Hollywood's general desire to keep rehashing what's succeeded in the past is no secret, as evidenced by the glut of sequels, remakes, reimaginings and what have you clogging up multiplexes, many of them fueled by cynical nostalgia-baiting rather than a genuine desire to tell an entertaining story.
These 12 movies from the last five years of cinema are some of the most acclaimed films of their respective release years, but each is also a prime candidate to end up stuck with a wildly unnecessary follow-up sooner or later.
Yes, it's entirely possible to just ignore a bad sequel if it "ruins" the classic previous film, but what about studios having a little artistic integrity and just not making lazy, rushed sequels for the sheer sake of it?
Fingers, toes and everything else is crossed that these films remain the last word on themselves, and their legacies aren't brought into question with sequels nobody really cares to see...
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