10 Most Anticipated Fall/Winter 2016 Films
With the summer movie season wrapping up, it’s time to look ahead to the remaining film offerings of 2016 this fall and winter (September to December). While there could be more intriguing titles announced or slated for release in the future (this is prime awards movie season after all), the 10 films listed below are the ones I am looking forward to the most. On with the list!
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- If I could only see one film this fall, this would be it. Granted, I am biased as a “Star Wars” devotee, but there’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing this franchise go in a new direction. Not only is it the first live-action non episodic SW film, but it will be a war/mission movie with a cast of (almost) entirely new characters.
- Shin Godzilla/Godzilla Resurgence- The first new Japanese Godzilla film in 12 years is set to be released by Funimation later this year. Need I say more?
- Blair Witch- One of the best surprises this year was the revelation that “The Woods” is actually a new long overdue Blair Witch sequel. There’s so much potential with this franchise and I am dying to see what director Adam Wingard comes up with.
- Doctor Strange- Anyone that knows the “Doctor Strange” comic books will know that Marvel’s latest film will take viewers on a decidedly different kind of journey. Let’s hope it’s a journey worth taking.
- Bad Santa 2- I am cautiously optimistic about this sequel. On one hand, I can’t wait to see Billy Bob Thornton back as Willie. On the other hand, I am concerned the writers will recycle jokes and plot elements. Time will tell on what kind of sequel it will be.
- Mascots- A new Christopher Guest movie debuting on Netflix? Sign me up.
- Arrival- We have yet to see a trailer from Dennis Villeneuve’s new alien/sci-fi tale, but judging by the description and talent involved, this could be something special.
- Phantasm: Ravager- The long awaited fifth installment in the weird horror franchise “Phantasm” could easily be a dud, but I’m certainly curious to see the late great Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man one last time. On a similar note, viewers should be on the lookout for the remastered version of the original “Phantasm” as well.
- Passengers- Again, there has yet to be a trailer for this original sci-fi film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, but I’d wager there’s a good reason this is easily one of the most buzzed about fall films.
- La La Land- “Whiplash” director Damien Chazelle returns with a jazzy musical-comedy starring Miles Teller and Emma Stone. If the trailer is any indication, we’re in for a real treat.
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