After Star Wars: Great Geek Movies to Look Forward to in 2016

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It’s a magical time, isn’t it? The lights, the music, the gathering with friends to celebrate. Of course, I’m not talking about the holidays. Sure, they’re nice. But for nerdy movie fans, the real celebration is Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. After years of anticipation, Disney is delivering on the long-awaited return to our favorite galaxy far, far away.

But after we’ve seen the movie—and seen it again three, four, or 12 times—what do we have to look forward to?

Fortunately, the answer is plenty. Hollywood has gotten the message full well that there’s gold in them thar nerdy hills, and as a result, 2016 will be brimming with geeky goodness in the movie theater. There are hours and hours of highly anticipated super storytelling in store, so let’s get to it:

The year in geek movies will kick off on January 15 with The 5th Wave, a sci-fi thriller starring Chloë Grace Mortez and Liev Schrieber. In the film, young Cassie is desperately trying to save her brother while aliens attack the Earth. On February 5, the living dead will collide with classic literature in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in which the star-crossed lovers from different social classes will collide with the undead. No word yet on whether Abraham Lincoln will show up to save them.

February also brings us the first of a spate of highly anticipated genre films with the long-awaited Deadpool (February 12). Ryan Reynolds plays the fan favorite “Merc with a Mouth,” a Special Forces operative given super-powers after he’s stricken with cancer. You must have seen the trailer by now, but if you haven’t, here it is.

March 25 is a date you need to circle in red on your calendar. That’s when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open. Half the suspense here is finally seeing comic books’ “Holy Trinity”—Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman—on the big screen. The other half is seeing whether Warner Brothers (which has kind of a spotty record with super hero movies) can get it right.

(One other movie to see in March is the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. No, Hank Williams doesn’t have any super powers—besides being a great musician, of course—but the movie stars genre favorite Tom Hiddleston, Marvel’s Loki, in the title role.)

After you file your income taxes on April 15, take whatever spare change you have left and go see Disney’s The Jungle Book. It’s the live-action take on the classic animated film many of us grew up with. And if that’s not nerdy enough for you, it was directed by Jon (Iron Man) Favreau, and it’s packed with mega-stars Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita N’yongo, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Giancarlo Esposito voicing the animals.

But wait—there’s more! Check out BookTrib after the holidays for the sequel to this article, and find out what else your neighborhood cinema has to offer in 2016!

Michael Ruscoe is a writer, teacher, and musician living in Southern Connecticut. He is the author of the novel, "From the Stray Cat Files: You’ll Do Anything," the anthology, "Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literature," and numerous educational texts. An instructor at Southern Connecticut State University, Ruscoe is also lead singer and songwriter for the indie band Save the Androids! In his spare time he earns karma for his next life by ardently following the New York Mets. The proud father of two children, Ruscoe also cares for and supports a pair of goldfish, who, in all honesty, are not very good conversationalists.

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