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!
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
Genre: Drama, History
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: 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
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: 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.
Release Date: 25 Nov
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: 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?
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
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: 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
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Starring: 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
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Directed by: Shane Black
Starring: 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
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Directed by: Paul Feig
Starring: 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!
Release Date: 12 Feb
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Starring: 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
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Starring: 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
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: 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
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: 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
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: 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.
Release Date: 17 June
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Starring: 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.