Film Review: 8 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Happy New Year everyone! 2015 proved to be a somewhat underwhelming year for film. Despite some few outstanding pieces of cinema, I think it's 2016 titles that are going to scoop up that sweet, sweet Oscar gold this coming February. Here's a little look at my most anticipated films to see this year...

In 1823, legendary hunter, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), leads a fur-trapping expedition in the uncharted American wilderness but their quest is made complicated by an attack by a tribe. Following a bear attack, Glass is abandoned by his hunting team and believed dead by his crew; forced utilise his survival skills to find the men who left him. Broken but fueled by vengeance, he treks through the wintry, harsh terrain trailing John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and turned his crew against him.

This might just be the year that sees Leonardo DiCaprio finally take home that much-deserved Oscar for Best Actor; not to mention the possibility that Tom Hardy could earn himself his first nomination for Best Supporting. Directed by film legend, Alejandro González Iñárritu, responsible for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014) and Babel (2006), I have such high hopes for the enviable stunning visuals and extraordinary storytelling. I have my heart set on including The Revenant in my Top Films of 2016 - it's in UK cinemas on January 15th.  

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In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter, John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner, Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter from a blizzard whilst on route to justice in Red Rock. The cabin is inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters; a fellow bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Greeted by four other strangers and with a high bounty on Daisy's head, the eight travellers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.

Quentin Tarantino is back, directing an all-star cast in another bloody narrative and this time it's a western. Shot in 65mm and directed by Tarantino, it's likely to be visually stunning and with an outstanding narrative. Like all Tarantino movies, it's sure to scoop up plenty of nominations come the Academy Awards and this is, for sure, one I cannot miss this year. I will be seeing this on Friday - review to follow! The Hateful Eight is in UK cinemas January 8th.

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Based on the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener comes The Danish Girl (2016). Born a male named Einar (Eddie Redmayne), and with the loving supporting of his wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander), a young Danish artist prepares to undergo a sex change operation to become Lili. As the first of this case, Lili went on to be a pioneer of the transgender community.

Starring Oscar winning Eddie Redmayne, with a somewhat controversial subject matter and directed by Tom Hooper; the man we have to thank for The King's Speech (2010) and Les Misérables (2012), this has Oscar-bait written all over it. The Danish Girl is sure to be a moving narrative though I feel it may not quite live up to expectations. I hope that Hooper will do the film and the true events justice and believe this is to be an important and powerful submission for this year's Academy Awards. The Danish Girl is in UK cinemas now.

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The legendary Coen Brothers return with another comedy; It's the 1950's and a Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) is forced to burst in to action when the world's most famous movie star, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped and a young actress is pregnant. With the studio's biggest film of the year still in production, it's a race against time to find it's leading star and keep the Hollywood stars in line.

In true Coen Brother's style, Hail, Caesar! appears to be oozing with charisma and wit - not to mention its amazing line up of stars including Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and of course Clooney and Brolin. From the trailer, it seems to embody everything I love about the classical Hollywood era and I can't wait to see this come February 26th in the UK.

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Fury (2014) and End of Watch (2012) director, David Ayer, returns with a narrative outside of his comfort zone with Suicide Squad. Comprised of super criminals such as The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), a secret government agency recruits prisoners for a deadly assignment to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for their clemency.

You've probably all seen the images of Jared Leto in his Joker attire and I feel that Suicide Squad could be amazing or it could be a total let down. If Ayer sticks to the original comic book stories, we could be in for one hell of a ride. Reprising the role of Batman is Ben Affleck, a hit or miss performance, and with a mixed cast (the likes of Will Smith and Cara Delevingne), I'm unsure what to expect just yet. If this lives up to all the expectation, it could be featuring in the top films of the year. Fingers crossed - Suicide Squad is in UK cinemas on August 5th.

