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Films of 2016! (Part 3)

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Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight (2015)

Directed by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight tells the story of the titular team at the Boston Globe who seek to uncover the truth about child abuse in the Roman Catholic church. Spotlight has received a host of award nominations, including three Golden Globes, and stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. Do not miss this one. Out JANUARY.

Hail, Cesar!

First poster for Hail, Caesar! from the Coen brothers
First poster for Hail, Caesar! from the Coen brothers

The Coen brothers are back with their first directorial feature since Inside Llewyn Davis. The plot follows a fixer in 1950s Hollywood searching for his main star who has gone missing. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and many more, Hail, Cesar! looks set to be another success for Joel and Ethan Coen. Out FEBRUARY.

Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2 Cast Features in Poster
Zoolander 2 Cast Features in Poster

The beloved Zoolander returns fifteen years after the original, with stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell being joined by Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig. The story sees Zoolander hired by Interpol to investigate celebrities who are being assassinated with the iconic 'Blue Steel' look on their faces, a look made famous by Derek Zoolander. Who knows how this one will turn out, but I'm looking forward to finding out! Out FEBRUARY.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys is directed by Shane Black and tells the story of a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and law enforcer (Russell Crowe) who investigate a missing girl and the death of a porn star. Shane Black has a gift for making mystery thrillers and adding his unique blend of dark comedy (see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang if you'd like proof) and this makes it one to watch. Out MAY.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence sky logo
Independence Day: Resurgence sky logo

20 years after the original, Independence Day returns with Resurgence, which will see the aliens defeated in the first film return to attempt to wipe out the human race once more. Roland Emmerich returns to direct, and Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner all reprise their roles alongside newcomers Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Maika Monroe. If you loved the original, you will see this one. You know it. Admit it. Out JUNE.

La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land

Damien Chazelle returns after the phenomenal success of Whiplash, and this time out he is making a musical-comedy-drama film about the relationship between a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an actress (Emma Stone). Set in modern day Los Angeles, Chazelle will link up with J.K. Simmons once again, and I pray that Ryan Gosling doesn't make a mistake as he plays the piano, as God only knows what might happen if the spirit of Fletcher comes into play. If you've seen Whiplash, you'll know what I mean. Out JULY.

The Girl on the Train

First image for 'The Girl on the Train' features Emily Blunt
First image for 'The Girl on the Train' features Emily Blunt on a train

Tate Taylor directs this story of a woman (Emily Blunt) who becomes obsessed with a couple that she spots on a train. Emily Blunt is one of the best actresses in the business right now and, after her fantastic performances in Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario, I cannot wait to see what she does next. Out OCTOBER.


Two of the most popular actors in Hollywood at the moment come together in this Sci-Fi film directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). Here, a man wakes up 60 years earlier than he should have done on a spacecraft travelling to a colony planet, and in his loneliness he decides to wake up a second person. What magic these two might create together is a tantalising prospect, and it should be a good time. Out DECEMBER.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Tim Burton returns to direct the debut novel from Ransom Riggs. The story deals with a boy who, following a family tragedy, follows clues that lead him to an abandoned orphanage. Tim Burton has directed some cult classics, and is he about to replicate that success here? Out DECEMBER.

So, part 3 comes to a close. It is fair to say that there is a lot to look forward to in 2016. If you feels we have missed any films, be sure to let us know.

Happy New Year!

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