“The Jungle Book” | April 15
Continuing Disney’s trend of retelling their animated movies as live action, “The Jungle Book” looks to be the best yet. The movie itself will be a direct retelling of the original animated movie and not a new spin on the tale like “Maleficent” was. Everything shown from this movie so far has been nothing short of spectacular and is set to be one of the most visually appealing movies ever seen. Besides visuals though, a great voice cast boasting the talents of Bill Murray and Idris Elba and with veteran film-maker Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) directing round out the reasons to see probably an-other great Disney hit.
“Keanu” | April 29
If somebody asked me what the movie “Keanu” was a week ago, I honestly wouldn’t have been able to say anything about it. After viewing the trailer though, this should immediately be a comedy movie on everyone’s radar. The first movie from the comedy duo Key and Peele centers around two friends trying to retrieve their stolen cat Keanu from a street gang. Judging from the trailer, the comedic timing and jokes both seem to be some of the best in recent comedy movie history. Anyone who is a fan of the show Key and Peele or comedy should be extremely excited for what is basically a feature-length Key and Peele sketch that promises lots of laughs.
“Captain America: Civil War” | May 6
Marvel’s next movie outing is being called “Avengers 2.5” because of how big the impact on the cinematic universe will be. When the government gets involved with the Avengers activities, this causes the rift between Captain America and Iron Man to reach a breaking point, and the two end up on opposing sides. The idea of heroes fighting heroes is enough to be highly anticipated for most. The addition of newcomers Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) will be intriguing in regards to how they will fit in. The last great positive for this movie is having the Russo brothers di-recting. The two are responsible for what is arguably one of the best Marvel movies with “Captain America: Winter Solider,” so it will be interesting to see what they do with a wider-scope movie.
“The Conjuring 2” | June 10
Probably the only horror movie that has a shot of being good this year besides “The Witch” (Feb. 19), director James Wan returns to direct the sequel to his horror hit. This time the Warrens travel to north London to deal with a case involving a single mother and her four children. In this decade no one director has accomplished in the horror genre what James Wan has. He is re-sponsible for bringing us the first “Saw” movie, “Insidious” 1 and 2, and the first “Conjuring.” Naturally, when the man directs a horror movie, people should be excited and eager to see what scares he delivers this time. If the trailer is any indication, his horror hit streak will continue.
“Suicide Squad” | August 5
The DC movie property on this list (sorry, “Batman V. Super-man”) is a big question mark when it comes to success. A taskforce of imprisoned villains is assembled to take on a greater evil and in return is promised clemency, that is if they survive. This is the first superhero movie to focus only on villains, and if done correctly DC can gain a step over Marvel with a strong cast of villains. Besides just being focused on the bad guys, “Suicide Squad” also reintroduces us to the new terrifying Joker portrayed by Jared Leto. If the concept of a superhero movie focused on villains isn’t interesting to you, watch the new trailer with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and that should get you at least a bit more interested.
“Assassin’s Creed” | December 21
This year is the biggest year to try and legitimize video game movies. In the summer, the blockbuster video game movie “Warcraft” (June 10) comes out and may prove that video game movies are a valuable source of box office money. In December though, the best shot of a great video game movie comes in the form of “Assassin’s Creed.” A separate story from any of the video games, the movie focuses on Callum Lynch accessing the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and learns he is a descendent of the Assassin society. By itself the plot isn’t exciting; what makes this movie so exciting and hopeful is that Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, two of the greatest working performers today, are the leads in this video game movie.
List compiled by Trevor Miller, Contributor.