Top films I’m most looking forward to in 2016-17

There are heaps of new films to get excited about over the next few months, as is always the case with awards season just around the corner. Here, in no particular order, are the films at the top of my “must see” list.

Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything!!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

I’m really jaded with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. My interest piqued with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is the eleventh film in the franchise (depending on where you start counting). But then I started to stop caring, to the point of not even seeing Civil War or Doctor Strange at the cinemas. A sad turn of events but I just have no enthusiasm for them. Maybe it’s over-saturation, who knows?

When I clicked play on the trailer for the second Guardians film, I was equally lethargic. However, by the end of the 200-odd seconds I was completely hooked again and I truly cannot wait for May to get here so we can enjoy the next installment.

La La Land

Yes, okay, this is a complete cheat because I’ve actually already seen this film. I isn’t going to be released until the middle of January in the UK but the film is so good it warrants me wanting to see it again as soon as possible. I’m convinced you’ll feel the same too.

You can read my review here.

Toni Erdmann

This film has been lighting up the festival circuit for almost a year now, and was warmly received on its European release earlier this year. It’s a German-Austrian release that was in competition at Cannes and has been selected as the German submission for Best Film in a Foreign Language at next year’s Academy Awards. Perhaps most tellingly, it topped Sight and Sound’s best films of 2016 list.

Fine recommendations indeed!

Manchester By The Sea

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in this Manchester, Massachusetts-set film about a man returning to his hometown when his brother suffers a heart attack whilst at sea. It has been getting rave reviews and has already received a handful of Golden Globe nominations. It will be released in UK cinemas on 13th January.

Hacksaw Ridge

This has been a surprise hit with the critics, despite being directed by Mel Gibson. Just when we all thought his career had gone completely down the pan (“What? I thought Beaver was great!?” I hear you say), he has revived his credentials with a pacifist combat medic in the US army. Even better, he rescued it from a 14-year development hell period. Hopefully people can watch it without thinking about Gibson’s personal life. He has undeniably had a stunning track record for directing excellent films.

Lego Batman

Clearly the best part of the excellent The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie brings back Will Arnett for 90 minutes of pure purile fun in February 2017. I. Cannot. Wait.


This one tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his family as a child and later adopted by an Australian couple and is attempting to find them again from broken memories. Dev Patel stars alongside Nicole Kidman and it could well be one of the most heartwarming films of the year.