Blog post by Ross Munro for Wholly Cinema.

Now that the hammer’s come down on what was a pretty decent crop of movies in 2016 A.D. (After Donald), it now behooves me to shed a little light on what I feel are some notable movies coming our way in this newest of new years.

Though not able to mention every title of merit (sorry “Baywatch”…), I was able to conjure up a few flicks that grabbed my attention for whatever reason- maybe they had an awesome trailer, were based on preexisting work or perhaps both.

Here’s the list in order of release date starting with the earliest:

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“T2 Trainspotting” (late January)- Hey, if they can reboot the Star Wars franchise and bring back all the original wookies and stormtroopers how about some Scottish junkies and slackers? I’m actually stoked about revisiting these Sean Connery-accented miscreants and ne’er do wells in Danny Boyle’s continuing saga from the land of Loch Ness and soft toffee that picks up the lives of Renton (Ewan MacGregor), Sick Boy, Begbie and all of your favorite miscreants twenty years later. If this sequel is anywhere as good as the original “Trainspotting” film (not to mention the amazing novel) then we should be in for a fooking wee great yarn.

“Wonder Woman” (June 2)- Admittedly I enjoy the arrival of a super hero movie with the enthusiasm of an upcoming proctology exam, I’m actually looking forward to this- finally- female directed big budget Hollywood flick by the excellent Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) starring Gal Gadot. Alongside the reliable Chris Pine, I can’t wait to see America’s fave bracelet-clinking heroine give the Germans a little old fashioned butt whoopin’ during the First World War. The teaser trailer set the internet ablaze faster than tweets of Drake dating JLo…(ie- DraLo). Now if we could get only get Wonder Woman to date Thor and create the hybrid moniker ThorWo…

“The Beguiled” (June 23)- In what is obviously going to be the Year of Reboots, Revisits and Retools, how about Sofia Coppola’s new retelling of hard-knuckle director Don Siegel’s minor classic “The Beguiled” with an amazing cast including Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman to name a few. Set during the American Civil War, it will be interesting to see how her new film stacks up with the 1971 original starring Clint Eastwood (back when he hadn’t “made his day” just yet…). This could be a gem during a time in June when Hollywood traditionally off loads its unyieldly tonnage of escapist fare- a most beguiling situation…

 

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“Dunkirk” (July 21)- Christopher Nolan is already wowing audiences with his all Imax-filmed teaser trailer for this straight on WW2 era flick about the battle of Dunkirk from the standpoint of the British military- will the Academy remember this title at year’s end for trophy consideration? With its grim realism and authentic production design, “Dunkirk” could just well be this year’s “Saving Private Ryan” or “The Thin Red Line”. Throw in Nolan’s go-to thespians Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy and this could be the cinematic event of the year (unless, of course, something else is…)!

 

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“Blade Runner 2049” (Oct.6)- Pretty well the only Sci-fi or horror movie that hasn’t been re-whatevered yet is “Dune”- oh, wait, now you tell me that’s the next movie for Quebecois filmmaker (last year’s “Arrival”) Denis Villeneuve…? Sheesh- it’s hard for a guy to keep up! Anyway, Villeneuve has been handed the keys to the “Blade Runner” franchise and, based on the trailer, looks like he’s tapped into the right formula. Bringing in fellow Canuck Ryan “La La” Gosling and partnering him with the earring wearing Replicant hunter of yore Harrison Ford looks like a match made in fan boy heaven. Now, how about a role for Rutger Hauer and our favorite mermaid Daryl Hannah – and maybe throw in a reprise of Vangelis’ musical score? Throw in some acid wash jeans and a complete lack of girlfriends and we can consider the ‘80’s officially back for me. Can’t wait…

“The Snowman” (Oct.13)- Scandinavia’s biggest export- mystery writer Jo Nesbo- (you thought I was gonna say ABBA or pickled sardines didn’t you…?) is finally getting the Hollywood treatment for his literary protagonist Harry Hole- which you would think at least his name would be Sven something- but I digress. Playing Mr Hole will be the great Michael Fassbender fresh off of his sure to be Oscar nominated turn in “Assassin’s Creed”…again, just checking to make sure you’re following…). The long-running series of books this movie’s based on have sold nearly as many copies worldwide as the original 45 of “Dancing Queen”. I just hope the Swedish director of “The Snowman”, Tomas Alfredson , does a better job of putting this much-anticipated film together than I did trying to assemble my new IKEA bookshelf…

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Viva La Cinema!