We’ve already made our way through the majority of the year with some great movies under the belt. From Deadpool to Captain America: Civil War, to say we’ve been treated at the cinema this year is an understatement. That said, there are still some awesome-looking movies coming our way, and we’ve rounded up 5 we think deserve a spot on your radar:
Release date: 14 October 2016
Ben Affleck steps away from the cape and cowl of Batman to play a very different but equally as intriguing role in The Accountant. Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a forensic accountant for dangerous criminal organisations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
A Monster Calls
Release date: 21 October 2016
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. The film follows 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Liam Neeson also lends his voice to this film, which looks to be an emotional and visually-stunning romp through the imagination.
Release date: 4 November 2016
Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, tells the story of US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, who refused to bear arms during World War and didn’t fire one bullet during his time on the battlefield. Doss (played by The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield) awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the brutal Battle of Okinawa.
Release date: 10 November 2016
Director Dennis Villeneuve, who helmed Sicario and the incredibly underrated Prisoners, steps behind the camera once again for The Arrival, which shifts his grounded film-making style to a sci-fi setting. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in this mysterious film about aliens making contact with Earth, and what exactly they’re here for. The trailer exhibits just the right amount of creepiness, tension, wonder, and anticipation, and we can’t wait to see this one when it touches down later this year.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release date: 14 December 2016
Gareth Edwards, who helmed 2014’s impressive Godzilla reboot, has a big task at hand bringing the first Star Wars spin-off movie to the big-screen, but it’s one we’re sure he’s going to nail. The story takes place before A New Hope and follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she leads a band of rag-tag rebels to steal the plans for the Death Star to prevent it from ever being completed. Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, and Mads Mikkelsen, also star, and it looks to bring a new feel on the Star Wars universe, harking back to the popular heist movies of yesteryear.
Release date: December 2016
Two passengers aboard a spaceship awake from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. With Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as these two astronauts, audiences seem destined to see the first space age love story of the year. Or, are they? One never really knows what to expect from director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), but Passengers looks like the kind of film that is going to transport moviegoers to another planet.
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