ByJosh Sammons, writer at
Comic and film fan, with a slight obsession with Superman. Writing in this big scary world.

It's not even July yet and we've already been lucky enough to have seen several great films this year. Ryan Reynolds redeemed himself with the hilarious Deadpool, Marvel continued to dominate with Captain America: Civil War, Disney created a surprisingly great Jungle Book adaptation, and Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became one of the best pairings on screen in Shane Black's masterful, The Nice Guys.

But what about the rest of the year? There's still a number of big blockbusters set to make millions upon millions at the box office, and of course, the end of the year is usually allocated to the heavy hitters, released just in time for awards season.

10. The Founder

Starting off the list is a film many consider to be a favourite for a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, the man who transformed McDonalds from a small family business to the global money spinning empire that it is today.

Keaton is on a roll at the moment. His last two films went on to win the Best Picture at the Academy Awards (Birdman and Spotlight). Expect the former Batman star to continue his fine form and rack up plenty of nominations for this role as well.

With that much talent you'll sure to be Mcloving it.

9. La La Land

Next up on the list is La La Land, an ambitious new musical from the mind of Whiplash director, Damien Chazelle. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone once again team up after entertaining in Crazy, Stupid Love and thrilling in Gangster Squad. Not a whole lot is known about the script other than it centres around the lead characters who fall in love.

The film also sees Chazelle bring back J.K. Simmons, who stole the show in Whiplash, delivering the performance of his career and picking up an Academy Award in the process.

8. Jason Bourne

After the less than successful attempt to reboot the Bourne series with the boring Bourne Legacy, fans of the series were delighted to hear that Paul Greengrass is once again taking over the directing chair and Matt Damon is returning as the amnesiac spy, Jason Bourne.

Now that he remembers who he is, Jason looks to come out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. Starring alongside Damon, is Tommy Lee Jones (the king of the cat and mouse thrillers) and star of the moment, Alicia Vikander.

The trailers so far indicate that there will be tons of kick-ass action, plenty of suspense and frantic direction from Greengrass.

7. Sully

Sully teams two Hollywood titans together to tell the true story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who successfully landed a passenger jet in the New York's Hudson River, after striking a flock of geese, saving all 155 passengers aboard.

Academy Award winning director Clint Eastwood takes the helm, coming off of his highest grossing film to date with American Sniper. Taking on the lead is multi-award winning actor Tom Hanks, fresh off a string of fine performances in films such as Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies.

6. The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train marked one of the more successful novels of 2015, and fast became one of the hottest properties in Hollywood.

When her ex-husbands wife goes missing, it doesn't take long for Rachel Watson (Blunt) to become the prime suspect. Though she's protests her innocence, Rachel can't recall the previous hours leading up to the disappearance.

Emily Blunt stars in the mystery thriller alongside Luke Evans and Rebecca Ferguson, which is set to be the biggest whodunnit of the year, echoing David Fincher's Gone Girl from a few years back.

5. Assassin’s Creed

Though video game adaptations haven’t faired well over the years (thank you Super Mario Bros.), Assassin’s Creed might just be set to break the stinker streak. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard once again team with Justin Kurzel, after their success with this year's Macbeth, which proved to be a spellbinding as it was hauntingly beautiful.

Fassbender will play Callum Lynch, a descendant of the secret society known as The Assassins. With the help of a secret organisation, Callum looks to explore and unlock his past, whilst paving his way into the future.

4. Doctor Strange

This year once again looks to be dominated by Marvel/Disney. After the huge success of Captain America: Civil War, the company looks set to finish the year with a bang with Doctor Strange. With Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the titular role, it won't be long until the magical hero becomes a household name.

The cast is pretty impressive, with Marvel seemingly snatching all the talent from under their competitions feet, with the likes of Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen set to star.

3. Silence

Despite being in his 70s, Martin Scorsese is still churning out quality films. After his last film, The Wolf of Wall Street, the director looks to finally bring his passion project Silence to the big screen.

This adaptation of Shüsaku Endō’s novel looks to be one of his most ambitious films since The Last Temptation of Christ. It sees him once again team with Liam Neeson and also stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two Portuguese priests who risk persecution when they travel to Japan.

Expect plenty of blood and violence and for the great director to take everyone on at the awards season.

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in a long line of Star Wars spinoffs. Disney breathed a huge sigh of relief after the monstrous success of The Force Awakens, and will be hoping this fresh story will be as successful.

Though recent stories of massive reshoots for Gareth Edwards' film have crept out of the woodwork, it would be silly to discount it. Not only does it have a great cast, with Felicity Jones in the lead, but it has also been confirmed that Darth Vader is set to return with James Earl Jones, once again providing his powerful voice.

The film has been confirmed as being set before A New Hope, and will follow a band of Rebels who look to steal the plans for the Death Star, before it has the chance to be built.

1. Suicide Squad

The number one choice lies with the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, which sees End of Watch's David Ayer directing a flurry of stars including Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.

The film sees a number of villains, including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), recruited by a secret government agency to partake in dangerous missions.

After the critical panning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Brothers will be hoping Suicide Squad will perform better with critics and fans alike. Leto looks set on making this change a possibility as he stamps his talents all over the role of The Joker.

Honorary mentions:

Birth of A Nation (No not that one)

Another big heavy hitter, which lit up this years Sundance Film festival. Expect it to be a strong contender to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.


The Rock lends his voice to a new Disney feature. They will be hoping it will carry on their recent run of success after Frozen and Zootropolis.

Sausage Party

An animated film about food with the voice talents of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, what's not to like? Expect plenty of weiner jokes.

Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton is set to return as the crook for another Christmas comedy crime caper.

The Accountant

Ben Affleck plays a man who is really good with numbers.


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