Ten movies to look forward to before Christmas

Thank goodness we still have a few months left of our 2016 year.  After the most awful summer lineup that I can ever remember, we need fall to swoop in and save the year.  To be fair, the summer never looked appealing beforehand, while the fall and winter have some promising prospects.  If you were wondering what might be some good movies to look forward to, let me help you out. Directors play a big part in what I believe will most likely be a good movie. Therefore, I tend to skew my opinion with respects toward the leader of the film. Unlike the summer where I was scrounging up anything I could find to put on my list, I had to cut a few that I like for the fall/winter slate. Here are my ten choices for the most anticipated movies to close out the year.

Honorable Mention: LIVE BY NIGHT – This is the next film from Ben Affleck who has proven himself to be an amazing director (GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN, ARGO).  Why this film just gets an honorable mention and not the top spot is because it has been slated for a 2017 release. Only recently has it been reported that it may have a limited release in December to be in contention for award season.  My list was already made but this world of organized crime film set during the Prohibition Era looks to be one of my favorites.

10. DOCTOR STRANGE – I keep using the term “superhero fatigue.” I just can’t get excited for another superhero film but I also recognize that Marvel has created an impressive resume with a proven track record.  While I know very little about DOCTOR STRANGE other than it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m sure it will be another exciting adventure within the Marvel universe that audiences will flock toward. (November 4)


9. ALLIED – It’s been a while since Robert Zemeckis brought us one of his greats like CAST AWAY, FORREST GUMP, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT or the BACK TO THE FUTURE series.  His recent films (FLIGHT and THE WALK) have been good but more forgettable.  Hopefully this stylized 1942 set spy thriller starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Lizzy Caplan will deliver another great. (November 23)

Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk

8. BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK – Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, LIFE OF PI) is a two time Best Director Oscar winner.  Contrasting a soldiers home victory tour with his wartime realities will hopefully be an eye opening experience. With Lee’s proven track record quality emotional film making, I’m definitely intrigued. (November 11)

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