A Guide to 2016 Blockbuster Movie Releases January – June
By Emily Hall on January 20th, 2016
The post-Christmas and New Year period is traditionally one of the most exciting times for movie releases, with plenty of blockbusters for viewers of all ages. If you have ever wanted to align with a blockbuster promotion this is the time to do it. Here are some of the big movie releases to look out for in the first six months of 2016.
Point Break is a remake of the 1991 film by the same name. Starring Édgar Ramírez and former Home and Away cast member Luke Bracey, this action thriller follows FBI and elite athlete Johnny Utah’s attempts to infiltrate a group of thieves led by their charismatic leader Bodhi. Featuring heart-pounding action stunts and spectacular scenery, Point Break is the go-to action film for early 2016.
Release date: 1 January 2016
Inspired by the real-life story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film follows explorer and fur trapper Hugh Glass as he sets out for revenge after he is left for dead in the American West after a bear mauling and the murder of his son.
Release date: 7 January 2016
Another film for younger viewers, Goosebumps follows teenager Zach after he moves to a small town and meets Hannah, the daughter of real-life author R. L. Stine. Unbeknownst to Zach and Hannah, Stine keeps the monsters and ghosts of his stories locked up in his manuscripts. Zach, Hannah, and Stine are tasked with saving the town after all the ghosts and monster from Stine’s manuscripts escape.
Release date: 14 January 2016
The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave is a science-fiction thriller about four deadly alien attacks that have left humankind on the verge of extinction. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), on a race against time to save her younger brother, meets a young man who might be the answer to their survival.
Release date: 14 January 2016
The Hateful Eight
From director Quentin Tarantino comes The Hateful Eight, a western-style action thriller set in the post-Civil War period. In the film, eight strangers and bounty hunters come together as they seek shelter during a blizzard, and the encounter takes them through betrayal, deception, and violence.
Release date: 21 January 2016
Steve Jobs is the biopic of the complex man behind Apple. The movie takes viewers through his personal story behind the scenes even as Jobs deals with personal crises, his ousting from Apple, and his eventual return that resulted restoration of the company.
Release date: 4 February 2016
Marvel is releasing another comic-based movie – but this time with their anti-hero Deadpool taking centre stage. Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary with a dark sense of humour and accelerated healing powers. His mission? To hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Release date: 11 February
Ridiculously good-looking models Derek and Hansel are back for more action in Zoolander 2 after being recruited by Interpol to investigate the mysterious deaths of the world’s most beautiful people. On his mission, Derek will also need to fend off his rival, Jacobim Mugatu, who is seeking revenge after his release from prison.
Release date: 11 February 2016
How to be Single
How to be Single is a hilarious comedy, starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, that focuses on the love (and lack thereof) lives of four women in New York. Somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps has never been so much fun.
Release date: 18 February 2016
This comedy centres around 2 brothers who are re-united – while one of the brothers is on a top secret mission for MI6. Hilarity ensues as these 2 brothers from a poor fishing village in England work together to save the world. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Mark Strong and Rebel Wilson, Grimsby is one comedy you shouldn’t miss.
Release date: 10 March 2016
Set in the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail. However, when cop and alleged-robber become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up to clear their names.
Release date: 18 March 2016
The Jungle Book
Continuing in the latest craze of remaking classic Disney films as live action movies, The Jungle Book will be the next one to hit cinemas in April, 2016. Following the story of an orphaned boy raised by a pack of wolves, a panther and a lovable bear, this movie is perfect for the whole family.
Release date: 7 April 2016
Captain America: Civil War
In the next instalment of Marvel’s Captain America, two allies turn on each other in Captain America: Civil War. After an Avenger’s incident results in collateral damage, political pressure is applied regarding accountability. This severs the Avenger’s team into two camps – one led by Captain America aka Steve Rogers, the other led by Iron Man aka Tony Stark.
Release date: 28 April 2016
Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising
The sequel to the 2014 blockbuster Bad Neighbours is set to hit cinemas this May, with Zac Effron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne joined by Hollywood darling Chloe Grace Moretz in Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising. Having thought they’d succeeded with reclaiming the neighbourhood, Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Byrne respectively) discover their new neighbours are even worse than the original ones, and they’ll need help from their ex-neighbour to get rid of the new problem.
Release date: 5 May 2016
The Angry Birds Movie
The game phenomenon of Angry Birds has now been made into an animated movie, starring the voices of Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis and Maya Rudolph, among others. Few details have been released about The Angry Birds Movie, so viewers are in for a surprise!
Release date: 12 May 2016
Another continuation of a well known movie series, the X-Men are up against the world’s first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse. The all-star cast of past movies has returned, with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McEvoy and Rose Byrne reprising their roles, along with many others. X-Men: Apocalypse looks to be yet another success for the franchise.
Release date: 19 May 2016
The Nice Guys
Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys is a crime thriller set in the glitz and grunge of Los Angeles in the 1970’s. A private eye begins an investigation into the alleged suicide of a porn star who was fading from the public view – what he finds is a conspiracy that threatens his life.
Release date: 26 May 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
This children’s favourite returns again to the big screen with the newest live-action animation. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows the Turtles return to their home city to save it from a dangerous threat.
Release date: 9 June 2016
13 years after the original hit Finding Nemo (2013) was released, Finding Dory is finally coming to a cinema near you. The loveable but memory-impaired Dory re-unites with her loved ones on this new journey, and learns a few things about the true meaning of family on her way.
Release date: 16 June 2016
Note: Release dates are subject to change. For more up to date information go to hollywoodmoviemoney.com.au
Release date: 23 June 2016
Independence Day 2: Resurgence
Earth is faced once more with an alien threat in this sequel to the blockbuster movie Independence Day. Once again starring Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum from the original movie, Independence Day 2: Resurgence will have you hanging on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next in the war between humans and aliens.
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