Top 25 Movies In 2016


It's that time of year again guys!

It's time to check out what movies I'm excited for. Last year I highlighted some movies on the post Whew! Movies Lineup and it was a lot of movies. Well I decided to highlight the top 25 movies real quick for you guys that I'm excited to see this year. This is just a quick rundown because I'm going to actually come out with a list for each different season and highlight them in the monthly update if there is something that I want to truly see.

But below is a complete list of the top movies I want to see this year. Most of these movies are months out and don't have trailers just yet, so bare with me on those. You should get an update sense of what's going on for each season as I will post my predictions for each. Here they are as followed:

(Bonus) Jumanji (December 25th)
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The only reason this movie is anywhere near this list is because I want to see if they are going to pay the proper homage to Robin Williams. Everyone loved the first one because it was one of the first epic fantasy child movies that had a bit of adult humor in it that my generation can remember, (hey 80's babies). It's deeply regarded as one of the better movies from the 90's and rightfully so. Robin Williams did a beautiful job in this movie and was in a string of roles that he had throughout the 90's that we love til this day. This movie can either be horribly bad or amazing awesome. But this is Sony we're talking about here, so it's a high probably that it's going to be horribly bad. No information is out at this time, so we'll wait to see if this movie gets made or shelved.

25. The Strangers 2 (December 2nd)
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The only horror movie entry on this list serves as a sequel to 2008's hit film. The reason why I watched the first entry was due to the fact that it was filmed in my hometown and it starred Liv Tyler, (whom I love to death). As you guys know I'm not big into horror movies and I almost didn't watch it until I said forget it and just watched it. The original was smart, well executed and the ending wasn't expected at all. This was more so a thriller or over the top drama than a horror movie. But all of that taken into account makes for a great sequel coming up if they can do it right. The reason this movie is so low is because there are so many good movies coming out, but make no mistake, this is going to be the best horror movie of the year if all the stars align just right.

24. Barbershop: The Next Cut (April 15th)
I wasn't too thrilled with the second entry into the series and the third one looks a bit on the cheesy side as well, but I'd be remiss if I didn't have this on the list. It's nice to see Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer, Eve and the original cast return for some continuity. Although it would have been nice to have Queen Latifah back for this sequel but I'll take Regina Hall any day of the week. Hopefully Tyga meets the same fate as he did in that one movie he starred in last year. Coming out during the first months of spring, it can either be a hit for those wanting to return to the movie theaters, or an extreme flop by those same people that have been sitting around all winter watching Netflix and refining their critiquing skills.

23. Warcraft (June 10th)
Another great movie with potential to do well, but also with that same potential to do horrible. When I first saw the teaser trailer I put this movie in the top 10; when I saw the actual trailer, it fell back to this place, and rightfully so. This movie is the evil cousin to The Force Awakens when it comes to CGI. Part of what made Star Wars so great was the fact that it relied more on props than CGI to get it's point across. That proved that audiences want a more authentic type of movie and Star Wars proved that it could be pulled off. Hopefully the talents of Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin and Clancy Brown can prove to be enough star power to keep this movie from being a bomb.

22. Ride Along 2 (January 15th)
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are back again for the sequel to 2014's hit movie. The first one was good enough for a sequel treatment and I feel if things go as how I think they'll go in my head, then this will be a good film. If it doesn't, then this has the chance to be at the very least a funny movie the first go around. The usual cast is here and it seems like it's doing the same thing as the first movie and that's playing on the cheap laughs and over the top action scenes. I'll more than likely go and see this movie just off the strength of supporting Cube and Kevin as I always do. This will be a funny movie, hopefully better than Get Hard. Tika Sumpter, T.I., Tyrese, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, and Ken Jeong will all add the necessary stuff to keep this movie level and also serve at a great shot for a third entry to the series.

21. Finding Dory (June 17th)
This movie comes to no surprise to anyone who has seen the first one, Dory was just that great in the first one. While Nemo's story was a very touching and heartwarming but Dory was the best thing about that movie to me. Her antics and just overall clumsiness was just so funny that you wanted to see more of her. Ellen DeGeneres was made for that role and she nailed it perfectly. This is one of those movies that I put on my list as a guilty pleasure and I'll probably borrow one of my nephews or friends kids to use an excuse to go see. I currently have this movie pegged as my animated movie of the year.

20. Kung Fu Panda 3 (January 29th)
The reason I have this movie before Finding Dory is because it's a sure thing. Kung Fu Panda by large is one of the great animated movie series of all time. The movies aren't classic, but they're steady and enjoyable. There has been a lot of stuff coming out of the franchise, but the third entry comes five years after the second one. So for someone like me who doesn't watch a lot of TV then it's been a little while since I've seen anything about it. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Bryan Cranston and Kate Hudson round out a cast that should make this movie that much more awesome.

