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

Last Month in Watched It: October 2016

What I Watched October 2016

Movies:

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
  • Amanda Knox (2016)
  • Welcome to Leith (2015)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

TV Shows:

  • Mr. Robot (Season 2)
  • This Is Us (Season 1)
  • Band of Brothers (Season 1)
  • The Goldberg’s (Season 2)
  • Vice Principals (Season 1)
  • Bloodline (Season 2)
  • Kevin Can Wait (Season 1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)
  • Gotham (Season 3)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4)

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

Last Month in Watched It: September 2016

What I Watched September 2016

Movies:

  • The Shallows (2016)
  • The Lobster (2016)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Central Intelligence (2016)

TV Shows:

  • New Girl (Season 5)
  • Broad City (Season 2)
  • The Detour (Season 1)
  • Band of Brothers (Season 1)
  • The Goldberg’s (Season 2)
  • Vice Principals (Season 1)
  • Bloodline (Season 1,2)
  • Secrets & Lies (Season 2)
  • Kevin Can Wait (Season 1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)
  • Gotham (Season 3)

Last Month in Watched It: August 2016

What I Watched August 2016

Movies:

  • The Judge (2014)
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
  • Keanu (2016)
  • The Nice Guys (2016)
  • Now You See Me 2 (2016)
  • Stir Crazy (1980)

TV Shows:

  • New Girl (Season 5)
  • Broad City (Season 2)
  • The Detour (Season 1)
  • Band of Brothers (Season 1)
  • The Goldberg’s (Season 2)
  • Preacher (Season 1)
  • Last Chance U (Season 1)
  • Stranger Things (Season 1)
  • Vice Principals (Season 1)
  • Bloodline (Season 1)

Last Month in Watched It: July 2016

What I Watched July 2016

Movies:

  • The Family Fang (2016)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)
  • A Stand Up Guy (2016)
  • King Jack (2016)
  • Back to School (1986)
  • Green Room (2016)
  • Demolition (2016)

TV Shows:

  • New Girl (Season 5)
  • Broad City (Season 2)
  • The Detour (Season 1)
  • Band of Brothers (Season 1)
  • The Goldberg’s (Season 2)
  • Preacher (Season 1)

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

Last Month in Watched It: May 2016

What I Watched May 2016

Movies:

  • Triple 9 (2016)
  • Dirty Grandpa (2016)
  • The Lady in the Van (2016)
  • Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  • All The Way (2016)
  • Deadpool (2016)

TV Shows:

  • New Girl (Season 5)
  • Broad City (Season 2)
  • Silicon Valley (Season 3)
  • Gotham (Season 2)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 2)
  • The Detour (Season 1)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 6)
  • Peaky Blinders (Season 3)

Last Month in Watched It: April 2016

What I Watched April 2016

Movies:

  • Legend (2015)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • Krampus (2015)

TV Shows:

  • New Girl (Season 5)
  • Baskets (Season 1)
  • Broad City (Season 2)
  • Arrow (Season 1)
  • Homeland (Season 3)
  • American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (Season 1)
  • The Walking Dead (Season 6)
  • Better Call Saul (Season 2)
  • Gotham (Season 2)
  • Daredevil (Season 2)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Season 2)
  • The Detour (Season 1)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 6)

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