My Top 20 Films of 2016

It’s time for my top films of 2016, and this year it wasn’t all about the superhero blockbusters for a change (except for one of them!). From Japanese anime that isn’t from Studio Ghibli to a Japanese anime that was announced to be Studio Ghibli’s last, to Disney and more Disney and even a Disney classic adaptation, 2016 was definitely an accomplished year for animation. And let’s not forget about those incredible book adaptations, which make up nearly half of my top 20. It certainly was an impressive year!

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The Oscars 2016 – Nominations & Predictions

With the 88th Academy Awards (or The Oscars 2016) airing later this evening, here’s a list of the nominations alongside my predictions and hopes for the ceremony, which I will update later with the winners of this year’s awards.

Leading the nominations this year is The Revenant with nominations, and Mad Max: Fury Road with 10. Hosted by Chris Rock, The Oscars will be broadcast live this evening on the Sky Movies Oscars Channel (Channel 304), with Red Carpet coverage and live previews from 11.30pm, followed by the awards ceremony at 1.30am.

If you’re watching the Awards this evening, or catching up with the highlights tomorrow night, don’t forget to play #OscarsBingo for the chance to win Showcase Cinema tickets, too!

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My Top 20 Films of 2015

2015 had a bit of everything, and it could have easily been split down the middle with both exceptional but also disappointing films. From instalments in some of the biggest franchises around including Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, to Disney and Pixar classics, Studio Ghibli delights, and superhero blockbusters at their best.

This year I’ve watched 610 films (80 released this year, and 262 for the first time).

My most watched director is Alfred Hitchcock, and my most watched actor is Samuel L. Jackson.

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100 Films To Look Forward To In 2016

2015 has ended on a high with the likes of Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens reminding us exactly why we love film and how waiting a whole year for a release can pay off. But now it’s time to look forward to what the new year has to come, with my list of 100 films to look forward to in 2016.

Not only are there plenty of sequels from some of the most recently successful films set to be released, but there’s a handful of films that we’ve been waiting years to see, and some we thought weren’t even an option. From adaptations of mobile phone games, book adaptations that could fill a library, to some of DC and Marvel’s most anticipated superhero origin stories and collaborative war efforts, 2016 is going to be big, and there’s a lot of anticipated releases heading our way.

To help you trawl through the masses of films listed below, which starts off with January’s biggest award contenders, we’ll go through films by continuity groupings, genres, and end with everything else. Let me know what film(s) you’re looking forward to the most by commenting below, too!

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Actor Profile: Johnny Depp

From Pirates of The Caribbean to a host of Tim Burton films, Johnny Depp goes all out when it comes to acting, and it’s very rare that he doesn’t give a performance that you’ll be talking about for the rest of the year.

Released in cinemas today, Black Mass tells the true story of the infamous Irish-American mobster Whitey Bulger, played by Depp, and is based on the 2001 book, Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

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Actor Profile: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has played everybody from the Queen of England to the legendary Bob Dylan, and is an actress known for both her beauty and class, no matter what the role.

Released in cinemas today, Carol is set in New York City in 1952, and sees Blanchett lead alongside Rooney Mara in a romantic drama directed by Todd Haynes and based on the novel, The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith.

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Actor Profile: Tom Hanks

I don’t think it would be possible for anybody to have a favourite actors list without ever mentioning the lovable Tom Hanks. Whether it be the voice of Woody in Pixar’s Toy Story, or as the non-stop champion that is Forrest Grump, he’s had a role that everybody will have a favourite of.

Released in cinemas today, Hanks leads Bridge of Spies, a historical thriller based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, which is directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Actor Profile: Michael Fassbender

Most known recently for his role as a young Magneto in the latest X-Men franchise, Michael Fassbender is most credible for his compelling performances in a number of hard-hitting true stories, most notably alongside directed Steve McQueen.

Released in cinemas today, Steve Jobs is the true story of the pioneering founder of Apple, which, directed by Danny Boyle, sees Fassbender take the lead alongside Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.

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Actor Profile: Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan made her acting debut at the age of only 10 years old, and over the years we have watched her transform from a promising child star in films including Joe Wright’s Atonement to an elegant and super talented young woman as she makes her Irish film debut.

Released in cinemas today, Brooklyn is based on Colm Tóibín‘s novel of the same name, which Ronan leads alongside Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

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