Top Films for 2016

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2016 has well and truly kicked off so what better time to look at the movies coming up in the year ahead and get excited about some the releases to come?

I have already covered my films for January so they are excluded from my list and you will probably notice that some of the big, highly-anticipated projects are missed off simply because I’m not excited for them (even though I should be – but that might come later with promo). I’ve included a missed list at the moment to acknowledge these.

I desperately tried to include more original films in this list but it’s becoming so increasingly hard because you don’t always know about them so far in advance. So I’ve put in a few but not as many as I would like.

Here are my top picks:

Captain America: Civil War

I was a bit sick of the Avengers crew after Age of Ultron but after watching the first trailer for Civil War, my love for my Marvel comic faves was restored and fully onboard the hype train. This time it’s Cap (Chris Evans) against former friend Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) Shit is gonna go DOWN. Estimated release – May

Ghostbusters

This is the all-female reboot of the beloved comedy film, which could either soar or absolutely tank, so obviously I’m going to be first in line to get an opinion on it. It’s not clear if the plot will be 100% the same, but I am confident Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will ace it. I’m also looking forward to Chris Hemsworth as their new receptionist. ETA – July

 

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Suicide Squad

When this was first announced I thought it sounded awful, but the trailer which leaked from Comic Con this year was really promising. I excited to see what Margot Robbie does as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s new take on The Joker. He’s so creepy. They make up a super villain task force set on black ops missions in return for clemency. ETA – August

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I am not one for period dramas so any film willing to throw blood, guts and sword-wielding females into the mix is alright by me. It is essentially the same love story we have heard many times before, with zombies thrown in for good measure. The badass trailer has me sold. Starring Lena Headey, Lily James and Douglas Booth. ETA – February

 

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The Huntsman Winter’s War

I liked Snow White and the Huntsman but I was still surprised when this sequel was announced, especially as the previous star Kristen Stewart has not returned. This is set before and after the events of the first one. It shows how The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) was raised alongside Sara (Jessica Chastain) by the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt), the sister of Ravenna, The Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). I can’t wait to see Chastain kick butt. ETA – April

High-Rise

I desperately wanted to get tickets to see this at the London Film Festival because I love Tom Hiddleston, but naturally it was sold out straight away. It finally comes to cinemas in March and we get to see Tom in all his debauched glory. The film (dubbed as action/drama/sci-fi) is set inside a tower block which contains everything a resident may need (so they don’t need to go outside) but life in the block soon spirals out of control. Exciting! ETA – March

 

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X-Men: Apocalypse

The prequel series starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender finally comes to a dramatic finish. Oscar Isaac plays the big bad Apocalypse (via motion capture), the first ever Mutant, and the X-Men must team up to stop him. I’m a tad confused on the timeline so I need to rewatch the others before this. ETA – May

Now You See Me 2

I LOVED Now You See Me so I am so happy there is a sequel. Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson return as the Four Horsemen (while Isla Fisher is replaced by Lizzy Caplan, who I love) and they are back to expose the dodgy dealings of somebody else – this time tech protégé Walter (Daniel Radcliffe). Very excited for this one. ETA – June

 

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La La Land

I love a musical, I love Emma Stone and I love Ryan Gosling so this is just the perfect combination. I am totally buzzing for this! It is about a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress in LA. Not the most original plot but hell, this has Stone and Gosling singing and dancing so I’m all for it. ETA – July

The Girl on the Train

I devoured Paula Hawkins’ novel last year and the film adaptation has been turned around so quickly while the interest is still high. I’m not impressed that the action has been moved from London to New York but I have full confidence in Emily Blunt. She has been cast as Rachel, an alcoholic unemployed mess who witnesses a woman she regularly observes on her morning commute kissing a man other than her husband, and the woman soon disappears and Rachel becomes embroiled in the mystery. ETA – October

 

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Zoolander 2

This comedy sequel has been a long time coming and I cannot wait to see dim-witted models Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) creating chaos. They are recruited by Interpol to infiltrate the world of high fashion to track down the masterminds of a celebrity assassination scheme. This also has brilliant cameos including Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Macaulay Culkin. ETA – February

Finding Dory

This is a sequel to 2003’s much-loved animation Finding Nemo and it follows the forgetful fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she sets out to find her family. Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang from the first movie return while Idris Elba, Dominic West and Diane Keaton join the voice cast. ETA – June

 

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Hail, Caesar!

I love movies set within the movie world. George Clooney is the lead actor on a production of Hail, Caesar who is kidnapped and held for a ransom. Hollywood “fixer” Josh Brolin is tasked with getting him back. This is a musical comedy (perfect!) which also stars Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes. ETA – Februa

Passengers

This is a sci-fi starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt – I’m already sold. But then I read the actual plot summary and it sounds awesome. Due to a malfunction on a spaceship, one passenger wakes up from hyper sleep 60 years early and decides to wake up somebody else. ETA – December

 

Notable missing items – Star Wars: Rogue One, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Jungle Book, Doctor Strange, Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – just not feeling them just yet.

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