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MOVIE WATCH: 7 Must-Watch Blockbusters Coming Out This Oct-Dec 2016

After a fairly dreary autumn in the movie theatres, Winter is upon us bringing with it a feast of blockbusters to look forward to.

Here are eight to take note of.

1) Doctor Strange

Marvel’s latest installment in its Cinematic Universe is due for release in Singapore & Malaysia later this month, a week before the US release on November 4. The film follows the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, a highly successful but arrogant neurosurgeon who injures his hands in a car crash and travels the world for a cure. Stumbling upon the mystic arts of sorcerers, Strange must learn to put his ego aside for the sake of the universe.

Release: October 27th

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

2) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The first of several standalone films in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One explores the story of an unlikely group of heroes to steal the plans of the Death Star, leading up to the events in Episode IV: A New Hope. It’s the first Star Wars feature film without a Skywalker as a protagonist, with Felicity Jones taking on lead duties as rebel Jyn Erso.

Release: December 15th

Starring: Felicity Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

3) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Set in 1926, Fantastic Beasts follows the story of Newt Scamander who’s ultimate mission is the find extraordinary magical creatures across the land – a Pokemon Trainer of sorts. The film returns us to the beloved Harry Potter universe since 2011’s Deathly Hallows Part II, poised to send hyperventilating Potterheads to a frenzy this coming December.

Release: November 17th

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

Directed by: David Yates

4) Assassin’s Creed

Based on the highly-popular video game of the same name, Assassin’s Creed takes us on a journey through 15-century Spain. Callum Lynch, played by Michael Fassbender, undergoes a procedure unlocking his genetic memories, allowing him to experience the adventures of his assassin ancestor.

Release: December 22nd

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

5) Passengers

Passengers is the only entry on this list that isn’t a sequel or part of an existing franchise. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, arguably two of the hottest rising stars in recent times, as passengers on a 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet. Both their character are awaken from their sleep chambers 90 years too early.

Release: December 22nd

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

6) Inferno

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist who finds himself in a manhunt to regain his freedom and decipher clues from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. It’s the third installment in the Dan Brown series of books, although the ordering in the films have differed slightly from the books. The film was originally slated for a December 2015 release, but was pushed to October 2016 so as to not compete with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Release: October 27th

Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan

Directed by: Ron Howard

7) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is arguably the last remaining action star in film. Unlike most actors who sit back while stunt actors perform high risk takes, Tom Cruise does all his stunts himself. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the follow-up to the 2012 film, which was incredibly underrated and under-marketed. The sequel is set four years after the first film, with Jack being accused of a homicide 16 years ago.

Release: October 20th

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders

Directed by: Edward Zwick

MOVIE WATCH: 7 Must-Watch Blockbusters Coming Out This Oct-Dec 2016

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