Welcome to the first HC Movie Chat of 2016! Happy New Year to you all from myself, plus Nick and Jakob from JumpCut UK. Last time around we brought you our ‘Top 10 Pixar Movies’, due to the studio releasing two movies in one year for the first time. However, 2015 is done and dusted now and we want to look ahead to 2016 and what it has to offer us. So here are the 10 movies we are most excited about coming up in 2016.
#10. Star Trek Beyond (22nd July)
The now widely know director of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, J.J. Abrams, has already brought us two highly entertaining Star Trek movies in 2009 and 2013. However he has passed the mantle onto director Justin Lin whose most notable work is on the ‘Fast & Furious’ films. Does this mean that Star Trek Beyond is just going to be filled with endless quotes about family and over the top stunts? Only time will tell. Although with the returning cast that we have come to love any new Star Trek movie was always going to make our list.
#9. The Hateful Eight (8th January)
Quentin Tarantino’s last hurrah (or so he says) comes in the form of The Hateful Eight. The film has already been released on the other side of the Atlantic and has received favourable reviews on the whole, a notion supported by its three Golden Globe nominations. But then again, did we ever expect Tarantino to go out with a whimper? Of course we didn’t and people are reporting that this film is his most violent of all, which takes some believing when you consider what has preceded it. The film follows a bounty hunter (the ever-present Samuel L. Jackson) and his prisoner who have to take shelter from a wintery storm in a cabin. Along with 6 other strangers, they most inhabit this lodge until the storm passes, but as you can probably imagine, all is not plain sailing. If this truly is goodbye from Tarantino you can imagine he poured everything he had into ‘The Hateful Eight’ which should make for a brilliant cinematic experience. Make sure you’re well rested before your visit to the cinema however, because with a run time of over 3 hours, watching The Hateful Eight could require a certain amount of effort, but we reckon it’s probably worth it.
To read a REVIEW of ‘The Hateful Eight’ by JumpCut UK click HERE.
#8. Assassins Creed (26th December)
The transition from smash-hit video game to the silver screen is a historically difficult one. Films based around games have become the poisoned chalice of the cinema world, but we’re hoping 2016 will buck that trend. Warcraft looks promising and is being released earlier in the year, but our hopes lie with Justin Kurzel’s next directorial project after Macbeth in the form of the massively popular Assassin’s Creed. The premise follows a similar path to the games, where an individual, in this instance Callum Lynch (Fassbender), explores the memories of his ancestors and relives their life as a Master Assassin in order to obtain vital knowledge. Kurzel has drafted in familiar faces in Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and has also enlisted Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson. The acting talent on show is certainly impressive and whilst we await footage of any description we have been treated to a couple of posters and on-set pictures that have definitely whet our appetite. Time will tell whether our hopes were ill-founded, but we’re quietly confident that ‘Assassin’s Creed’ will finally prove that the transition from video game to box-office smash hit is more then doable.
#7. Triple 9 (19th February)
A film that has gone under the radar for some, but blown away others with its red band trailer is Triple 9. John Hillcoat moves away from bootlegging brothers in Lawless to a gang of criminals and corrupt policemen planning the murder of a fellow police officer in order to pull off their biggest ever heist, hence the title ‘Triple 9’, which in the US of A is the police radio call of a police officer being killed. The action sequences look absolutely stunning in what we’ve already seen, and it certainly looks like this film will pull no punches in terms of violence and sex. If an interesting plot and an apparent intention to shock audiences wasn’t enough, then the cast just adds to the excitement. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gal Gadot, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jnr, Norman Reedus and Kate Winslet all star in this crime thriller and with that amount of acting talent involved we’re more then confident that this film will deliver and then some. This film might not be to everyone’s tastes and we expect it to be pretty divisive amongst audiences over its no-nonsense stance, but we’re fully on board.
#6. The Jungle Book (15th April)
Disney are determined to remake all of our childhood favourites into live-action features, but one that we’re not complaining about is the upcoming re-imagining of ‘The Jungle Book’. Looking at the trailer, this looks set to be a visually stunning production which HAS to be experienced on the big screen, and we will be right at the front of the queue on opening day barging young children out of the way. An all-star voice cast including Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray and Sir Ben Kingsley has our inner-child very, very excited for this one.
