The Most Exciting Movies of 2016

2016 has it all - new ‘Star Wars’ AND ‘Star Trek’ movies, huge superhero crossovers ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’, British comedies ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’, epic fantasy adventures ‘Fantastic Beasts’, ‘Warcraft’, and ‘Jungle Book’ all coming before the year is out. Here’s the 50 movies we’re most excited about seeing in 2016.
2016 has it all - new ‘Star Wars’ AND ‘Star Trek’ movies, huge superhero crossovers ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’, British comedies ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’, epic fantasy adventures ‘Fantastic Beasts’, ‘Warcraft’, and ‘Jungle Book’ all coming before the year is out. Here’s the 50 movies we’re most excited about seeing in 2016.
The Danish Girl - 1 January

The buzz is that Eddie Redmayne could scoop his second Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to go through sex reassignment surgery, and with his ‘Les Miserables’ director Tom Hooper at the helm we wouldn’t bet against it.

Joy - 1 January

Jennifer Lawrence teams up with her ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ director David O Russell for the third time to play real entrepreneur Joy Magano. Ostensibly it’s a biopic of the inventor of the Miracle Mop, but the caliber of the talent involved including Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in supporting roles suggests it’ll be much, much more than the sum of its parts.

The Hateful Eight - 8 January

Tarantino could direct an adaptation of the phone book and we’d probably still get excited about it, but this chilly Western set in a stagecoach stopover during a blizzard looks like ‘Reservoir Dogs’ with cowboys. This can only be a good thing right? Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Tim Roth star.

Creed - 15 January

Sylvester Stallone is back as aging pugilist Rocky Balboa, but this time he’s coaching Adonis Creed, the son of his former rival Apollo Creed. Starring Michael B Jordan and directed by Ryan Coogler, this ‘Rocky’ spin-off is already being tipped for Oscar glory, with Stallone himself likely to get a Best Supporting Actor nod.

The Revenant - 15 January

From the Oscar-winning director of ‘Birdman’ comes this tale of revenge and survival. Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass who, after being mauled by a bear, treks 200 miles to take revenge on Tom Hardy’s John Fitzgerald, the man who left him for dead.

Room - 15 January

Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker Prize-nominated novel has already been a hit on the festival circuit, and Brie Larson is being tipped for Oscar glory for her role as a young woman who must bring up her son in the worst situation imaginable. The less you know about the plot, the better.

The Big Short - 22 January

Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, this stellar comedy drama from the director of ‘Anchorman’ aims to make you laugh – and think – about the financial chaos that led to the global credit crunch in 2007.

Deadpool - 4 February

Comic book fans have waited for years to see if this solo ‘Deadpool’ movie can wash away the bad taste left by the character’s massively misjudged ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ cameo. An 18-rating and a hilarious first trailer suggest this could be the ‘Deadpool’ movie we’ve always wanted.

Dad’s Army - 5 February

Don’t panic, but the movie version of the classic BBC sitcom actually looks like it could be fun. Surely Toby Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy et al wouldn’t have signed up if the script wasn’t decent… would they?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - 12 February

Yes, you read that right, it’s another adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel of manners but with one rather crucial difference – it’s got zombies in it, and lots of them. The Bennet sisters have more to worry about that just finding a suitor, they have to fight off legions of the undead too.

Zoolander 2 - 12 February

The teaser for ‘Zoolander 2’ became the most viewed comedy trailer of all time in 2015, so it’s fair to say folks are excited by the return of Ben Stiller’s gormless model Derek Zoolander. Owen Wilson’s Hansel and Will Ferrell’s Mugatu also return, alongside a plethora of A-list cameos - including Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

Grimsby - 26 February

Sacha Baron Cohen returns to cinemas, and this time he’s taking the mick out of northern football hooligans. He plays slob Norman ‘Nobby’ Grimsby, rather implausibly the brother of Mark Strong’s super secret agent Sebastian. The plot sees them teaming up to save the world, but the fun here will be in the filthy, un-PC humour (check out the trailer if you don’t believe us).

Hail, Caesar! - 26 February

Genius directing brothers the Coens have made a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood. George Clooney is a matinee idol star who is kidnapped during the production of a Roman epic by a mysterious group called ‘The future’. Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum are just a few of the big names fleshing out a ridiculously strong cast. We’re looking forward to this.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant - 11 March

As with seemingly all film franchises these days, the final book from the Divergent series - Allegiant - has been split into two parts for the cinema. Lionsgate bigwigs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger promise that the book “is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies”. This is part 1, with the follow-up ‘Ascending’ arriving in 2017.

High-Rise - 18 March

Ace British director Ben Wheatley (’Kill List’, ‘Sightseers’) helms this star-studded adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 science fiction classic. Tom Hiddleston is the young doctor who moves into a strictly hierarchical tower block. What one critic describes as “orgiastic mayhem on a silver platter” ensues.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - 25 March

This follow-up to 2013’s Superman adventure ‘Man Of Steel’ adds fellow DC characters Batman (now played by Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman and Aquaman to the mix. Warner Bros. see this as competition to Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’, with Wonder Woman and Aquaman spin-offs already planned. Dark and intense, this should be one of the top grossing films of the year.