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Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forced operative, gifted with escalated healing powers and a twisted sense of humour. Subjected to a rogue experiment, Wilson turns mercenary and adopts the alter ego Deadpool in order to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

It's probably going to be your standard superhero/blood-filled action movie but I'm just fine with that. Though it's not likely to take home any awards or any gain any nominations this year, there's nothing wrong with enjoying some good ole' X/18+ rated fun. Deadpool is in UK cinemas February 10th.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards of Godzilla (2014) fame, is a prequel to the original trilogy set after the Clone Wars. It follows a group of Rebels who set out on a mission to steal the plans for Darth Vader's Death Star.

As of yet, the detailing of Rogue One are being kept under wraps and it's probably for the best so to prevent spoilers. Cast members confirmed so far as Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna yet nothing has been released as to their characters. Written by George Lucas himself, there are some worries for another Phantom Menace type situation though Disney are still present in the production. I'm very much looking forward to another Star Wars film following the epic success of The Force Awakens (2015) yet I can't help but have my doubts since Godzilla proved to be so underwhelming. 
Another possible hit or miss is Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. In a prequel to what will become The Justice League (if the comics are anything to go by), Gotham City faces a new threat as Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman (Henry Cavill) whom he believes is too dangerous. With appearances from Wonder Women and Doomsday, this could be a wonderful and gritty superhero movie or it could be a unsatisfying, action-saturation like Man of Steel (2014). I'm certainly intrigued but if the trailers are anything to go by (minus Batman's robotic looking suit), this could just be the greatest action film of the year. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is in cinemas 25th March.

It was really hard to narrow it down to just eight movies as there's so so many I'm looking forward to with the Oscars steadily approaching in February. Also ones to watch out for are The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015), The BFG (Steven Spielberg, 2016), The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, 2016) and of course, Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016).

This week, I'm really looking forward to seeing Joy (David O. Russell, 2016), The Danish Girl AND The Hateful Eight and to share my reviews with you all. What films are you looking forward to this year? Have you seen any films already this year? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave them below.

Here's to another amazing year of film. Happy New Year everyone!


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  1. So many films coming out! I can't wait to see the danish girl, it looks amazing! I'm waiting for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I read the books and can't wait for the movie!
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    1. Aw yeah - it's out in February! I've never heard of them but sounds fun :) Happy New Year lovely lady! xx

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  2. Excellent list, Sophie. I too am looking forward to all of these as well as The BFG and Captain America: Civil War. I hope this year is better than the last for cinema! Happy New Year Sophie

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    1. Thanks Ashley, Happy New Year to you also! BFG is set to be great so fingers crossed - glad you like my choices :) x

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  3. I really hope Leo gets his oscar! It looks like this is his toughest role yet. Haven't heard of a lot of these but will keep my eye out for them all. I look forward to your reviews! x

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    1. Yeah I think this might just be the one that gets him the award for Best Actor. He deserves it afterall! Let me know what you think of them if you get the chance to see any :) x

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  4. ive seen revenant on an early viewing my dad won, it's really something! haha Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. SO jealous!! You lucky thing! Is it as good as I hope it'll be? Do you think Leo will get his Oscar? xx

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  5. I've read the Big Short and the Danish Girl so I'm looking forward to those (although one of my tumblr mutuals thinks the Danish Girl will be disrespectful to trans people). I hope it's not. Poor Leo, always a bridesmaid but never a bride. I wish him luck with The Revenant. I don't have that much excitement for Batman and Superman but you never know if it will be good. Henry Cavill was very charming in The Man from Uncle but less so in Man of Steel. The trailer I saw before Star Wars has him looking very dapper in a scene with Ben Affleck in their secret identities. And I like the villain they showed in the trailer. I'm a sucker for all superhero movies (I always see them) partly because it's easy to agree on that type of movie to see with people in my social circle.

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    1. Why would it be disrespectful? I keep hearing people saying "ah it's not at all like the true story" but...how would they know the real story anyway? I thought it was based on the fictional story that it based on the true story anyway. I'm seeing it Tuesday so fingers crossed it's worth the visit to the cinema.
      Yes there are a few movies out this year which could be awful but might also be amazing so I'm not holding my breathe for them although I'll certainly go see them :)

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  6. Hyperventilates.
    I'M SO EXCITED!!
    Movies are life..
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    1. Ha I know, I can't wait for the next few weeks of film. I'll be at the cinema like 3 times a week at this rate! Best time of the year x

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  7. Totally agree!!! I loved the Revenant and I can't wait to watch the Suicide Squad and Deapool!


