The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino returns with the tale of a disparate bunch of people all mistrustful of each other, mostly centered in one room. It sounds very familiar to Tarantino's big screen debut, Reservoir Dogs, which bodes well! However with The Hateful Eight the director is again in the Western mode of Django Unchained and is joined by Tarantino stalwarts such as Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen as well as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern and Walton Goggins. The Hateful Eight unfolds in the wake of the American Civil War and tells the tale of a bounty hunter, John 'The Hangman' Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jason Leigh). We can, as always, be assured of razor-sharp dialogue and a breathtakingly violent and stylish romp with the bonus of a score from the legend, Ennio Morricone.
At Showcase January 8 Book Tickets: The Hateful Eight
Rocky returns! Yes Sylvester Stallone is back as perhaps his most famous character, Rocky Balboa. The punch-drunk ex-champ is brought out of retirement to train a hungry young boxer, Adonis Johnson, who never knew his famous father, Apollo Creed. Playing Johnson is Michael B Jordan, who reunites with his Fruitvale Station writer and director, Ryan Coogler. The footage we have seen thus far suggests a rougher edge then the later Rocky films, with themes of struggle and social mobility.
At Showcase January 15, special Advance Screening on January 10 Book tickets: Creed
Whisper this very quietly but it has been suggested that the role of legendary frontiersman, Hugh Glass, could finally win Leonardo DiCaprio a much coveted Oscar after five unsuccessful nominations. The Revenant tells the story of Glass’s struggle to return from the wilderness when his hunting team leaves him for dead after sustaining injuries from a brutal bear attack. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (who won three Oscars last year for his film, Birdman), DiCaprio and his co-stars including Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter endured an arduous shoot in the remote setting of British Columbia in temperatures dropping as low as -40c. So if suffering for your art is a prerequisite for winning an Oscar, DiCaprio should be a shoo-in!
At Showcase January 15 The Revenant
Also out in January: Joy, The Danish Girl, The Big Short, Ride Along 2, Spotlight, Dirty Grandpa, The 5th Wave
Don’t panic! February brings a big screen adaptation of the hit BBC television sitcom Dad's Army. As World War Two draws to an end, the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon is confronted with a female journalist (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a German spy. Director Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) brings together a stellar British cast including Toby Jones (Captain Mainwaring), Bill Nighy (Sergeant Wilson), Michael Gambon (Private Godfrey), Tom Courtenay (Lance Corporal Jones), Mark Gatiss (Colonel Theakes) and Ian Lavender, veteran of the original series, as the unlikely heroes defending our shores.
At Showcase February 5 Book Tickets: Dad's Army
After being subjected to an experiment which leaves him with new abilities, Wade Wilson/Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Based on the Marvel comics of the same name, Ryan Reynolds (also a producer) stars the former Special Forces operative-turned-unconventional superhero whose new abilities also include a dark and twisted sense of humour! Making his feature directorial debut is Tim Miller, and joining Reynolds in the cast are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle aka Copycat and Gina Carano as Angel Dust. The advance footage and cleverly released images from Twentieth Century Fox certainly play up the dark humour angle and we look forward to what should be a great addition to the X-Men movie family.
At Showcase February 10 Book Tickets: Deadpool
Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), lives a quiet life in Grimsby - apart from being a noted football hooligan - with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and their nine children. A search for his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong) reveals that his sibling is in fact a top MI6 assassin. Grimsby is from the comedic mind that created Ali G, Borat and Bruno, so expect mayhem and more than a little controversy as the reunited brothers go on the run and fight the forces of evil! Joining Cohen, Wilson and Strong are Penelope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood and Johnny Vegas.
At Showcase February 24 Grimsby
Also out in February: The Finest Hours, Secret in Their Eyes, Trumbo, Goosebumps, Zoolander 2, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Point Break, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
The Divergent Series: The Allegiant
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, the final novel in the Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth’s Allegiant is released at cinemas as two films. Shailene Woodley returns as Tris and Theo James as Four, and together they enter a world far more dangerous than before, leaving for the first time the only family they have ever known. Naomi Watts, Miles Teller and Jeff Daniels also star with director Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, Red and R.I.P.D.) also returning after helming Insurgent.
At Showcase March 10 Allegiant Part 1
Kung Fu Panda 3
We were fortunate enough to be invited to a sneak peek at some early footage of Kung Fu Panda 3 and we are pleased the lovable warrior with the insatiable appetite for noodles and dumplings was in fine form! In the third installment Po, again voiced by Jack Black, receives wise words from his tutor Shifu - "Incredible power awaits you" - and given the task of becoming a Kung Fu mentor. As huge fans of the franchise, we were delighted that co-directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh are also returning and have invited Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Lucy Liu back into the fold to fight Gary Oldman's Lord Shen.
At Showcase March 11, with special Advance Screenings on March 5 and 6 Kung Fu Panda 3
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Mankind faces a new threat as Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman (Henry Cavill). Zac Zynder's film is highly anticipated here at Showcase . We are intrigued by the premise of two of the forces of good from the comic world facing off against each other. What Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) will make of their battles remains to be seen. Also joining the cast are Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Gal Gadot, Laurence Jason Momoa and Jeremy Irons.
At Showcase March 25
Also out in March: High-Rise, London Has Fallen, Truth, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Hail, Caesar!, Zootropolis, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2