Every December-January I scan the brightest prospects for the coming year…and then fall into a vague depression when I realize how many cheesy-sounding popcorn films are in the pipeline. I know this impression won’t last and that things will gradually brighten, but right now ’16 looks “entertaining” as far as it goes but not with an abundance of meaty, high-falutin’, critical-heart-flutter flicks outside of Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Hail Caesar! and Martin Scorsese‘s Silence and…well, those two anyway. I need to see more films made for guys like me because right now things seem a little light on that end.

Please consult Wikipedia’s 2016 film roster + my recent Sundance ’16 preference list and tell me if you’re feeling any excitement outside the aforementioned pair plus the following: Warren Beatty‘s still-untitled Howard Hughes film, Oliver Stone‘s Snowden, Jeff NicholsMidnight Special, Robert EggersThe Witch, Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, Zack Snyder‘s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Paul Greengrass‘s untitled fifth Bourne film w/ Matt Damon, Ariel Vroman‘s Criminal, Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven, Peter Berg‘s Deepwater Horizon, Ed Zwick‘s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Justin Kurzel‘s Assassin’s Creed and Morten Tyldum‘s Passengers.

Not to mention The Founder, La La Land, the possibility of Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing, A Bigger Splash, Demolition, Free State of Jones, The Great Wall and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.