2017 Summer Movie Preview

Summer preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Summer and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for June, July, and August.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Movies

5. Detroit, August 4th

  • Kathryn Bigelow is about all I need to say here. She is an outstanding filmmaker and now she is tackling the rioting in 1967 in Detroit. The trailer looks dark and grim but the fact this is a cinematic retelling of historical events, make it even more of a must see film. She might be shooting for more Oscar’s attention with this one and I can only hope thats what we get.

4. Wonder Woman, June 2nd

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3. War for the Planet of the Apes, July 14th

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2. Baby Driver, June 28th

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1. Dunkirk, July 21st

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • The Mummy, June 9th
  • The Big Sick, June 23rd
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7th
  • Wind River, August 4th
  • Lucky Logan, August 18th

2017 Spring Movie Preview

Spring preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Spring and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for March, April, and May.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Movies

5.Ghost in the ShellMarch 31st

  • I struggled with the 5 spot for the Spring  Preview. It was down to a couple different movies, all have their flaws but all are also things I’m excited to see. Finally, I decided on Ghost in the Shell because it just looks different and new to me. I’m not familiar with the source material and I know nothing about the story but I love the feel of the trailer and the world it takes place in. It might be a total flop. Who knows.

 

4. Beauty and the Beast, March 17h

  • This movie has my wife over the moon. She loves Beauty and the Beast and I’ll admit it’s easily one of my favorite Disney classics as well. Great story with beautiful and fun songs. There really isn’t much more to say here, The Jungle Book was great and I expect this to be in the same ballpark. A trend that will continue to whatever the next live action adaptation Disney decides to do. This is easy money for Disney.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5th

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 was an absolute blast, as far as comic book movies go. I really had a fun time with it and now we get to go back to that universe with the same cast and director… sign me up. Sequels typically don’t meet the expectations set from the original, so I expect a drop off but by much.


2. Kong: Skull Island, March 5th

  • Kong: Skull Island put out an amazing first trailer which has my exceptions high. Only real concern that i have, is that Godzilla put out one of the best trailers that i have possibly ever seen and the movie turned out to be just good not great in the end. It’s in the two spot because I have a feeling Kong: Skull Island will give me a little more of what I wanted from Godzilla.

1. Logan, March 3rd

  • The superhero movie we always wanted. Hugh Jackman makes his exit, supposedly, as wolverine in the R rated movie Logan. I have avoided the other stand alone Wolverine movies, but Logan has be on the edge of my seat with excitement. How far will they go? Is it really the end of Jackman playing wolverine? I can’t wait.

5 Honorable Mentions

  • Power Rangers, March 22nd
  • Life, March 24th
  • The Fate of the Furious, April 14th
  • Alien: Covenant, May 4th
  • The Wall, May 12th
  • Baywatch, May 25th

2016-2017 Winter Movie Preview

Winter preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Winter and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for December, January, and February.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Winter 2016-2017 Movies

5. Hidden FiguresDecember 25th

– This looks and feels like an Oscar darling. It also sounds like a film that will be very important and impactful. These three ladies played a big part in our nations history in space travel and I have never even heard of them. That’s a problem.

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4. Passengers, December 21st

– I’m a fan of space adventures and this falls in that category. Two people wake early on a long journey across the galaxy and are left to save the ship before disaster strikes.

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3. La La Land, December 9th

– I’m going to be totally honest here… I don’t like most musicals. The old classics are fantastic and i love them dearly but the more modern ones have done nothing for me. The reason this one makes the list is because it is the next offering from Damien Chazielle. He’s the director of Whiplash, which was the 3rd annual Watched It Award winner for Best Picture. I loved that movie and have total faith in him. Even if its a musical.

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2. A Monster Calls, December 23rd

– I know very little about is movie besides the fact that it’s based on a book and has a fantastic trailer. I have heard some possible Oscar buzz around it. The last time a movie stared a talking tree we got Guardians of the Galaxy, so I have pretty high expectations of talking trees at this point.

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1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, December 10th

– Disney’s yearly offering of the greatest space opera of all time. A stand alone film that will fill in the gap between Episode III and Episode IV. I can not wait of this and it needs no explanation.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • The Founder, December 16th
  • Silence, December 23rd
  • Fences, December 25th
  • Live by Night, December 25th
  • Gold, January 27th

2016 Fall Movie Preview

Fall preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Fall and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for September, October, and November.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall 2016 Movies

5. SullySeptember 9th

  • The story of Chelsey Sullenberger, the courteous pilot that landed a badly damaged plane in the Hudson River, saving the lives of the crew and passengers. From the early feedback I have gotten, it sounds like the film mostly takes place after the heroic act and follows Captain Sully as he deals with the positives and negatives of his amazing landing. Tom Hanks teams up with Director Clint Eastwood in what we know will be a well acted and visually beautiful film. Oscar nominations might come from this as well.

