Most people's diaries are a litany of birthdays, anniversaries and meetings. Mine on the other hand (yes, I own a diary) is littered with the release dates of films. That's because I love everything about film. Every year I get more and more excited for the next big release and 2016 has already given us some incredible films. With Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Hail, Caesar! and 10 Cloverfield Lane to name a few, it's safe to say it has been a successful year in cinema. Better yet, there are still a multitude of films that are coming your way in the next seven months, from a variation of genres, for you to start filling up your diary with! This list will hopefully give you an idea of some big hitters on their way to screens very soon.
Admittedly there are a few big names missing... Jason Bourne and Ghostbusters are just two that haven't made the list. Some of you may feel these (and others) deserve to be up there but for the sake making this list succinct (and through personal preference) they haven't made it!
So, here are twenty-one films that are yet to be released in 2016 that you should be excited for.
21 Finding Dory - June 17th
No film list would be complete without a Disney offering. Every Disney film that is aimed at children has something for everyone, regardless of age. 2003's Finding Nemo introduced us to the clown fish Nemo, his Dad Marlin and their unexpected, forgetful friend Dory, played by Ellen Degeneres.
20 Bad Moms - July 29th
Who doesn't love Mila Kunis? She has such a brilliant sense of humour about herself and, despite taking on a variation of roles in TV and film, she really shines in comedy movies. Bad Moms looks like it is going to be another hit for her. It has a stellar cast of ladies who are known for being hilarious, as well as a plot that, above all else, looks like a lot of fun.
19 Me Before You - June 3rd
I know what you're thinking. What in fresh hell is this doing on a list of films where the feature image is of a bunch of murderous criminals sent to make the world a safer place... Well, hear me out. I am far from a romantic film kind of guy but Me Before You has something about it. For a start the lead cast.
18 The Infiltrator - August 31st
When Bryan Cranston appeared in Breaking Bad, there was a sense of shock as "the dad from Malcolm In The Middle" became one of the coolest characters in television. Well, it seems as if Bryan Cranston can't stay away from crime soaked roles as he takes on Pablo Escobar in The Infiltrator.
17 Snowden - September 16th
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken on such a massive variation of roles during his film career but his portrayal of ex-CIA man Edward Snowden in Snowden could be his biggest one yet. Without wanting to sound like I have too much of a man crush on him, there is something about Gordon-Levitt's performances that are consistently charming. Whether he is swooning over a woman in 500 Days Of Summer or attempting to save Gotham without powers and an expensive suit in The Dark Knight Rises he plays a given role well!
16 When The Bough Breaks - September 16th
It was a massive surprise to see Regina Hall have a cameo in Law Abiding Citizen, considering this was the first time I'd seen her on the screen since her brilliantly funny portrayal of Brenda in the Scary Movie series. Judging by the trailer for When The Bough Breaks Regina is continuing to shake off the image of her being murdered in a cinema by various personified film references for a more serious role.
15 Star Trek Beyond - July 22nd
I am not a "Trekkie." I never have been. In the great argument between the "Star" franchises Star Wars comes out on top every time. With that being said, J.J. Abrams' two installments in the franchise have been spectacular. This may be argued differently by traditional Trekkies but when you have king of the nerds Simon Pegg on the writing team, you know that this will be done with the fans in mind, as well as adhering to the wants and needs of the movie going public.
14 The Founder - August 5th
Michael Keaton is another actor who, for a while, fell off the mainstream radar. He will always be a legend for his work as Batman and Beetlejuice, but for the last couple of decades has spent his time taking small parts in films and roles in TV shows. Keaton never went away but hasn't been at the forefront of anything of note. Then Birdman happened and the man that we knew and loved was back in force.
13 The Nice Guys - May 20th
I remember seeing the trailer for The Nice Guys in the cinema and then getting home and watching it back a number of times, each time getting more excited for a film that seems to have it all. As a formula on paper, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe just shouldn't work. One man who charms his way through situations, like a hot knife through butter and the other who has the subtlety of a fog horn... And yet, there is a chemistry that works on screen (in the trailer at least!).
12 Neon Demon - June
Remember when Black Swan was released and everybody lost their minds? Some people held it as a masterpiece, with flawless performances and technical brilliance. Some, on the other hand, passed it off as over the top nonsense. Neon Demon is going to be one of those films that will definitely divide audiences. With a similar feel in terms of genre and the themes underlying the film, you can see comparisons being made by critics from a mile off.
