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10 films we're already looking forward to in 2016.

I know what you’re thinking. The next instalment of Star Wars won’t be hitting cinemas until the middle of next year and, well, how on earth are you going to distract yourself between now and then?

Fortunately, a whole bunch of sufficiently fantastic films are coming out in the next 12 months. So many, in fact, we thought we’d better write them all down, just so we don’t miss any.

Less fotunately, our list quickly got a little out of control, so we had to cut it down to a manageable Top 10. Honestly, between film releases, Netflix premières and napping, I don’t know if I’ll have time to work at all this year.

Here are 10 films we can’t wait to see in The Year I Quit My Job To Become A Full-Time Consumer of Popular Culture (formerly, 2016).

1. Ghostbusters

When’s it out? July 14

We’ve compiled our list in no particular order, but if we had to name the film we’re most looking forward to, it would have to be the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.

It looks bloody hilarious and stars Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, along with cameos from the original GB cast.

A few nay-saying idiots (*cough* mostly men) have voiced concerns that the ladies might not be able to cut it, but we know who we’d call in a paranormal emergency.

Who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy, duh. I’ve seen Spy.

2. Finding Dory

When’s it out? June 17

It’s been 12 years since Pixar released their hit film Finding Nemo. For Dory, Marlin and Nemo though, it’s only been six months.

The trio return in a new underwater adventure, which take them all the way to the coast of California.

Everyone’s favourite amnesiac animated fish Dory (voiced by Ellen Degeneres) is the focus of the film as she embarks on a mission to find her family.

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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… it’ll be June before you know it.

3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

When’s it out? End of March

Bigger, fatter, more wedding-y than ever, the film that made you fall in love with John Corbett and resent your boring Anglo-Saxon roots is back with a Greek-uel.

Fast forward 13 years and Toula and Ian are still happily married — turns out Toula’s parents might not be though.

Watch the trailer here:

Video via Universal/TODAY

4. Zoolander 2

When’s it out? February 11

Look, I thought it was best to get all the sequels out of the way early in the list.

Derek Zoolander will return to runways and the big screen this year, along with his former nemesis Hansel and basically every really, really ridiculously good-looking celebrity you can think of from Justin Bieber to Lenny Kravitz.

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When’s it out? November 18

This spin off J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is technically a prequel as all the actions take place in 1926.

It’s also set in America where the word for muggle is inexplicably “no-maj” (yuck).

It does, however, revolve around a very handsome Eddie Redmayne Newt Scamander and looks completely magical so we’re pretty pumped.

Accio popcorn.

6. The Danish Girl

When’s it out? January 21

Also starring Eddie Redmayne, this time as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl is a remarkable love story inspired by Elbe’s real-life romance with fellow artist Gerda Wegener.

Directed by Tom Hooper, who was behind The King’s Speech, this looks to be a beautiful film.

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Watch the trailer here:

7. The BFG

When’s it out? July 1

This is the section of the list populated by films with titles that start with “The”, so I thought I’d kick it off with the BIGGEST one of them all, Disney’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG.

The teaser trailer for the new film gives just enough away to both trigger some buried childhood traumas and get us awfully excited.

Watch the trailer here:

Video via Disney

8. The Witch

When’s it out? March 17

While we’re on the topic of terrifying, Richard Egger’s The Witch (not to be mistaken with Roald Dahl’s The Witches) looks like the kind of film that you ought to see with a friend — only so you have someone to dig your fingernails into.

Set in 1630s New England, the film follows a farming family who are forced to move to a remote plot of land next to a forest, believed to be controlled by witches.

Watch the trailer here:

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9. The Girl on the Train

When’s it out? September 22

Based on the enormously popular psychological thriller of the same name, The Girl on the Train follows Rachel (played by Emily Blunt), a troubled alcoholic who accidentally witnesses a murder.

Emily Blunt in The Girl on The Train.

10. Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice

I was tossing up which comic book hero film to include in the list (spoiler alert: there are a lot coming out this year), so I picked a film with more than one — comic book hero, that is. I mean, aside from the Avengers. And the X-Men.

Superman vs. Batman Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, as Batman and Superman, respectively, and born-to-play-a-super-villain Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther.

Watch the trailer here:

If none of those appeal to you, you might consider one of these others set for release this year: How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Star Trek, Goosebumps, X-Men: Apocalypse, 45 years, Brooklyn, The Jungle Book, The Lady in the Van, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Snowden or Through the Looking Glass.

Now I just need to find a date…

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