#5. Suicide Squad (5th August)
Where there’s superheroes, there’s always a super villain, or in this case, a squad of super villains. After the dawning of the Justice League earlier in the year in Batman vs. Superman, DC takes an in depth look at the darker side of its superhero universe. ‘Suicide Squad’ will see some of our favourite DC villains take to the screen, Killer Croc and Deadshot to name just a couple. Jared Leto as the iconic King of Chaos aka The Joker has split opinions so far, but we’re expecting great things from him here. The bar is set high for him but he has the ability to really make the role his own, aided by the decision to take his character down a different aesthetic route to Ledger’s which pleased us. Leto will definitely have to share the limelight with Margot Robbie, who is starring as psychiatrist-turned-psychopath Harley Quinn. The trailer was focused around her and it sent our excitement levels into overdrive. Robbie’s acting talents, complimented by her reputation as one of the most attractive women in Hollywood make her perfect for this role and this has the potential to be one of the great and iconic superhero film performances. DC does dark better then anyone and we are certainly hoping that Suicide Squad will be one of the darkest and most enjoyable films of the year. After all, we all secretly know that super villains are far more interesting characters then super heroes.
#4. Star Wars: Rogue One (16th December)
A film that really needs no introduction, but we’re going to throw one out there anyway. After the astronomical success of ‘The Force Awakens’, there can be no doubt that the first of the anthology films in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise will be a huge success. With no familiar faces expected to pop up in this story of rebel pilots pre-death star, will fans be able to connect with this spin-off? Of course they will! It’s the ‘Star Wars’ universe and we all love to be a part of that, even if we don’t see any lightsabers. With big names like Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson and Riz Ahmed leading the cast, this new and exciting development in the ‘Star Wars’ series is exactly what we all need to tide us over until Episode VIII.
#3. Captain America: Civil War (29th April)
Marvel aren’t messing around anymore and they are kicking off phase three of their Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Civil War, the thirteenth installment in the universe so far. If there were any complaints about the Marvel machine running out of steam we are hoping that this is the film to silence those complaints. With a clash between two of our favourite Avengers, Captain America & Iron Man, this is going to be a very involved watch. Teams have been revealed and with promises of first appearances for several new characters it’s hard to believe that Marvel’s next offering doesn’t top this list.
#2. The Revenant (15th January)
Let us set the scene for you, last years Oscar Awards. Everything was set for ‘Boyhood’ to win Best Picture and its director Richard Linklater to win in his respective category. Instead of the icing on the cake which had been 12 years in the making, Alejandro González Iñárritu swooped in with ‘Birdman’ and won both awards. A year later he is back with ‘The Revenant’ which sees another fierce rivalry, not between superheros though, but instead between characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Could this finally be the year Leo wins that coveted Oscar? We’re hoping so and the odds are surely stacked in his favour with such a director behind him. All of this is why we simply can’t wait much longer for ‘The Revenant’, thankfully it’s out in a couple of weeks!
To read a REVIEW of ‘The Revenant’ by HCMovieReviews click HERE.
#1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (25th March)
Believe it or not, this was originally planned as a direct sequel to the much-maligned ‘Man of Steel’, but as the release date gets closer and closer, this project is looking more like a Justice League induction day. Christopher Nolan has already given us a hugely popular Batman trilogy which made superheroes cool again, and now Zack Snyder is tasked with producing something of equal quality but with expectations of originality and laying the foundations for the first live-action appearance of the Justice League. Despite its criticism, ‘Man of Steel’ wasn’t all that bad, and bringing in the Caped Crusader and Wonder Woman can only lead to amazing things. Just look at that first trailer for all the proof you need that this is going to be a special cinematic event. You’d have to be crazy to not be excited by the prospect of two of the most iconic superheroes squaring up on the big screen for the first time!
Please let us know what you thought of our list and tell us which film you’re most excited for in 2016!
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Written and edited by Nick Deal, Jakob Lewis Barnes & Hamish Calvert
Image Credit: Jakob Lewis Barnes