20 best films still to come out in 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Highlights include Star Wars: Rogue One, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Moana and Passengers

Forget the empty whizz bang thrills of the summer blockbusters everyone knows autumn and winter is the best time for movie lovers. As the nights draw in it's only natural to want to seek shelter in your local cinema, so if you love big budget sequels, cute animation, Oscar contenders, thrillers, documentaries or independent cinema here's our pick of the best 20 films out this autumn / winter, throwing in a couple from 2017 for good measure.

The Girl with All the Gifts

Director: Colm McCarthy
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close
'Strikingly fresh' dystopian sci-fi set in a military prison for children.
Release date: 23 Sep. Book tickets for The Girl With All The Gifts.

The Magnificent Seven

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio
Remake of one of the all time great westerns (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 7 Samurai).
Release date: 23 Sep. Book tickets for The Magnificent Seven.

Deepwater Horizon

Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Dylan O'Brien, Kurt Russell
Ecological disaster movie based on the real life explosion at a deepwater drilling rig south-east of Texas that resulted in the largest oil spill in American history.
Release date: 30 Sep. Book tickets for Deepwater Horizon.

Kickerboxer: Vengeance

Director: John Stockwell
Cast: Alain Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista
Bone crunching remake of the JCVD classic with Moussi fighting for revenge in a brutal martial arts tournament after the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista)
Release date: 30 Sep. Book tickets for Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench
Hopefully Burton is back on track with this darkly Gothic adventure that sounds like a kooky take on the X-Men as young Jake (Asa Butterfield) finds refuge at Miss Peregrine's unusual school for unusual kids.
Release date: 30 Sep. Book tickets for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Swiss Army Man

Director: Dan Kwan / Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Radcliffe plays a surprisingly useful dead body in this offbeat buddy comedy about a suicidal man (Dano) and his corpse's adventures on a desert island.
Release date: 30 Sep. Book tickets for Swiss Army Man.

The Girl on the Train

Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson
Adaptation of Paula Hawkin's best selling mystery thriller.
Release date: 5 Oct. Book tickets for The Girl On The Train.

The Greasy Strangler

Director: Jim Hosking
Cast: Michael St Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo
This has future 'cult classic' written all over it. Perverse black comedy about Big Brayden's (Elobar) relationship with his serial killer father the Greasy Strangler (St Michaels)
Release date: 7 Oct. Book tickets for The Greasy Strangler.

My Scientology Movie

Director: John Dower
Cast: Louis Theroux
Theroux's first feature length documentary with actors recreating dramatic events within Ron L Hubbard's mysterious 'religion'.
Release date: 7 Oct. Book tickets for My Scientology Movie.

American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough
The first American film from Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road, Wuthering Heights) follows a teenage girl (Lane) as she starts working for a magazine.
Release date: 14 Oct. Book tickets for American Honey.


Director: Mat Whitecross
Cast: Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher
Claiming to be the definitive Oasis doc with contributions from both Gallagher brothers.
Release date: 14 Oct. Book tickets for Supersonic.

I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
In his final film Ken Loach examines the ever growing divide between rich and poor in Britain via Geordie joiner Daniel (Dave Johns). It also won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Release date: 21 Oct. Book tickets for I, Daniel Blake.

Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Marvel tap into the supernatural with spooky superhero, master of the mystic arts, sorcerer supreme Dr Strange.
Release date: 25 Oct. Book tickets for Doctor Strange.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Collin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz
And we thought we'd left Harry Potter and Hogwarts behind. JK Rowling supplies the screenplay for this prequel set in 1926 as Redmayne attempts to capture a menagerie of escaped creatures and magical monsters.
Release date: 18 Nov. Book tickets for Fantastic Beasts.

Bad Santa 2

Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks
More bad taste festive laughs from Thornton's grisly, grizzled department store Father Christmas gone to seed
Release date: 25 Nov. Book tickets for Bad Santa 2.


Director: Ron Clements / John Musker / Don Hall / Chris Williams
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Auli'l Cravalho, Alan Tudyk
Animated Disney movie based on Polynesian myths as a young girl sets out to find a fabled island.
Release date: 2 Dec. Book tickets for Moana.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker
The first stand alone 'anthology' feature is pretty deeply rooted in the Star Wars universe as Rebel spies steal the plans for the Death Star (as used by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope).
Release date: 16 Dec. Book tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Romantic sci-fi set on a spaceship where two people are mistakenly awoken early from their hibernation on a 120 year journey to another planet.
Release date: 23 Dec. Book tickets for Passengers.

A Monster Calls

Director: JA Bayona
Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones
A young boy makes friends with a huge monster (voiced by Neeson) as he struggles to cope with his mother's terminal cancer.
Release date: 6 Jan. Book tickets for A Monster Calls.

The Birth of a Nation

Director: Nate Parker
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer
Period drama telling the story of Nat Turner who lead a slave rebellion in 1831.
Release date: 20 Jan. Book tickets for The Birth of a Nation.