Films to look forward to in 2016: Part 1

There's quite a number of films to look forward to next year...

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to take a look at the films we can look forward to in 2016.

With another Coen brothers film on the way and the return of Zoolander, it looks like the 2016 slate will appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Here are our picks for Part One.

Hail, Caesar

Starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson, the return of the Coen brothers will follow the life of a “fixer” in Hollywood who is trying to discover what happened to a cast member during filming.

The original idea for the film was making the rounds in 2004 so this certainly looks to be one of the more anticipated films of the year.

Release date will be February, 2016.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

There’s been a lot of talk about this particular film, especially considering the sprawling budget for the last few years but is it really too soon since the release of the last Batman film to revisit the Dark Knight?

However, this particular tale hasn’t made it to the big screen just yet; the beginnings of the Suicide Squad and the battle of Superman versus Batman.

Release date is March 25, 2016.

Captain America: Civil War

The real on-screen battle however is between rival comic book universes, Marvel and DC.

When Marvel released their slate for the next few years, they found there were many jaws on the ground. It was an impressive amount of films but the one that many Marvel fans were really looking forward to was this face off.

Film will be released in June of next year. 

Nice Guys

A few years ago, director Shane Black made quite a name for himself with the brilliant Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer. His latest project looks just as interesting.

Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, the story follows a private eye who investigates the apparent suicide of a porn star only to uncover a massive conspiracy.

Nice Guys will hit screens in June of next year.


One of the most beloved of Roald Dahl's books, the BFG will finally get a live action remake on the big screen next year.

Steven Spielberg will bring the story of the lovable giant who refuses to eat girls and boys and his biggest fan, a little girl called Sophie.

Starring Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader and Mark Rylance, the film will hit screens in summer of next year.

Star Trek 3

It's goodbye to Abrams who skipped off to work on Star Wars and hello to Justin Lin.

The third film in the Star Trek series is unknown at this time but we do know that the brilliant Idris Elba is one of the cast members. Let's hope it's an improvement on the last instalment.

Next Bourne chapter

He swore he wouldn't be back following Ultimatum but Matt Damon has signed on for Bourne 5 and everyone is slightly excited.

The sad news is we can't forget about the Bourne Legacy completely as there are rumours there may be a crossover with Jeremy Renner, that is the Bourne Legacy. We're looking at a release date of July here.

Thankfully director Paul Greengrass is also back so you can expect some of this...


Although it will already be making the rounds in the States by the end of this year, Spotlight will not be released in Irish cinemas until January 2016.

The film tells the story of the Boston Globe's massive report on the cover-up by the Catholic Church of paedophile priests. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Micheal Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

This will certainly be in Oscar territory.

Live By Night

Ben Affleck is on a clean streak. His last three films have been really successful, Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo. And not just financially successful, he now has an Oscar!

This particular film is set in the prohibition era and focuses on a number of individuals and their involvement in organised crime. 

This will look for an Oscar nod so won't see a release here until November of next year.

Doctor Strange

Another film from the Marvel slate causing quite a stir is Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, part of their phase 3 operation.

A surgeon gets a new lease of life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and teaches him how to save the world. Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch is officially saving the world.

The release date will be released in October of next year. 

Zoolander 2

Out of all the films that Ben Stiller made during his huge comedy surge, Zoolander is often considered the favourite.

A male model, who couldn't ambi-turn, became the surprise hit of 2001 and now finally Zoolander 2, a sequel that everyone can deal with, is on the way.

The original cast are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch and Penelope Cruz among others and it will get a release date in February.

Finding Dory

She's back.

Finding Nemo was another great success story but the gem we encountered in that running time was the wonderful, forgetful Dory.

Now on a mission to find out what happened to her family and where she comes from, we can finally immerse ourselves in the Finding Nemo world again.

She is due to swim back on to our screens in June 2016.


How do you rework Ghostbusters for the new era? Cast all females and make Chris Hemsworth your receptionist of course.

Thanks to the success of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig has quite a bit of leeway with all female casts (why shouldn't he??). Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy star, although we're not really sure about the plot yet.

It's due for release in September of next year.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we have more amazing films for 2016.