know what strings were pulled to make that happen, but that is fantastic news!

Suicide Squad - August 12
I'm not a declared Marvel fanboy. By that I mean I think it's stupid to think you can only like Marvel or DC. Why not both? Sure, Marvel is doing a better job in the movie universe, but DC is totally killing them on TV. Suicide Squad is the movie that I hope brings DC into the conversation again . At the very least, I'm a lot more excited about this one than Batman v. Superman. I love the idea of the Suicide Squad. Arrow did it in the TV universe and it was pretty boss. Plus, we actually have a good director on board here in David Ayer, who really killed it with Fury.

Kubo and the Two Strings - August 19
If you know me well enough, you'll know that I love the heck of the of the stop-motion animation genre. And we got another one here. Specifically, this is Laika's next movie! They did Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, all of which I enjoyed. We've only seen one teaser, but already it seems like Kubo and the Two Strings could be their best movie yet. I can already see myself cheering this movie on when it comes to the best animated feature award at the Oscars in 2017.

Sully - September 9
Remember that huge story on the news several years back where a pilot heroically landed a plane in the Hudson River? Yeah, we're getting a movie about that this year. It stars Tom Hanks as the hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. And it's directed by Clint Eastwood. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. And apparently a lot of drama happened with this man after the heroic landing?

Deepwater Horizon - September 30
Speaking of recent news events getting the movie treatment, that huge oil spill in 2010 is also getting the movie treatment. You know, the biggest oil spill in U.S. history? I was initially going to put this specific project in the maybe category, but then I saw that this is another collaboration between Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg. That combo owned it in Lone Survivor.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - October 21
Out of all these movies I've mentioned, this just might be my most anticipated movie. Jack Reacher was one of my favorite movies of 2012 and I was deeply saddened when it initially seemed like the movie was a financial disappointment. Then a miracle happened. The movie held extremely well in the U.S. and killed it overseas. A sequel was justified. Now four years later, we are finally getting that sequel. And I hope many more sequels will follow. Let this be the new Bond or the new Mission: Impossible.

Doctor Strange - November 4
The recent honest trailer for Ant-Man had a line that really cracked me up. After Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, it seems like Marvel is selecting their movies based off a dare. I know very little about the Doctor Strange comics, but this is Marvel and they are on a roll right now. What little I have heard sounds pretty epic, though. And Benedict Cumberbatch is our star, so you can't go wrong there, right?

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - November 11
I've tried to point out more than just the big blockbusters when reviewing this year and that gets hard when we are previewing almost a year in advance, so I tried to pay close attention to directors that have a good track record and who better than Ang Lee? His last movie was back in 2012 with Life of Pi and if this one is even half as good as that one, we're in for a treat.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - November 18
The Harry Potter universe is back!! Many years of my life were spent either looking forward to the next book or movie and when the last movie came and went, it felt like there was a huge void left in me. Nothing more to look forward to? Way sad! But now we're back! We're doing a trilogy based on the life of the man who wrote this Fantastic Beasts textbook. J.K. Rowling has written the movie and David Yates is back directing, so we're in good hands! No original cast, but we have a new cast led by the great Eddie Redmayne.

Moana - November 23
For some reason I was under the impression that Disney's Moana was going to be hand drawn and I was excited about that. Don't know where I got that idea, but I recently learned I was 100 percent wrong. It's the Tangled and Frozen style again, which isn't bad I suppose. Moana has the directors of several Disney classics like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog, so I really hope we have another great addition to the Disney legacy here.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - December 16
Before we move onto Episode VIII, we will first get our first Star Wars anthology movie! If this is successful, it probably means we will be getting various Star Wars movies for the rest of our lives, which I'm not necessarily opposed to. There's a lot of opportunities for stories in the galaxy far, far away outside our normal story arc. This one is a movie that takes place right before Episode IV as it's about the rebel force trying to steal the Death Star plans. How epic is that! It's a great day to be a Star Wars fan!