11 Money Monster - May 27th
Being English, I always love seeing British lads and lasses (that's girls and boys to the rest of the world) doing well for themselves and there is no-one I want to see excel more than Jack O'Connell. He started off in Skins and quickly grew his reputation in hard hitting dramas like '71 and Unbroken and is now going from strength to strength. Put an incredible young British actor alongside two of the linchpins of American acting in the past twenty years and you have the making of something special.
10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows - June 3rd
Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo are household names and have been for as long as I can remember. Due to their legendary status, this film comes with a bit of a warning... some people are going to whine till they're blue in the face about it because it "disgraces the name of the turtles." I for one, loved Jonathan Liebesman's live action reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Out Of The Shadows looks to carry on the ludicrously fun feel the first film had to it.
9 Doctor Strange - November 4th
There have been so many articles on the whitewashing controversy and comments on the whitewashing controversy. There were even comments on the comments. It seems as if Doctor Strange itself has been ignored a little in a lot of articles and it shouldn't be the case! Marvel are on a roll at the minute with the sensational Captain America: Civil War not only working as a stand alone film, but setting up multiple characters for what will hopefully be another incredible run. Doctor Strange is not part of the Avenger Initiative just yet but that isn't stopping fans of Marvel comics getting bloody excited.
8 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - June 3rd
If you've ever heard of The Lonely Island and enjoyed their brand of brilliantly ludicrous hip-hop, you need to see this film. If you haven't, spend a few hours on Youtube going through their back catalogue and then go and see this movie. What is essentially a parody of painful music documentaries like Never Say Never, Popstar follows the life of solo singer Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) and the people that surround him to feed off his fame.
7 The Magnificent Seven - September 23rd
6 Assassin's Creed
The Assassin's Creed movie has been an ongoing saga since October 2011 when Sony and Ubisoft got together to sort out the video game adaptation. 5 years later and we have a trailer and it's a corker. Assassin's Creed (for those of you who haven't played the game) is based on a machine developed by Abstergo that uses the memory of people's ancestors to fight against and find intelligence on an Illuminati style group known as the Templars.
5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - December 14th
Star Wars is back. Let's be honest with ourselves, it never really went away. The Force Awakens was sensational and hype for Episode VIII won't go away with rumours of everything from cameos to set photos. So what can tide us over until December 2017!? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is what. Rogue One is a prequel (of sorts) to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Fortunately, it's not a prequel that stars Jar Jar Binks.
4 The Birth Of A Nation - October 7th
In my personal opinion, slavery is not something that has been covered enough in film, particularly in the mainstream. The brilliant 12 Years A Slave highlighted the severe injustice that occurred during the time of the slave trade but it is the first serious blockbuster since Amistad to focus on what happened to millions of people.
3 X-Men: Apocalypse - May 18th
The third film in the prequel series of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse looks to bring the world to an end at the hands of a mutant god. The beauty of the X-Men is that there are so many of them, with so many intertwining stories that believable and intricate stories can be applied to a multitude of films.
2 Swiss Army Man - June 24th
This is probably the weirdest film on the list. Production companies often see film festival favourites struggle to make it into the mainstream, particularly if they are out of the ordinary. Well how does Paul Dano drinking a constant stream of water out of Daniel Radcliffe's dead mouth sound? Pretty far out of any kind of ordinary I've ever heard of... that's how it sounds.
1 Suicide Squad - August 4th
Comic book films are all the rage, with the DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe building at an impressive rate. What is apparent is that Marvel hold all the cards when it comes to the strongest set of films. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice was subpar at best and Man Of Steel felt drab. Captain America: Civil War burst onto the scene on the back of a number of exceptional films. So DC needed a saving grace and my good god, I think they may have found it.
Suicide Squad calls on DC's greatest villains to save the world. How do you get a group of villains to save the world? Give them explosive jewelry that detonates if things don't go too well. The cast for this film is painfully good with the highlights being Margot Robbie playing Harley Quinn, the world's deadliest marksman Deadshot is played by Will Smith and the brilliant Joel Kinnaman who is charged with keeping the squad in check as Rick Flag. There is one big question the film begs; How is Jared Leto going to be as the Joker? Don't get me wrong, the Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman is a brilliant actor, but the last time the Joker was played in a live action film was possibly the best outing by the late Heath Ledger. Comparisons will always be made so will Leto make it his own or crumble under the pressure of such a big comic book role? Regardless of how good the Joker is, Suicide Squad will undoubtedly be the winning movie that the DCEU so desperately needs.
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