Film Times 40 Most-Anticipated Movies of 2016

While a multitude of 2016 previews simply regurgitate a list of dated releases, Film Times set out to focus on 40 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a release date — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2016, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond.

It should be noted that there are a
number of films we’re greatly looking
forward to, but whose release aren’t conformed , including the next feature from Michael Haneke.Lastly, despite not coming out last year, as was planned, Orson Welles unseen
final film “The Other Side of the Wind”
might finally debut in 2016, and in that
case it should certainly be at the top of
this list. Regardless, be sure to keep the following 40 films on your radar.

1. “Silence"

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield,
Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano
Synopsis: Two 17th-century Jesuit
priests face violent persecution when
they travel to Japan to locate their
mentor and to spread the gospel of

2. Weightless

Director: Terrence Malick
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale,
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Haley
Bennett,Benico Del Toro, Natalie Portman
Synopsis: A romantic drama set in the
music industry.

3 “The Story Of Your Life”

Director: Denis Villeneuve (“ Enemy, ”
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner,
Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg,
Tzi Ma

4. “The Salesman”

Director: Asghar Farhadi (“ A
Separation ,” “The Past”)
Cast: Sahahab Hosseini, Taraneh
Synopsis: Two actors perform in Arthur
Miller ’s “Death Of A Salesman .”

5. “The Neon Demon”

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn(“Drive”)
Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella
Heathcoate, Keanu Reeves, Christina
Synopsis: An up-and-coming model in
Los Angeles becomes prey for a gang of
beauty-obsessed peers who wish to
drain her of her vitality and beauty.

6. “War Machine”

Director: David Miçhod (“ Animal
Kingdom ,” “The Rover”)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Topher Grace, Meg
Tilly, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter
Synopsis: A veiled biopic of Stanley
McChrystal, the so-called Runaway
General who was put in charge of the
war in Afghanistan by President Obama
but who quickly alienated his allies and

7. “Captain America: Civil War”

Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
(“Captain America: The Winter
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,
Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett
Johansson, Tom Holland
Synopsis: After an incident with the
Avengers causes collateral damage, the
world’s government tries to regulate the
world’s superheroes, pitting Captain
America against his old ally Iron Man.

8. “The Nice Guys”

Director: Shane Black (“ Kiss Kiss Bang
Bang ,” “Iron Man 3 ”)
Cast; Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling,
Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger, Matt
Synopsis: An incompetent PI and a
hired muscle team up to track down a
missing girl in 1970s L.A.

9. “La La Land”

Director: Damien Chazelle
(“ Whiplash”)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K.
Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie
Synopsis: Musical following the
relationship between a jazz pianist and
an actress.

10. “Allied ”

Director: Robert Zemeckis (“Back To
The Future,” “Forrest Gump”)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
Synopsis: During World War 2, an Allied
spy discovers that the French agent he
fell in love and started a family with
might be a Nazi double-agent.

11 “20 th Century Women ”

Director: Mike Mills
Cast: Elle Fanning, Annette Bening,
Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Alia
Synopsis : A story of three generations
of very different women living in 1970’s
Santa Barbara.

12. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

Director: Ang Lee (“Brokeback
Mountain,” “Life of Pi”)
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Kristen
Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin,
Chris Tucker
Synopsis: The surviving members of a
squad of soldiers who served in the Iraq
War experience the disconnect between
the war at home and the war abroad
when on a promotional "Victory Tour"
in Texas.

13. “Jason Bourne ”

Director: Paul Greengrass (“ The
Bourne Supremacy,” “Captain
Phillips ”)
Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones,
Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz

14. “Ghostbusters”

Director: Paul Feig (“ Bridesmaids ,”
“The Heat” )
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig,
Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Chris
Synopsis: When ghosts invade
Manhattan, four women team up to
battle them.

15. “Julieta”

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte,
Inma Cuesta, Rossy de Palma,
Nathalie Poza
Synopsis: The life of the titular woman,
told between two time periods, 2015 and

16. “The Founder”

Director: John Lee Hancock ("The
Blind Side," "Saving Mr. Banks")
Cast: Michael Keaton, Patrick Wilson,
Linda Cardinelli, Laura Dern, Nick
Synopsis: The story of the founder of
McDonalds, Ray Kroc.

17.“Everybody Wants Some”

Director: Richard Linklater (The
'Before ' Trilogy," Boyhood ")
Cast: Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell,
Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will
Brittain, Glen Powell
Synopsis: A college freshman falls in
with a group of baseball players.

18 “The BFG”

Director: Steven Spielberg (“E.T,”
“Jaws,” "Jurassic Park")
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill,
Rebecca Hall, Will Forte, Jemaine
Synopsis: A little girl befriends a dream-
making giant who is an outcast because
of his refusal to eat children.

19. “Doctor Strange”

Director: Scott Derrickson (“The Day
The Earth Stood Still, ” “Sinister ”)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel
Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel
McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen

20. “Suicide Squad ”

Director: David Ayer
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot
Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis
Synopsis : A group of dangerous
supervillains find themselves summoned
by the U.S. government to fight under
the banner of Task Force X, or the
Suicide Squad.

