Wow! So many films planned for release in 2016 – it was almost impossible to pick my favorites! That’s why I listed 15 (!) of the films that I simply have to see this year. Scroll down to get an overview of the must-see films of 2016!
// X-Men: Apocalypse
Release date: May 27, 2016 (US)
After the both critical and commercial succes of 2014’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”, a new installment will be released this year. “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be an interesting one, as the cast is a cocktail of both familiar and brand-new faces. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are starring as frenemies Magneto and Professor X, while Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”), Olivia Munn (“The Newsroom”) and Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens“) join the cast.
// Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Release date: February 5, 2016 (US)
Jane Austen would probably turn in her grave, upon seeing the reimagining of one of her most beloved literary works, “Pride & Prejudice”. Seth Grahame-Smith put the beloved characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in a world terrorized by… zombies? The question remains if we should take “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies”, starring Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) and Sam Riley (“On The Road”), but one thing is certain: it is an interesting take on a classic story.
// Doctor Strange
Release date: November 4, 2016 (US)
Marvel is well on the way to ruling the cinematic world, with a big release planned every year. In 2016, it well be “Doctor Strange”, in which Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) is trained by Tilda Swinton (“Only Lovers Left Alive“) to use sorcery to save the world from evil. If the story-line does not appeal immediately, perhaps the cast does, featuring Rachel McAdams (“True Detective”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave”).
// Finding Dory
Release date: June 17, 2016
13 (!) years after “Finding Nemo”, film audiences all over the world can now search for another, slightly confused fish, in “Finding Dory”. The forgetful little fish, voiced by talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres, is going on a journey to find her own family, and encounters some colorful, unforgettable characters along the way.
// How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Release date: TBA
Based on Neil Gaiman’s short story, “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” follows the story of Enn (Alex Sharp), a young punker living in 1970s London, who meets the girl of his dreams: Zan (Elle Fanning). It sounds like a pretty straight-forward love story, but when it turns out Zan is an alien, neither hers or Enn’s life will ever be the same. Gaiman’s stories are always mind-boggling and surprisingly funny, always with little touch of magic, and I can’t wait to see young actress Elle Fanning portray one of his characters.
// Bridget Jones’s Baby
Release date: September 16, 2016 (US)
We had to wait 12 (!) years for it, but the third installment of the “Bridget Jones” series is finally upon us. Based on Helen Fielding’s novel, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” will follow our beloved Bridget (Renée Zellweger) as she tackles the next big step in her relationship with Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth): kids. But when the love of her life suddenly dies, Bridget has to face yet another struggle: falling in love again. If the third installment is as funny as the first two, we’re in for a treat this summer.
// Star Trek Beyond
Release date: July 22, 2016 (US)
Yes! A new “Star Trek” film! After all the “Star Wars” excitement, I’m glad it’s time to return to my personal favorite space ship: the U.S.S. Enterprise. In “Star Trek Beyond”, we’ll follow beloved characters Spock, Uhura, Bones, Scotty and Captain Kirk boldly going where no man has gone before: deep space. But will they ever return?
// The Jungle Book
Release date: April 15, 2016
Disney’s classic tale of an orphan boy living in the jungle with this animal friends will be reimagined this Spring. And how? In “The Jungle Book”, we’ll follow young Mowgli (Neel Sethi) encounter dancing bear Baloo (Bill Murray), elegant panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and the deceptive cobra Kaa (Scarlett Johansson). The artwork above and the trailer, released late 2015, promise a lot of spectacular images, so I’m definitely going to the cinema this Spring.
// Suicide Squad
Release date: August 5, 2016 (US)
A film full of super-villians? Count me in! “Suicide Squad” has been an item of interest ever since 2015’s Comic Con, when the first, highly-anticipated trailer was released. An interesting story with an even more interesting cast: Margot Robbie (“The Wolf Of Wall Street”) stars as Harley Quinn and Ben Affleck (“Gone Girl”) as Batman, while supermodel Cara Delevigne (“Paper Towns”) is cast as Enchantress and Jared Leto (“Requiem For A Dream”) as The Joker. Sounds like a blockbuster already!
// Allegiant: Part I
Release date: March 18, 2016 (US)
My friend Papaya and I have a tradition of going to see all the “Divergent” films in the cinema, so this Spring we’re going to watch the third installment of the series, titled “Allegiant: Part I”. Based on the novel by Veronica Roth, the story continues where “Insurgent” left off: Tris and Tobias are seeking refuge beyond the wall, where they encounter the mysterious Bureau of Genetic Welfare. But are they really safe here?
Release date: December 21, 2016 (US)
There’s so little known about this film, titled “Passengers”, except for this short plot synopsis: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger. Wow! Even more interesting is the cast, featuring Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World”), Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) and Michael Sheen (“Far From The Madding Crowd”).
// Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Release date: November 18, 2016 (US)
Yes! Yes! YES! Finally, it’s time for a new “Harry Potter” film! In “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” takes place 70 years before the first “Harry Potter” film, when Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) meets a secret New York community of wizards and witches. Written by J.K. Rowling and starring Redmayne – this cannot go wrong.
// The Legend of Tarzan
Release date: July 1, 2016 (US)
My personal guilty pleasure of the cinematic year: Alexander Skarsgård – I mean, “The Legend of Tarzan”! Another Disney classic reboot, where Skarsgård will dash through the jungle in not that many articles of clothing, on his way to save his Jane (Margot Robbie).
// Alice Through The Looking Glass
Release date: May 27, 2016 (US)
Six years after Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” was released, it’s time for the second installment: “Alice Through The Looking Glass”. Although Burton isn’t returning as director, he’s still on board as a producer, so we can look forward to whimsical imagery, over-the-top costumes, funny characters and an overall magical feel.
// Hail, Caesar!
Release date: February 5, 2016 (US)
The Coen brothers are returning to the screen with “Hail, Caesar!” a comedy revolving around the Hollywood studios of the 1950s. Starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton in deliciously funny roles, this film promises to warm our hearts this Winter.