24th Mar2016

Top 15: Films to see in 2016

by Phil Wheat

Post sponsored by Cineworld

2016 is yet another year packed with the kinds of geeky films that fanboys like me love – from superhero movies and sci-fi epics to an animated sequel and even a couple of video game adaptations – 2016′s cinematic line-up is going to do huge damage to my wallet! In this feature we’ll rundown just a handful of movies that we’re most excited for this year; in release-date order…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Released: Friday March 25th

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the latest superhero blockbuster to have a special IMAX screening at Cineworld, with the film shown alongside Man of Steel in a DC Universe double-bill.

Captain America: Civil War

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Released: Friday April 29th

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Ratchet & Clank

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Released: Friday April 29th

Based on the video game series of the same name Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When Ratchet and Clank stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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Released: Thursday May 19th

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Released: Friday June 24th

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Now You See Me 2

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Released: Friday July 8th

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Ghostbusters

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Released: Friday July 15th

With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend’s business partner, and an MTA employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York. Ghostbusters sees Kristen Wiig play Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior. Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, munitions expert, and proton wrangler. Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates, a paranormal researcher, supernatural scientist, and entity trapper. And Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan, a ghost tracker, municipal historian, and metaphysical commando.

Star Trek Beyond

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Released: Friday July 22nd

The third film in the newly-rebooted Star Trek franchise, the crew of USS Enterprise find themselves in the middle of a crisis once again, when the ship and crew are attacked by a wave of unknown aliens. Leaving them stranded on a planet they know nothing about, Captain James T. Kirk and co. must overcome an enemy more fearful than ever before, while they try to work out a way to get off this world. But with their ship destroyed, how will the crew be able to find their way off the planet and back on course?

Finding Dory

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Released: Friday July 29th

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Dory features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

Suicide Squad

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Released: Friday August 5th

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Released: Friday August 12th

The heroes in a half-shell are back and ready to rise from the sewers of New York City once again to fend off evil threats both large and small. Our four bandana-clad turtles come up against numerous old foes, with Shredder enlisting the help of Baxter Stockman – a doctor and scientist – who agrees to create a duo of mutants for Shredder by the names of Bebop and Rocksteady. While the city streets may be crawling with corrupt scientists and various other unsavoury characters, another threat is coming down from above in the form of Krang – an inhabitant from Dimension X who has set his sights on planet Earth.

Doctor Strange

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Released: Friday October 28th

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

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Released: Friday December 16th

Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and set before A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sees rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Assassin’s Creed

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Released: Monday December 26th

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
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So what films are you looking forward to in 2016? Let us know in the comments.

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