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The 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

A supervillain posse flick, the first-ever 'Star Wars' one-off, Ryan Gosling playing piano—these are the films we're fiending for this year

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'The Boy'

Release date: January 22
Director: William Brent Bell
Writer: Stacey Menear
The scoop: Imagine Lars and the Real Girl, but terrifying, and with parents pretending a doll is their son instead of Ryan Gosling pretending a doll is his lover. And with a nanny asked to take care of the doll. OK. You're in, and so are we.

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'Hail, Caesar!'

Release date: February 5
Directors/writers: Joel and Ethan Coen
The scoop: It's been three years since the excellent Inside Llewyn Davis, and the Coens are once again taking a major swerve in tone—plus reuniting with George Clooney and Josh Brolin, then adding Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill and...Dolph Lundgren.

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'Zoolander 2'

Release date: February 12
Director: Ben Stiller
Writer: Justin Theroux
The scoop: What the hell are Derek and Hansel up to 15 years later? Same old, probably—which is worth the price of admission.

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'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Release date: March 25
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio
The scoop: The sequel to 2013's Man of Steel is a setup for DC Comics' aggressive film franchise expansion. So not only will you get Batman and Superman duking it out, you'll also get Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and, just maybe, Jared Leto's new Joker, the one who'll star in Suicide Squad a few months later. (More on that in a few.)

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'

Release date: March 25
Director: Kirk Jones
Writer: Nia Vardalos
The scoop: Like Zoolander 2, a decade-and-a-half revisit of a movie we loved to death just isn't something we can miss. Toula and Ian's daughter is the one working through the big fat Greek marriage hijinx this time.

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'The Jungle Book'

Release date: April 15
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Marks
The scoop: Yeah, yeah, Disney already made a live-action version of its 1967 classic. But special effects are way better now, and we've got voice work coming from Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito (Akela).

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'Barbershop: The Next Cut'

Release date: April 15
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver
The scoop: Sequels coming 10+ years after the last one are a Thing this year, for sure. This follow-up's still got Cube, but it's also got Nicki MinajCommonTyga, Regina Hall and a story that engages with the rampant gun violence in Chicago.

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'Elvis & Nixon'

Release date: April 29
Director: Liza Johnson
Writers: Cary Elwes, Joey and Hanala Sagal
The scoop: Only Kevin Spacey is awesome enough to make a movie as President Richard Nixon the same year he premieres the fourth season of a TV show where he plays an evil president. He'll square off against Michael Shannon's take on the King in the dramatization of a 1970 meeting that went down in the White House. Also, very random, but actor Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights) has never written a script before this. It's also a first for Amazon Studios, which has never put out a movie until now.

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'Finding Dory'

Release date: June 17
Director: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Writer: Andrew Stanton
The scoop: If Pixar's ever had a chance to make a Toy Story 2 and 3–quality sequel, this is it. Not to mention that Nemo's animation is among the most beautiful in the studio's catalog. (It's the ocean, so.)

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'The BFG'

Release date: July 1
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Melissa Mathison
The scoop: One of Roald Dahl's many flawless novels gets Spielbergified, marking the first time the master's worked with Disney. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill, the 11-year-old lead, looks fantastic.

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'Star Trek Beyond'

Release date: July 8
Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
The scoop: The first new Trek flick without J.J. Abrams goes to Justin Lin, four-time Fast and the Furious franchise veteran. Screenplay work from nerd saint Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, also has our antennae up.

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Columbia Pictures

Release date: July 15
Director: Paul Feig
Writers: Paul Feig and Katie Dippold
The scoop: Ghostbusters reboots have been bandied about endlessly since the second film came out in '89. Feig directing Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and current SNL-ers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon might be the only version we'd actually want to see.

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'La La Land'

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Release date: July 15
Director/writer: Damien Chazelle
The scoop: After knocking everyone on their asses with the jazz drumming tour de force Whiplash, Chazelle puts Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling together onscreen for the third time since 2011. The Gos, whose musical side is lovely and long-established, plays a jazz pianist.

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'Suicide Squad'

Release date: August 5
Director/writer: David Ayer
The scoop: Got superhero movie fatigue? Can we interest you, then, in a supervillain movie? One with Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as the Joker? K. That's what we thought.

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'The Magnificent Seven'

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Release date: September 23
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: John Lee Hancock, Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto
The scoop: If you're gonna drag this classic tale out of the closet again, you gotta pack heat. And the guy who gave us Training Day certainly did, bringing Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke along for what we're betting will be a triumph. (Bonus: True Detective creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto worked on the script.)

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Actor Channing Tatum attends  the  Hateful Eight premiere in Hollywood, California, on December 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE

Release date: October 7
Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Josh Zetumer
The scoop: World hero Channing Tatum as X-Men superhero Gambit. No reason to twist your arm any further.

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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: November 18
Director: David Yates
Writer: J.K. Rowling
The scoop: A Harry Potter prequel set in the early 20th century in New York City? Yes! J.K. Rowling's first screenplay ever? YES!!

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Walt Disney Animation Studios

Release date: November 23
Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker
Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker and Taika Waititi
The scoop: Set 2,000 years ago, Moana is the first Disney movie to star a Polynesian princess. It's also the first CGI film from the guys who directed Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will voice a god, and Hamilton creator/star/composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing tunes.

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'The Founder'

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Actor Michael Keaton attends the "Spotlight" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on October 27,
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Release date: November 25
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: Robert D. Siegel
The scoop: The Michael Keaton renaissance continues with a biopic of Ray Kroc, the shady man who took McDonald's from its founders and into the stratosphere.

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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Release date: December 16
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Chris Weitz
The scoop: Ready to find out what a non-trilogy Star Wars movie looks like? One without any Jedi in the lead? One that goes back to the gap between Episode III and IV?! Yeah, you are. But we'll just let you know it's about the team of Rebel spies that stole the plans for the Death Star and got 'em to Princess Leia. The extremely badass cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Ben Mendelsohn. OH, AND DARTH VADER'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN IT.

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Release date: December 21
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Jon Spaihts
The scoop: J. Law. Chris Pratt. Space travel. We want to go to there.

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TriStar Pictures

Release date: December 25
Director: TBA
Writers: Zach Helm and Scott Rosenberg
The scoop: They waited 21 years for the remake; we'll give it a chance—even if we mysteriously don't know who's directing it yet.

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Release date: TBA Q4
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Jay Cocks
The scoop: Being a Christian missionary in Japan wasn't a hot prospect in the 1600s, as Scorsese will show you with this historical pic starring Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Japan's Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano and Ryô Kase

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Rob Zombie

Release date: TBA
Director/writer: Rob Zombie
The scoop: Kidnapped carnies are taken to a place called Murder World and forced to try surviving evil killer clowns for 12 hours. It's the metal madman's sixth full-length live-action film since he debuted in 2003 with House of 1000 Corpses.

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'The Disaster Artist'

Release date: TBA
Director: James Franco
Writers: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
The scoop: Franco plays actor/director Tommy Wiseau in a dramatic retelling of the making of The Room, one of the worst and most-celebrated-for-being-terrible movies ever. The cast is crazy, too, with Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, Josh Hutcherson, Hannibal Buress and Dave Franco all in the ranks.

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