My 25 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2016

Here are my 25 most anticipated movies of 2016, ranked more or less in order. These films will also be judged by 2016 UK Releases, not US, as a couple of films on this list have already aired stateside. I have also provided trailers where available. 

  1. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)

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Quentin Tarantino is my favourite director and the western genre is probably my favourite genre of movies so it was a no brainer that this film was going to top my most anticipated list. With a great soundtrack that I already own the CD of (as well as a poster), I’m super pumped for this movie with an A-List cast and I can easily seeing it being one of my favourites of the year.

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  1. Hail, Caeser (Coen Brothers)

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If Tarantino is my favourite director then the Coen Brothers aren’t far behind. The masterminds behind many excellent movies that include the likes of No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis & Fargo, Hail, Caesar! looks likely to be another hit from the masters of black comedy as it looks set to Eddie Mannix, a fixer working for Hollywood in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanished during filming. It stars the likes of George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill, so this is going to be one movie that I can’t wait to see on the big screen.

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  1. Star Wars: Rogue One (Gareth Edwards)

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Star Wars returned with a bomb as J.J. Abrams gave the franchise its mojo back with the excellent seventh episode and now it’s time to step back to the time period of the original trilogy as we look set to follow a group of rebels uniting for a heist to steal the plans for the Death Star that would lead to its destruction in A New Hope. Directed by Gareth Edwards (who did 2014’s fairly solid Godzilla movie) and starring the likes of Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whittaker, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed, Rogue One should be, although not following the main storyline of Rey, Finn and company, a very good solo outing.

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  1. Batman vs. Superman (Zack Synder)

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The great leap into the unknown for the DC Universe and its first wider take to expand its new Cinematic Universe. Ben Affleck dons the cowl as the Dark Knight for a battle against Henry Cavill’s Superman, and from what we’ve seen from the trailers so far, Batman vs. Superman looks like an excellent movie. Introducing Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg into the DC Universe as Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor respectively, Batman vs. Superman has a strong chance at becoming arguably the best comic book movie of 2016.

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  1. Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)

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Jeff Nichols is a director whose work I discovered last year when I watched Mud for the first time with Matthew McConaughey, and really can’t wait to see the director takes his movies next, as Midnight Special currently looks like his take on E.T. Take Shelter was an excellent drama that starred Michael Shannon, who features again in Midnight Special, so hopefully this film will become one of the greater movies of the year. It follows a father and son going on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers, and also stars Kirsten Dunst (fresh off an excellent Second Season of Fargo), Joel Edgerton and Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver.

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  1. Untitled Next Bourne Chapter (Paul Greengrass)

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The Jason Bourne series is my favourite action movie trilogy (not counting of course, the disaster that was 2012’s The Bourne Legacy). Matt Damon returns to the role as Bourne (something that Legacy lacked) and one of my favourite thriller directors also reprises his role in the director’s chair, Paul Greengrass, the man responsible for the best two Bourne movies, Supremacy and Ultimatum. Whilst this film’s yet untitled, it is already shaping up to have a hell of a cast, featuring the likes of Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles and Alicia Vikander, who was one of the breakout actresses of 2015 following her role in Ex Machina. This should hopefully be another epic instalment in the Bourne franchise.

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  1. Creed (Ryan Coogler)

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A surprising late Oscar contender, Creed is a spinoff of the biggest boxing movie franchise ever Rocky, and features a return to the role of the character for Slyvester Stallone as Michael B. Jordan takes on the role as newcomer Adonis Johnson, who is Apollo Creed’s son. Rocky now adopts the mentor role and it’ll be interesting to see how this movie plays out, and I for one, cannot wait to see it, having been a massive fan of the first Rocky movie – in fact, it’s one of my favourite films of all time. Rocky Balboa however remains the next best entry in the franchise, so hopefully this can climb as high as possible.

