10 films I’m looking forward to in 2016

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10 films I'm looking forward to in 2016

It’s been a long time since I talked about film on this blog. It was one of the reasons why I started blogging all those years ago. So let’s get started with some films I’m most looking forward to seeing this year. It’s by no means a definitive list, and in reality is probably a lot larger than this. Trying to be succinct here!

1. The Witch

In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer, his wife and four of their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.

The trailer is intense. A great mixture of horror, thriller and drama. Getting a bit of a Black Swan vibe from the trailer, in that it reminds me when I saw that film for the first time in the cinema – I didn’t have a relaxed muscle in my body for the entirety of the film. I have a feeling The Witch will have the same effect.

2. Free State of Jones

In Jones County, Newton Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.

Right, so I’ll be honest here. The only reason this is on my list is Matthew McConaughey. Great actor who’s been doing some fine films recently. Free State of Jones looks like it’ll carry on that trend.

3. Hail, Caesar!

In the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix is busy at work trying to solve all the problems of the actors and filmmakers at Capitol Pictures. His latest assignments involve a disgruntled director, a singing cowboy, a beautiful swimmer and a handsome dancer. As if all this wasn’t enough, Mannix faces his biggest challenge when Baird Whitlock gets kidnapped while in costume for the swords-and-sandals epic “Hail, Caesar!” If the studio doesn’t pay $100,000, it’s the end of the line for the movie star.

Three words – the Coen brothers. If there’s a Coen brothers film being released, you go and see it. “Hail, Caesar!” looks like a riot with a fantastic ensemble cast.

4. John Wick 2

John Wick was one of the most perfect action films I have seen in a long time. Keanu Reeves in a role he clearly enjoyed playing and a film that was fun to watch. This is one of the rare times I’m glad to see a sequel. And glad that the sequel’s coming out so soon after the first film.

5. High Rise

Life for the residents of a high-rise building begins to run out of control.

Don’t seek out another trailer for this film, just don’t. Let the mystery of the first one just sink in. There’s something about slightly dystopian sci-fi-esque films that I can’t help but need to see.

6. Triple 9

Russian gangsters blackmail corrupt cops to pull off a seemingly impossible heist.

Just look at that cast. That’s the reason I’m all in for Triple 9.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse

Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilisation, the immortal Apocalypse becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X and Raven lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

Been a big fan of the new X-Men films. There’s a little concern brewing up inside me that this may just be bigger and not necessarily better. But I’m hoping that’s a needless fear.

8. 10 Cloverfield Lane

A woman discovers the horrifying truth about the outside world while living in an underground shelter with two men.

So this film came out of nowhere. Rumoured to be the Cloverfield sequel, however that’s not been fully confirmed yet. I don’t believe. Even if it’s not, I’m digging this.

9. Jason Bourne

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne films are among my favourite action/thrillers. I’m a sucker for great chase sequences. And Matt Damon. Apprehensive about the fifth film. As any other fan of the other films might be I guess.

10. Midnight Special

The government and a group of extremists pursue a man and his son, a boy who possesses special powers.

Sci-fi mixed with some family drama is totally my cup of tea. Big fan of Jeff Nichols’ previous couple of films – Mud and Take Shelter.

There are loads more films that are pretty high on my to-watch list this year, including Manchester by the Sea, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Desierto, Story of Your Life, Demolition, Knight of Cups, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Green Room, Star Trek Beyond, Finding Dory, The Conjuring 2… the list could definitely go on!

What are you looking forward to, film wise, this year? Do I need to add to my ever-growing list?


  1. I saw Hail, Caesar! the other weekend awhile I enjoyed it, it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. I’m looking forward to The Witch as well!

  2. Suicide Squad, X-Men and a few of the ones you just put up like Midnight Special seem really intriguing! Thanks for the list.

  3. The only ones of these that I had heard of (or watched the trailer for) were Hail! Caesar, new X-Men, and the Cloverfield sequel. This is a great list! I have to see so many of them now, too. And yes…that cast for Triple 9! Woah!

  4. I can vouch for Witch and High Rise. Both totally unique.

    As you can imagine Witch made me lose my shiv

  5. moviesandsongs365

    The Witch and High-Rise are the two films from your top 10 I’m anticipating the most. I loved X-Men First Class and thought Days of Future Past was just ok. Sooner or later I’ll get to X-Men Apocalypse. I saw the first John Wick a fortnight ago and enjoyed it. Sing Street (by the director of Once and Begin Again) looks like it might be fun from the trailer.

    • Will look up Sing Street – I missed out on Begin Again, the trailer didn’t interest me too much, but maybe I should have given it a go.

  6. Ah this is a great list. Hadn’t heard of a few of the films but they are now added to my list. Saw High Rise last week and… yeah, it has to been seen. Even if I was the kind of person who gave away spoilers, I still wouldn’t know where to begin to describe the film haha

  7. Hail, Caesar is actually a Coen Brothers’ film that I want to see. Must be all the stars in it! And that trailer for High Rise, so crazy creepy. I’m always here for X-Men, even if they’re not very good. Another Bourne?? With Tommy Lee Jones? YES YES YES.

    Not exactly up for an Oscar but we saw Zoolander 2 the other night. Not bad for a sequel. Weren’t trying to recreate jokes. I actually chuckled quite a few times.

    Thank you for always being my source of must-see movies :).

    • Anish is badgering me to watch the first Zoolander before seeing the sequel. Never seen it! For some reason it never appealed to me.

      And you’re welcome – though I feel like I’m kinda out of the loop. Trying to get myself back in!

  8. I’m excited for a lot of the comic book movies! Especially Suicide Squad. The Witch scares me lol I would love to watch the movie, but I couldn’t even handle the tv show “Salem”… I love witches and witchcraft show, but… not really scary ones like this one lol (I’m more into Witches of East End… and harry potter of course haha!)

  9. I’m so out of the loop – I can’t believe how many of these I haven’t yet heard of! Free State of Jones looks interesting (we’ve just been watching a documentary about the American Civil War – rock ‘n roll – and it’s quite fascinating!) And McConaughey has been freaking awesome lately.
    Hail Caesar looks BRILLIANT too, even the trailer was fab, have to see that. And the husband is ridiculously excited about Bourne.
    I might do John Wick…but I couldn’t handle the poor pooch in the first one, being a massive dog botherer and all. I suppose they can’t do the same thing twice…right????

  10. inspiredground

    Not much movies I expected this year, but Bridget Jones Baby, Light between oceans and fantastic beast and where to find them. Probably seeing x-men apocalypse just for seeing michael fassbender though šŸ™‚

  11. I’m also super nervous about X Men. I didn’t like DoFP and X Men is my fav franchise. Hope this one lives up to my expectations!

    Excited about BvS, Civil War, or Warcraft? Those are my current three. OH and Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts!

    • BvS and Civil War have me intrigued, but I’m getting a little fatigued by all the comic book films that are getting churned out every year. So many of them!

      • Agree!! Especially because they follow very similar formulas now right? Fake deaths, unnecessary fights etc…

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