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    1. Aw I'm so jealous that you've seen it already! We don't get it in the UK for another few weeks. I can't wait! Me too - so many awesome films coming out xx

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  8. I am excited for suicide squad so much


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    1. Me too! I think Margot Robbie and Jared Leto will be amazing :) x

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  9. I saw The Danish Girl the other day and I was BLOWN AWAY. Redmayne is an insanely talented actor, and oh, I LOVED the artistic visuals of the film!

    Inaritu's film is definitely I'm looking out for; I've been a bit of a fan since I saw Birdman the previous year!

    Wonderful selections, Sophie!

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    1. Aw that's excellent news! I'm actually seeing it tonight so I have high hopes for it. No doubt it'll be lots of nominations. Thanks hun x

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  10. I'm so excited for Deadpool and Suicide Squad it's ridiculous.

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    1. I know!! 2016 is definitely the year of the superhero genre! x

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  11. I am SO excited for all these comic book adaptations hitting the big screen this year! It is great to see that I'll be heading to the cinema more than once a month! I actually only passed my driving test recently, so I could head there! Ha!
    I think I am most looking forward to the Deadpool movie, it has the right amount of sarcasm for me. The Suicide Squad movie trailers have still got me unconvinced about it all, but I might be surprised once I watch it fully! Excellent year for cinema!
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    1. I know! So exciting! I think Batman, Suicide Squad and Deadpool all run the risk of being totally awesome or a total disaster but I'm maintaining the positive outlook for now haha Congrats on passing your driving test!! That's great news - you'll be there every week just to have an excuse to drive somewhere ;) xx

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  12. I am most excited to see The Danish Girl!

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    1. It was very good - hope you enjoy it! I expect a review ;) x

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  13. Ooh I'm excited for this year! I picked the right time to get an unlimited cinema pass! Already seen The Danish Girl and loved it. I'm still not feeling Ben Affleck as Batman but we'll see. I had complete love for Christian Bale but he might surprise me! Xx

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    1. YES! God I wish there was a cineworld near me cos I would go all the time! Yeah I totally know what you mean but I'm willing to give him a chance. I do think he's a better director/writer then an actor but he was good in Gone Girl :) You'll have to let me knw what you make of them! xx

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  14. My brother saw Revenant and he said it was the most intense two hours of his life. So I am looking forward to watching it but also dreading it with all my heart. I actually just went to a screening of Hateful Eight with an interview with Quentin after it so it was really cool to get his in-person views of the film. I thought it was an awesome movie--a lot more like Reservoir Dogs than like Inglorious Basterds or Django. I'm super excited about Suicide Squad because I have a major crush on Margot Robbie. Also I just saw Mustang, a Turkish film that I would recommend with all I have in my body. It was GORGEOUS, so check that out. :)

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    1. That's insane, I'm so so jealous. I went to the 70mm Roadshow here in London which I'm posting about shortly. It was awesome but not as good as him being there in person haha. Oh awesome, thanks for the recommendation - I'll definitely keep an eye out for it xx

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  15. So many good films are coming out this year! I'm looking forward to Rogue One so much after how amazing The Force Awakens was and even more excited considering Felicity Jones is one of the lead roles! I'm very much down for this trend of female leads in sci-fi films.

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    1. I know, this year is already looking so much better than 2015. Yeah I hope it'll live up to the hype, it won't be the same as Force Awakens by a long stretch but the potential is there. Totally agree about the leading ladies of sci-fi at the mo! Thanks for reading hun :)

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  16. I'm so excited to see ALL of these movies! But The Danish Girl, I desperately need to see that, I really rate Eddie Redmayne as an actor & I think he's going to be just amazing in this!
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    1. It's so good, I hope you get to see it! Eddie Redmayne is good in it but for me it was Alicia Vikander who stole the show. I'm reviewing it very shortly! x

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