It seems as though the New Year is bringing in an overflow of new blockbusters that seem to range from the ridiculous, to the magnificent. Here is a list of 15 of those new films that we, quite frankly, can’t wait to watch. We’ve already got our popcorn ready!

The Revenant

Release Date: 8 Jan
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

The Film was inspired by the experiences of Scots-Irish frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass and is set in 19th century America. Glass is trying to survive the dire conditions that surround him after being mauled by a bear. Leonardo DiCaprio is this film’s leading man, and there are already rumors circulating that this could be the role that finally lands him that Oscar.

Knight of Cups

Release Date: 4 March
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett

The plot revolves around an LA screenwriter trying to make sense of the strange events occurring around him. In very Terrence Malick-like fashion, the film seems as though it’ll be another profound sort of experience for audience members watching – and perhaps relating to – the events that unfold on the screen in front of them.



Release Date: TBD
Drama, History
Directed by:
Martin Scorsese
Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver

Set in the 17th century, two Jesuit priests face violent persecution when they travel to Japan in attempts to seek out their mentor and spread the teachings of Christianity. Scorsese is back with this hard-hitting storyline, and we’re waiting in anticipation to find out what he’s got in store for us.

Free State of Jones

Release Date: 13 May
Biography, Drama, History
Directed by:
Gary Ross
Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell

Set during the American civil war, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army, marries a former slave and establishes a mixed race community in the South. McConaughey is this film’s leading man, and we wonder if this’ll be the next big thing he’ll have done following his recent streak of successes ever since Dallas Buyers Club.

The Founder

Image shot by Kurt Iswarienko for Variety.
Image shot by Kurt Iswarienko for Variety

Release Date: 25 Nov
Biography, Drama
Directed by:
John Lee Hancock
Michael Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Linda Cardellini

Simply put, the film revolves around the story of how Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, and together they birthed the single most famous and successful fast food chain in the world – McDonald’s. McDonald’s meets Michael Keaton… what’s not to love?

 Hail, Caesar!

Release Date: 5 Feb
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Directed by: Ethan and Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum

The film’s premise revolves around a Hollywood ‘fixer’ (one hired to ‘clean up’ crimes) in the 1950’s trying to get back the kidnapped lead actor of an upcoming Hollywood production. We’re just super excited about the film’s star-studded ensemble cast – it speaks for itself!


Release Date: 13 May
Biography, Drama, Thriller
Directed by:
Oliver Stone
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage

If you don’t already know all about Edward Snowden (which you should), then this film is just the thing to get you acquainted. The film revolves around the true story of Edward Snowden, a CIA employee, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the press.

Florence Foster Jenkins


Release Date: 31 Aug
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Directed by:
Stephen Frears
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant

This is a film about Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Meryl Streep, the queen of film herself stars in this one and that’s more than enough reason to have us waiting for this most probable gem of a film. Also, Hugh Grant… oh, how we’ve missed you.

The Nice Guys

Release Date: 20 May
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Directed by:
Shane Black
Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling

A private eye and enforcer work together in 1970s LA to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star, and uncover a conspiracy along the way. We’re ready to see whether Crowe and Gosling’s pairing will be sure to deliver the laughs – the trailer says yes, but we’ll just have to wait and find out for ourselves.



Release Date: 15 July
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Directed by:
Paul Feig
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth

Ghostbusters is back! And this time around, they’re a group of badass females who are set out to kick some ghost butt. With funny ladies Wiig and McCarthy on board, saying we’re excited for this would be quite the understatement. The famous tune is already stuck in our heads – who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

Zoolander 2

Release Date: 12 Feb
Directed by:
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller, Own Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz

The really really ridiculously good looking duo are back and we’re eagerly awaiting what male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald have in store for us this time around. There are familiar, as well as new faces in this long awaited (15 years!) and highly anticipated sequel. We’ll just be over here blue steeling until its release.



Release Date: 21 Dec
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance
Directed by:
Morten Tyldum
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

A spacecraft carrying a bunch of passengers to a distant colony planet malfunctions and a single passenger is awakened 60 years earlier than scheduled. This passenger eventually decides to wake up another passenger. Quite frankly, we love Lawrence (she’s our best friend, she just doesn’t know it yet), and we love Pratt, so yeah… we wanna watch this already.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Date: 18 Nov
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Directed by:
David Yates
Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

Calling all Harry Potter fans! This right here is the fix you’ve been waiting for. It’s not exactly Harry Potter himself, but J.K. Rowling has managed to conjure up a little treat with the adventures of writer Newt Scamander. The plot chronicles Scamander’s ventures in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Just a whole lot of YES!

The Jungle Book

Release Date: 15 April
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Directed by:
Jon Favreau
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o

Disney is bringing Mowgli, Baloo, and the rest of the gang back in this brand new CGI-live-action remake of childhood-favorite film, The Jungle Book. And what a cast of voices to bring these beloved characters back to life. We hope it doesn’t disappoint.

The Legend of Tarzan

Release Date: 1 July
Action, Adventure
Directed by:
David Yates
Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

Years after the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life in London, he is now called back to the jungle where he once grew up to investigate the activities of a mining encampment. Needless to say, we are especially excited to watch the villainous Waltz in this sort-of sequel to the beloved childhood classic.

Finding Dory

Release Date: 17 June
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by:
Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Idris Elba

After 13 years, everyone’s favorite fish is finally back! The lovable Dory is set out to find her family in this long awaited sequel as she suddenly recalls her childhood memories. This time around, both Marlin and Nemo are by her side trying to help her, and they – of course – make new friends on this journey. We may not be children anymore, but Ellen effortlessly had us wanting more ever since Finding Nemo, with her soulful portrayal of the forgetful, but friendly fish, Dory.

A few honorable mentions: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, London Has Fallen, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Dirty Grandpa… among others.

*Comics/Superhero and indie films will be compiled into different lists.