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  1. Silence (Martin Scorsese)

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I don’t know much about this film but it’s a Scorsese picture an anything from the director of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas is going to end up on my watchlist. Scorsese’s done so many good films it’s hard not to ignore any new releases from him, even if he’s straying away from the mob genre to the 17th century, and follows two Jesuit priests who face violent and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor. Starring Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and more, Silence should be a pretty good movie, and I can’t wait to see what Scorsese comes up with. I need to double check for when this movie is released but I’m fairly certain that it’ll come out in 2016. It appears to also be based on the novel of the same name, written by Shūsaku Endō.

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  1. Suicide Squad (David Ayer)

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This is the other DC Comics movie coming out in 2016, and stars a hell of a cast as David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) offers his own take at the darker corner of the DCU. Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and more all feature as Viola Davis assembles a group of DC comics antagonists to save the world. It’ll be interesting to see where this film goes following what happens in Batman vs. Superman, and David Ayer has a decent track record so far, so hopefully he’ll deliver the goods.

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  1. Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers)

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Now it’s time to look at the other side of the spectrum with another big comic book movie coming out in 2016, and that’s of course Captain America: Civil War. The Russo Brothers are responsible for my favourite MCU movie yet, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I can’t wait to see what happens when Steve Rogers goes head to head with Tony Stark. If it’s anything like the comics I’ll be team Cap, and with a guest appearance from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, things should be very interesting and awesome indeed.

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  1. X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer)

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The concluding chapter in the First Class Trilogy, Apocalypse introduces a young Jean Grey, Storm and Cyclops to the film as the X-Men battle a sinister antagonist, named, you guessed it, Apocalypse. Bryan Singer returns to the franchise, with the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all returning for their roles as well as the best Quicksilver, Evan Peters. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner takes the role as Jean Grey whist Alexandra Shipp plays Ororo Monro, and many more fan favourite mutants also make their appearances in this movie. Expect this one to be epic.

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  1. The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

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Already in contention for the Oscars, The Revenant is directed by last years’ Best Picture (Birdman) winning director,  Alejandro González Iñárritu, who was also responsible for the brilliant 21 Grams and I can’t wait to see what he does with this Western tale of survival and struggle against the odds, set against the backdrop of the 1820s and based on the true story of Hugh Glass. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, The Revenant should be an epic movie that I can’t wait to watch on the big screen.

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  1. Everybody Wants Some (Richard Linklater)

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If you’ve just come off a movie that took 12 years to make that earned critical acclaim and nearly won the Oscars, what do you follow it up with? Well, in Richard Linklater’s case, you follow it up with Everybody Wants Some, the spiritual sequel to the awesome comedy/drama Dazed and Confused, which looks at a group of friends as they navigate their way through adulthood unsupervised. Linklater has an excellent track record so hopefully this film will be just as good, and it stars Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman and more. Should be fun.

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  1. Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel)

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The Assassin’s Creed video game series is probably my favourite gaming franchise and it’s great to see that it’s getting a movie adaption with Michael Fassbender playing the role of a character named Lynch, according to the Letterboxd summary. It’s following a new storyline that takes us back to Aguilar in 15th Century Spain, and will no doubt be interesting to follow, even if video game movies tend to not have the best track record at the boxoffice (*cough*Hitman 47 *cough*). Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard both star though, so I have high hopes. Also Kurzel is the director behind this year’s Macbeth, which I haven’t seen, but has got rave reviews, so hopefully this will also impress.

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  1. The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor)

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Adapted from the bestselling (and awesome) novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train follows the story of a young woman who witnesses a murder on her way into work on public transport and becomes entangled in the ensuing investigation. Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett are so far the announced cast according to Letterboxd and whilst not much has been revealed about this movie yet it should be a good one, if the source material is anything to go by at least.

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  1. Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)

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The third chapter in the 2016 Trek series recently debuted its trailer which has been met with criticism from die-hard Trek fans adopting a Fast & Furious take on the franchise which is no surprise given the director’s previous experience with Fast & Furious 5. However, that movie was also the best in the Fast & Furious movies, so hopefully, Star Trek Beyond will just be as good. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and John Cho return for the film, and Idris Elba stars as the as of yet unknown antagonist.

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  1. The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)

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[Note: Above is a picture of the original Magnificent Seven movie, I have been unable to find any pictures as of yet for the 2016 film.]