Zootropolis - 25 March

Known as ‘Zootopia’ in the US, this is one of Disney’s big animation hopefuls for the year. Set in an “animal metropolis”, it follows a police officer rabbit and a con-artist fox trying to solve the case of a missing otter. If that doesn’t sound fantastic enough already, the trailer also featured a hilarious comedy sloth.

Eddie The Eagle - 1 April

English sporting hero Eddie ‘The Eagle’ finally gets his own movie, and bizarrely its from the same team that bought us ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, with ‘Kingsman’ star Taron Egerton playing Eddie and director Matthew Vaughn on producing duties. Even better, Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken are in the film, which has been described by the real Eddie as “90 per cent made up”.

The Jungle Book - 15 April

This version of the Rudyard Kipling classic is not to be confused with a rival ‘Jungle Book’ project directed by Andy Serkis that is coming out in 2017. ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau helms this live-action/CGI hybrid, and the voice cast is amazing – Idris Elba is Shere Khan and Bill Murray is Baloo!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War - 22 April

This follow-up to the surprisingly successful ‘Snow White the Huntsman’ is missing Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, quite possibly because she had an affair with the director last time out (he’s also been axed). Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron do return though, alongside new recruits Emily Blunt, who plays The Ice Queen and Jessica Chastain’s leather-clad warrior.

Captain America: Civil War - 29 April

Avenger will be pitted against Avenger, as the superhero team take sides in The Cap's third big screen tentpole movie. With collateral damage from their world saving antics now too much to ignore, the government plans regulation of the super folk. On Iron Man’s side, those for it, and on Captain America’s side, those against it.

The Angry Birds Movie - 13 May

The game that had the planet obsessing about hurling birds at pigs makes its move to the big screen, and with an all-star cast talking us through how those birds got so very cross. On board are Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon and Keegan-Michael Key. That's some big talent right there.

X-Men: Apocalypse - 19 May

The hotly-anticipated follow-up to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ sees Bryan Singer once more in the directorial hot seat, and a new, all-powerful villain threatening mankind. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Oscar Isaac will be Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant of all, seeking to establish a new world order.

Alice Through The Looking Glass - 27 May

'Alice In Wonderland’ was a $1 billion-busting hit for director Tim Burton. No pressure, of course, but all eyes will be on the sequel, with Mia Wasikowska returning as Alice opposite Johnny Depp’s madcap Mad Hatter. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the cast as Time, a half-clock, half-human, with Anne Hathaway returning as the White Queen, and Stephen Fry once more as the Cheshire Cat.

The Free State of Jones - 27 May

Matthew McConaughey has taken his foot off the gas since the breathless 'McConaissance’, so this is his first substantial project since 2014’s 'Interstellar’. And it is most substantial indeed. This American Civil War era drama will see him playing Newton Knight, a poor Mississippi farmer who leads a group of anti-slavery Confederate deserters against their former comrades.

The Nice Guys - 3 June

This period actioner (the 70s, to be precise) from action don Shane Black – scribe of 'Lethal Weapon’ and director of 'Iron Man 3’ and 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ – sees Russell Crowe’s LA detective buddying up with Ryan Gosling’s rookie cop to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star. And if Black knows anything, it’s buddy movies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - 3 June

Michael Bay struck box office gold producing the first reboot at the TMNT series (based on the classic comic books) and so we’re going again. No word on plot yet, but the heroes in an half shell will be taking on a new threat, with Megan Fox returning as April O'Neil and Brian Tee as The Shredder. Expect appearances from classic villains Bebop and Rocksteady.

Warcraft: The Beginning - 3 June

The long-in-gestation movie adaptation of the 'World of Warcraft’ gaming universe will be the first time that 'Moon’s visionary director Duncan Jones has had a sturdy budget to get his teeth into, as humans prepare to battle the fierce race of orc warriors in the land of Azeroth. With Jones’ eye for detail, this should be immense.

The Conjuring 2 - 17 June

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the Warrens in James Wan’s horror sequel. The paranormal investigating couple travel to 1970s England to study the real-life case of the Enfield Poltergeist. The excellent Frances O'Connor plays haunted single mum Peggy Hodgson, while peerless stage actor Simon McBurney (above left) is real-life investigator Maurice Grosse, who looked into the actual case in 1977.

Independence Day: Resurgence - 24 June

After a gap of 20 years, the sequel to 'Independence Day’ will arrive in 2016, and will be set 20 years after the action of the first movie. Will Smith is absent, but Jeff Goldblum is back, among those having rebuilt the Earth’s defences with tech from the alien invaders. They’ll soon discover a second wave of aliens are en route, after picking up a distress signal sent before their predecessor’s destruction.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie - 1 July

Fashionistas Patsy and Eddie make their long-awaited movie debut in this big screen version of Jennifer Saunders’ hit BBC sitcom. The film, written by Saunders, will see the pair ensconced in the south of France after they get embroiled in a PR disaster. Expect lots of celebrity cameos.