19. Now You See Me 2 (June 10th)
I'm ready for this movie to come out simply because the first one did so many cool things that I haven't seen in a movie before. I mean I've seen magic tricks before but I haven't seen them on the scale on which they combined them with the action sequences. The ultimate plot twist at the end really left me guessing til the final bell, which is a great thing considering I can regularly figure out movies before it even gets going. The action wasn't over the top and the magic tricks weren't corny, (even the ones I've seen before). Everything in the first one was done right and I'm hoping for the exact same with the sequel. With a cast that includes  Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Lizzy Caplan, this movie has all the potential to be better than the first one.

18. The Magnificent Seven (September 23rd)
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Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, and Peter Sarsgaard all in one movie, I'll take it. This movie has all the workings of a great movie and continues the trend of top notch western's that seem to be making their way to theaters. I'm shoeing this in as the best western of the year, beating out Jane Got A Gun. I expect this movie to be smart, well done and hard hitting. They literally have cast that can lead this movie with relatively unknowns on their own, so for them to come together will be a task not taken lightly. I have high hopes for this movie and I expect that they won't be let down by Antoine Fuqua who has been on a roll as of late, (Southpaw, The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen and Brooklyn's Finest).

17. London Has Fallen (March 4th)
I don't care what people say, Olympus Has Fallen was pretty awesome. I mean I felt a certain level of corniness, but that was completely overshadowed by Gerard Butler's performance. The first one was semi gritty and chalked full of well paced and well timed action sequences that elevate that 90's action film style that I've sorely missed. This movie is all about the action, with a simple premise, that has a very well oiled cast. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, and Morgan Freeman all make up a cast that returns and looks to put on the same top notch performances as before. This is a low number due to other films coming out, and it's based on potential, but I feel at year's end, it will be in the top ten.

16. The Best Man Wedding (TBA)
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Hopefully keeping with the trend of The Best Man Holiday, this movie will be great. Now I don't know what they could do in terms of a plot as big as Best Man Holiday but I know that there will be something. Seeming returning all the pieces of the original cast minus Monica Calhoun for obvious reasons, there's no way this movie could flop. Well that's unless they regress in terms of plot and the cast suddenly forgets how to act. I expect this movie to continue the trend of black movies finally getting their just dues in the mainstream media. With no other information to announce on this movie other than it's releasing in 2016, I'm hoping that it still makes it's way out during the course of the year, maybe a late run during the holiday season.

15. Central Intelligence (June 17th)
This movie is my comedy of the year based off the trailer alone. Whatever water Dwayne Johnson is drinking from, I need him to keep drinking it because he's putting out all of the movies that fit him perfectly. I think his comedic side fits perfectly with Kevin Hart's style of comedy and I think the back and forth between these two in this film will be great. The most impressive thing is that they bought hype to this movie from their antics behind the scenes, which were promoted through social media. Even though it's the beginning of the year and this film doesn't come out until well into the year, I hope they keep the trailers minimal and just build anticipation through their various media appearances. I fully expect this movie to do well and earn it's nod as Comedy of the year.

14. The Purge 3 (July 1st)
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The second one redeemed the franchise in a major way, thanks to the solid plot line and the acting chops of Frank Grillo. The first movie was ok, the part I love the best was when Ethan Hawke went completely bat shit on all the intruders in the home and held his own. The second entry kicked up it several notches and launched an all out action movie right into our laps. I was really worried about the second, but it calmed all my fears and set the proper standards for this film. Edwin Hodge returns as the guy who went from prey to revolutionary and hopefully his story will be explained this go around. I pray that Michael K. Williams returns as Carmelo because he was simply a bad dude and he had the potential to take this movie to the next level; although I wouldn't be mad if they held him out for the fourth film. Either way, this movie could move right up the list by years end if it performs the way I hope it does.

13. Doctor Strange (November 4th)
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Amazingly enough, when this movie was announced I automatically thought of Benedict Cumberbatch playing this role for some reason; It just made sense. Doctor Strange is one of the Marvel characters that I wanted to see come to life because of the potential interactions that he would have Iron Man and the others. This is one of the more ambitious castings that Marvel has taken on with any of their films. The casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton makes for interesting ones but I feel like they will add a level of artistry to these roles that haven't been seen yet in a Marvel film. I'm looking forward to big things from this movie, and judging by the way Marvel Studios makes their films, this will be another shoe in for great movie.

12. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (November 18th)
Little known fact, I'm a bit of a nerd. There are few movie series that I like, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of The Rings & Harry Potter. Naturally when I heard this movie was coming out I was excited to see what would come of this, and when I heard it was going to be a new trilogy, I was automatically hooked. There is a lot to this movie at the moment and I'm only going with the trailer that sets everything off for me at the moment. If you're a fan of the Harry Potter Franchise then check out the trailer and go from there.

11. Star Trek Beyond (July 8th)
It hurts to put this movie this low. I originally had it in my top 3, but after seeing the trailer I'm scared that it's going to suffer the same treatment as Spectre did for me. I'm hoping that it's not going to be the same thing, but for now I have it right outside of my top ten and currently listed as my biggest let down of the year award. I'm praying to the movie God's that this movie pulls through and offers all that I hope for a franchise that hasn't let me down in recent outings. I don't want another Guardians of The Galaxy movie that everyone compares it to, I want a Star Trek movie and hopefully Justin Lin keeps it true to the franchise.

10. The Jungle Book (April 15th)
I'm a bit scared of this movie. I want it to do so well so bad and I have such high hopes for it, yet this could be potentially bad if it's made to be too kid friendly. If you tell me that you have a movie cast lined with the likes of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken, then I will tell you that you have one of the best movies of the year on your hands. If the movie looks anything like the trailer looks then you not only have one of the best films of the year on your hand, you'll have a potential Oscar worthy film, take my words to the bank on that one. I'm penciling this in as my surprise movie of the year for the Oscar nod alone; don't be surprised when this movie does well. With Disney doing absolutely no wrong with their movies as of late, this one will prove to be another notch on their belt.

9. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)
The first two parts of this chapter were great from the point of correcting numerous mistakes brought on by the original trilogy. Further more i bought on the old cast in a sort of nostalgic moment. This movie will serve as a launching point of a new couple of entries in this series. I have high hopes for this movie, but the trailer was kind of sub par to me. As I learn more about this movie though, the more I get excited for it to come out. With five other superhero movies coming out this year, I'm placing it firmly as the fifth one on that list. Hopefully the magic is still there and that this cast can hold its own now that they have the series that they want it to be. If this movie sets up the next set of movies with what the rumors are saying it will be, I'm excited just off the strength of the one scene I know is in there.

8. Suicide Squad (August 5th)
If this movie stays true to the comics, then it will be great as long as the cast pulls off their roles without a hitch. If they deviate from the comics and the cast pulls out all the stops, (which I fully expect them to), this movie will be great. With the cast of  Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis, Warner Brothers literally pulled out all of the stops for this one. And the fact that it's in the same universe as the other lone DC movie on this list, I'm really excited for it's potential. While everyone harps over Leto's version of the joker in comparisons to Heath's, I'm sitting back in anticipation for it. There are different incarnations of the Joker and this version is one of the latest and greatest from when I was smidget younger. The trailer gave me something to hope for in case that other DC movie on the list flops. This movie will be good, mark my words.

7. The Huntsman: Winter's War (April 22nd)
If this was last year this movie would be in my top three, that just goes to show you how strong the movies are for this year. Snow White And The Huntsman was a enjoyable movie because of two people Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Without them and their ability to actually act, I fear Kristen Stewart would have easily ruined that movie for me and a host of other people that share my feelings. Especially after that mess she and the director pulled while filming the movie just adds to a little bit of the eh I have towards it. But by judging from the trailer, Hemsworth and Theron do their thing while Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Colin Morgan, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain all add so much to the overall movie. I was excited just for the fact that this movie was being made, when I saw the cast for the first time in the trailer, I was sold. I know this movie will do well, I'm just wondering how well it will do.

6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25th)
Just two spots below this one, I mentioned this movie and it nearly misses the top five. The reasons I have for not putting this movie higher on the list is because of one man, Ben Affleck. This movie literally will either fail or succeed based off his performance. I could name a dozen of other actors that could have played this role other than him, but I'm going to give him a chance on this one. From what I've seen from the previews he looks like he's doing a good job of playing Bruce, (which ironically seems like a great fit for him). I had ZERO problems with Henry Cavill portrayal of Superman and the movie Man of Steel in general. Everyone harped on that movie because they said it was too dark and was typically a light heart and supposed kid friendly movie. No offense to those comic book purest, but that version of Superman sucked and it showed at the box office, many times. I think Henry does a great job of being Superman and that the way they are making these movies are important. I think they tried to do too much with this movie too fast, and that's just judging off the trailers that has practically shown half of the movie. Hopefully Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot all make this movie more than what others are hoping it doesn't turn into. Take note Warner Brothers, don't be Fox here, just don't please.

