45 Must Watch Movies by Malaysians in 2016

Fuyoh!!! All of you Malaysian movie-lovers, 2016 is a great year to be alive!
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Here’s our top 45 movies picked by our editorial team of MalaysianStudent.com.

This list is enough to quench your thirst for any fantasy, inspiration, action, thriller, comedy, etc…… on the screen… ROFL

The Fifth Wave January 15

The 5th Wave follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of alien invasion that have already decimated the Earth’s population and knocked humankind back to the Stone Age. As one of the planet’s last survivors, Cassie has to learn the hard way to trust no one.


Based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours, filmmaker Michael Bay and screenwriter Chuck Hogan (The Town) have crafted this action flick that purports to tell the true story of six CIA security contractors who defended the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, against a group of Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The film features a reunion of The Office, with John Krasinski (Jim) and David Denman (Roy) joining forces to play two of the six sentinels, and also stars Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber. Interesting to see how the GOP will exploit this as an anti-Hillary Clinton tool.

Dirty Grandpa – January 22

Directed by Borat co-writer Dan Mazer, this comedy—like The Intern before it—sees Robert De Niro making a yuppie’s life a living hell. Here, he plays a randy former Army man who tricks his grandson (Zac Efron) into driving him to Florida for spring break right before the young man is about to head to the altar. The combination of Efron and spring break means you can expect plenty of shirtless shots of the star, if that’s your thing.

Mechanic: Resurrection – January 22

Arthur Bishop returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.


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The Boy – January 22

The Boy, previously known as ‘The Inhabitant’ is an American Supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell of ‘The Devil Inside’ fame. The Boy will be hollywood’s earlier horror releases for the year and speaks of the story of Greta who is employed as a Nanny of a life sized Doll. Sounds creepy right? The story further deals with Great’s worst fears coming to life when she violates certain rules. Produced by STX Entertainment the movie releases on the 22nd of January and the trailer is super creepy.

Kung Fu Panda 3 – January 26

Now who does not love Po the Panda. In Kung Fu Panda 3, Po will be reuniting with his father, voiced by ‘Breaking Bad’ fame, Bryan Cranston. The duo with the rest of the clumsy Pandas will go on war against the villainous Kai, voiced by J.K.Simmons. Like the previous two instalments, Kung Fu Panda too boasts of an enviable cast voicing every character of this Dreamworks Animation flick. The teaser and then the trailer have guaranteed a large dose of entertainment for the audience and the movie easily makes it to our list of must watch flicks.

Hail, Ceaser! – February 5

Deadpool  February 11

Zoolander 2 – February 12

It’s been 15 years (really) since the firstZoolander debuted—just weeks after the 9/11 attacks—but filmmaker/star Ben Stiller and his partner-in-strut, Owen Wilson, aka Hansel, are back. The world’s biggest music stars are being systematically killed with Zoolander’s Blue Steel look on their faces, so Interpol recruits Derek and Hansel to go deep undercover and find the culprit. To make matters worse, their former nemesis Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) is on the loose. The film also stars Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Christine Taylor, and features a gaggle of cameos from the likes of Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kimye, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and more.

Race – February 19

Directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), this biopic focuses on track and field superstar Jesse Owens, a black man who defeated the odds to win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games—in front of Adolf Hitler, no less. The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, and Game of Thrones’ Carice van Houten as Leni Riefenstahl.

Eddie the Eagle – February 26

It seems that February is not only the Black History month, it is also a month for us to remember all of the sports heroes of the past. The film stars Taron Egerton as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. The film also stars Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken, with a script by Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay. A must watch if you are looking for a truly inspiring theatrical experience.

Gods of Egypt – February 26

It stars Gerard Butler as the Egyptian god of darkness Set, who takes over the throne of Egypt. Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a mortal man, teams up with the Egyptian god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to fight back. The film also stars Geoffrey Rush, Chadwick Boseman, and Rufus Sewell.

The Witch – February 26

One of the big surprises of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was this 17th-century horror film by Robert Eggers about a Puritan family in New England whose daughter is suspected by locals of witchcraft when their baby boy disappears. Eggers’s inventive film features loads of organic supernatural scares, as well as a game cast of newcomers led by Anya Taylor-Joy.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – March 4

Knights of Cups – March 4

The latest experimental—and experiential—film from auteur Terrence Malick is a dark Hollywood satire of sorts, centering on an L.A. screenwriter (Christian Bale) who, in a quest to find himself, dives headfirst into the excesses of Tinseltown. Boasting gorgeous lensing by two-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki, the film also stars Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, and Antonio Banderas.

