With summer nearly to a drawing to a close, Hollywood has taken moviegoers on several different adventures this year. Some of them have been in space, others with your favorite superheroes, and there’s been that “Squad” people have been talking about lately. All that being said here are some outstanding movies still remaining in 2016, and I’m going to count them down for you.
#10: “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”
Tom Cruise reprises his role as the title character, and this time him stops a major government conspiracy from taking place. Colbie Smulders (The Avengers) co stars with him as his partner to help him try to uncover the truth. This sequel was written and directed by Edward Wzick, and it hits theaters on October 21st
#9: “Bad Santa 2”
Billy Bob Thornton returns over a decade later to play naughty ol’ St. Nick in this classic. Willie (Thornton) is driven by his need for cheap alcohol, greed, and making others miserably. Also returning is his mischievous sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox), this time the two plan on doing something crazier, Knocking off a charity ball. The incomparable Kathy Bates also lends her talents to not to miss comedy. Mark Waters directs and look for this right before Thanksgiving on November 23rd.
This is the third Dan Brown book to hit the big screen, the first “The DaVinci Code” was a huge hit and racked up $224 million worldwide ($77 million of that was domestic) Tom Hanks returns (in the first of his two roles this fall) as symbologist Robert Langdon waking up with amnesia with no knowledge on how he got there. With the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones who also has two roles this season) together they must solve go around Europe and solve the many puzzles based from Dante’s Inferno in order to stop world annihilation. Ron Howard returns for this third installment as it makes it way into theaters on October 28th.
#7: “The Magnificent Seven”
This classic tale is originally based on the old Japanese 1954 tale entitled “The Seven Samurai” which was about seven warriors who vowed to protect their villages from bandits. A few years later it was remade in a western starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Today, it is being remade once again this time with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt along with others. The story remains the same, this combination of outlaws are out for justice using any means necessary.
#6: “The Birth of a Nation”
First debuting at this year’s Sundance film festival with rave reviews it won the prestigious U.S Dramatic Audience Award along with the U.S. Dramatic Jury Award, two of highest honors. Written, directed and starring Nate Parker as slave Nat Turner as he leads others in one of the biggest uprising in history. This film should not be missed and definitely will get some consideration at the end of February of next year.
#5: “Assassin’s Creed”
Here we go again another video game movie. I have to say though the feel of this one looks different. It looks like Ubisoft has taken the time to develop the story. Micheal Fassbender heads the cast as Callum Lynch, a recently deceased man who is brought back to life to try an access memories using a machine called the Animus. He begins to learn about his past ancestor and begins to train as a master assassin. Look for this right before Christmas on December 21st.
Oliver Stone has decided to tackle a story one of the most intriguing men in United States has ever seen, Edward Snowden. Joseph Gordon Levitt takes on the role of the 33 year old who was responsible for one of the systemic breaches of national security in history. Scott Eastwood, yes Clint’s son, co stars in this riveting drama. This film gets a nationwide release in about a month on September 16th.
One of the greatest stories is now being told and brought to the big screen (The Miracle on the Hudson) Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Chelsey Sulllenberger who miraculously navigated an Airbus A320 onto the Hudson River and saved 150 lives. Clint Eastwood directs his second biopic in a row, his first was last year’s “American Sniper”. This movie flies into theaters September 8th.
#2: “Doctor Strange”
Marvel has done it again, they gotten the anticipation up for the 13th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the second in Phase 3. This time the subject is Dr. Steven Strange one of the top neurosurgeons in the world until a car accident leaves him without the ability to use his hands, and leaves him helpless. Feeling useless in his life, he leaves New York with out direction until he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She teaches him to be one of the most powerful sorcerers in the universe. This movie appears on your theater screens November 4th.
#1: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Need I say more…? After the overwhelming success of “The Force Awakens” everyone including yours truly is feverishly looking forward to December 16th. This is the first of what many suspect as several stand alone films, we know that a Boba Fett and young Han Solo movie are the works. This movie takes place right before Episode IV: A New Hope. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso who helps the Rebel Alliance steal the battle plans in order to destroy the Death Star. Jimmy Smits and Forest Whitaker also costar as Bail Organa and Saw Gerrera respectively. Lastly, and probably the thing people are looking forward to the most, James Earl Jones is coming back to reprise his role as the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Get your tickets early because they will go quickly. “Rogue One” flies into a theater near you on December 16th.
So while summer maybe gone we have a lot of great movies to look forward to for the rest of the year. I will see you at the movies.
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