The Essay Question (Jan. 2016)

Each month, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on the first Thursday of the month. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #28:

What 2016 movies are you most looking forward to?

Question Submitted by: John Gilpatrick @ & Robert Roten @ Laramie Movie Scope


Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress
Batman V Superman
Captain America: Civil War
X-Men: Apocalypse
Rogue One
Zoolander 2
Independence Day: Resurgence
Bourne 5
Hail, Caesar!
Knights of Cups
The Witch
Midnight Special
The Nice Guys
The Jungle Book
Suicide Squad
The Girl in the Train
The Accountant
Dr. Strange
Assassin’s Creed
Maggie’s Plan

Robert Cashill @ Popdose
SILENCE, because, Martin Scorsese.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
Batman vs. Superman

John Gilpatrick @
Odds are my favorite film of 2016 is one I don’t know much about yet. Still, it’s fun to look ahead at some potential film highlights for the next 12 months. Among them: Hail Caesar, Silence, It’s Only the End of the World, Midnight Special, The Lost City of Z, The Unknown Girl, and Star Wars: Rogue One.

Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
Hail Caesar! “Finding Dory.” “The BFG.” And, of all the superhero releases, I’m most looking forward to “Suicide Squad.”

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
Of what currently has a release date: Jane Got a Gun, Hail Caesar, Triple 9, The Witch, Midnight Special, The Nice Guys, and X-Men: Apocalypse

João Pinti @ Portal Cinema
As a Martin Scorsese fan, “The Silence” it’s on the top of my viewing list of 2016 Movies! I’m also looking forward to “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”, two top blockbusters that may surprise us all.

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Much of what I know about the 2016 calendar involves sequels, reboots, remakes, retreads, reiterations, and retractions. In other words, products with familiar names. Yet, one has my attention and that’s Star Wars: Rogue One. Yeah, I know, it sounds silly but the fact that this is a Star Wars off-shoot means something to me. For years, George Lucas kept promising that there would be side movies in the Star Wars universe away from the Skywalker plot, but never delivered and here we are, at last, with Disney doing what Lucas never did. I’m excited about it.

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Looking down the list of American films on the roster for 2016, I have the same weary feeling that I had a year ago. Sequels, remakes, reboots, regurgitation. It is hard to hold out much faith in what is to come. Yet one film peaks my interest. Maybe I’m just riding the wave of good feeling from “The Force Awakens” but if I were to wish an early release on any film from 2016, that would be “Rogue One: A Story Wars Story.” It’s a bold gamble, telling a mid-quel adventure that least up to “A New Hope” about how the rebellion stole the plans for the Death Star. It’s a gamble because we know that George Lucas has already mucked up the very notion of a Star Wars prequel and it will be interesting to see how it fairs in new hands.

Thomas Spurlin @
So far, the film I’m most curious about seeing this year would be David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’. Considering the director’s experience with rough renegade personalities and his bold orchestration of action sequences, there’s a lot of potential here for this to deviate from traditional comic-book fare. The Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ looks promising as well, naturally, and there’s always something to look forward to with Terrence Malick’s beautiful and conceptual work, so ‘Knight of Cups’.

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