Traditionally, the summer is when TV is bad and the movies are good. In 2016 – the most confusing and confounding year of the millennium – that dynamic has been flipped on its ear. The most readily available movies were not that great and the most readily available TV was fantastic. As the temperature mercifully drops and the fall swoops in, I’m ready to bury the hatchet with the movies of Summer ’16 and look ahead to the mountain of films I cannot wait to see.
Below are the top movies you should be excited to see broken down by month. I have a feeling we’re looking at more hits than misses this season.
It’s been a rough year, Hollywood. Please don’t let me down.
Magnificent Seven, September 23rd
Synopsis: Set in the 1870s shortly after the Civil War, as the town of Rose Creek is put under the siege of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the residents enlist the help of seven outlaws, a bounty hunter Sam Chisolm, a gambler Josh Faraday, a sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux, a tracker Jack Horne, an assassin Billy Rocks, a Mexican outlaw Vasquez, and a Comanche warrior Red Harvest, to protect them while they prepare for the anticipated violent confrontation. However, upon meeting the town’s residents, the Seven find themselves fighting for much more than money. – Wikipedia
Deepwater Horizon, September 30th
Synopsis: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. – IMDB
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, September 30th
Synopsis: When tragedy strikes close to home, 16-year-old Jacob “Jake” Portman is forced to travel to a mysterious island in order to discover the truth of what really happened. Jake’s ordinary life takes an extraordinary turn as the childhood fairytales he heard from his grandfather start to become more plausible. After stumbling into what seems to be a different world, Jake is introduced to the extraordinary Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But when what seems to be a fairytale takes a horrific turn, Jake is forced to make a life-altering decision in order to protect the ones he loves from the monsters of his grandfather’s past, the creepy Hollows and the dangerous Wights led by the terrifying Mr. Barron. – Wikipedia
What Else Could We See?
Birth of a Nation, October 7th
Synopsis: Nat Turner, as a child, is taught to read so he can study the Bible, and be a preacher to fellow slaves. When Turner’s master takes him across the country on a preaching tour to profit from his preaching, Turner begins to see the scope of slavery and decides to become a different leader. – Wikipedia
The Accountant, October 14th
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a forensic accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise. – Wikipedia
Girl on the Train, October 7th
Synopsis: Divorcee Rachel Watson takes the train to work every day and spends her commute fantasizing about a young couple living down the street from her ex-husband. One morning, she sees something shocking and finds herself entangled in a mystery that promises to forever alter the lives of everyone involved. – Wikipedia
What Else Could We See?
- Kevin Hart: What Now? October 14th
- Max Steel October 14th
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back October 21st
- Keeping Up With The Joneses October 21st
- Ouija: Origins of Evil October 21st
- Inferno October 28th
- Rings October 28th
Doctor Strange, November 4th
Synopsis: After Stephen Strange, the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who later becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts. – Wikipedia
Hacksaw Ridge, November 4th
Synopsis: The film is based on the true story about US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, yet was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. – Wikipedia
Moana, November 23rd
Synopsis: On a mystic island in Oceania in the South Pacific, the young princess of the tribe, Moana from Motunui Island, is a born navigator who sets sail in search of a fabled island of mysterious secrets. During her journey, she teams up with her hero and legendary demigod Maui. – Wikipedia
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, November 18th
Synopsis: In 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America for a meeting with an important official. At this meeting is a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt.
The situation threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations, which is already in a dangerous place, due to the threatening presence of the fanatical New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organization dedicated to the eradication of wizard-kind. Newt battles to correct the mistake, and the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical peoples. – Wikipedia