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
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 thisÂ January 2016.Â
"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. IÃ±arritu. It is
slated to release here in the Philippines onÂ January 27, 2016.Â
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. Â Mugatu (Will Ferrell) also makes an epic return as
the main baddie. Zoolander 2 will premiere onÂ February 10, 2016.
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 onÂ February 10, 2016.
"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 onÂ 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. Â "Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon: Sword of Destiny" will launch on Netflix onÂ February 26, 2016. Our
fingers are crossed.Â
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 onÂ 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 onÂ 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
startingÂ 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 onÂ 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 onÂ May 4, 2016.Â
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 onÂ 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
onÂ 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 onÂ 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 onÂ June 1, 2016.
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 onÂ June 8, 2016.
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 onÂ 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 onÂ 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 onÂ July 22, 2016.
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
onÂ August 5, 2016.
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" isÂ November
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 onÂ 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 onÂ December 16, 2016.