Our Picks For The Most Highly Anticipated Films Of 2016

(PCM) There are so many terrific films set to be released in 2016 that even sitting down to craft this list was quite an endeavor, however we have narrowed it down to the select few that we (and presumably everyone else) will be packing theaters to see in 2016.

1.  Suicide Squad


Release Date: August 5

Synopsis: Suicide Squad is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis.

2. Deadpool


Release Date: February 12

Synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. The film will be directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand.

3. Everybody Wants Some


Release Date: April 15

Synopsis: From writer/director Richard Linklater comes the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused

4. I Saw The Light


Release Date: March 25

Synopsis: Singer and songwriter Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) rises to fame in the 1940s, but alcohol abuse and infidelity take a toll on his career and marriage to fellow musician Audrey Mae Williams (Elizabeth Olsen).

5. Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice


Release Date: March 25

Synopsis: Mankind faces a new threat as Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman (Henry Cavill).

6. Triple 9 


Release Date: March 4

Synopsis: Crooks and corrupt cops plot to kill a police officer who stands in the way of a big heist. Film stars Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Casey Afflect and Norman Reedus.

7. Captain America: Civil War 


Release Date: May 6

Synopsis: A feud between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leaves the Avengers in turmoil.

8. Hail Caesar! 


Release Date: February 5

Synopsis: A Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) springs into action when a movie star (George Clooney) gets kidnapped and an actress becomes pregnant.

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Release Date: December 16

Synopsis: Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. Cast members Felicity Jones and Diego Luna would be joined by Bloodline’s Ben Mendelsohn, Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker in the Gareth Edwards-directed action film.

10. Finding Dory


Release Date: June 17

Synopsis: With help from Nemo and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the forgetful fish embarks on a quest to reunite with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy).

11. X-Men: Apocalypse 


Release Date: May 27

Synopsis: Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

12. Star Trek Beyond


Release Date: July 22

Synopsis: Stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat.

13. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them


Release Date: November 18

Synopsis: Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) must track down an array of magical creatures in 1926 New York.

14. Snowden


Release Date: May 13

Synopsis: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaks classified information to the media.

15. Dr. Strange 


Release Date: November 4

Synopsis: Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) discovers the world of magic after surviving a car accident.

16. Demolition 


Release Date: April 8

Synopsis: A sympathetic woman (Naomi Watts) forms a strong bond with an investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who recently lost his wife (Heather Lind) in a car accident.

17. The Nice Guys 


Release Date: May 20

Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck private eye (Ryan Gosling) and his tough partner (Russell Crowe) investigate the disappearance of a girl and the death of a porn star.

18. Independence Day: Resurgence


Release Date: June 24

Synopsis: We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

19. Passengers 


Release Date: December 23

Synopsis: A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.  Film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Michael Sheen

20. Ghostbusters


Release Date: July 15

Synopsis: Four women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon) battle troublemaking specters.

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