Most Anticipated Films of 2016


Logan Peterson

The upcoming months of 2016 feature films overflowing with potential to be great; whether it be the grudge match between Iron Man and Captain America, or an R-rated animated comedy about food’s discovery of a world outside a grocery store. Either way, here are the films I am most excited to see this year.

10) Everybody Wants Some- The only reason this film is so low on the list is because it is scheduled to reach Kansas City by next weekend. Director Richard Linklater has labeled this as a spiritual sequel to his classic film about teenagers in the 1970s, “Dazed and Confused.” “Everybody Wants Some” looks hilarious and filled to the brim with 80s nostalgia.

9) The Founder- This film, starring the incredibly talented Michael Keaton, tells the true story of businessman Ray Kroc and his takeover of the McDonald’s franchise, transforming it into a fast food empire. It sounds silly I know, but with Keaton as the star it is hard to do wrong.

8) Manchester By the Sea- This film premiered at Sundance and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive; the film is about man who must take care of his teenage nephew after his brother dies tragically. It looks to be a true actors showcase that includes Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler.

7) The Nice Guys– Shane Black is a true master when it comes to neo-noir crime drama comedies- with an emphasis on the comedy. His newest attempt puts Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe together as private detectives searching out an underground crime ring in 70s Los Angeles. If the trailers are any indication, it will be one of the funniest and most exciting films of the year.

6) The Disaster Artist- Based on the hit novel, this film tells the story of the making of the film, “The Room,” which is considered the worst movie ever made. James Franco is directing and also stars as the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind “The Room.” Pure intrigue and love of the classic bad film drives my interest in this film; it’s also got a great cast with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as producers.

5) Green Room- Also scheduled to drop in the month of April, “Green Room” shows a punk rock band who witness a murder by the hands of a group of Nazi skinheads, lead by a menacing Patrick Stewart. This film looks incredibly well acted and ferociously intense.

4) Passengers- Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, “Passengers” is a science fiction tale about a man aboard a freighter on course to a planet colony lightyears away from Earth. But when his sleep chamber malfunction, he awakens 60 years early; by making the choice to not die alone, he awakens another passenger. By that description alone and the two leads at the helm, who wouldn’t want to see this film?

3) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- The trailer finally dropped for this “Star Wars” standalone film, and the visuals and production design look incredibly dynamic. Set before “A New Hope,” the film takes a look at the rebellion and their mission to steal the plans of the Death Star. I mean it’s “Star Wars,” of course I’m going to see it.

2) Sausage Party- Do yourself a favor and go watch the trailer on YouTube if you haven’t already. I would’ve added a link here, but the film looks too raunchy for a school-run website. Anyhow, it’s an animated film–yes, animated–about one sausage’s discovery that when food comes home with us humans, it’s not a pretty sight. The voice cast is stacked with talent and the premise alone makes this film a must watch over the summer.

1) Captain America: Civil War- Is there any other film that truly deserved the number one spot as much as this one? Yeah, didn’t think so. As a continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Civil War” pits friends Captain America and Iron Man against each other in what looks like a film of epic proportions. Whether it’s the action, the whip smart dialogue, or the political intrigue, the film looks perfect in every way.