We're back from the holidays! Yesterday, we shared about the games we're most excited for this year. Today, we're going to talk about movies.

2016 is going to be a VERY promising year for film. There'll be no rest for us geeks because there are major movies coming out in each month and it'll be a shame if we miss any one of them. Time to save up! Here's the master list of all the films we're looking forward to.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Quentin Tarantino brings back his signature brutal violence in "The Hateful Eight". In this movie, eight travelers find themselves stranded at Minnie's Haberdashery because of a blizzard. All of them are supposedly headed for Red Rock. There's bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell), his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a black former union soldier turned bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel Jackson), Chris Mannix (Walter Goggins) who thinks he's Sheriff, Bob (Demian Bichir) who's temporarily in charge of Minnie's, Red Rock's hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). We're not sure when "The Hateful Eight" will premiere here, but here's to hoping it shows this January 2016. 

THE REVENANT

"The Revenant" tells the visceral tale of legendary explorer Hugh Glass's quest for survival in the uncharted American wilderness. During an expedition, Glass gets brutally mauled by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team. Fueled only by sheer will, Glass endures a vicious winter in order to exact revenge on his former confidant, John Fitzgerald, who betrayed and abandoned him. If Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get an Oscar for this film, I don't know what will. "The Revenant" is directed by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñarritu. It is slated to release here in the Philippines on January 27, 2016. 

ZOOLANDER 2

Finally, after 14 years, models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are coming back to the big screen! This time, it's because they are enlisted by Interpol agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) to help stop a conspiracy to kill the world's most beautiful people. If you want to see Justin Bieber get murdered, then you better see this film.  Mugatu (Will Ferrell) also makes an epic return as the main baddie. Zoolander 2 will premiere on February 10, 2016.

DEADPOOL

Ryan Reynolds may have played a sorry excuse for Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", but now he returns and seemingly brings justice to Marvel's most unconventional anti-hero in this standalone film. After acquiring accelerated healing powers from a rogue experiment, Deadpool a.k.a. Wade Wilson, hunts down the man who nearly ruined his life. He gets a little help from Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead along the way. We'll all be able to see the merc with a mouth on the big screen on February 10, 2016.

ZOOTOPIA

"Zootopia" is an animal metropolis where animals from the top of the food chain to the lowest live together in harmony. And have jobs. Enter newbie officer Judy Hopps, a spunky bunny who's determined to prove herself on the police force. She enlists the help of scam-artist fox Nick Wilde in order to crack a case. The film stars the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba and J.K. Simmons. "Zootopia" opens in cinemas on February 24, 2016.

GODS OF EGYPT

Set, the God of Darkness, has usurped the throne, throwing the once prosperous Egypt into chaos. A common thief decides to form an alliance with Horus, God of the Sky, in order to save the woman he loves and bring Egypt back to its former glory. When the first trailer came out, it garnered a lot of backlash for the inaccurate Egyptian landscapes and whitewashing of the cast. Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites? C'mon. That's why we're curious to see how this film will fare. Gods of Egypt arrives in theaters on February 24, 2016.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY

Remember "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", that movie with those awesome, fancy martial arts scenes? Well, guess what, it's finally getting a sequel! "Sword of Destiny" will premiere exclusively on Netflix! Sadly, only Michelle Yeoh from the original cast returns. The good news is, Donnie Yen is in it as well. Since Netflix recently announced its availability in the Philippines, we've included this movie in the list. We're not sure if it is slated for a worldwide release, but we're really hoping the movie will premiere here as well.  "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" will launch on Netflix on February 26, 2016. Our fingers are crossed. 

