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20 Movies We’re Dying to Catch in 2016!

By Flora  /  30 Dec 2015 (Wednesday)

Earlier this month, we did a '2015 Movies Roundup', looking back at some of the best and worst films in 2015. 

2016 seems to be a good year for blockbuster films; hotly-anticipated sequels; and a whole slate of sci-fi and superhero genre movies. As we usher in the new year, here's a quick look at 20 movies we are dying to catch in 2016!

1. The Danish Girl
(7 Jan 2016)

Eddie Redmayne stars in this Oscar-worthy picture as a transgender painter Einar Wegener in the 1920s, who is determined to live as Lili Elbe, her ‘true’ identity.  

In an interview, Redmayne shared that he spent three years undergoing "the most extraordinary education”, meeting transgender women and hearing their stories. The result? Redmayne’s performance in this biopic is extraordinary. 

2. Room
(14 Jan 2016)

It is shocking, but not uncommon to read about these harrowing tales of children being held captive for years, under the hands of their perverted captors. Room is based on a 2010 novel about a mother and son who were held captive for years in an enclosed space, but finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. 

3. The Hateful Eight
(21 Jan 2016)

We almost didn’t get to enjoy this masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino when the film’s script was leaked in 2014, but after a live read of the script that was staged in Los Angeles, Tarantino decided to film the movie with an all-star ensemble cast eaturing Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.

4. Long Long Time Ago
(4 Feb 2016)

One of Singapore’s most celebrated filmmaker, Jack Neo, is back with his most daring and challenging project to date: Long Long Time Ago. The story, not starring the 'Ah Boys', tells a story about Singapore’s Kampong days during the 1960s, highlighting the struggles Singaporeans faced in the post-independence period. 

5. The Revenant
(4 Feb 2016)

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s, last year’s Academy Award-winning Director behind the Best Picture Birdman, returns with another jaw-dropping film - The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson. The intensive-thriller had many talking about the harsh working conditions in the ice-cold weather, and Iñárritu’s insistence of not using CGI to enhance his film.

Critics said The Revenant might finally be Leonardo Dicaprio’s first-ever Oscar award. We’re hoping he finally brings that ‘golden statue’ home. 

6. Deadpool 
(11 Feb 2016)

You don’t get to see much of an R-rated superhero movie - not in the case of sex and nudity, but in terms of violence and vulgarities. Ryan Reynolds plays the NSFW potty-mouthed anti-hero, based on the Marvel Comics about a man who has a twisted sense of humour, hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. 

If this becomes a box-office hit, which we hope it does, it will give studios more confidence in acquiring rights to less-than mainstream comic book adaptations. 

7. Zootopia
(3 Mar 2016)

Zootopia is the upcoming animated comedy-adventure, Walt Disney Animation Studios next film after Disney’s Big Hero 6. Voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira and J.K. Simmons, Zootopia revolves around enthusiastic rookie Officer Judy Hopps (Goodwin) and quick-witted, scam artist, Nick Wilde (Bateman), in a world that is entirely populated by animals. 

The film, along with Moana, will mark the first time since 2002 that the Studios has released two feature films in the same year! Looks like it’s going to be another feel-good, family-comedy to look forward to!

8. Sisters
(17 Mar 2016)

Comedy duo queens Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler team up in this hilarious comedy as sisters who want to host a party at their home for the last time. Expect a lot of on-set improvisation from these two comedians who are best with their witty one-liners and uproarious gags. 

9. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
(24 Mar 2016)

The follow-up of Man of Steel is actually a face-off between the caped crusader and the last son of Krypton, but therein lies a whole new lot of characters and villains thrown into the picture. Jesse Eisenberg plays Superman’s archenemy Lex Luthor, with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. We might also be able to catch the debut of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Flash.

10. Disney’s The Jungle Book
(14 Apr 2016)

Disney’s 3D live-adaptation is a remake of the 1967 classic animation, directed by Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o. The movie was first animated, then shot live action, then the versions were melded together.

11. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War
(5 May 2016)

Shall we just call it Avengers 2.5? Though the main stars of the sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier is are mainly Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans), it seems like all the other superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are joining in - includes all of those who appeared in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-man (Paul Rudd), and the debuts of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-man (Tom Holland).

12. X-Men: Apocalypse 
(19 May 2016)

X-Men franchises are known for their visual feast of jillion of mutants present in one film, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse is no different. Although our favourite Wolverine will not be appearing the sequel, fresh recruits like Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) are joining returning favourites Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult).

Fresh out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens madness, Oscar Isaac will take on the role of the greatest and most deadly villain, Apocalypse! 

13. Now You See Me 2
(9 Jun 2016)

The Four Horsemen are back with bigger magic tricks, more audacious illusions and thrilling fantasies in the sequel, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Lizzy Caplan. Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou also stars in the Jon M. Chu-directed caper thriller film. 

14. Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory
(16 Jun 2016)

The ‘Just Keep Swimming’ blue fish stole the limelight from Nemo for her adorable forgetfulness. She’s back, not as a sequel to the hit-animation, but as the main star who searches for her mother. With a brain like Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, expect lots of laughter and fun-filled underwater adventure.

15. Independence Day: Resurgence 
(23 Jun 2016)

20 years later, Roland Emmerich is back with a sequel to one of his best box-office hits, Independence Day. The alien-invasion blockbuster sees the return of Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox, who will reprise their roles. Newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Singaporean Chin Han are joining in the sci-fi flick to save the world from ‘the brink of extinction’. 

16. Disney’s The BFG
(30 Jun 2016)

Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg - the best combination anyone can ask for. 

17. Ghostbusters
(14 Jul 2016)

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! 

With Paul Feig directing the all female cast in the classic action-comedy reboot that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, you can expect something out of the ordinary from these comediennes. Chris Hemsworth plays a receptionist which we believe have more to do than transferring phone calls, and we're promised cameos from Ghostbusters of yesteryear too! 

18. Suicide Squad
(4 Aug 2016)

Is this DC’s take against Marvel’s Avengers? 

The stark difference is that Suicide Squad is not particularly showing a bevy of crime-busting superheroes, but a gang of misfit super villains instead. This movie is one that we’re really looking forward to, thanks to the tremendous attention to Jared Leto ‘going method’, and of course, the smitten fanboys going gaga over Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. 

19. Marvel’s Doctor Strange
(3 Nov 2016)

As part of the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Phase 3, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is set to debut in November with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in his first superhero movie. Photos of Strange were released earlier this week, which fans (geeks and Cumberbitches alike) are going crazy over. 

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will play the film’s main villain, while Rachel McAdams will portray a young woman who helps anchor Strange’s humanity once he transforms into the sorcerous superhero.

20. Fantastic Beasts 
(17 Nov 2016)

Harry Potter’s wizardry doesn’t stop at Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. The start of the first trilogy of the Harry Potter spin-off movies, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell. The film is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter stories, and it marks JK Rowling’s foray into screenwriting. 

Are these some of your 'must-watch' movies in your list? Comment below if you have other film titles that you can't wait to catch! 
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