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 were nice. But for nerdy movie fans, the real celebration is “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.” After years of anticipation, Disney has delivered on the long-awaited return to our favorite galaxy far, far away.
But after you’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 that there’s gold in them nerdy hills, and as a result, 2016 will be brimming with geeky goodness in the movie theater. There are hours of highly anticipated super storytelling in store, so let’s get to it:
▪ The year in geek movies will kick off on Jan. 15 with “The 5th Wave,” a sci-fi thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber. In the film, young Cassie is desperately trying to save her brother while aliens attack the Earth.
▪ On Feb. 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” (Feb. 12). Ryan Reynolds plays the fan favorite “Merc with a Mouth,” a Special Forces operative given super-powers after he’s diagnosed with cancer.
▪ 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 Bros., (which has kind of a spotty record with superhero 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 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 Nyong’o , Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Giancarlo Esposito voicing the animals.