Antoine Fuqua has rapidly become a staple for decent action thrillers with his crowing achievement so far arguably being Training Day, starring Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington (He also was responsible for The Equalizer, Southpaw & Olympus Has Fallen), who both reunite for this remake of one of my favourite Western movies, also featuring the likes of Chris Pratt, Jason Momoa, Wagner Moura and Vincent D’Onofrio. Hopefully this should be pretty good, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes.

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  1. Doctor Strange (Scott Derickson)

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2016 is shaping up to be another superb year for comics adaptions and Doctor Strange, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, is one of them. It features a hell of a cast and – Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen among them, so should be great fun if it can break free of the standard, forgettable Marvel formula. Marvel seem to have on-off years of success though for their movies (2012 was great, 2013 was underwhelming, 2014 was great, 2015 etc…) so if the trend keeps following 2016 should be a good year. Directed by Scott Derickson, this should be a great mystical movie, and hopefully offer Marvel’s most unique experience yet.

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  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (David Yates)

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David Yates returns to the Harry Potter Universe for an Americanized loosely connected version following the adventures of a writer known as Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches, 70 years before the events in the movies and books. Written by J.K. Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them stars the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman and Katherin Waterston, so it should be interesting to see what happens with this movie. It’s been compared to The Goblet of Fire, and that was one of the better movies of the series, so hopefully, if that’s any indication, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a decent enough read.

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  1. The Fifth Wave (J Blakeson)

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Yes, it may be another YA Dystopia book adaption, but The 5th Wave’s source material, a novel from Rick Yancey, was actually a pretty good read and followed a 16 year old named Cassie Sullivan who struggled to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population. Now struggling to survive and not knowing who to trust, the trailers look semi interesting and whilst I’ve not heard of the director before, the film should be interesting enough to see where it goes from here. Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) stars in the lead role with the likes of Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe and Nick Robinson all join in.

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  1. Deadpool (Tim Miller)

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Based on Marvel’s most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool sees Ryan Reynolds star as the Merc with a Mouth, developing a twisted since of humour in a Fox adaption that could be funny or a disaster. I’m not too sure yet, but early signs look promising. I’m not the greatest fan of the character though so it’ll be interesting to see what Miller can do with the film.

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  1. Ghostbusters (Paul Feig)

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The Ghostbusters return in an all female line-up which stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wigg, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and more, from the director of Spy, which was a fairly amusing movie that I had the chance to watch earlier this year. The original Ghostbusters movie is a classic comedy drama, so hopefully this remake can be just as good.

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  1. Triple 9 (John Hillcoat)

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I don’t know much about this movie but it looks like it could be a decent one, boasting a hell of a cast. Casey Affleck, Chiewetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Normal Reedus, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Anthony Mackie star in a crime thriller from John Hillcoat which follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops working together in an attempt to pull off their biggest heist yet. Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? Hopefully this one will join the ranks of the great ones. It’s from the director of The Road, The Proposition and Lawless, so it’ll be interesting to see what Hillcoat can come up with. It’s been billed as one of the most intense cop movies yet, so needless to say, this should be interesting.

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  1. Independence Day Resurgence (Roland Emmerich)

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Will Smith may not be returning for the sequel but this looks to be another case of more and more explosions for the follow up to one of the movies with the most explosions yet. Emmerich is trying to out-Michael Bay Michael Bay with this effort but it should allow for some mindlessly entertaining fun (Plus, the reused Bill Pullman speech in the trailer? Fantastic), with the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Pullman and more in their roles. I’m not expecting much, but I really enjoyed the first Independence Day, so hopefully this will be a good follow up.

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  1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa)

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I don’t know too much about this movie but it’s shaping up to have a hell of a cast and an interesting plot, serving up to be a war comedy movie. It stars Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Tina Fey, Martin Freeman and more, and seems to be from the directors of this year’s Focus, which was a decent but flawed Will Smith/Margot Robbie movie, so hopefully they’ll be good here.

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So, that wraps up my Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies of the Year Post. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas Day, and I’m very interested in seeing what movies you’re looking forward to next year. Are there any on this list that I’ve missed that you think deserve inclusions? Are you going to see any films on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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