The Bad:

Norm of the North - January 15
After all that good, it's now time to talk about the bad. January is known as the dumping ground for movies and this January looks like it has several stinkers, starting off with this atrocious looking animated movie. Marketing is being aggressive with this one and it's really getting on my nerves because none of the jokes in this land at all, yet they overuse them anyways as if they think they are funny. And I've only seen the trailers. I can't imagine with this full movie will be like.

Ride Along 2 - January 15
Ice Cube got put in the spotlight in a huge way with the movie Straight Outta Compton. I totally respect his background and his story after seeing that. But I still hate him as an actor. He can't act. Putting him along side the super annoying Kevin Hart was a really bad idea in the movie Ride Along as that was painful to watch. Yet it earned a ton of money somehow and now we have to suffer through a sequel.

The 5th Wave - January 22
Ever since franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games broke out, Hollywood is always searching for the next big young adult series to adapt to the big screen. I'm kinda getting sick of it. The 5th Wave stands trial next and it looks like it is bringing nothing new to the table at all. Can we be done with this trend? I really hope this movie flops so it can help end this trend. I mean, I liked The Hunger Games, but I'm ready to move on.

Fifty Shades of Black - January 29
It's bad enough that we were subjected to the garbage that is Fifty Shades of Grey. It doesn't help matters that we get a parody movie that almost looks as dumb as the movie it is trying to make fun of. The Wayans once were actually funny. I don't know what happened, but they lost their touch a long time ago and it doesn't look like they're getting it back.

The Choice - February 5
I should just ignore this one. But since I just put a lot of effort in my Brooklyn review about how romance dramas CAN be good, I have to point out that we are probably getting another bad one with yet another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. This opens on the same day as Hail, Caesar! and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If you can get your girl to go with you to either of those instead of this, you know you have someone special. 

How to Be Single - February 12
How fitting! Valentines Day gives us a movie about single's awareness this year! I should be intrigued, except this is a raunchy comedy with Rebel Wilson in the lead, whose comedy I find the most unfunny and painful to watch in the business right now. Let that girl's tongue unleash in an R-rated comedy and it's a disaster. I don't care who her costars are. Plus, Dakota Johnston and Leslie Mann don't make things much better.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant - March 18
Okay, I'll give this franchise a tiny bit of credit for trying to trick their fans into thinking they aren't just doing the same thing as every other book franchise by splitting the last book into two movies. Instead of calling it Allegiant Part 1 and Allegiant Part 2, it's now Allegiant and Ascendant. But you can't trick me! This is the first half of the final book in a trilogy that was bad to begin with and got worse with the sequel. You knew this was going to show up here.

God's Not Dead 2 - April 1
The more I think of the movie God's Not Dead, the worse it gets. As someone who believes in God, I listened to that debate at the end and found myself thinking that the kid's arguments were horrible. The professor won that debate. Except he didn't because the writing in the movie was putrid. And now we're doing it all again. In a court case this time. Oh dear...

Amityville: The Awakening - April 15
I told you the one horror movie I'm excited for (The Witch). Now are you ready for another long string of horrible horror movies? When it comes to bad horror, one thing Hollywood is really good at is not letting go of a once loved franchise. All they have to do here is slap "Amityville" on the title and they'll make a profit. They don't care about the quality.

Mother's Day - April 29
Oh how nice! Mother's Day is finally getting a movie to call its own. I genuinely think that's a fantastic idea! It's just that in this instance it's the same people that did Valentine's Day and New Years Eve, both of which where horrendous.

Alice Through the Looking Glass - May 27
I've praised Disney enough in this post. I've gotta slap them in the face just once. Back in 2010 they made a pretty terrible adaptation of one of their great animated movies in Alice in Wonderland and because it was the next 3D movie after Avatar, it somehow made $1 billion. So of course we get a sequel. I know there are people excited for this. I'm not. I hope it flops so we don't get a sub-par Alice in Wonderland trilogy.

