A new year is upon us and with it another 365 days of movie delights. We’ve taken a look at the twelve months to come and picked out one must see movie for 12 top films of 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio battles bears and his own mortality in this film from the Oscar-winning director of Birdman. It’s based partly on a book and also on the life of Hugh Glass, who actually lived in the wilds of not-yet-America in the 1800s. But regardless of the source you’ve never seen a film quite like The Revenant.
We never thought it was possible but Ryan Reynolds is actually starring in an utterly profane, big budget, R-rated Deadpool movie. VFX guy Tim Miller managed to convince Fox that it was a good idea and all of the promo stuff to date has been amazing. We just hope it doesn’t get oversaturated before February.
There are bigger releases in March but we just can’t wait to see this one. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufmann has crafted a stop motion animated film about an unusual meeting between a man and woman. It looks utterly gorgeous and the reviews have been astounding.
Captain America Civil War
The Marvel-verse continues with what we’re pretty much thinking of as Avengers 2.5. This story pits the characters we’ve come to love against eachother, with Captain America facing off against Iron Man over at attempt to curb superhuman activities. Pretty much everyone else is on board too, with some new faces like Spider-man and Black Panther. It’s going to be huge.
Bryan Singer birthed the modern superhero movie in 2000 with the first X-Men and comes full circle to show off these characters again. This story sees the team going up against an ancient evil (played by Oscar Isaac) in a fight for the entire planet. We’re expecting pretty epic things from this.
The Nice Guys
Again there are blockbusters about but The Nice Guys has grabbed our attention. It features Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a seventies-set hard boiled cop story, except this is scripted and directed by Shane Black so it’s also stuffed full of jet-back comedy. Think of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, just bigger and louder and with more punching.
Star Trek Beyond
J.J. Abrams wandered off to make a Star Wars movie, leaving the Trek franchise in the very capable hands of Justin Lin – most famous for helming Fast and Furious 3-6. The trailer makes it look like he’s bringing the high octane stuff but he also promises plenty of pure sci-fi in this latest addition to the long running series.
Batman v Superman is going to be huge but Suicide Squad is so far looking more interesting. For one thing it’s going to focus on villainous characters for the first time in the DC universe, and the cast includes Will Smith and Jared Leto as the latest incarnation of the Joker. If it’s done right, it could be a rich new perspective on these superhero stories.
The Magnificent Seven
The team behind The Equalizer is back, bringing new life to a big screen classic. Denzel Washington takes the main role here, inhabited by Yul Brynner in the 1960 original (which was a remake itself of Seven Samurai). He’s joined by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vinne Jones and more in what looks to be a period set tale.
Marvel managed to snap up Benedict Cumberbatch, instantly guaranteeing even more interest for this rather niche comic book characters. Strange is a modern day surgeon who delves deep into the magical arts after a horrible car crash. Also starring Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
If you’ve started to pine for the world of Harry Potter fear not, it’s back with a new story. This one takes place in the same magical universe but deals with some older people who are trying to find some beasts in 1920s New York. Eddie Redmayne is in the lead, alongside Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell.
Star Wars: Rogue One
And we’ve just had a massive dose of Star Wars thanks to The Force Awakens but that was only the beginning. Next Christmas it’s time to get the first spin off movie, which will tell the story of the group who stole the plans for the first Death Star before the events of Episode 4. That’s going to be pretty cool to see.