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23 Movies To Get Excited About In 2016

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1. Hail, Caesar!

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Synopsis: Nearly three years after directing Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers are back with Hail, Caesar!. The film follows Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix, who must find a way to collect ransom money and rescue one of Hollywood's biggest names after he is kidnapped by a organization known only as The Future.

Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlet Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormond

Release Date: February 5, 2016

2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Synopsis: An adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's New York Times bestseller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies puts a modern day spin on Jane Austen's characters by adding zombies to the mix. Elizabeth and her sisters are well trained in the art of fighting zombies but their world is mixed up when the eligible Mr. Bingley arrives in the countryside, along with his monster hunting friend Mr. Darcy.

Starring: Lily James, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, and Charles Dance

Release Date: February 5, 2016

3. Deadpool

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Synopsis: The long awaited adaptation of the Marvel character, the film sees Wade Wilson transform into the title character after being subjected to an experiment in a bid to cure his cancer.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, and Gina Carano

Release Date: February 12, 2016

4. Zootopia

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Synopsis: Disney's animated film, set in the animal metropolis of Zootopia, is the story of Officer Judy Hopps who partners up with con artist Nick Wilde to solve one of Zootopia Police Department's latest cases.

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, and Octavia Spencer

Release Date: March 4, 2016

5. 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Synopsis: Upon waking up from a car accident, Michelle discovers she has been saved by a survivalist who claims the world has been made uninhabitable by a chemical attack.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.

Release Date: March 11, 2016

6. The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Synopsis: The third film in the Divergent series, Tris and Four leave the city for the first time and discover that impossible choices must be made to save humanity.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Octavia Spencer, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort

Release Date: March 18, 2016

7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Synopsis: While Batman and Superman are busy battling each other, Lex Luthor creates Doomsday and threatens all of Metropolis.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, and Jeremy Irons

Release Date: March 25, 2016

8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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Synopsis: Facing their own marital troubles, Toula and Ian must deal with another Greek wedding even bigger and fatter than their own.

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, and Ian Gomez

Release Date: March 25, 2016

9. The Jungle Book

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Synopsis: The journey of Mowgli as he ventures through the forest, with the help of a blank panther and a bear, in a bid to evade the fearsome Shere Khan.

Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, and Giancarlo Esposito

Release Date: April 15, 2016

10. The Huntsman Winter's War

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Synopsis: Sisters, Freya and Ravenna, prepare to conquer their enchanted land but two of Freya's former warriors, Eric and Sara, will do all they can to defeat the sisters.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Colin Morgan, and Nick Frost

Release Date: April 22, 2016

11. Captain America: Civil War

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Synopsis: After the events of Age of Ultron, politicians form a system of registration and accountability for Earth's mightiest heroes. This however forms a rift between the Avengers, as Captain America wishes to live without government interference and Iron Man supports such government oversight.

Starring: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, and Emily VanCamp

Release Date: May 6, 2016

12. X-Men: Apocalypse

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Synopsis: The first and most powerful mutant, the immortal and invincible Apocalypse, forces the X-Men to unite and save humanity from complete destruction.

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, and Nicholas Hoult

Release Date: May 27, 2016

13. Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Synopsis: To save the Mad Hatter and all of Wonderland, Alice must travel through a strange new world to stop the Lord of Time and uncover a plot that would see the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andrew Scott, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry

Release Date: May 27, 2016

14. Now You See Me 2

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Synopsis: One year after the first film, the Four Horsemen are back to expose the unethical practices of a tech magnate. When the son of Arthur Tressler threatens the group their only hope is to perform one last stunt to clear their names and reveal the true mastermind.

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe, and Michael Caine

Release Date: June 10, 2016

15. Finding Dory

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Synopsis: Dory, along with Nemo and Marlin, sets out to find her family and discovers the true meaning of family.

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Idris Elba, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, and Michael Sheen

Release Date: June 17, 2016

16. Independence Day: Resurgence

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Synopsis: Twenty years after Independence Day, the aliens are back, more powerful and larger than ever before, and once again pose the greatest threat to the human race.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Sela Ward, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, and William Fichtner

Release Date: June 24, 2016

17. The Secret Life of Pets

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Synopsis: When a adorable rabbit named Snowball launches a plan to exact revenge on happily owned pets and their owners, Max and his friends must find a solution.

Starring: Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, and Dana Carvey

Release Date: July 8, 2016

18. Ghostbusters

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Synopsis: When ghosts invade Manhattan, it's up to Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, and Patty Tolan to save the world.

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Andy Garcia, and Neil Casey

Release Date: July 15, 2016

19. Star Trek Beyond

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Synopsis: When the USS Enterprise is attacked by a wave of unknown aliens, the crew are stranded on a new planet and must find a way to get home while finding themselves at odds with a new enemy.

Starring: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and Sofia Boutella

Release Date: July 22, 2016

20. Suicide Squad

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Synopsis: Amanda Waller creates task force A.R.G.U.S. comprised entirely of super villains assigned dangerous tasks to complete in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

Starring: Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Joel Kinnaman

Release Date: August 5, 2016

21. Doctor Strange

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Synopsis: After his career is ruined, neurosurgeon Stephen Strange is taken under the wing of the Ancient One, who trains him to defend the world with mystic powers.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Bruhl, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen

Release Date: November 4, 2016

22. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Synopsis: Newt Scamander travels to New York City, with his briefcase that houses an array of dangerous creatures, only to cause further strains between the wizarding and No-Maj (the American word for muggle) world when said creatures escape.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Dan Folger, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman

Release Date: November 18, 2016

23. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Synopsis: A band of Rebel fighters set out to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule.

Starring: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forrest Whitaker, Diego Luna, and Jonathan Aris

Release Date: December 16, 2016

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