(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Release Date: July 15
Synopsis: Four women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon) battle troublemaking specters.