21. “Assassin’s Creed”

Director: Justin Kurzel (“ The
Snowtown Murders, ” “Macbeth”)
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion
Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Brendan
Gleeson, Michael K. Williams

22. “Nocturnal Animals”

Director: Tom Ford (“A Single Man”)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer,
Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
Isla Fisher, Michael Shannon
Synopsis: A woman is asked to read a
manuscript for a novel by her ex-
husband, but finds herself deeply drawn
into the story of the book, which follows
a family vacation turned violent.

23. “The Bad Batch”

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl
Walks Home Alone At Night”)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Jason
Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna
Synopsis: In a dystopian Texas
wasteland, love blossoms within a
community of cannibals.

24. “Passengers”

Director: Morten Tyldum
(“Headhunters,” “The Imitation
Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence,
Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
Synopsis: On a long-distance space
flight to a far-off planet, a sleep capsule
malfunctions, waking its occupant.
Faced with 60 years alone as the
alternative, he decides to wake up one
of his fellow passengers.

25. “The Circle”

Director: James Ponsoldt (“Smashed,”
“The Spectacular Now,” "The End of
the Tour")
Cast: Emma Watson, John Boyega,
Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt, Karen
Synopsis: A young woman lands a job at
a mysterious Google-style tech giant


Director: Oliver Stone (“Platoon,”
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene
Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa
Leo, Nicolas Cage
Synopsis: The story of the CIA and NSA
technologist who leaked government
secrets to the press, and was forced into
exile in Russia.

27. “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Director: Bryan Singer ("The Usual
Suspects," " X-Men," "Superman
Returns," "X-Men: Days of Future
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael
Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence,
Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac
Synopsis: When the first and most
powerful mutant, the immortal
Apocalypse, awakens, he finds he is
disgusted by the modern world (of 1983)
and sets about "cleansing" humanity,
with only the X-Men, led by Raven and
Professor X to stop him.

28.“The Magnificent Seven”

Director: Antoine Fuqua ("Training
Day," "King Arthur, "Olympus Has
Fallen," "The Equalizer," "Southpaw")
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt,
Haley Bennett, Vincent D’Onofrio,
Ethan Hawke, Cam Gigandet, Peter
Sarsgaard, Byung-hun Lee, Martin
Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Synopsis: The young widow of a
murdered man hire seven gunfighters to
exact revenge on the villain and his gang

29. “Salt And Fire”

Director: Werner Herzog
(“Fitzcarraldo,” “Grizzly Man”)
Cast: Michael Shannon, Gael García
Bernal, Werner Herzog, Veronica

30. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

Director: Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,”
“North Country”)
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan
Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Michael
McElhatton, Iddo Goldberg
Synopsis: The true story of Antonina
and Jan Żabińska, who ran the Warsaw
Zoo during the war, and sheltered Jews
in the animal cells during the Nazi

31. “The Great Wall”

Director: Zhang Yimou (“Raise The
Red Lantern,” “Hero”)
Cast: Matt Damon, Andy Lau, Willem
Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Luhan
Synopsis: Two British soldiers travel to
China in the 15th century, and discover
that a wall is being constructed to fend
off supernatural forces.


Director: Benedict Andrews
Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn,
Tara Fitzgerald, Riz Ahmed
Synopsis: A young woman tracks down
and confronts the man who sexually
abused her when she was twelve, who
went to prison for the offense and has
been living under an assumed name
ever since.

33. “Arms and the Dudes”

Director: Todd Phillips ("Old School,"
"Starsky and Hutch," "The Hangover")
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de
Armas, JB Blanc, Brenda Koo
Synopsis: Two American arms dealers
secure a $300-million-dollar contract to
arm U.S. allies in Afghanistan, soon
finding themselves in dangerous geo-
political waters.

34. “The Girl On The Train”

Director: Tate Taylor (“The Help,”
“Get On Up”)
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson,
Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Luke
Synopsis: An alcoholic divorcée
becomes obsessed with a woman she
sees on her commute, only to get
embroiled in a murder.

35. “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”

Director: David Yates (“Harry Potter”
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine
Waterston, Alison Sudol, Samantha
Morton, Colin Farrell
Synopsis: Wizard Newt Scamander
travels to New York with a case full of
magical creatures, but when they’re let
loose, he draws the attention of a
sinister anti-magic group called the
Second Salemers.

36. “Gold”

Director: Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar
Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey
Stoll, Toby Kebbell
Synopsis: Two down-on-their-luck men
head out to find gold in the jungles of

37. “The Promise”

Director: Terry George (“Some
Mother’s Son,” “Hotel Rwanda”)
Cast: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac,
Charlotte Le Bon, James Cromwell,
Jean Reno
Synopsis: A love triangle between an
American journalist, a French woman
and a medical student set against the
backdrop of the last days of the Ottoman
Empire and the 1915 Armenian

38.“True Crimes”

Director: Alexandros Avranas (“Miss
Cast: Jim Carrey, Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas, Vlad
Ivanov, Agata Kulesza
Synopsis: A police detective solving a
murder finds eerie similarities between
his case and a book by a novelist and

39.“Finding Dory”

Director: Andrew Stanton (“Finding
Nemo,” “Wall-E”) and Angus MacLane
(“Toy Story Of Terror!”)
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres,
Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba
Synopsis: Six months after Nemo was
found, short-memoried Dory remembers
something about her lost family, and
sets out with her friends to find them.


Director: Garth Jennings (“The
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,”
“Son Of Rambow”)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese
Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson,
Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly
Synopsis: A koala bear sets up a singing
competition in order to save his failing

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