KUWNZ’s 20 most anticipated movies of 2016

Holy sh*t, what a year in film 2015 was with a jam-packed schedule resulting in box office records being smashed left, right and centre. HELLO! The theme of last year was definitely nostalgia with the return of Rocky, Mad Max, Jurassic Park and Star Wars, so what’s on offer for 2016?

Here are KUWNZ’s most anticipated film of 2016:

The Big Short

Bale.Carell.Gosling.Pitt. Big stars tackle the 2008 financial crisis with wit, celeb cameos and some award-worthy performances.

Release date: 14 January

The Hateful Eight

First up is the 8th film from Tarantino, a western set in post-Civil War Wyoming about a group of bounty hunters. Expect ultra-violence and suspense complete with an original score by Spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone.

Release date: 21 January


Coming in February is the first of many superhero films that will be hitting the big screen in 2016. Ryan Reynolds returns to the role that was ruin by the monstrosity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This film will gives us “merc with a mouth”  expect hilarity and bags of action. Plus this is going to be a very adult themed, a Hard – R superhero movie, so not for the little ones.

Release date: 11 February

Triple 9

Triple 9 has an outstanding ensemble cast featuring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer and Wonder woman herself Gal Gadot. And if the cast isn’t enough to get you interested in this heist movie it’s brought to us by the director of The Road and The Proposition.

Release date: 3 March

Hail, Caesar

Clooney, Johansson, Hill, Tatum and Fiennes!!! Coen brothers’ return with a new comedy following a 1950’s Hollywood “fixer” trying to track down a star who has vanished during the filming of a Roman epic.

Release date: 3 March.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The cape crusader and the man of steel are having a spat and we are all invited to watch. Probably the second most anticipated film of the year as it’s something that all he comic book nerds have been waiting for.

Release date: 24 March

Eddie the Eagle

This true story of much loved British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards sees The Kingsman’s Taron Egerton return to show us why he is one to watch. Add Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken into the mix and what else do I need to say? Expect funny and heart-warming, Cool Runnings meets Forrest Gump on ski’s.

Release date: 21 April

The Jungle Book

 So which exotic locations did Iron Man director Jon Favreau take a cast and crew to in order to capture the wildlife of the deepest Jungle? What do you mean a warehouse in downtown LA? This CGI-live-action remake of the 1967 animated film of the same name looks mind blowing with its unbelievable visuals. It also boosts an unbelievable cast featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

Release date: 21 April

Midnight Special

Mud director brings us a science fiction thriller about a young boy on the run who must out-wit an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard and a government task force headed up by Star Wars’s Adam Driver.

Release date: TBC

Captain America: Civil War

Another lovers quarrel, what’s with these superheroes in 2016. First Batman and Superman now Captain America and Ironman are meeting out in the parking lot to settle their arguments. After what is the consider the best Marvel Captain America Winter Solider, Anthony and Joe Russo follow up with Avenger 2.1 which will feature The Vision, Ant-man, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, War Machine, Black Panther and the first official appearance of  Spiderman in the MCU. And of course the Tinman and Patriot Bob fisting each other out by the bins.

Release date: 5 May


A biographical political thriller directed by Oliver Stone documents the story of Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian in June 2013. That’s all I’m prepared to say as I know they are listening. Arrrgghh!

Release date: TBC

X-Men: Apocalypse

The X-men find themselves in the 1980’s and Star Wars’s Oscar Isaac tries to “cleanse” humanity. So who are the only people that can stop this world devastating colonic? It’s James McAvoy’s Professor X & Friends.

Release date: 19 May

The Nice Guys

1980’s and early 90’S action movie screenwriting genius Shane Black is behind the camera once again. And with this excellent directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang we know he can do crime comedy.

Release date: 26 May

The Legend of Tarzan

Alexander Skarsgård takes his top off and punches a monkey! Say What! Greystoke meets Planet of Apes, this looks Ape-pic!

Release date: 30 June


Steven Spielberg brings Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG to life  and stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement.

Release date: 7 July  


This reboot of the classic Ghostbusters can go only one of two ways, either bury this ghostly franchise forever or elevate it to a new spiritual high. Not sure why this couldn’t have been a continuation of the original but hey ho! Kristen Wiig,  Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones don proton packs and battle the undead, let the hilarity ensue. Plus look out for cameos from Venkman, Stantz and Zeddemore.

Release date: 14 July

Suicide Squad

Big Willie Style and friends get a chance to redeem themselves as super villains that are sent on a mission by the government to kick some other super villains butt, think the Dirty Dozen meets super friends. This is DC comics big push in their very own movie universe. Look out for a cameo from Bat-fleck himself as the Dark Knight and of course everyone is waiting with baited breath to see Jared Leto’s Joker.

Release date: 4 August

The Magnificent Seven

Ride them cowboy! Antoine Fuqua bring us the remake of the classic western, which in turn was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai tis time with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofio, and Lee Byung-hun.

Release date: 29 September  

Doctor Strange

Cumberbitches get ready, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is Dr. Stephen Strange the latest Marvel superhero to come to the big screen. With the always watchable Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen in the mix, how could this film be anything but f*cking amazing.

Release date: 20 October

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The most anticipated film of 2016 has to be the next Star Wars film (not episode 8 you’ll have to wait until May 2017 to find out what happens to Rey and Fin). This is a standalone movie is set shortly before the original 1977 film and is about how the rebels who stole the plan for the Death Star. I will be very surprised if we don’t get to see the Sith Lord himself Darth Vader back on the big screen.

Release date: 16 December