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2015 is swiftly coming to a close and a new year is on the horizon. We all know what that means, yet another year of potentially amazing movies and the prospect of catching something exciting. 2016 has not started yet, but with all the exciting trailers for movies hitting theaters, next year seems to be shaping up to be something to look forward to for certain. We take a look at a handful of 2016's releases beginning with...
Director Bryan Singer returns to helm the third and presumably final chapter of the series that began with 2011's X-Men: First Class. The trailer looks to be the darkest film in the series and every bit as massively epic as it should be. The drama feels intense with a strong ensemble cast including some new faces and familiar fan favorites, and the action looks as good as anything we've ever seen in an X-Men picture. With a character like Apocalypse, we should expect no less. X-Men: Apocalypse is slated to hit theaters May 27, 2016
Star Trek: Beyond
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRVD32rnzOw[/embed] With J.J. Abrams shifting intergalactic directing duties from his successfully rebooted Star Trek series to that other galaxy far, far away, Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame takes the reigns, leading the Starship Enterprise into fresh territory. By the looks of it, Kirk and his crew are off to a bumpy start in this new adventure. With no ship and trapped on a planet unfamiliar to them, they rely on their wits, each other and perhaps a new friend or two might be the only option the crew of the Enterprise to take if they are going to make it through in one piece. The trailer exudes a feel of fun as well as great action in a vein akin to the 2009 original. Star Trek: Beyond opens July 22, 2016.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeaugHGd1Kw[/embed] We come now to the sequel of the Turtles reboot that no one asked for. Megan Fox and Will Arnett return alongside the turtles in what looks to be a fun time for the kids if nothing else. After all, true Turtles fans probably wouldn't be bothered with this entry as they most likely stayed away from previous film. This trailer does not really provide a sense of the plot, though one might gather that some bad guys appear, the Turtles show up to stop them and there are a lot of explosions. Oh, and Rocksteady and Beebop make their big screen debut alongside star of the CW's Arrow, Stephen Amell. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens June 3, 2016.
The beloved Roald Dahl classic you read in elementary school about a friendly giant who forms an unlikely bond with a child gets the live-action big screen treatment. Disney seems to be aiming for a successful swing at the fences with Steven Spielberg's involvement, which seems a particularly good fit as one of his strengths is intimate character relationships. The trailer only presents a taste of the adventure to come for a little girl in an orphanage. Once that large hand enters the room, we know everything we need to be ready for this film. However, in a post-Harry Potter world, is there room for a different, more classical kind of magic with the Spielberg touch? We will have to find out. The BFG hits theaters July 1, 2016Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj1devH5JP4[/embed] We seem to be living in a world of spin-offs, sequels and the like. With the latest Star Wars film in the mix and recent talk a Hunger Games spinoff, it might have been just a matter of time before someone started talking about a Harry Potter franchise spinoff. To be fair, Fantastic Beasts was on its way for some time. Taking place several decades before young Potter and his friends begin their journey at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this film will deal with the man behind one of the textbooks to be found at Hogwarts, Newt Scamader, a famed magizoologist, who arrives for a brief stop in New York. Then of course, creatures escape and it will be up to Newt and some allies to get to the bottom of it all before everything falls apart.