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Jan 5, 2016
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The year 2015 is finally done. Get over it. You, Mr. Moviegoer, are finished with the year that brought you gut-busting, sense-assaulting blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World. You’re through with all the fucking #feels and fucking #hugot that the emotionally manipulative geniuses at Pixar and the money-raking tandem of Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas are capable of inducing through a two-hour feature film.

This year, there’ll be a lot of superheroes swooshing through theaters, a couple of violent dramas, and some local gems that will be a welcome reprieve from Hollywood fandom fare.

Purge yourselves of the cinematic experience that has gone by, because now it’s 2016. And the future (especially when it comes to the movies), as they say, is looking pretty bright. These are the 10 movies you shouldn't miss this year!


1) Darna

Although resident FHM cover babe and former Sexiest in the Land titleholder Angel Locsin allegedly pulled out of director Erik Matti’s reboot of the Mars Ravelo female superhero franchise due to health concerns, there’s still a lot to be excited about. The latest trailer of the film, released with the MMFF 2015 movies, proves that the production quality is just as titillating as guessing who will be donning the sexy red costume. Will it be Maja? Will it be Jessy? Will it be Nadine? Maybe it’s still Angel. Right now, no one knows for sure, but one thing is certain, everyone can’t wait to find out who will inherit the duties of this iconic badass babe.

Release date: To be announced (TBA)


2) Ghostbusters

Fans were initially disappointed with the fact that today’s funniest comediennes were replacing Egon and the rest of the crew. Eat ectoplasm, haters! With Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy leading the pack, this supernatural-scum-annihilating squad of chicks is undoubtedly going to be the year’s laugh generator.

No trailer has been released yet; so let's just get nostalgic by revisiting Egon's lab:

Release date: July 2016


3) Tandem

Character actors JM de Guzman and Nico Antonio star as brothers who exploit Manila’s frenetic traffic situation by robbing people while riding in tandem on a motorcycle. This indie flick directed by the talented King Palisoc is getting a limited commercial release in February. It would be a crime to miss it. We've seen it as an entry in the most recent MMFF's New Wave contest, where it bagged de Guzman the Best Actor award. If you like Manila crime films, this is one of the best in recent memory right up there with OTJ and Metro Manila.

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Release date: February 2016


4) Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Two heavyweight caped crusaders duke it out in an epic DC outing. Gal Gadot lends her lithe gorgeousness as Wonder Woman. Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and even Aquaman are present for the action. You’d be a fool to let this one fly by.

Release date: March 2016


5) Captain America: Civil War

Are you Team Iron Man or Team Captain America? This is the question being posed to Avengers fans around the world to prep for the latest Cap-fronted flick. In our humble opinion, Steve Rogers is a bit vanilla. Tony Stark all the way!

Release date: May 2016

6) X-Men: Apocalypse

Aside from being able to see the always-intriguing J-Law kick butt as Mystique, the latest cast of mutant noobs ushers in a new generation of ingénues to watch out for. There’s Game of Thrones Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey. Up–and-comer Tye Sheridan of Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse portrays a young Cyclops. The Force Awakens Oscar Isaac takes on the role of the ultimate mutant villain, Apocalypse. And don’t even get us started on the drool-worthy Olivia Munn as Psylocke…

Release date: May 2016


7) Suicide Squad

A killer cast. An interesting set of unlikely heroes. We can explain all we want, but two words sums up the pants-tightening anticipation: Margot. Robbie.

Release date: August 2016


8) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

With the box-office crushing success of The Force Awakens, the buzz and hype for this SW side-story will only gain traction as the year moves forward. Yes, they’re going to milk this franchise and geeks will prosper because of it!

Release date: December 2016


9) The Revenant

Main man Leo DiCaprio has been pining for an Oscar since he died trying to save Rose from sinking with the Titanic. This revenge film, directed by last year’s big Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, immersed Leo and costar Tom Hardy in the harsh, icy elements of British Columbia and is totally shot using only natural lighting. Oh, and let’s not forget there’s an epic fight sequence with a raging bear.

Release date: January 27, 2016


10) The Hateful Eight

Admit it, every time you hear that there’s a new Quentin Tarantino movie in the works, your inner-freak starts jumping in ecstasy. You know that harsh curses will be thrown between characters. You know blood will be drawn. You know lives will be slaughtered…and you love it. And this in-your-face Western-cum-mystery should be no different.

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Release date: Released in the U.S. on December 25, 2015. No official Philippine release date (yet).


11) Deadpool

Although everyone is kind of sick of seeing Ryan Reynolds shredding perfectly entertaining comic book characters into critical and commercial duds (See: The Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), something about Deadpool smells of success. It might be the R-rated humor. It could also be the character’s winsome wit and sarcasm that matches the actor’s off-screen persona. Just pray that, like the merciless mercenary protagonist carrying this Marvel flick, the film will be a lethal combo of both bark and bite.

Release date: February 3, 2016

 

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