Fantastic Films And When To Find Them...
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for the film industry. With all the award shows over and done with for 2015, we're keeping tabs on some of the major pictures of 2016 to see what's in store for next year's Oscars. Looks like there's some serious competition.
So far, among the major releases we've had are 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Deadpool', 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Zootopia' and '10 Cloverfield Lane'. That is literally the tip of a very large iceberg for what 2016 has to bring to screens this year.
Here are 20 more you need to watch out for:
The Jungle Book
1. The Jungle Book (April 15th, US) - Disney will be bringing a reimagining of their classic 1967 animation to the big screen very soon in the form of a live-action/CGI flick. Jon Favreau is directing, and it will feature the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson among others.
2. Nina (April 22nd, US) - It may be the source of much controversy at the moment, with leading lady Zoe Saldana being criticised for not being 'black' enough to play the legendary singer Nina Simone in this hard-hitting biopic, but it will no doubt be an important release.
3. Captain America: Civil War (May 6th, US) - Sometimes good and bad isn't always a clear cut thing in the Marvel universe; sometimes you really don't know who your enemies are. This third Captain America movie pits Steve Rogers against Tony Stark as they come to blows over the future of humanity.
4. The Angry Birds Movie (May 20th, US) - Finally, possibly the world's most addictive gaming app will arrive in cinema form this Spring. Red is a bird full of pent up anger, and completely at odds with his friends. Will things change with the new arrivals on the island?
5. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th, US) - An ominous concept for this forthcoming ninth instalment of the X-Men film series, the mutants are forced to undergo the complicated business of time travel in order to save a doomed Earth which is under threat from Apocalypse.
6. Warcraft (June 10th, US) - Another game-to-film release, this will take the universe of World of Warcraft characters and finally present them to the non-gaming world on the big screen. For fans of 'The Hobbit' and 'Game of Thrones'.
7. Finding Dory (June 17th, US) - If you, as an adult, will watch any animated flick this year it is surely this. I mean, we've waited 13 years for this! To learn more about our favourite, forgetful, whale-speaking blue reef fish as she sets out to find her family.
Independence Day: Resurgence
8. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24th, US) - Okay, so it won't be the same without Will Smith, but we will at least see the return of Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum,Bill Pullman and others from the original 1996 alien invasion film. And this time we put the future of humanity in the hands of Liam Hemsworth.
9. The BFG (July 1st, US) - For fans of 'The Witches', 'Matilda', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and indeed any other films that have derived from a Roald Dahl story. 'The BFG' is one of his most loved books and is destined for success as it arrives this summer with recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance in the eponymous role and Steven Spielberg at the helm.
10. Ghostbusters (July 15th, US) - It's a brave move to re-boot such a beloved 80s movie with reversed gender roles, but there's no reason why girls can't take on the spooks of the world. Plus, as well as new stars like Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, we'll see the return of Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
11. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (July 22nd, US) - Have your bolly at the ready, sweetie darling, Edina and Patsy are coming very soon. Fresh from the success of the 20th anniversary specials of the 90s sitcom back in 2012, the fashion moguls are ready to finally hit the big screen.
12. Star Trek Beyond (July 22nd, US) - JJ Abrams is busy with a lot of new film ventures at the moment, so he only serves as producer here with Justin Lin at the helm. However, Simon Pegg has been honoured with the responsibility of co-writer, which could take the franchise in a hilarious new direction.
13. Jason Bourne (July 29th, US) - Matt Damon is back, which is just as well because 'The Bourne Legacy' just wasn't the same without him. This time, Jason remembers everything that happened to him in the past and he's suddenly the government's only hope - as reluctant to get back into action as he is.
14. Suicide Squad (August 5th, US) - Supervillains are never given enough consideration when it comes to superhero movies, and so the gates of Arkham Asylum have finally been opened to give them their very own adventure. Expect brutality over integrity, with Jared Leto as The Joker and Margot Robbie as his aide Harley Quinn.
15. Bridget Jones's Baby (September 16th, US) - 2004's 'The Edge Of Reason' brought most people the conclusion they were looking for; Jones' marriage to Mark Darcy. So what could possibly be next for her? 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is based on the newspaper column offshoots by Helen Fielding, though there is still room for another film after her 2013 novel 'Mad About The Boy'.
16. Inferno (October 28th, US) - The fourth instalment of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, Tom Hanks returns as the Harvard symbologist but this time he's damaged and he has to work out how exactly he came to be in Florence when the last thing he knew he was in Massachusetts on his way to a lecture.
17. Doctor Strange (November 4th, US) - Benedict Cumberbatch enters the Marvel universe in this unique instalment that enters a new realm of magic and mysticism. It's so far unknown if this will overlap with any other Marvel releases, 'The Avengers' and so forth, but it's definitely something different.
18. Trolls (November 4th, US) - Explaining trolls to people born after the nineties is a difficult process, so let this new movie do it for you. Hopefully the world will fall in love with these weird toys once more with the Dreamworks release featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th, US) - JK Rowling has brought her famed Hogwarts textbook to life with a 'Harry Potter' spin-off film starring Eddie Redmayne. The excitement among Potterheads is almost palpable, and David Yates is back in the director's chair.
20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th, US) - It's not the official sequel to the much adored 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', but it's the first in a forthcoming series of stand-alone movies set to be unveiled to expand this enchanting franchise. You'll have to wait until 2017 for 'Episode VIII'.
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