The Conjuring 2 - June 10
Don't let them trick you! Sequels to good horror movies never work!! After focusing on quality the first time around, they get greedy and realize that if they can somehow come up with a sequel idea, they can earn even more money because it costs nothing to make horror movies. I hope it's different this time around. I hope they are trying to give us a quality sequel. But I won't believe it until I see it.

The Purge 3 - July 1
Speaking of which. I told you there are a lot of bad horror movies coming. And I told you that all they care about is money. We're going to get Purge movies until we're all old and grey because it costs nothing to make them and they're going to trick enough people into thinking it's good every time.

Ghostbusters - July 15
It's not that I don't like the idea of a politically correct Ghostbusters movie. Give me a good cast and I'll be like, fine whatever. But that's the thing. They're bringing back one of the most beloved 80's movies and they're turning it into another dumb Melissa McCarthy comedy. That's what it looks like anyways. And I'm not happy about it.

Ice Age: Collision Course - July 22
Yes, they are doing a fifth Ice Age movie. Do you know why? Because when you look at the overseas box office, three and four are two of the highest-grossing animated movies ever. The only thing that beats them is Frozen and Minions. I don't know why the rest of the world loves these movies so much, but they do and now because of it we are also going to get Ice Age movies until we are old and grey.

Star Trek Beyond - July 22
I make no secret over the fact that I thought Star Trek Into Darkness was a bad movie and a disgrace to the Star Trek name. Now that we sent J.J. over to the franchise where he belongs, the new direction for this franchise looks like we're turning it into a Fast & Furious spin-off movie. Oh hey! Look at the new director! It's Justin Lin from the Fast & Furious movies! It all makes sense now. Don't get me wrong, I love the Fast & Furious movies. But not in Star Trek.

Ben-Hur - August 12
Oh dear. Why are we remaking an old classic as amazing as Ben-Hur? Can't we just go back and watch the 1959 Charlton Heston movie again? It's still good! Okay, fine. At least give me a good director for this. Timur Bekmambetov? The director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Oh dear. A good cast? Jack Huston, Nazanin Boniadi, and Haluk Bilginer. Who? I'm ready to be surprised, but the initial promise isn't looking good.

Mechanic: Resurrection - August 26
Because the world really needed a sequel to The Mechanic. Well at least they're bringing Jason Statham back, which is something the Transporter franchise didn't think they needed to do this past year. The late August release date is what really gets me here. That's a sign of zero confidence from the makers of this movie.

Underworld 5 - October 14
You thought this franchise was done, did you? Ha ha ha! Underworld Awakening still made a lot of money back in 2012 comparatively, so apparently there's still a crowd of people that like these movies. They're moving from the dumping ground of January to the Halloween world of October. That's an interesting idea.

Ouija 2 - October 21
Making a bad horror movie and slapping on the name of a known franchise is one thing. Making a sequel to a beloved horror is a second. But the worst of worst comes when they make a sequel to a horror movie that everyone hated in the first place. But Ouija made money, so here's proof that the people making these movies really don't care about people's opinions. They just want to make money and making dumb horror movies is a good way to do that.

Bad Santa 2 - November 23
Out of all the Christmas movie franchises that could be brought back for a second go around, this is not the one that I would've guessed or hoped for. But after 13 years, it's back! I suppose The Night Before showed us that some people love raunchy Christmas movies. To each his own, I suppose.

Jumanji - December 25
Merry Christmas everyone!! The director of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, who also directed Battle Los Angeles and The Wrath of the Titans, is at it again. Ruining the childhoods of 90's kids all over the planet with another remake of a beloved 90's movie. Thank you Jonathan Liebesman. I appreciate it. And I'm also sure that Robin Williams is now rolling over in his grave at the idea of this.

The Maybe:

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - January 15
Following the success of Lone Survivor and American Sniper in the past two years, we now have to continue the tradition of making a war-themed movie in mid-January. This one was actually looking really good when I first saw the trailer. Then the reveal of "directed by Michael Bay" happened. My spirit sunk. So I drop this from good to maybe. But I'm not ready to call it bad just yet. Although if Michael Bay fails here, he should just quit making movies.

