Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016


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The year 2015 is almost over. Yet before we take a look at the best and worst in movies that this year had to offer, let's just remind ourselves at what movie experiences await us in 2016.
While comic book movies, remakes, reboots and the ever so resident sequelitis are still dominating Hollywood and thus the majority of the movie industry nowadays, there is nevertheless quite some reason to be excited or at least very curious about some of 2016's biggest upcoming movies.
Whether some of them are sure to turn out great or maybe going to be absolute flops, oftentimes it's the sheer curiosity and anticipation of finding out how the movie will ultimately turn out that can be more than enough to grant it a spot on this list.

With that said, these are Invisible Kid's Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016!

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#10
Zoolander 2
directed by Ben Stiller



To kick things off in style, Derek Zoolander along with his model buddy Hansel return in the long overdue sequel to one of Ben Stiller's best comedies: Zoolander 2.

Taking place 15 years after the events of the original, Zoolander 2 has Derek and Hansel not only face today's weird trends in the fashion world but also a bizarre case of murders involving Derek's signature look.
The first trailer for Zoolander 2 turns out quite promising with the same amount of just ridiculously dumb humor from the original. Additionally, with Derek and Hansel now being partners right from the start, actors like Will Ferrell as Mugatu returning, and Kristen Wiig joining the cast as a hilariously obscure Russian fashion diva, Zoolander 2 has quite some things going for it.
Here's hoping that the trailers don't spoil the best parts of the movie and leave most of the true comedic surprises for when the movie hits theaters.

Watch the trailer here.




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#9
X-Men: Apocalypse
directed by Bryan Singer



After the events of Days of Future Past, constellations in the X-Men franchise have greatly altered. While many events from previous X-Men flicks have been redconned, it's now especially interesting which ways the franchise will take in future installments.
A first taste of that will be given in Bryan Singers' upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Focussing on the rise of the incredibly powerful, ancient mutant Apocalypse, X-Men: Apocalypse once again focusses on the younger versions of fan favorite characters like Magneto, Psylocke, Storm, etc. who are all split into two opposing factions.
While the look of Apocalypse has rightfully been subject of concern after its reveal, there's still a lot of trust to be had in Bryan Singer's directing talent, responsible for the best entries in the X-Men franchise to date.
Hopefully, Singer as well as the young ensemble cast can manage to recreate the same amazement and awe that audiences once felt when watching X-Men 2 back in 2003.
 



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#8
Warcraft
directed by Duncan Jones



A final hope for videogame movies?
The big live-action videogame adaptation of Warcraft will be released in theaters in June of next year.
While it surely isn't breaking any new ground with its premise or main plot (at least according to what the first trailer showed us), a nevertheless straightforward and actually all around servicably good to even great videogame movie is all it takes for the movie to be a major accomplishment for the genre as a whole.
After many years of silence regarding videogame movies from Hollywood, Warcraft is the first big dare for a studio to put major bets on a big game franchise held up by a huge fanbase to support it.
Hopefully Warcraft will turn out to be more than simple CGI-action extravaganza and make good use of the tale of the war between orcs and humans to satisfy both fans of the games and mainstream audiences alike.

Watch the trailer here.  




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#7
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
directed by David Yates



It was only a matter of time until we would hear again from Harry Potter's magical world.
After Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter also gets the prequel treatment with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the story revolving around wizard Newt Scamander and the creation behind the titular wizardry book.
Coming from director David Yates, director of numerous Harry Potter movies, and starring Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne in the leading role, there is quite some promising talent involved in this prequel. While we only got some neat looking movie stills and little else from the movie at this point, here's hoping that David Yates manages to recapture the same adventure-like magic of the Potter films in this prequel without overly relying on it. Without a first trailer at this point in time, it's hard to get a clear first taste of the movie's vibe and atmosphere. Yet this only further increases curiosity and anticipation for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.




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#6
 Captain America: Civil War
directed by Anthony & Joe Russo



Captain America: Civil War is set to mark a major turning point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With The Avengers now having split up into two opposing sides of a conflict, Civil War will without any doubt be a more dramatically oriented entry in the MCU, yet of course with the same huge action set-pieces that have become a trademark staple for the franchise.
Yet different from other standalone MCU movies, Civil War is expected to greatly change constellations within The Avengers and related alliances in its world. Much like the popular Civil War comic books the story is based on, Captain America: Civil War is going to be all about the tragic "brother vs. brother" premise with a lot of superhero vs. superhero fights.
To top things off, Civil War will also be the first time that Marvel Studio's very own new Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) is finally introduced.
It's all already enough to make Captain America: Civil War seem more exciting and feel way more relevant to the MCU and its future than the last Avengers movie.

Watch the trailer here.




