10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Eddie’s Take

Matthew McConaughey leads the charge in the Free State of Jones

Matthew McConaughey leads the charge in Free State of Jones

List compiled by Eddie on 21/01/2016

Overall 2015 was a little so-so when it came to memorable movies (at least for us Australians with our funny release dates) so here’s hoping 2016 is a year to remember.

2015 had its Mad Max and Star Wars moments but other than those big screen spectacles quite a few potentially great films missed the mark leaving us with what could’ve been’s not what were’s.

2016 is shaping up to have a great mix of big scale and small scale events and also a number of risky big budgeted flicks (The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon and Passengers to name just a few) which always makes things interesting.

A lot of people may bemoan the fact there’s no Captain America, Batman v Superman etc etc but really the cinema has grown tired of such films and it’s about time we look forward to fresher more unpredictable fair although I still hope those films can provide some light hearted entertainment that will be great to watch with a bucket of popcorn and a choc top (mint of course).

So without further ado, here’s to 2016. Happy reading and happy watching!

For Jordan’s list of most anticipated films click here.

Disclaimer – plot summaries from IMDB.    

10. High Rise

Directed by: Ben Wheatley (A Field in England) Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans

High Rise

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Really, ever since I saw Kill List I knew no matter what I’d always be excited to see a Ben Wheatley film. This seemingly tricky adaptation of the famed novel of the same name might not be for everyone but fans of Wheatley should be expecting dark humour, splashes of unforgiving violence and a unique film watching experience. If you need convincing check out the wondrously designed  trailer.

Australian release date – TBC

9. The Great Wall

Directed by: Yimou Zhang (The Flowers of War) Starring: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe

A mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.

Not a whole lot is known about The Great Wall but with a varied cast, a promising story and direction by one of the modern eras great visualizes in the form of Yimou Zhang, The Great Wall could be one of the years great spectacles and a unique trip to see the birth of one of mankind’s great constructions.

Australian release date – TBC

8. Free State of Jones

Directed by: Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kerri Russell

Free State of Jones

As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

While not a whole lot has been seen of the Free State of Jones, a cast lead by Matthew McConaughey looks set to make this Gary Ross directed Civil War epic a great cinematic adventure. It’s been a while since a truly great Civil War film has fallen our way and here’s hoping this based on a true story event can be that film.

Australian release date – TBC

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by: Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) Starring: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn

Rogue One

Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Star Wars fans will get their first taste of spin off action with this Gareth Edwards directed series entry that promises to hearken back to old school men on a mission movies that filled cinemas up in bygone eras. While Edwards disappointed with his Godzilla reboot, Rogue One’s cast can’t be ignored and with a festive season release date it looks like Disney is backing this one in to be a rollicking good time.

Australian release date – December 16th

6. Assassins Creed

Directed by: Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard


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.

Could Assassins Creed finally be the video game movie that breaks the mould? There’s every reason it could! What a fantastic career trajectory for Australian born director Justin Kurzel. From Snowtown to Macbeth and now this, Kurzel has assembled a star studded cast for what should be a visually breathtaking and exciting adventure that will likely spawn a franchise should it indeed succeed at its goals.

Australian release date – TBC

5. The Light Between Oceans

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines) Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander


A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Filmed in Jordan’s backyard in the lovely island of Tasmania, The Light Between Oceans is based upon a beloved book and could well be one of the year’s big awards players. The teaming up of the great Fassbender and up and coming star Alicia Vikander promises to produce fireworks and with Cianfrance becoming one of the industry’s brightest young directors over recent years, Light Between Oceans should be a film to keep a very close eye on.

Australian release date – TBC

4. Story of Your Life

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve (Enemy) Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner


Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

It could be argued that Denis Villeneuve has never made a bad film and before he heads into Blade Runner territory his providing us with this intriguing and original sounding Sci-Fi that could be a thriller, a romance or who really knows what! What we do know is that Villeneuve is a filmmaker to watch and after the success of Sicario and Prisoners his riding a wave that will hopefully extend to this film.

Australian release date – TBC

3. Passengers

Directed by: Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt


A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

Much interest surrounds Passengers purely based on the fact it will team everyone’s favourite woman’s rights activists Jennifer Lawrence with the now beloved leading man Chris Pratt but there’s little denying this premise sounds thoroughly intriguing. Director Morten Tyldum found great success with The Imitation Game and Passengers could likely be an emotional and visual treat if he upholds his end of the bargain.

Australian release date – TBC

2. Suicide Squad

Directed by: David Ayer (Fury) Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith


A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

The return to of the Joker to our cinema screens will be the dominate marketing ploy leading up to the release of Suicide Squad but there are so many reasons to be excited for this gritty looking comic book film its almost unmentionable. David Ayer has shown form before, Margot Robbie looks to steal the show as Harley Quinn, Will Smith playing against type, there but a few elements of why Suicide Squad is so eagerly anticipated.