The Boy - January 22
Based on premise alone, this horror/thriller doesn't look that promising. A family's 8-year-old boy is a life-size and you have to follow his rules or else you're in trouble. Add to that the January release date and this looks like a disaster. HOWEVER. This does come from new production company STX Entertainment whose first movie was The Gift, which just happens to be one of my favorite movies of 2015. So I'll give The Boy a chance.

The Finest Hours - January 29
In case Michael Bay fails with his war drama in mid-January, Disney's got his back with another war drama that they are advertising is the true story of the most daring rescue mission in American history. We're talking about the Coast Guard here in 1952. Okay Disney, we'll see what you've got conjured up here.

Zoolander 2 - February 12
Zoolander is quite the funny movie. I'm not going to argue that. But comedy sequels are a tricky thing. Before I dub this as a must-see, hilarious comedy, might I remind you that Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To didn't quite hit the mark for people. I liked those two more than most, but still. This is one to be cautiously optimistic about given the history of this genre.

Gods of Egypt - February 26
"From the visionary director of I, Robot and The Crow" comes a movie from a director who's done nothing else that people have really remembered. But nice try trailer. Here we have a big, gorgeous CGI fest that could either be the big surprise of February or this year's Jupiter Ascending. I haven't quite decided which one it'll be.

London Has Fallen - March 4
Well this is a movie that came out of left field. I never actually got around to watching Olympus Has Fallen, but it looked like a fun movie. Yet I didn't expect a sequel to happen. But okay. I guess I'm fine with watching London get destroyed. I'll make sure to catch up on Olympus Has Fallen beforehand. If this does well again, what major city is next?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25
I know, I know. It's Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the first time in cinematic history! And yes, I've defending the Batfleck from day one, unlike most of the world. If they let Ben Affleck direct this one as well, I'd be totally down. But it's Zack Snyder again, who directed the atrocity that is Man of Steel. It looks like this will be a better movie, especially since we revealed the whole movie in the recent trailer, but I still can't get excited for anything Zack Snyder does until he proves to me that he can actually make a good movie.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - March 25
Talk about a movie sequel that I never saw coming. The first one is great. I hope this one is as well, but I'm not sure. Here's a fun fact for your day: My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the highest grossing movie ever to not hit #1 at the box office. It made $241 million over the course of 52 weeks in theaters. It's highest-grossing three-day weekend was only $11 million. That's quite the run.

Barbershop: The Next Cut - April 15
Sequels, sequels, sequels. I feel that's all I'm talking about on this list. So many of them this year. That's the day we live in. Cut and paste what I said about Zoolander 2. Except add that I personally have never gotten into the Barbershop movies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - June 3
Surprised that this didn't make the bad list? Yeah so am I. I was dreading the first one ever since it was announced and the ensuing trailers didn't help that case. They looked bad. And I was right. The movie was pretty bad. Although not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. So how did this one miss the hate list? Because I watched the trailer and it actually showed signs that it could be entertaining. A lot of TMNT fan service that has never shown up in a turtles movie yet. Action sequences that actually may be fun. And best of all, Stephen Amell is in the movie playing Casey Jones. That last part at least makes this movie worth trying.

Now You See Me 2 - June 10
I told you. Sequels, sequels, sequels. This one here is a sequel to one of my favorite movies from 2013. Now You See Me was such a great movie! But it was the type of movie that I thought was better as a stand alone film. I have no idea how they are going to make this sequel work. I'd explain that more, but it would require spoiling the first movie and I'm not going to do that.

Warcraft - June 10
Please don't hurt me for not salivating of this upcoming Warcraft movie. I've never gotten into Warcraft and certainly not World of Warcraft. I'm open to the idea of this being good, but there's two huge red flags for me. First is that this movie looks like it has way too much CGI. It's to the point where they might as well have made this an animated movie. Second is that video game movies rarely work. You'll hear that come up again later in this list.

Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24
Yes, I love Independence Day as well. But we have to keep in mind that this is a Roland Emmerich movie. His movies only go two ways. Either they are big, fun, Summer blockbusters that people love or they are big, stupid, wannabe blockbusters that everyone hates. Right after he made Independence Day, he made that horrible 1998 Godzilla movie. I hope this is the former category, but he's done too much of the latter that makes me put this sequel on this maybe list instead of the good list.

The Legend of Tarzan - July 1
We have have three big live-action remakes of a Disney animated movie this year and each one goes in a different category for me. Although to be fair, Tarzan has been around a lot longer than Disney's 1999 classic, but it still counts. This one, done by Waner Bros., has a great cast led by Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie as Tarzan and Jane. But I don't know. I'm not completely sold on this one yet.

The Secret Life of Pets - July 8
Illumination, the animation studio that brought us the Despicable Me films, has put together quite the hilarious marketing campaign for this movie. But it looks like it's just Toy Story with pets. I'm trying to figure out how this is going to work out. And I'm seeing a lot of funny scenes in the trailers, but I'm not getting what the storyline is or who our central characters are. It's just pets doing funny things while their owners are gone. But maybe we'll learn more of that later?

Sausage Party - August 12
Well this is a weird title for a animated kids movie. *looks at premise, cast, and crew* Oh. This is an animated movie meant for adults? I think? While I don't know if this specific movie will entertain me, I'm totally down for more animated movies directed at adults. Let's break that stereotype in a way that doesn't just include raunchy animated movies.

Pete's Dragon - August 12
Before we write off the idea of a live action remake of Pete's Dragon, perhaps we should look at the cast of this movie and perhaps consider that this could be a fun family affair in August made by Disney? We have Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford signed on to do this. Not bad.

The Magnificent Seven - September 23
You saw my thoughts on the new Ben-Hur movie and thus you know that I'm not a huge fan of remaking old classics, but the advantage that The Magnificent Seven has over Ben-Hur is a good cast led by Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, and Ethan Hawke and a capable director in Antoine Fuqua. So maybe this one could work?

Storks - September 23
Sony Animation is releasing some sort of animated movie at the end of September that they haven't told us about yet. Since we don't know about that one yet, I won't talk about it. Instead I will talk about this other movie that will be in direct competition with whatever that is and that is Warner Animation's new movie Storks, which seems fun. Warner joined the animation party in a huge way with The LEGO Movie the other year, so I'm in good terms with them right now.

Gambit - October 7
If this movie actually happens this year, I will say I'm intrigued. I don't know if Gambit is a character that needs his own movie, but I'm open. Word on the street is that this could be pushed to 2017 if it even stays on the schedule at all. So we'll see what happens.

Inferno - October 28
I'm going to be honest, I don't know a whole lot about the Robert Langdon series. The first two books in that series were turned into movies. That's The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). Apparently Inferno is the fourth book in the series. I'm not sure what happened to The Lost Symbol or why Inferno is coming first, but it is. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are both on board again, so that's good news right? I promise that I will have more of an opinion by the time this movie actually comes out in October.

Chicken Soup for the Soul - December 28
I remember this being a book that was read and loved by a lot of people back in the day. I was not one of those people that read it and I don't really know much about it outside the fact that it exists. But seeing a movie announced for this year about it caught my attention, so I'd figure I'd point it out. Not much is known about this and I'm not even sure if it's going to stay on the calendar for this year, but it's something to keep an eye out for.

Assassin's Creed - December 28
Remember when I talked about video game movies rarely working when I mentioned Warcraft and how I said I will come back to that? Well here we are. If there is any video game adaptation that is going to break that trend, it's Assassin's Creed. The story and the universe of this game lends itself very well to a movie or a series of movies. If this movie doesn't work out, then they should just stop trying to make it work. Let video games be video games and movies be movies.

Passengers - December 28
Last but not least, we also have a movie that I don't know a whole lot about. I just know that in about a year from now we have some sort of space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence that's not Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy. It's directed by Morten Tyldum, director of The Imitation Game. Space movies have had a very good track record recently, so I'd say this is good news. I just don't know enough about this to put it in my good category, but I'm leaning that way.

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