Films to look out for in 2016

This year promises a bumper crop of great movies. Better get the popcorn in...

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Drama

 
 
Joy - January (Trailer) The Hateful Eight - January (Trailer)
This biopic tells the story of Joy Mangano, the single mother-turned-inventor of the Miracle Mop - but it's unlikely to be a squeaky clean story. Expect a sharp script and some heart-warming moments. The ninth film and second western from Quentin Tarantino, this madcap caper about a group of ruthless bounty hunters snowed in together promises to be chaos - in the best way possible, of course.
If you liked: Silver Linings Playbook If you liked: Django Unchained, True Grit
 
 
The Revenant - January (Trailer) Room - January (Trailer)
Leonardo DiCaprio is left for dead by his pals after being attacked by a bear. He's not very happy about it. From the director of Birdman, it's hard to predict what this film will entail - but it's bound to be amazing. Already receiving plenty of awards buzz in America, Room is based on Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel about a woman and her son held captive for years. Better get your tissues ready.
If you liked: Mad Max Fury Road, Slow West
If you liked: Short Term 12, Boyhood
 
 
The Danish Girl - January (Trailer) The Girl on the Train - October
Eddie Redmayne has attracted plenty of attention for his role as artist and transgender pioneer Einar Wegener - could another Oscar be on the cards for him in 2016?Another film based on a best-selling book, Emily Blunt stars in this thriller about a woman who realises she may be involved in a crime she witnesses. The action has moved to America from London.
If you liked: The Theory of Everything, Milk
If you liked: Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Eye in the Sky - April (Trailer)A Bigger Splash - February (Trailer)
An incredibly relevant film about the fight against global terrorism featuring a host of international talent including Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. Eye in the Sky promises to be a taut action thriller that will undoubtedly raise interesting questions.Tilda Swinton's holiday takes a turn when ex-lover (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) turn up; this romantic drama is set against the lush Sicilian landscape and also stars man of the moment Matthias Schoenaerts.
If you liked: Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt LockerIf you liked: Only Lovers Left Alive, Rust & Bone


Spotlight - January (Trailer)Trumbo - February (Trailer)
Based on the harrowing true story of abuse in the Catholic church, Spotlight follows the struggle to uncover the truth and break the news to the public. Perhaps not easy watching, but definitely eye-opening.Dalton Trumbo was one of Hollywood's most influential screenwriters - until he was blacklisted during the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s. A biopic about truth and freedom of expression, it's as relevant now as ever.
If you liked: Zodiac, Frost vs Nixon
If you liked: Good Night and Good Luck



Comedy

 
 
Dad's Army - February (Trailer) Hail, Caesar! - March (Trailer)
The British sitcom classic hits the big screen with a new all-star cast, dealing with a caper involving a German spy in Walmington-on-Sea. Expect slapstick and madcap comedy.  The Coen Brothers return from a three year hiatus with a new comedy, set in 1950s Hollywood involving a kidnapping that threatens a studio's success. 
If you liked: The Boat that Rocked, The Pink Panther
If you liked: The Producers, Burn After Reading
 
 
Zoolander No. 2 - February (Trailer) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - February (Trailer)
Fifteen years after debuting Magnum, Derek Zoolander is back - and the fashion world has changed. Alongside enemy-turned-friend Hansel, he's recruited for another top secret mission to save the world.  It's Austen, but not as we know it. Based on the novel of the same name, this is a tale of love, loss, and killing zombies. If you always thought the book was missing bloodshed, you're in luck.
If you liked: Anchorman, Dodgeball
If you liked: Shaun of the Dead, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
 
 
Bridget Jones's Baby - September
Ghostbusters - July
If you weren't a fan of Helen Fielding's 2015 sequel, don't worry - the upcoming film's nothing like it. Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are set to return, alongside newcomer Patrick Dempsey. A contemporary reboot of the 1980s classic with a stellar female cast (and reported cameos from Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd!) From the director of Bridesmaids and Spy, it'll really ought to be funny.
If you liked: Love Actually, Man Up
If you liked: The Heat, Spy


Eddie the Eagle - April (Trailer)My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - March (Trailer)
Based on the life story of 1988 Winter Olympics underdog Eddie Edwards, this comedy-drama stars Taran Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken - the trailer promises a real feel-good factor.Fourteen years after the original cult classic hit cinemas, we're getting a sequel - and another wedding. A lot has changed for Toula and Ian since 2002 - we're hopeful the film is going to be worth the long wait.
If you liked: Billy Elliot, Run Fatboy Run
If you liked: The Big Wedding


Ride Along 2 - January (Trailer)Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - March (Trailer)
Ben and James are back, and before Ben can get married, they've got another case to crack. If you enjoyed the original film, expect more of the same with the sequel.Based on the real-life memoirs of an American war correspondent in Kabul, this comedy-drama stars the brilliant Tina Fey alongside Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie.
If you liked: 22 Jump Street, The Other Guys
If you liked: Jarhead



Superheroes

 
 
Batman v Superman - March (Trailer)
Deadpool - February (Trailer)
It's the showdown of the decade - Batman takes on Superman. Surely they should be working together rather than having a face off? Either way - it's bound to be epic, even without Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Not one for the kids, the long-awaited Deadpool movie is the story of a desperate man who finds an answer to his problems that comes at an extraordinary price. Expect it to be rude, crude, and hopefully hilarious.
If you liked: Man of Steel, The Dark Knight
If you liked: Guardians of the Galaxy
 
 
Captain America Civil War - April (Trailer)
X-Men: Apocalypse - May (Trailer)
Another showdown of epic proportions, this time in the Marvel camp. See Captain America square off with Iron Man and a host of other familiar faces - Marvel have already hinted not everyone makes it out alive.  When an ancient destructive force awakens, threatening the whole world, it's up to Charles Xavier and the other X-Men to take him down. Just another day at the office for the mutants then.
If you liked: Avengers Age of Ultron
If you liked: Days of Future Past
 
 
Suicide Squad - August (Trailer)
Doctor Strange - October
It's good to be bad in this DC film about a group of villains who are recruited to a secret government task force. It looks a whole lot darker than any of the other 2016 superhero films, that's for sure.Man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer in the third Marvel film of the year. Details are still shrouded in secrecy, but that's no reason to not get very excited.
If you liked: Watchmen
If you liked: Thor, Captain America


Warcraft - June (Trailer)Star Trek Beyond - July (Trailer)
It's been in the works for years and now the film based on the best-selling computer game is finally hitting cinemas. The story focuses on the origins of the human/orc war, and is bound to delight any fan of the games. The third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise doesn't have JJ Abrams at the helm as he was preoccupied with Star Wars, but it does have Simon Pegg on script-writing duties and Idris Elba as the villain. 
If you liked: Lord of the Rings
If you liked: Prometheus, Pacific Rim


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