Australian release date – August 2016 TBC

1. Silence

Directed by: Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets) Starring: Adam Driver, Liam Neeson


In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Any film directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese is worthy of attention and the long gestating Silence is no exception. Silence seems to be a different type of venture from Scorsese and with the stunning setting of Japan as his backdrop and a great cast that also includes Andrew Garfield, Silence should be one of (if not the) films of the year.

Australian release date – TBC

The Best of the Rest

Pete’s Dragon – David Lowery (Aint Them Bodies Saints) Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley

“A young orphan seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon and a couple who live in a lighthouse.”

Triple 9 – Directed by: John Hillcoat (The Road)  Starring: Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson

“A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town”

Hail, Caesar!  – Directed by: The Coen Brothers (Fargo)  Starring: George Clooney, Josh Brolin

“A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line”

The Jungle Book – Directed by: Jon Favreau (Chef)  Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray

“An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther”

Doctor Strange – Directed by: Scott Derrickson (Sinister)  Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen

“After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil”

BFG – Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies)  Starring: Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader

“A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls”

The Girl on the Train – Directed by: Tate Taylor (Get on Up)  Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson

“The Girl On The Train follows the story of a woman named Rachel, who goes on a train to London. She witnesses the “perfect” couple. Scott and Megan. But one day, havoc ensues this couple, and Rachel becomes involved in their drama/ murder mystery of Megan Hipwell”

Room – Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson (Frank)  Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

“After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world”

The Neon Demon – Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives)  Starring: Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves

“When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has”

Everybody Wants Some – Directed by: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)  Starring: Wyatt Russell, Dora Madison

“A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood”

La La Land – Directed by: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)  Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles”

The Founder – Directed by: John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side)  Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman

“The story of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc”

The Lost City of Z – Directed by: James Gray (The Immigrant)  Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller

“In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned”

War Machine – Directed by: David Michod (Animal Kingdom) Starring: Brad Pitt, Topher Grace

“A satire of America’s war with Afghanistan with a focus on the people running the campaign”

What movies have we missed out on? Are there some films you just cant wait to see this year? We’d love to hear from you so drop us a comment below!

36 responses to “10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Eddie’s Take

  1. The Nice Guys & I realize that 45 Years was already out in limited release but once it expands to my city I’d like to see that one too. I’m not at all tired of Captain America and look forward Civil War which I think has been shaping into the best series from that group. Hmmm can’t think of anything else at the moment!

      • I think I know what you mean maybe…like Winter Soldier (which I thought was riveting actually) was a transitional movie and I think Civil War serves the same purpose so hopefully it feels fresh.
        Ryan Gosling is great at being goofy & jerky. I’m a big fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and this looks like another Shane Black with the same sense of humor & action so I’m pumped!!

  2. Oh my goodness this is the best Eddie!! Suicide Squad is top, and Dr Strange. I did not know about Rogue One and that has not gotten me really excited, and the film I have been anticipating the most this year is The Great Wall 🙂 love you guys! Best film blog out there. Brave statement but I am standing by it.

  3. Good list. I am looking forward to Suicide Squad, but I’m tipping Civil War to be my favourite for the year. Captain Fantastic looks like it would be my kind of film too.

    • Yeh I just felt like I’ve seen all the good bits of Civil War after seeing the trailer ha, age of ultron really started to irk me months after release and I am just so overcooked with those superhero films now – that’s why Suicide Squad looks so good, something different! Same with Captain Fantastic.

  4. Some solid picks, so many movies to look forward to. I felt 2015 didn’t really bring much to the table when all was said and done :/

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  6. Great list. Story of Your Life sounds awesome. Villeneuve! Thanks for telling me about this one. I’m looking forward to all of these picks. Good to see the delayed Silence and Light Between Oceans finally coming out. I had them on my list for 2015 Anticipated 😉

  7. I like the sound of High Rise! Never heard of that director

    It will be interesting to see what Assassin’s Creed is like. I don’t like the games but they -could- make for a good movie. Great opportunity for Kurzel! And I really dislike comic book films but I’m reeeally looking forward to Suicide Squad! Especially Robbie as Harley and Leto as The Joker. it helps that I love the batman video games 😛

    And of course Silence. Cannot wait for that one!

    I’m really looking forward to Triple 9. Hillcoat hasn’t made a bad movie IMO. And Hail Ceasar… a gift from the heavens, a new Coen bros film!! ;P

    • Mate agreed on all points – especially those new Batman games, wow are they good!

      I must say man, you have to watch some of Wheatley’s film, the director of High Rise. His very much one to watch and his film Kill List is incredible.

      I believe his working with HBO on a really interesting sounding new series.

  8. Incredible list here buddy – couldn’t agree more with high rise – its received mixed responses so far, but holy cow Tom Hiddleston is the man right now!

    • Yeh a little disheartened to see the mix response but I am still holding out hope – the trailer was just awesome and I love Wheatley. Here’s to a great 2016 for us filmgoers.

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