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4. Loving, November 4th

  • Jeff Nichols alone puts this in the Top 100 for 2016, the man is simply amazing and can do no wrong in my opinion. Then I dove deeper beyond the title and director and read the synopsis and was blown away. This is truly a story that needs to be told, especially with the current climate in the United States. Joel Egerton, a fantastic and under appreciated actor, is paired up with Ruth Negga, who i thoroughly enjoyed in AMC’s The Preacher. Michael Shannon makes his mandatory Jeff Nichols film appearance as well. I hope this is a Best Picture nod and maybe tossed into the other main categories as well. This is a truly monumental story and I can only hope Nichols hits it out of the park.

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3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, November 18th

  • In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we take a deeper dive into the mythology of Harry Potter and his magical world. The spinoff will take place a number of years before the Harry Potter series. I don’t know much about what the story will be focusing on but I have seen several trailers and it looks like a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

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2. Manchester by the Sea, November 18th

  • All reviews of this film point to Casey Affleck as being a lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination and possibly the favorite to win it. The film itself has received a lot of positive reviews as well, with the tag of being an emotional and depressing look at life hard times. It has that Boston feel to it which I like and just looking at Casey Affleck as the actor and not the person… he’s one of my favorites as of late.

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1. Arrival, November 11th

  • Denis Villeneuve can do no wrong and now he’s venturing into one of my favorite movie genre’s… science fiction! Fresh off Sicario and Prisoners, he has been on absolute fire. I have yet to see Enemy and Incendies but they are on my short list. In Arrival, Villeneuve once again works with one of the best female actresses around right now in Amy Adams. Pairing her with Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and of course ALIENS!

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • The Light Between Oceans, September 2nd
  • The Magnificent Seven, September 23rd
  • The Girl on the Train, October 7th
  • The Accountant, October 14th
  • Bleed for This, November 18th

2016 Summer Movie Preview

Summer preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Summer and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for June, July, and August.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer 2016 Movies

5. The Secret Lives of Pets, July 8th

  • From the people who brought us Despicable Me, comes The Secret Lives of Pets, a look into our pets lives when we aren’t around. The cast is strong with comedic actors and actresses and the trailers have been very funny. It’s been a strong year for animated movies with Finding Dory, Zootopia, and The Little Prince. While I’m not sure this will top the list, it should be on par with those other 3 which are currently on my Top 10 list.

 

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4. Star Trek Beyond, July 22nd

  • I seem to be in the minority when it comes to people who really enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness, it wasn’t a perfect film but I thought it was a lot of fun. The Star Trek series has really surprised me. I grew up a Star Wars fan and not a Star Trek fan, and truthfully I just never gave Star Trek a chance until the 2009 film. Early signals are that this film isn’t as good as the previous two but I still have high hopes.

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3. Free State of Jones, June 24th

    • Confession… I’m writing this after  seeing the Rotten Tomatoes score which is currently at 40%. When I first checked, it was siting at a dismal 14%. When watching the trailer, I got super pumped about this movie. I even debated on if it was going to move this up higher on my list. Now after seeing the Rotten Tomatoes score, this might be one I look back on and think “what was I thinking…” Regardless of the reviews, I will remain optimistic. 
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2. Finding Dory, June 24th

  • Our favorite fish are finally back and are ready to take us on a brand new adventure. This time we will cross the ocean on a search for Dory’s family. I loved Finding Nemo, as did my son and wife, so the expectations are very high our the household. I don’t expect it to supersede the first film. That’s a feat very few sequels have pulled off, but I think it will be awesome.