Tarzan - 8 July

David Yates’ first film since 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ will bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legend back to the big screen in a story set AFTER the events of the famous book. Alexander Skarsgård stars as the big man alongside Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

Ghostbusters - 15 July

Undoubtedly this reboot will be among the most talked about movies of 2016. The new, all-female line-up of paranormal investigators brings together a top notch cast including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy with 'Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig at the helm. Does 'Ghostbusters’ need rebooting? Probably not, but if it has to be, this is the right approach.

La La Land - 15 July

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling team up with Damien Chazelle, the writer and director of 'Whiplash’. Wait, you need more reason to be excited? Okay, it’s a musical comedy drama about a blossoming romance between Gosling’s jazz pianist and Stone’s aspiring actress.

The BFG - 22 July

Steven Spielberg brings Roald Dahl’s famous story to life with the legendary Mark Rylance as the big friendly giant himself. The impressive cast also includes Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader and Jermaine Clement. Youngster Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie.

Star Trek Beyond - 22 July

The crew of the USS Enterprise returns to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary by exploring strange new worlds and battling Idris Elba’s villain. With no JJ Abrams, 'Fast and Furious 6’ director Justin Lin is on board to work from the script written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg.

Finding Dory - 29 July

Thirteen years after the classic original, Pixar follows up Nemo’s adventure with a new story focusing on Ellen DeGeneres’s forgetful fish Dory as she tries to reunite with her parents - played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. All together now, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just…

Bourne 5 - 29 July

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon reunite to bring Jason Bourne back six years after the original trilogy came to a riveting close. Damon reunites with Julia Stiles, but otherwise there are only new faces here, including Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel.

Suicide Squad - 5 August

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ has the Dark Knight and Man of Steel going face to face, but 'Suicide Squad’ is undoubtedly the more interesting of Warner Bros’ two superhero offerings next year. A rag-tag group of incarcerated villains are forced to partake in deadly black ops missions. Margot Robbie and Will Smith star with Jared Leto set to steal the show as The Joker.

Pete’s Dragon - 12 August

This unlikeliest of remakes is a live-action and animation hybrid from Disney about a young orphan boy finding sanctuary from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon. Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban and Wes Bentley star.

David Brent: Life on the Road - 19 August

He’s back, and he’s bigger – and probably more cringe-worthy – than ever before. Ricky Gervais takes a break from his day job insulting Hollywood celebrities and reprises the role which made him famous, as the anti-hero of TV’s ‘The Office’ pursues his dream of rock stardom.

Bridget Jones’ Baby - 16 September

Twelve years on from her last performance as Helen Fielding’s much-loved character, Renée Zellwegger returns for a third go-around as Bridget Jones. Unlike the previous two films, this one’s an original story not based on an existing novel. Colin Firth also returns as Mark Darcy.

The Magnificent Seven - 23 September

Look away now if you automatically hate all remakes. Otherwise, get excited, as director Antoine Fuqua assembles an eye-catching cast for a new take on the classic western. Replacing the likes of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner we have Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and more.

Inferno - 14 October

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard team up once again on a follow-up to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons.’ This time around, Dan Brown’s academic adventurer Robert Langdon finds himself in Florence suffering memory loss; unsurprisingly, a lot of twists and turns ensue. Felicity Jones and Ben Foster co-star.

Doctor Strange - 28 October

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot more mystical, as Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the Sorceror Supreme in an origin story, exploring how the brilliant New York surgeon learns magic after losing the use of his hands. Scott Derrickson directs, whilst Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejifor and Mads Mikkelsen co-star.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 18 November

Return to the world of Harry Potter, albeit 70 years before Harry was even born, as the wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) inadvertently sparks a crisis in 1920s New York when some magical creatures escape from his suitcase. Long-standing Potter director David Yates returns, and JK Rowling makes her debut as screenwriter.

Moana - 2 December

For Disney’s 56th animated film, directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker (‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin’) bring us their first all-CG feature, following the sea-loving title character on an epic adventure alongside demi-god Maui voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who’ll also be singing as it’s a musical.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - 16 December

The first official big screen ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, ‘Rogue One’ is an anthology movie set before the events of ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’ which will show just how those stolen Death Star plans got to R2-D2 in the first place. ‘Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards directs; cast includes Felcity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelson.

Passengers - 23 December

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence combine their star power in a sci-fi romantic epic. When a malfunction on board a deep space passenger ship accidentally awakens Pratt decades from the vessel’s destination, his desperation and loneliness drive him to awaken Lawrence too. Morten Tyldum (‘The Imitation Game’) directs.

Assassin’s Creed - 26 December

A video game movie might not seem the likeliest place for the people who made a ‘Macbeth’ movie to reunite but that’s what’s happening. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel have teamed up again on this long-awaited adaptation of the popular series from Ubisoft.

2016 promises to be another fantastic year for movie lovers of all ages.