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#5 
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
directed by Zack Snyder 



This is the big one for Warner Bros. and its planned DC Universe.
As a very obvious attempt to build up a similiar cinematic universe for DC superheroes as Marvel did for its own ones with the MCU, Batman v Superman is the first big crossover movie for DC to kickstart it.
Said to become the most expensive movie ever with a (yet) unofficial budget of roughly 400 Mio. dollars, there is a whole lot at stake for this superhero movie. Aside from deciding over the fate of whether or not a possible "DCCU" will even come to be in the longrun, it will also greatly influence the successes and expectations of other planned and already produced DC movies like Wonder Woman and future Batman and Superman standalone movies.
With Zack Snyder as a director, there is no question that the movie is at least going to sound and look epic. The true question is rather, whether Batman v Superman can manage to rank up and balance its story- and overall entertainment value at least at the same level as its MCU rival.

Watch the trailer here.




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#4
Hail, Caesar!
directed by Joel & Ethan Coen



Everytime the Coen Brothers bust out a movie, you know that you are in for something weird, funny and entertaining all at the same time. Case in point: Hail, Caesar!
Focussing on a Hollywood "budget fixer" for movies, Eddie Mannix played by Josh Brolin, through a suprising turn of events, he finds himself suddenly being given the task to get back the kidnapped leading star of the upcoming high budget movie "Hail, Caesar!".
Simply judging by the movie's trailer you can already tell that it has the bizarre Coen Brother's comedy and characters all over it. Striking a nice resemblence in style to other Coen movies like Burn After Reading, Hail Caesar! is sure enough going to fit in very well into the directors' series of other comedies.
The Coens' always do a great job in both writing great scripts and telling their stories equally well visually. Thus, there's no reason not to expect another formidable and weirdly funny comedy from the makers of The Big Lebowski.

Watch the trailer here.  




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#3
The Jungle Book
directed by Jon Favreau



The Jungle Book remains as timeless as rather modern fairytales (first novel published in 1894) can get.
After the huge success of Disney's adaptation that is fondly remembered to this day as one of their finest works, even Disney themselves couldn't manage to top it with the disappointing theatrically released sequel, The Jungle Book 2.
Fast forward to 2016, Jon Favreau aims to release an actual live-action adaptation of the Jungle Book to theaters. While the term"live-action" should be used sparingly here, considering the ample amounts of CGI involved, the first trailer for Favreau's Jungle Book really looks like the original Disney adaptation came to live. Full of colorful and mysterious jungle sceneries as well as larger than life animals (literally, just look at the size of King Louis!), Favreau's Jungle Book probably won't set any new standards but looks like a perfect blend of nostalgia spiced up with a good amount of swashbuckling adventure action. Mad Max: Fury Road only recently showed that movies don't necessarily have to completely reinvent their trademark formula or necessarily need to have an overly complex story to still be a fantastic movie-going experience.
Let's hope the director of the original Iron Man can once again amaze us and avoid The Jungle Book becoming another flop like this year's Pan.
  
Watch the trailer here.



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#2  
Suicide Squad
directed by David Ayer



Suicide Squad is either one of the bravest and best or one of the dumbest moves that Warner Bros. could take to further establish their planned DC Cinematic Universe.
Focussing soley on the titular team of DC villains, Suicide Squad is pretty much what Marvel's originally planned (but later cancelled) Sinister Six movie should've been. Yet aside from the main goal to introduce a huge load of new villains and other characters for the DCCU all at once, it's especially the movie's mostly really weird casting choices that caught most people's attention: Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevigne as Enchantress? But hands down the most buzz revolves around Jared Leto being cast as the new Joker. Especially after the huge footsteps left behind by Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight, there are tremendous expectations and pressure surrounding Leto's performance and the movie as a whole (pressure that is made even bigger considering Leto-Joker's polarizing new look).
Since Suicide Squad will quite definitely intertwine a lot with Batman v Superman and influence future Batman movies, there's a lot of weight that Warner Bros. put onto this movie.
As of now, there's no clear telling whether Suicide Squad will be a great movie, an average experience, or a horrible disaster. But nevertheless, the anticipation to finally find it out is accordingly huge.

Watch the trailer here.
 



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#1
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
directed by Gareth Edwards



The Star Wars franchise has been undeniably reinvigorrated with huge amounts of enthusiasm, energy (and tons of money) by Disney.
Yet putting the main Star Wars series aside, 2016 will give us our very first theatrically released Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, that will extend the universe into new directions that will actually be considered canon.
Even though information about Rogue One is fairly scarce up till now, with only a badass looking stillshot of the main cast and the premise having been revealed, the sheer possibility and potential that lies within a Star Wars spin-off is more than enough to raise one's curiosity.
Though still supervised by Disney, Rogue One as the main first Star Wars spin-off movie, has the big chance to experiment with the Star Wars universe and show us different perspectives on certain events and new corners of the galaxy. Sure enough Rogue One will shed more light onto the smuggler and mercenary lifestyles in the Star Wars universe given its new cast of protagonists.
With no tight restrictions to a specific atmosphere, or characters, Rogue One is the first opportunity for Disney to distance itself from Star Wars' main Darth Vader revolving plot and show us that there are also other stories taking place in the same universe, that might be just as exciting (if not more) than even the original trilogy.
Here's hoping that Rogue One will make good use of its creative freedom and give us plenty of new ideas that will make the Star Wars movie franchise even bigger than it already is.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Invisible Kid's pick for the most anticipated movie of 2016!  






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