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 1. Suicide Squad, August 5th

  • Here it is, the winner of the coveted number one spot on the Summer Movies Watched It Preview List… Suicide Squad. Now, if you have followed me for a while, you would know I’m not a huge fan of comic book movies and feel very burned out by them. Well, when you offer up a trailer that gives off the same vibe that The Dark Knight had and you take away the kid feel of what Marvel keeps pushing out.. I’m in! Way in, in fact. I loved Nolan’s Batman series and while I don’t expect this to meet those lofty standards, I think it will be presented in a similar way and for that reason it’s my number one Summer movie.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, June 3rd
  • Warcraft, June 10th
  • Independence Day: Resurgence, June 24th
  • Ghostbusters, July 15th
  • Sausage Party, August 12th

2016 Spring Movie Preview

Spring preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Spring and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for March, April, and May.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 2016 Movies

5. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of JusticeMarch 20th

  • Full disclosure, I hated the trailers for Batman v. Superman. Zack Snyder can put together great visuals, that we know, but can he tell a good story? Nope. 300 was impressive, but I was also in college and saw it drunk. Watchmen is a fan favorite but it did very little for me. So, now you’re probably wondering why it’s in the top 5 for Spring. That’s simple, I love Batman. This should be interesting.

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4. The Jungle Book, April 15th

  • The first of two Jungle Book movies coming out over the next couple years. Andy Serkis is about to begin filming his version for 2017, but this version is Jon Favreau’s. The trailers look great and the cast playing the animals, is full of heavy hitters. It’s going to boil down to the kid and if he can pull off the tough task of acting in a film with a lot of CGI.

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3. 10 Cloverfield Lane, March 11th

  • I’m not sure if this is a prequel or a sequel, but somehow this movie is linked to Cloverfield. Cloverfield was a solid movie but a sequel eight years later seems odd and normally wouldn’t peak my interest, but then I saw the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane… wow. This looks really good.

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2. X-Men: Apocalypse, May 27th

  • I will keep this simple… I loved the past two X-Men movies but I’m not a big fan of comic book movies in general. They’re never great but in that same vein they’re never horrible as long as Superman’s not involved. The X-Men though… I love it. Great story lines paired with great visuals. This was an easy call for me putting X-Men: Apocalypse at number two.

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1. Green Room, April 15th

  • Jeremy Saulnier blew me away with Blue Ruin and left me drooling and waiting for more of his work and here it comes in the form of Green Room. It looks dark and tense which sounds perfect to me. Getting some bigger names in the cast now as well which is exciting.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Zootopia, March 4th
  • Midnight Special, March 18th
  • Captain America: Civil War, May 6th
  • The Nice Guys, May 20th
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, May 20th

2015-2016 Winter Movie Preview

Winter preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Winter and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for December, January, and February.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Winter 2015-2016 Movies

5. The Big Short, December 11th

  • The Big Short takes on the housing bubble collapse of the mid 2000s. Surprisingly this film is directed by Adam McKay, yes the same Adam McKay that brought us Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. It will be interesting to see how he handles such a complex and serious topic. The cast is heavy as most Oscar bait movies are.

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4. Joy, December 25th

  • Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, the creator of the Miracle Mop. The cast is full of David O. Russell’s favorite people based on his most recent films. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper lead the way in what hopes to be another great piece of film in Russell’s catalog.

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3. The RevenantDecember 25th

  • The Revenant is the story of a man named Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s. This is a story my father-in-law has told me about several times being from South Dakota, the area Glass travelled through. The movie comes from the mind of Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is fresh off his 2014 Best Picture win with Birman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.) Expectations are high but some of the stories coming out of production are concerning. Trailer looks amazing.

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2. The Hateful Eight, December 25th

– Quentin Tarantino is back with the movie that almost didn’t happen. In pre-production, the script leaked and Tarantino threatened to retire due to it. It was a scary time for Tarantino fans but he moved past it and is back! It’s another western about a bounty hunter and his female prisoner getting stuck in a house with a bunch of questionable people  during a snow storm. The movie appears to be told in a limited story telling type of way.

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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18th

– It’s been 10 years since a Star Wars movie was last released and 32 years since the last good Star Wars movie was released. Expectations are high…. I don’t know what else to say. This was an easy number one for me. Star Wars is back baby!!!

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Concussion, December 25th
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, January 15th
  • Hail, Caesar!, February 5th
  • Deadpool, February 12th
  • Triple 9, February 26th

2015 Fall Movie Preview

Fall preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Fall and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for September, October, and November.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall 2015 Movies

5. Bridge of Spies, October 16th

  • Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up again and audiences should be excited. These two have previously given us such good films as Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Saving Private Ryan. The trailers for this have looked great and with these two running the project, you know it will be great!

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4. The Martian, October 2nd

  • Ridley Scott is back in space and right where we love him to be. From what I have gathered in limited research this is based off a popular book and is the story of an American astronaut left on Mars after being presumed dead during a storm on the planet. Turns out he has survived and now must use his resources and knowledge to live on Mars until help arrives… if they even know he is there.

