Welcome to a new review year here at CGB! These are the movies that I am looking forward to this year!
10. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
I have friends who are super excited about this flick, and I also have friends who are really not looking forward to this one.
I am willing to give this one a shot. If it’s great, I will be ready to defend it. If it’s horrible, then I will say so.
9. The Jungle Book
The live-action versions of Maleficent and Cinderella have made me excited for this one. The cast is great, the effects look stunning and I already love the little boy playing Mowgli.
Also Scarlett Johansson’s monologue in the trailer is read so brilliantly and is quite terrifying.
8. Finding Dory
I LOVE Finding Nemo! It’s a classic in my family and I can’t wait for this sequel.
Yes, I will review Finding Nemo before seeing this one.
7. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
I didn’t particularly care for Snow White and the Huntsman, but I really like the cast assembled. Charlize Theron will definitely be lively, Emily Blunt is always great to watch, and the handsome Chris Hemsworth will be, well, HANDSOME!
6. Alice Through the Looking Glass
I have a confession to make: I hate Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland from 2010. I will review it here on CGB at some point and explain why. However, the trailer got me hook, line and sinker. Tim Burton’s not directing this one, the visuals are gorgeous and the main villain’s monologue is an example of some darn good writing. I also love the concept of time being a literal enemy (Sacha Baron Cohen plays the main villain named Time).
5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
If it weren’t for American Sniper, I probably wouldn’t have put this on the list. It was American Sniper that made me more open to war movies and I really hope that 13 Hours is as engaging and powerful as American Sniper was.
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
If you haven’t seen the announcement teaser trailer, do so RIGHT NOW! It shows so little, yet it will leave you wanting more. Also Eddie Redmayne is in it and given that he was extraordinary in Theory of Everything, I eagerly await another great performance from him.
Finally, if you’re a fan of Pan’s Labyrinth, you may notice that Katherine Waterson’s character looks like Ofelia all grown up. 🙂
3. Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those guys who you could cast as a pizza delivery man and he would still deliver a fantastic performance. He alone is the reason why I want to see this movie.
2. Star Wars: Rogue One
My CGB Star-Wars-A-Thon made me fall in love with all things Star Wars, so I’m dying to see this movie. Also Felicity Jones from Theory of Everything is in it! 🙂
1. Suicide Squad
I know this is an odd choice, but the Comic-Con trailer intrigued me. Once I read what Suicide Squad is about, I was sold. The idea of villains being brought together for a greater good is awesome. I’ve never been a fan of Harley Quinn, but after seeing Margot Robbie’s elusive performance in the trailer, I now see why the character has such a strong fanbase.
I do hope that Jared Leto brings some variety to his Joker. Given that Heath Ledger’s Joker set the bar so high for future incarnations of the character, Jared Leto has big shoes to fill. Nevertheless, I eagerly anticipate Suicide Squad.
Happy 2016 movie year commence and may the reviews be ever in your favor.