These are the movies I want to watch in the coming months, with their Indian release dates.
September 2: Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez. The premise, where a bunch of youngsters break into the house of a blind old man, who happens to be a badass, is interesting.
September 9: Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood. It’s the first major film shot almost completely in IMAX, and features airplanes and Tom Hanks.
September 16: The Shallows, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Another interesting premise, about a girl who needs to cross a not-very-wide body of water, easy enough except there’s a shark.
September 23: The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. A western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio.
September 30: MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, directed by Neeraj Pandey. Sure, nothing about this sounds exciting, but the director made A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby.
October 7: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton. It’s basically Tim Burton’s X-Men, with Eva Green taking on the “Professor X” role.
October 14: Inferno, directed by Ron Howard. Yes, I liked the novel. In fact, I generally like Dan Brown’s novels. Really. Unfortunately, the adaptations have been disappointing.
October 21: Keeping Up with the Joneses, directed by Greg Mottola. A spy comedy starring Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. This could be even better than last year’s “Spy”.
October 28: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, directed by Karan Johar. I don’t know. Could be the next MNIK, could be the next SOTY. Good cast, though. Fawad Khan was amazing in Kapoor and Sons.
November 4: Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch. Tilda Swinton. Rachel McAdams. Chiwetel Ejiofor. Mads Mikkelsen. Magic. Marvel.
November 11: Rock On!! 2, directed by Shujaat Saudagar. I cannot overstate how hyped I am for this, but Shraddha Kappor? Really? That’s like casting Megan Fox in a sequel to Mission: Impossible.
November 16: Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve. “Realistic alien invasion movie” might sound like an oxymoron, but once you watch the trailer, you realize these guys really mean it.
November 23: Moana, directed by Musker and Clements. A lot of the hype comes from there being a Disney Princess of colour, but I didn’t believe it would actually be good until I saw the trailer.
By far the one I’m looking forward most to is Doctor Strange, since the heavy hitters such as Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and La La Land are probably not coming out till November.
Neither Hell or High Water nor Kubo and the Two Strings released when they were supposed to last month, so it’s not a good idea to get one’s hopes up. Still, it looks like 2016 might just redeem itself.