A reel fun year in films

Popcorn at the ready... these are the 12 movies you won't want to miss in 2016

Dawn of Justice
Dawn of Justice

HAIL, CAESAR!

Released: March 4

Cast: George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill

Story: Brolin plays a “fixer” in Fifties Hollywood, tasked with trying to keep an epic movie under control – but he has his work cut out when its glamorous, but idiotic, lead (Clooney) is kidnapped by a group calling themselves The Future.

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    THE WITCH

    Released: March 11

    Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

    Story: Set in New England in the 17th century, a family appears to be taunted by black magic when the youngest member suddenly vanishes and horror ensues.

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    BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

    Released: March 25

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse 
Eisenberg

    Story: Affleck’s Batman decides that Cavill’s Superman needs bringing down to earth – until Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor starts getting up to his old tricks, this time unleashing the Doomsday threat, and differences need to be set aside.

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    THE JUNGLE BOOK

    Released: April 15

    Cast: Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o (left), Bill Murray, Christopher Walken

    Story: An orphaned boy, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), is brought up in the jungle by an array of friendly animals, voiced by the likes of Johansson and Elba.

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    CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

    Released: April 29

    Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett 
Johansson, Robert Downey Jr

    Story: Picking up from last year’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Evans’ Captain America and Downey Jr’s Iron Man can’t agree whether superheroes should be regulated by an international agency.

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    X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

    Released: May 19

    Cast: Oscar Isaac (left), Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult

    Story: Set in the mullet-tastic Eighties, it’s Isaac’s villainous mutant Apocalypse who’s set to terrorise the world this time round. And it’s left to McAvoy’s Xavier and his motley crew of mutants to stop him.

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    GHOSTBUSTERS

    Released: July 15

    Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon

    Story: Actual details of the narrative remain a mystery for now, with only a teaser trailer to go by, but suffice to say there will be ghosts, some gunge (perhaps), and a lot of laugh-out-loud scenes.

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    THE BFG

    Released: July 22

    Cast: Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Ruby Barnhill

    Story: A little girl called Sophie (Barnhill) makes friends with a big friendly giant, aka the BFG, who’s been ousted by his fellow giants for not gobbling up children.

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    STAR TREK BEYOND

    Released: July 22

    Cast: Chris Pine (below), Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Simon Pegg

    Story: The plot is being kept tightly under wraps for now, but the trailer hints at the Frontier “pushing back” and each of the crew facing their own life-or-death situation.

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    BOURNE SEQUEL

    Released: July 29

    Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles

    Story: The title’s unconfirmed, the script’s shrouded in secrecy, but given the time lapse, it’s not difficult to imagine we’ve a more grizzled Bourne to look forward to – and there will be a car chase, of course.

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    BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

    Released: September 16

    Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent

    Story: This isn’t an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s so-so latest Bridget Jones book Mad About The Boy, but based on a new script written by the author and David Nicholls. Bridget’s now in her 40s and she’s pregnant. Apart from that, we’ll have to wait and see.

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    It’s 12 years since the last instalment, which suggest the script was strong to see the likes of Zellweger and Firth (no Hugh Grant this time, though) come back for more.

    FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

    Released: November 18

    Cast: Eddie Redmayne (above), Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Samantha Morton

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    Story: Some 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book, we follow Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist”, as he travels through New York’s secret magic society.

    Adapted from her 2001 book, JK Rowling herself penned the script, the first of a trilogy, and promises a host of new magical creatures.