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100 Movies to Watch in 2016

 

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100. 10 Cloverfield Lane

Release Date: March 11th

Synopsis: About a woman who wakes up underground after a terrible car accident and fears she’s been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, warns her that a terrible chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable but as tensions rise she decides she must escape regardless of the terrors that await outside.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Genre: Science Fiction

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

 

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99. Mascots

Release Date: Streaming on Netflix at some point in 2016Synopsis: Set at the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, a group of “unusual” men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.

Director: Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show)

Genre: Mockumentary

Starring: Jane Lynch

 

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98. Infiltrator

Release Date: August 31st 

Synopsis: Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980’s, Infiltrator tells the story of undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur AKA Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the globe’s largest cartels and discovered just how deep into society their influence extended. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Pablo Escobar. Their arrests would lead to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and shake the underground economy to its core.

Director: Brad Furman (Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner)

Genre: Crime-Drama

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo

 

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97. Manchester by the Sea

Release Date: January 23rd (At Sundance)

Synopsis: A Boston-living ne’er-do-well plumber is forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s 16-year old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan (Writer of Gangs of New York)

Genre: Drama

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

 

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96. Certain Women

Release Date: January 24th (At Sundance)

Synopsis: The lives of three woman intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves)

Genre: Drama

Starring: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williamsd

 

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95. Money Monster

Release Date: May 13th

Synopsis: A TV personality’s insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer, who lost all of his family’s money on a bad tip from Lee, decides to hold Lee hostage on air, ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to this media frenzy to find out just how much a man’s life is worth.

Director: Jodie Foster

Genre: Thiller

Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell

 

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94. Wilson

Release Date: TBA (May not release in 2016)

Synopsis: Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.

Director: Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins)

Genre: Comedy-Drama

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Larua Dern, Judy Greer

 

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93. The Bad Batch

Release Date: TBA  (May not release in 2016)

Synopsis: Set in a Texas post-apocalyptic wasteland where a community of cannibals reside.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Genre: Horror-Thriller

Starring: Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves

 

 

 

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92. A United Kingdom

Release Date: TBA (will most likely release in 2016 which is the 50th anniversary of Botswana’s independence)

Synopsis: The true story of Seretse Khama, a member of the royal family in the country of Bechuanaland, a former English colony and south African nation that would one day become Botswana, with Khama serving as the country’s first president. But prior to that, Khama sparked international outrage when he married a white woman in 1948.

Director: Amma Asante (Belle)

Genre: Bio-Pic

Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton

 

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91. The Woods

Release Date: TBA (Not much known about this film yet)

Synopsis: Involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.

Director: Adam Wingard (The Guest)

Genre: Horror-Thriller

Starring: TBA

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90. Free Fire / High Rise

Release Date: TBA (May not release in 2016)

Synopsis: Follows a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang  who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.

Director: Ben Wheatley

Genre: Crime-Thriller

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy

 

Release Date: March 18th

Synopsis: High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte, his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder, a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife, Helen; and Mr. Royal, the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble, and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Director: Ben Wheatley

Genre: Crime-Thriller

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss

 

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89. Pete’s Dragon

Release Date: August 12th

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest. Pete is a boy whose parents died in car crash, and has been subsequently raised by Elliot, the titular dragon in the threatened forest. Figuring into the proceedings are a forest ranger who finds the boy, the young daughter of the mill owner and the greedy brother of the mill owner

Director: David Lowery (Aint Them Bodies Saints)

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard

 

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88. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars

Release Date: December 25th

Synopsis: A boy grows up enraptured by his grandfather’s tale of an island of monsters and kids with powers. When his grandfather is killed, the now-16-year old boy finds himself on the island, exploring the ruins of an abandoned orphanage and discovering that the stories he heard were not only true, but only he can help stop the remaining hidden children from creatures who would destroy them.

Director: Tim Burton

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Sam Jackson, Judi Dench

 

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87. A Monster’s Call

Release Date: October 14th

Synopsis: Follows 12-year-old Conor  who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith.

Director: J.A. Bayona

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson

 

 

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86. Sully

Release Date: September 9th

Synopsis: Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, a pilot for more than four decades, is catapulted to fame after birds fly into the engines of flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, crippling the jet. He lands the plane safely on the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genre: Biopic

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

 

 

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85. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Release Date: March 4th

Synopsis: After arriving in the Middle East region in 2002, a woman works as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Director: Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love)

Genre: Comedy-War

Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina

 

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84. Warcraft

Release Date: June 10th

Synopsis: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Director: Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code)

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster

 

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83. Miles Ahead

Release Date: April 1st

Synopsis: The story centers on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle

Genre: Biopic

Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor

 

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82. Misconduct

Release Date: February 5th

Synopsis: An ambitious lawyer  finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive and his firm’s senior partner. When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything.

Director: Shintaro Shimosawa

Genre: Drama-Thriller

Starring: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins

 

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81. Keanu

Release Date: April 29th

Synopsis: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Director: Peter Atencio ( From Key and Peele)

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Gabrielle Union, Method Man

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