NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 27, 2015, 12:24 AM
All those movies that were “coming soon” in the previews are now almost here.
The Force may have already awakened, but there is still plenty for cinephiles to look forward to in the coming 12 months.
It’s too early to predict which awards-worthy indies will surface at the major festivals. There are, however, a league of superhero flicks, a batch of biopics, a Harry Potter spinoff, and another “Star Wars.” As the curtain rises on a new year, the Daily News breaks down 16 titles for moviegoers to look forward to in 2016:
Hail, Caesar! (Feb. 5) Oh brother, where were’t thou? The Coen brothers reteam with George Clooney and Josh Brolin for this comedy caper musical set in Hollywood’s golden age.
Knight of Cups (March 4) As with all of director Terrence Malick’s movies, mystery surrounds his latest collaboration with Christian Bale.
I Saw the Light (March 25) We’re already singing the praises of Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of country-western icon Hank Williams in this biopic.
Miles Ahead (April 1) Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, in which he plays Miles Davis at the peak of his drug-addled paranoia, hit a high note at the New York Film Festival.
Captain America: Civil War (May 6) Avengers teammates Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) battle each other in a parable of the debate over security vs. personal liberties.
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27) In the final hurrah for this group of the popular mutant heroes, led by Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, they face a powerful ancient threat and the insidious specter of ’80s fashion and music.
Finding Dory (June 17) Pixar reeled in actors Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks and writer/director Andrew Stanton to revoice their roles in the 2003 classic animated fish tale, “Finding Nemo.”
Star Trek Beyond (July 22) In time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s television debut, the Starship Enterprise continues its mission with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock at the helm.
Ghostbusters (July 15) Who else was director Paul Feig going to call for his reboot of the comedy classic besides his “Bridesmaids” stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy?
Suicide Squad (Aug. 5) Warner Bros. is jump-starting its universe featuring DC Comics’ superheroes in March with “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But it’s this David Ayers-directed flick that’s the fresher addition to the genre. Will Smith’s Deadshot leads a team of supervillains conscripted by the government for dangerous missions, but all eyes are on Jared Leto as The Joker.
Sully (Sept. 9) Director Clint Eastwood is at the controls of this biopic about the heroic pilot behind The Miracle on the Hudson. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks plays Chesley Sullenberger.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Nov. 11) Director Ang Lee enlisted Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Kristen Stewart for this Iraqi War drama that may be an Oscar hopeful.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov. 18) The eagerly awaited spinoff of the “Harry Potter” series is set in New York City 70 years before the Boy Who Lived, focusing instead on “Magizooligist” Newt Scamander, played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne. There should be plenty of magic in the tale of his hunt for mythical creatures since J.K. Rowling wrote the script.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16) Remember that part of the opening crawl for 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” that referenced the rebel spies who “managed to steal secret plans to the empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR?” Well, this standalone movie, directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and starring Felicity Jones, covers that clandestine mission.
Passengers (Dec. 21) The original sci-fi tale about colonists who wake up decades too early from cryogenic sleep may lack the brand power of a “Star Wars” or “Star Trek,” but it has the two biggest stars in the universe — Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
Silence (Expected 2016) Hallelujah! A release date hasn’t been set, but we’re praying this drama from director Martin Scorsese about Jesuit priests on a dangerous mission in 17th century Japan lands next year.