5. Triple 9 (February 19th)
Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot that is a cast for your ass right there. If that list of names didn't convince you, watch the trailer and that should do the trick. This movie is going to be awesome if it's done exactly right but it could go the other way easily. But with the amount of acting chops in this movie, there shouldn't be a problem with this movie being the movie of the year. There are enough actors here that have vast experience with dramas and/or movies dealing with high speed chases and shootouts. I penciled this in as my movie of the year; movie of the year at #5 you ask? This movie is based of movies I've been waiting to see, not what's going to be the best, hopefully it won't let me down.

4. Deadpool (February 12th)
"The Merc with a mouth" finally has his featured film. Speaking solely on the Deadpool character, he's probably like top 3 as far as I'm concerned when it comes to all time favorites. He's easily the funniest and most ass kicking one that has ever existed and to not see him in any kind of Marvel films in the future is a little disheartening. Luckily through a trailer that was released and a picture, we know that he's in the same universe as the X-Men, which could be huge later down the line. But as for this movie, this is something we wanted ever since we saw Ryan Reynolds in that horrible Wolverine Origins movie. Intent on competing with the Marvel Studios, Fox actually let Deadpool be Deadpool and it's rated R surprisingly. With each trailer that comes out, I get more and more excited for this movie. There is only one other comic book movie that I've been waiting on to see and you'll read about it soon. For now, Deadpool looks like a solid lock for number two comic movie on the year and could slide up to three on the year end list if this next movie shoots itself in the foot.

3. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24th)
We've been waiting since 1996 for this sequel, and a whole 20 years later it finally comes. I was worried this movie was going to be horrible without Will Smith. I mean after all him and Jeff Goldblum basically made this movie what it was. Then there was my fear that after recent stunts and lackluster movies on Vivica A. Fox part, I didn't really have high hopes for this movie. When I initially made this list, it was number 14. But after seeing that trailer every single fear that I had was shot right out the window and into orbit. The look of this movie alone is enough for me to go see it and be in awe, but then to hear Bill Pullman voice and see Jeff on the screen again, I'm here for it all. I'm a huge fan of Liam Hemsworth, (those brothers are really doing great things), and Jessie Usher as a grown up Dylan is going to take this movie a long way. The only way this movie doesn't live up to expectations is for the plot to fall through and the cast to just lose their way around a set; neither I see happening. This is going to be the next summer blockbuster movie and I predict now that it's going to either hit 800 million or knock on a billions door, especially since it's going to be in theaters on Independence Day.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th)
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After The Force Awakens, I don't think anyone is surprised that this movie is this high on the list. Set right after the formation of the Galactic Empire, a band of rebels tries to steal the plans for the Death Star. Besides the fact that Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk are all cast to appear in this movie, it also marks the return of Darth Vader. I know that people are looking to move forward and not backward in the franchise, but I think this movie will be just as valuable as the sequel trilogy installments. It's probably going to tie in somehow or someway to the new movies, but if it doesn't, I'll be happy either way. I'm not comparing it to any of other Star Wars movie that comes out, I'm simply going to enjoy it; that's why it's number two on my list. I fully expect this movie to be at this same place on this list at year's end.

1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6th)
Here we are, at number one.

This is the movie that we all want to see, nerds, purist and causal fans alike. The last in the Captain America Trilogy will be the greatest and it will set into motion the end of phase three events. If they stay true to the comics then this could be the biggest shift in comic book movie history. I fully expect Marvel to capitalize on that and I'm excited about the next couple of movies if they do so. Even if they don't, the fact that Spider-Man, Ant-Man and freaking Black Panther all show up in this movie is enough to get people excited about this movie. Best of all, Marvel is doing it's Marvel thing and giving us just enough to get excited about, (re: the trailer), without giving away too much. If that trailer is any indication of what's going to happen, then this movie will be full of drama and ass kicking the likes we have not seen in the Marvel universe.

And I'm completely ready for it all.

As another bonus, here is an early prediction on the year awards

Movie of The Year
Captain America: Civil War

Worse Movie of The Year
Gods of Egypt

Surprise Movie of The Year
The Jungle book

 Biggest Let Down
Star Trek Beyond

Best Action Movie

Independence Day: Resurgence

Best Comedy

Central Intelligence

Best Drama

Triple 9

Best Animated Feature
Finding Dory

Best Sports Movie

Best Horror Movie
The Strangers 2

Best Western Movie
The Magnificent Seven

Those are the top 25 movies that I want to see this year, plus early movie award perdictions. Hopefully nothing changes and they all come out on time, and as the trailers come I'll update you guys on those on the different season posts. If you feel different about anything on my list, feel free to comment below. I love hearing from you guys.

Until next time!

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