8 Hollywood movies Arab film buffs would totally dig in 2016

Published January 25th, 2016 - 02:24 GMT
The third installment of Kung Fu Panda is set for release this month. (YouTube)
The third installment of Kung Fu Panda is set for release this month. (YouTube)

The year 2015 gave film buffs dozens of thrilling films to watch, including Matt Damon's "The Martian" - which was partially filmed in Jordan- the long-awaited "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and of course the timeless James Bond in "Spectre."

However, 2016 looks even more promising for Hollywood, with titles set to get even the biggest TV addicts off their couches and out to the cinema.

Below are 8 movies film enthusiasts in the Arab world would totally dig (we think!).

Kung Fu Panda 3 - January 29, 2016

We love pets in the ME, but we especially adore pandas! In the third installment, "after reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po (Jack Black) must train a village of clumsy pandas to help him defeat a supernatural warrior (J.K. Simmons) who becomes stronger with each battle." (Wikipedia)

Gods of Egypt - February 24, 2016

Much controversy surrounded the film long before its release, yet we're still excited to see the ancient Egyptian deities in action, where "a defiant mortal (Brenton Thwaites) forms an unlikely alliance with the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to save the world from Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness." (Wikipedia)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 23, 2016

No excuse needed for wanting to watch these two iconic marvel superheroes! "Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It's up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis." (IMDB)

Snowden - May 4, 2016

The politically-charged Middle East is likely to enjoy this film, which "follows the true story of Edward Snowden, an American CIA computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) to The Guardian in June 2013." (Wikipedia)

Finding Dory - June 17, 2016

From the beloved Finding Nemo returns our fave fish Dory. In this sea adventure, "the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way." (IMDB)

Independence Day: Resurgence - June 22, 2016

Who doesn't like an alien invasion? We do just as much as the next person. The film is set "two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, when Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?" (Wikipedia)

Bridget Jones's Baby - September 16, 2016

Women all over the world can relate to this 30-something-year-old singleton, and our Arab chikas are no different. "Now 43, and still single, Bridget finds out she’s pregnant... But unfortunately for Bridget, she's not sure who the father is. Is it on-and-off again beau Mark Darcy (played by the inimitable Colin Firth) or hot new billionaire Jack Qwant (played by newcomer Patrick Dempsey)?" (Marie Claire)

The Girl on the Train - September 22, 2016

Gone Girl was a huge hit in the Middle East in 2014, and "The Girl on the Train" is 2016's Gone Girl! The film "follows the story of a woman named Rachel, who goes on a train to London. She witnesses the "perfect" couple. Scott and Megan. But one day, havoc ensues this couple, and Rachel becomes involved in their drama/ murder mystery of Megan Hipwell." (IMDB)

By Arwad Khalifeh


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