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If you aren’t sure what to plan for your 2016 movie list, read the recommendations below and start ordering your popcorn.
1. Captain Fantastic (9 September 2016 – UK)
A serious topic for the serious Viggo Mortensen, and what looks like the role that will take him out of the shadow of Mordor, which is the Lord of the Rings franchise, and into the life of an actor separated from his role as Aragon. Something that Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) did not manage to do so far. Staying on topic, the story of this film is about a very interesting family that lives off grid, a paradise in the eyes of many, until Ben’s (Viggo Mortensen) wife dies and reality kicks in. A mouthful for anyone and definitely one of the most promising indie-like films of the year.
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (30 September 2016 – UK)
This might be the year of Fantasy films and we’re very happy about it as this film shows a lot of potential. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, X-Men, and a hint of Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events seems to have been put into this Tim Burton film, making everything sound just perfect. With Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson, this story about a home for children with special powers will sure get a lot of adventurous eyes stuck on the screen. An immersive story, just like Ex-machina was.
3. Deepwater Horizon (30 September 2016 – UK)
The story about the worst oil spill in U.S. history is here and it is not a documentary. What seems to be an interesting Action Thriller, might just be yet another propaganda film set to make us think different about things that happened, or that’s what conspiracy theories will make you believe. Until then, this looks like a decent watch and the start of a good conversation. Make sure you read all the facts about what happened, just not to judge Mark Wahlberg for doing what he shouldn’t have, again.
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (18 November 2016 – UK)
J.K. Rowling did not forget his fans and as you can never have enough of Harry Potter, it seems that there will be yet another series of film based on the same fantastic world of magic. This time based on a secret community of witches and wizards, about seventy years before Harry Potter. This is top of the list this year, along with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A must-watch if you’re a fan, but go and enjoy it even just out of sheer curiosity.
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16 December 2016)
A lot of negative story appeared following the rumours that a lot of scenes required re-shooting earlier this year, but that should not put you off from watching one of the most interesting side stories of the Star Wars universe that George Lucas created. And although he did not directly involved himself in the creation of this film, it will surely give us the Star Wars dose we need to survive until the release of Episode VIII.
6. Bonus: Assassin’s Creed (26 December 2016 – UK)
We trust Michael Fassbender as he’s proved to be a very versatile actor, capable of acting his way through any script thrown at him. And we know for sure that there is a huge fan base for the game franchise with the same name. Therefore, we can only hope that the queues will not be too long and tickets will still be available to see the film that simply looks stunning, as we already know that the story is great. Just read the IMDB’s description and you will be instantly hooked: “When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.”