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2016 Movie Review
POSTED | 2:51 AM | 10-01-2016

2016 Movie Review

Yahoo Movie Staff count down the films that have us feeling like ’16 will be extra-sweet.

There will be plenty of superheroes at the movies in 2016, with the Avengers, X-Men, Suicide Squad, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Gambit, Doctor Strange, and Deadpool all getting some action. But there’s also some heavyweight comedy (like Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot and a Zoolander sequel), highly anticipated animation (like the Nemo sequel Finding Dory and the new princess movie Moana), irresistible romantic pairings (like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land and Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers), and Oscar-friendly adult dramas (like biopics Sully and The Founder). Let’s count down the films that have us feeling like ’16 will be extra-sweet.

Zoolander 2

Release date: Feb 12

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig 

Director: Ben Stiller 

The scoop: It’s been 15 years since we first caught Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel McDonald (Wilson) battling on the runway and foiling nefarious fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell). All three are back in action with new additions, including the heavily Botox’d  Alexanya (Wiig) and Interpol agent Valentina (Penélope Cruz) — who is tasked with stopping the killing of the world’s most beautiful people (including Justin Bieber!)


Release date: March 4

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore 

The scoop: Imagine a thriving metropolis where animals rule and humans never existed. Disney Animation’s most technically intricate feature to date, Zootopia follows an ambitious meter-maid bunny (Goodwin) who teams up with a scam-artist fox (Bateman) to solve a thorny case. The duo scour the city’s astoundingly diverse neighborhoods filled with unique vegetation and colorful — sometimes very slow — citizens.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Release date: March 25

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams 

Director: Zack Snyder 

The scoop: Snyder’s dark and brooding style goes even darker as a grizzled Batman (Affleck) faces off against Superman (Cavill), who’s transformed into a virtual demigod. The two revered superheroes become entrenched in a war, distracting them from the impending threat of Doomsday and, perhaps, the arrival of a certain Wonder Woman (Gadot). Will they quell their quarreling for the greater good? We’ll find out in spring!

The Boss

Release date: April 8

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell

Director: Ben Falcone

The scoop: McCarthy teams up with Tammy director (and real-life husband and writing partner) Falcone again. But this time, she’s drunk with power as the golden phoenix-riding “wealthiest woman in America,” Michelle Darnell. After Darnell gets busted for insider trading, she goes bankrupt. Out to reinvent her image, she looks to grade-school girls to help her form a brownie-selling empire.

Captain America: Civil War

Release date: May 6

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

The scoop: It’s been called Avengers 2.5, and understandably so: Almost all of Marvel’s A-team returns for Cap’s third “standalone” feature, which finds Mr America (Evans) and Iron Man (Downey) clashing over the government’s crackdown on their squad’s special brand of vigilantism. But what Cap 3 will miss in no-shows Thor and Hulk it will make up for in the introduction of the highly anticipated Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the presence of Sony’s crossover gift Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Whose sides will they be on? Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long to find out: For the sixth straight year, Marvel has the honor of kicking off the summer movie season with all kinds of bangs.

Money Monster

Release date: May 13

Starring: Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Jack O’Connell

Director: Jodie Foster

The scoop: Ocean’s Eleven pals Clooney and Roberts reunite in this dramatic thriller that marks the fourth film helmed by Oscar-winning actress turned director Foster. Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-esque TV finance guru whose network is taken hostage by a man (Unbroken’s O’Connell) who lost everything on a bad stock tip, while Roberts appears as the host’s love interest. With an early spring release slotted in between the Avengers and X-Men, this could be just the counter-programming our summer blockbuster season needs.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release date: June 24

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher

Director: Roland Emmerich

The scoop: The bad news is original ID4 hero Will Smith is not back to save the day again. But the good news: Jeff Goldblum is, and from the looks of the first trailer, his character, David Levinson, has an even more involved role in fending off hostile ETs exactly two decades after the first attack. Joining him for the festivities are fresh faces Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), newcomer Usher, and Ward (Gone Girl) as the new president. Just a hunch, but our money’s on humanity again.

Star Trek Beyond

Release date: July 22

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg

Director: Justin Lin

The scoop: There are a lot of challenges facing the crew of the Enterprise this time around: They’ve lost their director (J.J. Abrams jumped ship for Star Wars), their last outing (2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness) received lukewarm reviews, and fans weren’t all that impressed by the film’s first trailer. But co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg promises that there’s much more to see and that Beyond is more in keeping with the Star Trek ethos.

Suicide Squad

Release date: Aug 5

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman

Director: David Ayer

The scoop: DC’s demented squad of antiheroes and straight-up villains unites for the multiverse’s second film of 2016, after Batman v Superman. There’s a lot of intrigue around this one: Will Leto, who went full-Method to play the Joker, live up to Heath Ledger’s incredible legacy? Is there an appetite for a dark, twisted supervillain flick? And will it really be that dark and twisted, considering Warner Bros.’ investment in the franchise?

The Founder

Release date: Nov 25

Starring: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini

Director: John Lee Hancock

The scoop: If you’ve ever wondered how the Egg McMuffin gets made, this is your movie. Hancock’s biopic stars Keaton (on a roll after Birdman and Spotlight) as Ray Kroc, the milkshake-dispenser salesman who wrestled control of the McDonald’s company from its namesake founders — and turned it into the massive fast-food brand it’s become today.

Photo caption: Michael Fassbender in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ (20th Century Fox)




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