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3. Spectre, November 6th

  • James Bond is back and looks better than ever. Skyfall was fantastic and this appears to be in the same vein. Not much to say, since I have tried to avoid any news or spoilers of this movie. Just go see it.

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 2. Sicario, September 25th

  • Denis Villeneuve is back with what appears to be another amazing offering. Now, I have yet to see Enemy, but I loved Prisoners. In Sicario, Emily Blunt takes the lead as an FBI agent working near the Mexican Boarder. Taking on the Mexican Cartel. The trailer for Sicario might be the strongest of the year. I loved it and can’t wait for the film.

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 1. Black Mass, September 18th

  • Is Johnny Depp back? This movie might be his triumphant return to film… or it might bury him forever. He’s not playing a goofy oddball character in Black Mass, instead he is taking on the persona of Whitey Bulger. A prominent figure in Boston’s crime scene in the 1970’s. The trailer looks chilling and Depp appears to have nailed the character. Trailers have been wrong before, but I’m buying in. I’m a believer!

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Everest, September 18th
  • Crimson Peak, October 16th
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, November 20th
  • The Good Dinosaur, November 25th
  • Creed, November 25th

2015 Summer Movie Preview

Summer preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Summer and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for June, July, and August.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Summer 2015 Movies

5. Dope, June 19th

– I don’t know a ton about this movie besides the base premise of a group of high school seniors  who enjoy the ’90s hip-hop culture. I have heard good reviews and I am excited to see what it’s all about.

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4. Southpaw, July 24th

– The story of a boxer who has it all and due to a tragedy in his life… loses it all. It’s a classic premise and will come down to execution. Even a well done paint by numbers will leave me happy. especially knowing Jake Gyllenhaal is the lead. He is thirsty for an Oscar and this might be a vehicle to get his name in the discussion.

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3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, July 31st

– Ethan Hunt is back! From hanging off the side of a plane to high speed motorcycle chases this movie appears to have it all. I feel like the series got back on track with Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation should be on par if not better than that.

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 2. Straight Outta Compton, August 14th

– A cinematic depiction of one of hip-hops most influential groups, N.W.A. Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella took the hip-hop world by storm and this is the biopic of their story. The trailer looks fantastic and the soundtrack will be on point. Great album, great group, and hopefully great movie!

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 1. Jurassic World, June 12th

– The dinosaurs are back and so is everyones favorite island! I don’t expect this to be better than the first one but it should safely slide into the second spot int he Jurassic Park series. Two and three weren’t horrible but they weren’t great either. This should be a giant hit and hopefully it meets my high expectations.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, June 12th
  • Inside Out, June 19th
  • Trainwreck, July 17th
  • Irrational Man, July 17th
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E., August 14th

2015 Spring Movie Preview

Spring preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Spring and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for March, April, and May.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 2015 Movies

5. Aloha, May 29th

– Cameron Crowe comes back with a big cast of heavy hitters. For me the magic hasn’t even there since Jerry Maguire, so hopefully this is a return to form. I have really high hopes regardless of the non-flattering reviews it’s already receiving.

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4. Tomorrowland, May 22nd

– Can a movie about a Disney theme park ride be good? The Pirates of the Caribbean succeed at first but have since ran that rum bottle dry. The visuals look fantastic and Brad Bird has done some amazing work in the animated world and recent hit Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. If the story can’t match the visuals, this movie might be yesterday city instead.

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3. Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1st

– Oh comic book movies… I have a healthy love hate with you. I get the excitement and The Avengers movie was pretty great. I’m just not the target audience for these. I didn’t grow up idolizing them or reading about them. Why do I have it 3rd then? I think it’s going to be the majority of peoples top movie this Spring and I’m sure ill get a big kick out of it too. Just need to sleep off this comic book movie fatigue.

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2. Slow West, May 15th

– I’m sure I have mentioned this before and if I haven’t here you go… I am a sucker for westerns. I really love the old west. It’s right there with war movies, I just can’t get enough. Loved the look of this trailer, Michael Fassbender is fantastic and you know he will hit it out of the park. Put together a well written story and this will jump up the Top 10 list early for me.

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road, May 15th

– I should say as of now I haven’t seen the original trilogy but fully intend on watching it before May 15th. This is possibly the best trailer I have ever seen. The visuals are beautiful and the action looks plentiful which is perfect for a summer movie blockbuster. May 15th will definitely be a lovely day.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Chappie, March 6th
  • Furious 7, April 3rd
  • Ex Machina, April 10th
  • The D-Train, May 8th
  • San Andreas, May 29th