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TMW's 2016 Movie Preview - Part Two: February

The second part of our look ahead to the movies coming your way in 2016.

Words by Eric Hillis (@hilliseric)

All dates are based on the current UK release calendar and are subject to change.

Superhero movies aren't going away any time soon, and the first of 2016's crop stars Ryan Reynolds as cult Marvel favourite Deadpool, a character he previously played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though here the tone is set to be far more comedic.

Dad's Army
The classic BBC World War II sitcom gets the big screen reboot treatment. The original thrived on a fantastic ensemble cast and it will be interesting to see if Toby Jones can fill the Home Guard boots of the great Arthur Lowe.

It's biopic time again! This one tells the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who famously fell victim to the Hollywood blacklist. Bryan Cranston looks pretty great in the role, as does Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Jay Roach is yet another comedy director attempting to go 'straight' here.

A Bigger Splash
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino follows up his acclaimed 2009 I Am Love with this tale of rekindled romance in a sunny locale. Tilda Swinton reunites with the director, who will next direct a controversial remake of his compatriot Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria.

Another true story based on a famous exposé, this time the NFL's refusal to admit the seriousness of the head trauma inflicted on the league's athletes. Will Smith stars as Bennet Omalu, the real life doctor who brought the scandal to light.

Point Break
Few movies have generated as much pre-release animosity as this remake of Kathryn Bigelow's much loved '90s action classic. The extreme sports element is said to be ramped up here in a movie that looks closer to the Fast & Furious franchise than Bigelow's original. Of course, the first F&F movie was itself practically a remake of Point Break.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Following the likes of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, here's another horror mashup, this time taking Jane Austen's beloved novel and adding a zombie plague to the mix. We were sceptical at first, but the trailer has won us over to some degree.

Bastille Day
This action thriller has become all too prescient given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Idris Elba stars as a US operative attempting to find those responsible for a series of attacks on the French capital. We wouldn't be surprised to see this release pushed back.

Bone Tomahawk
**TMW Must See** The Hateful Eight may be stealing all the headlines, but it's the other Kurt Russell western that has our attention. Seeping into the horror genre, Bone Tomahawk sees Russell on the trail of a woman kidnapped by a mysterious band of cannibalistic creatures. Sold!

The Boy
The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan plays a nanny tasked with a very strange charge - not a child, but a dummy treated by its 'parents' as though it were a living boy. That premise certainly has us intrigued.

The Finest Hours
Loosely based on a 1952 nautical rescue mission, The Finest Hours looks a lot like a period dressed take on The Perfect Storm. An all-star cast features such big names as Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck getting soaked to the gills.

Before Todd Haynes' Carol arrived like a tornado, Freeheld was being talked up as the lesbian movie with awards potential. Now, this true life cancer drama has been largely forgotten about, though Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are said to impress in the lead roles.

Triple Nine
Aussie director John Hillcoat helms this gritty crime thriller, whose title refers to police code for an "officer down", which is the distraction a group of hoods use to pull off a heist without police interference. This one's got Casey Affleck again, along with Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet as a Russian (let's hope her Russian accent is better than her Polish effort from Steve Jobs).

Gods of Egypt
Yet another movie receiving criticism for its white-washed cast, with Gerard Butler playing an Egyptian God no less. His God has some villainous plans, with another friendlier deity played by Brenton Thwaites attempting to scupper his plans. Not convinced? Don't blame you!

Hail, Caesar!
The Coen brothers follow up Inside Lleweyn Davis with another period piece. Josh Brolin plays a Hollywood fixer in the '50s tasked with retrieving George Clooney's kidnapped actor. Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum also star.

RL Stine's creepy cult kids' books get a big screen outing with Jack Black playing the author himself, whose creations come to life in this take. Read our review here.

Last year Iceland gave us Of Horses and Men, now we get Rams. Seems the people of Iceland sure love their animals. This one's a black comedy about an estranged pair of sheep herding brothers.

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