1. Beauty and the Beast
It’s been a quarter of a century since the initial release of Beauty & the Beast in 1991, so this remake has a lot to live up to, but from what’s been seen so far Disney may have a winner on its hands.
With a star-studded cast including the graceful Emma Watson (Belle), a dashing Dan Evans (The Beast/Prince Adam) alongside other big names, such an Sir Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, we are expected to see a collection of beautiful performances in this film.
From snippets of voice recordings and sneak peak trailers we can see that director Bill Condon and his team have really payed attention to the fine details, making this a reprisal that’s really a tribute to the original release we know and love so dearly, rather a typical Hollywood re-imagining.
2. Hidden Figures
We all know about NASA’s momentous launch of astronaut, John Glenn, into Earth’s orbit, but little is known about the masterminds behind its success. This movie is all about uncovering just that.
The film follows Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), and Katherine G. Johnson’s (Taraji P. Henson) journey in an attempt to prove and showcase their talent to the world and create U.S history whilst overcoming gender, race and professional stereotypes of the 1960s.
Not only is this a must see for women, but a must see for all people who believe in an equality that does not judge a book by its cover.
3. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Following on from the mega-successful release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII is said to follow on from where they left off.
The film will follow Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she continues her epic journey with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) & Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the next instalment of the space saga.
This episode will be a bittersweet moment for die-hard Star Wars fans as they farewell the beloved Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in what can be regarded as a finale fit for a true royal.
4. Justice League
Carrying on from the events of Batman v Superman, Justice League follows Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) attempt to assemble a team of metahumans to face the threat of Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and the Parademons.
The film is based off of the DC comic superhero team of the same name, which will feature well known comic characters, The Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill) , Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and others, making it the 5th instalment in the DC Extended Universe.
Also upcoming this year will be the release of Wonder Woman in June, which will tell us more about the woman in the cape before Justice League ’s release.
Dunkirk is based on the true events of the Battle of Dunkirk which occurred during World War II, from May 1940 – June 1940.
The film will showcase the bloody and brutal evacuation of the allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film features an award winning cast including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance & Kenneth Branagh, with performances you will not want to miss.
A film & history lesson that will teach us that hope is a weapon and survival is victory.
In Hugh Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine (Logan) we are given the action-drama, Logan. A film set in 2024 where mutant births are in decline, Logan’s healing abilities are fading and Professor X’s (Patrick Stewart) alzheimers is making him forgetful of his mutant past, leaving them with limited time to restore hope to Earth & protect who is left.
Further complications arise when a government-type organisation run by Nathaniel Essex plan to make killing machines out of the remaining mutant children, one of whom has come into the care of Professor X and Logan.
Much different from previous Wolverine films, this film has a more morbid and dark theme which tackles with grief and sadness first hand giving it a much more personal feel.
7. The Circle
An American sci-fi novel by Dave Eggers turned film, about a woman, Mae Holland (Emma Watson) who lands a job at a powerful tech company, The Circle. This film explores the wonderful, crazy and ultimately scary potential of the internet and technology in our modern society.
Tom Hanks plays the founder and CEO of this mega company, where a future of total transparency is not out of reach. Sound familiar?
Social-media dominated and eery in it’s delivery, this film will make us evaluate our online presence even further this year.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Any excuse to have Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) on the big screen again with the potential of another dance off will always be welcomed with open arms.
Following the mega-success of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) this sequel continues the team’s adventure as they unravel more about Quill’s true parentage and save the cosmos from impending doom.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2’ we expect to hear some pretty awesome 60s and 70s hits again, as promised by director James Gunn, which just adds a little novelty to this Marvel comic classic.
9. Blade Runner 2049
More than 30 years after the initial Blade Runner (1982) release, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), discovers a long-kept secret that could potentially plunge the rest of society into complete chaos.
In a quest to stop society from collapsing, LAPD Officer K’s only hope is finding blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, to find answers and help him on his operation.
The question that still remains and will re-emerge in this film again is; who is human and who is not? A true delight for all sci-fi lovers.
10. Kong: Skull Island
From the producers that gave us Godzilla (2014) we are given the action-drama Kong: Skull Island.
Set in the 70s, a team of explorers and soldiers are aligned together to explore an uncharted island in the Pacfic unbeknownst to them of the monsters that lie within. One of those being the infamous Kong, the “king” of the island.
With CGI effects at their peak, we are revealed to a more real than ever Kong who will send chills up your spine as you watch him on the big screen.
A timeless character has been brought back again after 37 years and with a star-studded cast to accompany him. You won’t want to miss this hair-raising return.