The summer movie season of Hollywood is almost over and some people are calling it the worst we’ve had in a long time. Overall, this year has been a little underwhelming in terms of quality. Though it had a few gems (Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, The Jungle Book; to name a few), it also had a lot of disappointments (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Independence Day Resurgence, Ben-Hur and the list goes on and on). However, we want you to know that the year is not over yet, and we still have a lot of potentially good upcoming movies to look forward to.
We will be returning to the magical world of Harry Potter. Though we may not get to see the boy wizard himself, the elements that we loved about the earlier ones all seem to be present. However, Dumbledore may have a challenger in the face of The Sorcerer Supreme. Yes! This year Marvel will dive into the world of magic and inter-dimensions. Benedict Cumberbatch looks amazing as Dr. Strange, and we all already know that he is a phenomenal actor from his hit BBC series, Sherlock. We will also get a new entry in the Star Wars franchise. The possibility of seeing Darth Vader on the big screen again already has us super excited.
Recent Movies That You Cannot Afford To Miss
Sully is the story of what we know today as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” It is a biographical drama film about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) and flight US Airways Flight 1549, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, etc
Plot: After landing a plane in New York’s Hudson River, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
2. The Girl on the Train
Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel of the same name, The Girl on the Train is an upcoming 2016 American mystery thriller drama film written by Erin Cressida Wilson.
Plot: Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
3. Doctor Strange
Featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Doctor Strange is an upcoming American superhero film, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Plot: Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident, but finds new purpose when a mystical being known as the Ancient One reveals that Dr. Strange is the newly designated sorcerer Supreme.
4. Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge marks the return of Oscar Winner, Mel Gibson, to the director’s chair after a long time. His last stint as a director was 2006’s Apocalypto.
Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Andrew Garfield
Plot: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Based on the short story, “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang, Arrival is an upcoming 2016 American science fiction drama film written by Eric Heisserer.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, etc
Plot: When alien crafts land across the world, an elite team [including linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)] is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series and is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s book of the same name. Rowling makes her screenwriting début with the film, which would be the first installment of a trilogy.
Director: David Yates
Stars: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, etc.
Plot: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film. It is the ninth theatrical feature film in the series. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from an idea by visual effects supervisor John Knoll.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, etc.
Plot: After the formation of the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance recruits a team to embark on a daring mission to steal the Empire’s plans for the Death Star.
Passengers is an upcoming 2016 American science fiction written by Jon Spaihts. The script was included on 2007’s Black List (Hollywood’s annual ranking of the most admired scripts that have yet to be greenlit) and had floated around Hollywood for years.
Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Plot: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) are awakened 60 years early.
9. Assassin’s Creed
Based on the wildly popular video game franchise of the same name, Assassin’s Creed is an upcoming action-adventure film. The timeline and the story of both the movie and the game are similar. However, it features an original story that expands the series’ mythology.
Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth Williams, etc.
Plot: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.