KUNG FU PANDA 3

Po is not the only panda anymore, as he finally reunites with his long-lost panda dad. Who is voiced by THE Bryan Cranston, by the way. Father and son then travel to a secret pandadise - I mean, panda paradise, sorry for the pun - to meet other wacky panda characters. Meanwhile, Kai the villain begins to bring down all kung fu masters across China. It's up to Po and company to train his kin and make them all kung fu pandas. This movie will premiere on March 9, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Although the numerous trailers left little for us to be surprised about (Doomsday? Just why), we're still excited to see "Batman V Superman". After all, it's a movie pitting the two biggest superheroes in the DC Universe against each other. And let's not forget that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is in it too. Henry Cavill returns as Superman while we'll get to see a new version of Batman in Ben Affleck's performance. Gotham City's masked vigilante harbors a personal vendetta against the now revered hero of the world and aims to put a stop to him once and for all. Meanwhile, a bigger threat arises, leaving mankind in far more terrible danger than ever before. We'll finally get to watch these two DC heroes go at it in theaters on March 26, 2016.

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Director Jon Favreau of "Iron Man" and "Chef" fame takes on a movie adaptation of The Jungle Book. The classic Kipling tale tells of an orphan boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who grows up in the jungle with the help of talking animals. It's an all-star cast ensemble, with Idris Elba's voice as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley's as Bagheera, Bill Murray's as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson's as Scaa and Christopher Walken's as King Louie. We'll all get to see Mowgli look for the bare necessities starting April 13, 2016.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

The Avengers are split into two factions as the government passes the Superhero Registration Act, requiring all superheroes to register and fight for the government. Captain America (Chris Evans) wishes to operate without regulation while Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) fully supports the government's move. Siding with Cap are his best buddy Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Teaming up with Iron Man are War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Spiderman, played by Tom Holland, will also make an appearance but as to which side he'll choose, we won't spoil it for you. If you want to know, you can go ahead and read the Civil War comics. Then again, the cinematic version may take on something different so nobody knows for sure. "Captain America: Civil War" opens in cinemas on April 27, 2016.

RATCHET AND CLANK

The popular 3D platformer, Playstation exclusive video game series, Ratchet & Clank, finally gets its own movie. For those who aren't familiar with the characters, Ratchet and Clank are two unlikely heroes. Ratchet is the last living lombax there is, while Clank is his sidekick, a tiny intelligent robot. They both have to stop an evil alien named Chairman Drek from wiping out every planet in the system. In order to do this, they must join the Galactic Rangers and protect the galaxy. "Ratchet and Clank" is coming to theaters on May 4, 2016. 

X-MEN APOCALYPSE

Picking up from where "Days of Future Past" left off, The X-Men now face a new and powerful foe, the first mutant, Apocalypse. Disappointed with the world, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) recruits a team of mutants, known as the Four Horsemen, to destroy mankind and create a new world. In the trailer, it appears that a reluctant Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is the fourth member. But even so, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) must protect mankind from Apocalypse's wrath. They will need the help of the young X-Men, including Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) to save the world from destruction. "X-Men: Apocalypse" premieres on May 18, 2016.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

Ever wonder why the birds are so angry? Well, we'll finally find out in the movie version of the popular mobile game series, Angry Birds. In an island paradise populated by happy birds, three characters have always found themselves to be outsiders. There's Red (Jason Sudekis), who lacks anger management skills, Chuck, (Josh Gad) the yellow bird who's too fast, and Bomb (Danny McBride), who's volatile, because duh! One day, some mysterious green pigs decide to visit the island and it seems as if they're up to no good. For some reason, it's up to the three misfits to figure out their plans. "The Angry Birds Movie" opens in cinemas on May 18, 2016.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

It looks as if The Mad Hatter has gone more mad than usual. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), who's now an adult, goes on another whimsical adventure in Underland to save Johnny Depp's character. For this, she has to face a new villain and travel back in time. Sasha Baron Cohen plays the role of Time, a magical being who possesses the Chronosphere, a metallic sphere that allows the bearer to travel back to the past. We'll get to see characters from the first film as well: Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" arrives in theaters on May 27, 2016.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

We weren't wowed by the first film, and we probably won't be impressed by this one either but it's got Rocksteady and Bebop, and that's all that matters. Shredder (Brian Tee) and The Foot Clan are up to no good again as they hire Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create mutants of their own. It's time for the turtles and April O'Neill (Megan Fox) to save the day once more. They've also got a new ally this time, the masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). "TMNT: Out of the Shadows" premieres on June 1, 2016.

