La La Land
As we head into award season it is no surprise that January sees the release of some heavy hitters, with first out of the traps the main Oscar contender from Lionsgate, La La Land. Hot off of the success of Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle brings Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone together again (Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Gangster Squad (2013)) as a jazz musician and actress trying to navigate success in each of their careers.
La La Land is at Showcase from January 12
xXx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage
Vin Diesel returns as daredevil operative Xander Cage. Coming out of his self-imposed exile, Cage finds himself in a race against time to recover Pandora's Box, a sinister weapon. The device controls every military satellite and to defeat such a deadly weapon our hero recruits a new group of cohorts. Expect fireworks!
xXx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage is at Showcase from January 19
We don't have to wait too long for one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor and co once again venture into the world created by Irving Welsh, to shed some cinematic light on what Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud have been up to in the intervening 20 years.
T2: Trainspotting is at Showcase from January 27
Also out in January: Assassin's Creed, A Monster Calls, Silence, Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, Live By Night, Lion, Split, Denial, Hacksaw Ridge, Sing, Underworld: Blood Wars
Fifty Shades Darker
Yes, they're back! February sees the return of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Taking over directing duties from Sam Taylor-John in bringing E.L. James famous literary characters back to the screen is James Foley (Who's That Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross). This time when round a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle them, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
Fifty Shades Darker is at Showcase from February 10
The Lego Batman Movie
Somebody else is also back, resplendent in black and yellow .... bricks! Yes, the pompous Batman we met in the Lego Movie (2014) is the star of of his own film. The Lego Batman Movie sees him go on a personal journey to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship in hopes to save Gotham City from a hostile takeover set by The Joker. Assembling (!) their voices are Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman and Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes.
The Lego Batman Movie is at Showcase from February 10
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick is back! Yes, the legendary hit man once again comes out of retirement to quell a plot to seize control of the international assassins's guild. The sleeper hit of 2014, John Wick was a cracker that we, like many, were eager to see return for a sequel. We simply cannot wait for mayhem to ensue when Wick dons his super cut suit!
John Wick: Chapter 2 is at Showcase from February 17
Also out in February: Gold, Rings, Loving, The Wall,The Lego Batman Movie, The Founder, Fences, Hidden Figures, Patriots Day
Reportedly Hugh Jackman's final foray as Wolverine, Logan marks 17 years since his first screen outing as the bearded mutant in 2000's X-Men. From the footage we have seen Logan looks to be the darkest instalment of the Wolverine story yet. Joining Jackman are Patrick Stewart as once again Professor X and Stephen Merchant as an albino mutant, Caliban.
Logan is at Showcase from March 1
Kong: Skull Island
An A-list cast including Oscar winner Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman star in Warner Bros.’ lavish King Kong reboot. Jordan Vogt-Roberts helms the tale of a group of explorers who encounter a gigantic ape after travelling to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.
Kong: Skull Island is at Showcase from March 10
Beauty and the Beast
Disney bring us a live action version Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Emma Watson stars as the beautiful Belle and it is she rather than her father who is the inventor. Also joining Oscar winning Bill Condon's (Gods and Monster, Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1&2, Mr Holmes) true all-star cast is Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Josh Gad as Le Fou and Dan Stevens as the Beast / Prince Adam.
Beauty and the Beast is at Showcase from March 17
Also out in March: Fist Fight, Elle, A Cure for Wellness, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Life, Power Rangers, Personal Shopper, Ghost In The Shell, Smurfs: The Lost Village