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10 multiplex movies to watch for in 2016

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Ghostbusters

Hail, Caesar! (February 5) The latest film from the Coen brothers features Josh Brolin as a Hollywood studio “fixer” in the 1950s, charged with tracking down a buffoonish star (George Clooney) who’s been kidnapped while filming a sword-and-sandal epic.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25) DC’s efforts to match Marvel’s cinematic universe kick off here, with this superhero showdown between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill), plus appearances from other DC icons including Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aquaman and more.

Everybody Wants Some (April 15) Billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, the new feature from writer-director Richard Linklater follows the lives of a group of college freshmen in the early 1980s, as they smoke pot, hit on women and try out for the baseball team.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6) Marvel’s superheroes take sides as the government attempts to control them, which pits Captain America (Chris Evans) against longtime ally and fellow Avenger Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Co-starring pretty much every other Marvel superhero.

Finding Dory

Finding Dory (June 17) Forgetful fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) takes center stage in Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, as young Nemo and his father Marlin, now reunited, help Dory search for answers about her past.

Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24) Twenty years after humans defeated alien invaders with a computer virus in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day, the aliens are back, presumably with better virus protection. Stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox also return (but Will Smith does not).

Ghostbusters (July 15) Who you gonna call? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the busters of ghosts in this reimagining of the ’80s supernatural comedy, from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond (July 22) Director Justin Lin (veteran of many Fast and/or Furious movies) takes over the space-adventure franchise for the third installment of the rebooted series, featuring Idris Elba as a mysterious alien villain who menaces the crew of the Enterprise.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18) Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling herself penned the screenplay for this series spinoff, which takes place in New York City in 1926, and stars Eddie Redmayne as a wizard who collects magical creatures—and inadvertently allows them to escape.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16) Disney’s strategy of bombarding the world with Star Wars movies continues with a story that takes place just before the events of the original 1977 film, following a group of rebel operatives as they plot to steal the plans for the Death Star.

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