WARCRAFT

Who isn't psyched for this film?? Non-gamers and anyone who's anti-Blizzard, obviously. The "Warcraft" movie covers the story of the first game, "Warcaft: Orcs and Humans". The home of the Orcs is dying, leaving them to flee and colonize another. Their warlocks have opened a portal to the realm of Azeroth, a peaceful world inhabited by Humans. Threatened by the presence of an unknown race, the Humans wage war on the Orcs. Two armies fight for one home, with Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) leading the Humans and Durotan (Toby Kebbel) leading the Horde. The "Warcraft" movie is coming to cinemas on June 8, 2016.

FINDING DORY

The sequel to Disney-Pixar's 2003 hit "Finding Nemo", "Finding Dory" explores the life story of the lovable but forgetful blue tang fish. Another underwater adventure begins as Dory suddenly remembers she has a family somewhere. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks return as the voices of Dory and Marlin respectively, while Hayden Rolence takes over as the new voice of Nemo. "Finding Dory" dives into theaters on June 17, 2016.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

Who could forget that blockbuster movie in 1996 that redefined the event movie genre? The fact that "Independence Day" is still one of the highest grossing films of all time, says so much about the impact it had on its audience. This year, we'll finally be able to watch the next chapter. Another alien invasion threatens the Earth, but with the recovered alien technology from the last film, nations have collaborated on a global defense program to protect the planet. We're saddened to hear that Will Smith isn't a part of this film and his character has been reportedly by Smith himself, to have been killed off. But Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch return, along with new faces: Liam Hemsworth, Joey King and Maika Monroe to name a few. "Independence Day: Resurgence" opens in theaters on June 22, 2016.

STAR TREK BEYOND

In the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek series, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew become stranded on a hostile planet somewhere in the distant fonrtiers of space. In which of course, they face an alien threat. We'll be honest in saying that none of us at GameGulp are hardcore Trekkies, but we've enjoyed the last two films, so we're pretty excited for this one. "Star Trek Beyond" premieres on July 22, 2016.

SUICIDE SQUAD

A group of supervillains are hired by the government to go on secret, dangerous missions together in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Though they hate each other, these villains will have to work together. Just in case you aren't familiar with the members yet, the squad comprises of DC villains Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and of course, the Joker (Jared Leto). "Suicide Squad" is set for release on August 5, 2016.

DOCTOR STRANGE

We're very certain Benedict Cumberbatch will do justice to the characterDoctor Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who discovers magic after a horrific car accident. Not much more has been revealed about the plot, but we do know that joining the cast are Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. The target date for Marvel's "Doctor Strange" is November 4, 2016.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Harry Potter fans all over the world rejoiced when the announcement trailer for this movie came out. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, author of the fictional book, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Not much has been revealed yet about the plot. All we know is that magical creatures have escaped. J.K. Rowling herself wrote the screenplay, and David Yates, who's directed half of the Harry Potter film franchise, will direct this one too. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is initially slated for release on November 17, 2016.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Since Star Wars Episode VIII will premiere next year, we'll have to make do with this Star Wars spin-off. "Rogue One" will focus on the story of a band of resistance fighters tasked to steal the Death Star plans. This takes place right after the destruction of the Jedi Order, so we probably won't see some Jedi action here. "Rogue One" stars Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Jiang Wen. The movie premieres on December 16, 2016.


About the author: Stef Atega

GameGulp's current overlord. Stef is obsessed with cats and anything horror. She also likes shounen anime and Japanese food but refuses to be called a "weeaboo". She believes in the power of indie games.


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