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I saw the thread about the upcoming animated films, and decided to start another to discuss other 2016 releases you may be looking forward to. My short preview is as follows:


Many directors I like have new releases this year, including Terrence Malick's long-gestating KNIGHT OF CUPS; Joel & Ethan Coen's HAIL, CAESAR!; Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN biopic; Steven Spielberg's kid lit adaptation THE BFG; and Shane Black's detective comedy THE NICE GUYS. MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is the new one from oddball Tim Burton. Martin Scorsese's latest, SILENCE, may get an end of the year release in time for awards consideration.


THE WITCH is a horror film with much positive buzz, and I SAW THE LIGHT, the new Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston and Elisabeth Olsen, is already generating Oscar talk. A couple of major release book adaptations are THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, and the latest installment in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon adventures, INFERNO. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, starring recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, will continue the world of Harry Potter.


Remakes include the all-girl GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, a new king of the jungle in THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, and Denzel Washington headlining THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.


INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, STAR TREK: BEYOND, and ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY are all big budget SF sequels. Videogame adaptations are also big this year, with the long in development WARCRAFT finally seeing release, and ASSASSIN'S CREED with Michael Fassbender.


And of course, superheroes rule the silver screen, with no less than 6 mega-budget outings vying for box office gold. The highly hyped CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, will both test how many costumed characters you can stuff into one film. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will hopefully continue the slightly better quality seen recently in that franchise, while SUICIDE SQUAD will see if audiences are ready for a film with the villains as the heroes. DEADPOOL will bring comedy and violence into the caped arena, and no one is sure what to make yet of Marvel's DR. STRANGE, starring British star du jour Benedict Cumberbatch as a sorcerer battling magic menaces.

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