17 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2016
From Bridget Jones...to Batman
A new year means a whole slew of new movies to get super excited about. Make it your resolution to save the date…there’s something for everyone on this blockbuster list.
"HAIL, CAESAR!" (FEBRUARY 5)
The Coen Brothers are back, this time with a comedy about a 1950s Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) who has to “handle” things when a major movie star (George Clooney) gets kidnapped. Calamity ensues, carried out by a power cast, which also includes Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and more.
"HOW TO BE SINGLE" (FEBRUARY 12)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rebel Wilson teaches Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) how to navigate the dating world post-breakup. Judging by the trailer, her advice is solid.
"ZOOLANDER 2" (FEBRUARY 12)
In this much-hyped sequel, Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must stop a conspiracy to kill off the most beautiful people. Expect too-good-to-be-true cameos (like Benedict Cumberbatch and Justin Bieber) and plenty of Blue Steel poses.
"RACE" (FEBRUARY 19)
Newcomer Stephan James stars in this biopic about Jesse Owens, the track and field athlete who was thrust onto the world stage during the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games when he faced off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Jason Sudeikis plays his coach.
"WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT" (MARCH 4)
Based on Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle, Tina Fey stars in this comedy as Barker, a reporter embedded with the U.S. army in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the early days of the war. There, she’s charged with navigating the battle…and the ex-pat (ahem, hook-up) social scene. (Margot Robbie, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton also star.)
"HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS" (MARCH 11)
Sally Field plays a 60-something single woman who crushes hard on her hunky and much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield) in this romantic comedy from the director of Wet Hot American Summer. (PS: The trailer kinda makes our heart melt.)
"BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE" (MARCH 25)
The countdown is officially on for this long-awaited blockbuster, which pits Batman (Ben Affleck) against Superman (Henry Cavill) as the two go head-to-head in a gladiator-style battle stemming from an age-old personal vendetta. Will Affleck be able to fill Batman’s superhero shoes? Will the whole thing clock in at under three hours? (Survey says… unlikely.)
"MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2" (MARCH 25)
Prepare yourself for another Portokalos wedding. Turns out Toula’s (Nia Vardalos) parents were never legally married, so the delightfully overbearing Greek clan gathers together to throw them the celebration of the year. And yes, dreamboat John Corbett is back, too.
"THE BOSS" (APRIL 8)
Boss lady Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell (ahem, Martha Stewart) in this comedy about one of the biggest CEOs in the world, who is sent to prison for insider trading. When she gets out, her efforts to rebrand herself (with help from Kristen Bell, who plays one of her mistreated employees) don’t go quite as planned.
"SNOWDEN" (MAY 13)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as former CIA employee Edward Snowden in this political thriller about the man who leaked confidential documents to the media. The supporting cast--Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo--is top-notch, and it’s already getting a lot of early buzz.
"INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE" (JUNE 24)
The aliens are back--and so are Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox (sorry, no Will Smith this time), with big plans to unite mankind against a new extra-solar threat. Rounding out the cast? Franchise newbies Liam Hemsworth, Jesse Hiller and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Welcome to Earth.
"LA LA LAND" (JULY 15)
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this musical comedy, from the director of Whiplash, about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress living in LA. Cue the Crazy, Stupid, Love reunion.
"GHOSTBUSTERS" (JULY 15)
We’re psyched for the all-female remake of the 1984 classic, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. (Catchy theme song totally included.)
"BRIDGET JONES’S BABY" (SEPTEMBER 16)
Yep, Bridget is back…and she’s got a baby on board. But is the father Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or newcomer Patrick Dempsey? We’ll have to wait for the fall to find out.
"THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN"
It was one of the best books of the year--now, Emily Blunt is set to star as Rachel in the film adaptation of the British thriller.
"FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM" (NOVEMBER 18)
Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander in this prequel to the Harry Potter movies, about a “magizoologist” in 1920s New York. Everything goes as planned until an incident that could cause trouble for both the wizarding and Muggle worlds.