I am way too late posting this thing again! But better late than never right?
I missed last year entirely too (maybe I was just too busy watching the sequels to write about them), but I'll be posting a list for this year soon.
You can find the old post from 2016 here, and as for my long overdue impressions on these promising sequels (which btw are not just 6 but 12 - something about how many awesome sequels there were this year):
Ride Along 2
I'd seen this one before I even posted the batch, and my impressions from earlier pretty much still apply. See the review here.
John Wick 2
Does this franchise still hold up to expectations? Hell yeah! The second segment of the series was just as flashy, classy, and tough an interpolation as the first one, and it looks like there's one more on route... at least! I'm looking forward to it. You'll find my review on this one here.
Now You See Me 2
It's got the magic! It's a real show of showmanship and distraction but... it didn't fully measure up to the first. Enter loose ends, too. Worth a watch, but not quite like the original. Review here.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny
Here's one I actually forgot about completely some time after I'd posted this list. I watched it now and... although it didn't compare the classic it wasn't bad. The feels are still there, just not as strong as they used to be.
Check out that review here.
Ice Age: Collision Course
I said this one might have a hard time measuring up to my expectations... and I was right. It didn't. It was still a fun watch, but overall this series just seems to be going downhill after the first one. Or rather getting messier and messier. Too many characters; too little red thread. You can read the review here.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Here's another one I actually hadn't seen before I revisited this old post! A few days later aaand here you go. Fresh impressions. Long (well actually it wasn't that long) story short: it was awesome! I'd forgotten how great the Kung Fu Panda franchise was. Rewatched the prequels while I was at it.
Oh hell yeah! Anything with Jason Statham turns out awesome it seems. Sequel or no. This one came out under the name Mechanic: Resurrection, and you can read my review for it here.
Underworld: Blood Wars
The Underworld franchise seems to be very much back on track too! It's more special effects than ever (is Kate growing old?) but it still has that special edge only this one hybrid of genres has. #1 vampire franchise still running... and it's not just about vampires. Review here.
Jack Reacher 2
The second one... well it wasn't as good as I hoped.
Compared to any average action movie it's still very much on top of the game, but compared to the previous I was expecting a lot more. Jack just doesn't stand out as John does (a few titles up). Review here.
Star Trek 3
They've still got it, and are going strong with the oldskool covers too! :D Both Star Trek and Star Wars seem to be back with a vengeance in recent years, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well this one held up both against the main competing franchise and against the two recent prequels. Review here.
London Has Fallen
There was so much wrong with this movie, but so much right as well. The wrong was the excessive American patriotism, and the right was the action. There's a lot. It's great. Compared to the prequel it took things to a whole new level, but it still won't ever beat the main contender that unfortunately didn't get the sequel it deserved: White House Down.
You can read this review here.
Was it as pure and intense as all of the first three? Can anything ever compare to the original three? Do I remember enough of the original three to know if this one really compared or not...? I'm not sure, but I did like the new! More so than the fourth wall. Here's the review.
So those were the most-notable. As for the other ones mentioned I've also watched and reviewed the new Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Independence Day, Captain America, X-Men, Divergent, Batman V Superman. As for Iceman 2... it's actually still not out! It's promised soon, so it seems it'll be on my list of sequels this year again. Overall most of these sequels were great, give or take one or Ghostbusters.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War wasn't bad either, and Bad Santa 2... well it could've been worse. The new Barbershop I still haven't seen. That's all for these old movies, and onto: great sequels of more recent years!