Triple 9 – March 4

The Brothers Grimsby – March 11

This British action flick/spy comedy centers on a top-level U.K. spy (Mark Strong) who must team up with his idiotic football hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen) to save the world. It’s directed by Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), co-written and produced by Baron Cohen, and also stars Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, and Gabourey Sidibe.

Midnight Special – March 18

The Little Prince – March 18

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25

Everybody Wants Some – April 15

The Jungle Book – April 15

After a fearsome tiger threatens his life, Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a boy raised by wolves, leaves his jungle home and, guided by a stern panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), sets out on a journey of self-discovery.

Captain America: Civil War – May 6

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising


X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27

Alice: Through The Looking Glass – May 27

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows – June 3

With Jonathan Liebesman now passing the director’s chair on to Dave Green, Ninja Turtles looks more savvy and back in business. While the previous Ninja Turtles flick did not manage to break the $500 Million barrier, the second outing is certain to do so maybe by a few miles. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are returning yet again whereas Arrow‘s Stephen Amell will be playing Casey Jones. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is slated to release on the 3rd of June and the high octane action sequences spiced up by a tinge of comedy have got the balls rolling for this one.

Now You See Me: The Second Act – June 10

The surprise hit of 2013, Now You See Me too will have its sequel release on 2015. With the huge amount of popularity that the 1st outing had received, The Second Act will have the core cast reassemble once again. So we will once again have, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woodley Harrisson spread their magic. The one person missing from the cast is Isla Fisher who will be replaced by Lizzy Caplan. The movie that had been directed by Louis Letterier will have its sequel being helmed by Jon M Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation andJustin Bieber: Never Say Never). Currently what we know is that the Four Horsemen will be performing an unprecedented stunt to expose the unethical practices of the Tech Magnate played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Warcraft – June 10

Finding Dory – June 17

Ice Age 5: Collision Cause – July 22

2016 continues the sequel streak and we are definitely not complaining. Not atleast when you have a sequel to Ice Age. If at all Finding Dory misses entering the $ 1 Billion mark, Ice Age : Collison Couse certainly will. Do not forget that the previous two Ice Age movies have both garnered above $800 Million and this one only looks more delicious. Ice Age is currently the most successful animated movie series and Ice Age : Collision Course has all chances of going beyond the wildest expectation. Produced jointly by 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, Ice Age : Collison Course will release on the 22nd of July and will be directed by Mike Thurmeier.

Independence Day: Resurgence – June 24

The BFG – July 1

The Legend of Tarzan – July 1

Ghostbusters – July 15


Star Trek Beyond – July 22

Untiltled Bourne Sequel – July 29

Suicide Squad – August 5

Gambit – October 7


Doctor Strange – November 4


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18

Wall of China – November 23

There is an indescribable mystique about the Great Wall of China. Its size and scope—as the sole manmade object visible from space—causes the imagination to fly in all sorts of directions. With so many legends about its creation, why not let Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) practice his own mythmaking?

In this American-Chinese hybrid of filmmaking ingenuity, Yimou assembles an international cast that includes Matt Damon, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, and Mackenzie Foy. In the new film, which will be released by Universal Pictures, a sci-fi fantasy will concoct a vision of the Wall’s completion during the Northern Song Dynasty of a thousand years ago.


Moana – November 24

Here we have the first legitimate heir to Disney’s Frozen after three years. Of course, there have been other films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, but Moana stands as the first fairy tale musical from the House of Mouse since Elsa let it go.

In the new film, directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) give the Disney treatment to a South Pacific myth about a Polynesian girl who traveled across a series of islands 2,000 years ago on a voyage of self-discovery. In the film, Moana Waialiki is a headstrong teenager who loves the sea. When her family needs her help, she will set sail in search of a legendary island and discover the aid of a demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). Together, they’ll reach that promise land while encountering sea monsters, spirits, and the underworld. They’ll also likely sing a sing or two since Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s In the Heights andHamilton), Mancina, and Opetaia Foa’i (of oceanic group Te Vaka) are writing songs for the picture.

But perhaps most appealing of all for older moviegoers is that Moana will incorporate the animation style of the Disney short “Paperman,” which is a blend of CG-animation and classical two-dimensional pencil work. Keep a weather eye on the horizon for this one.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16

All you want to here is Star and War. Star Wars the force awakens came last and conquered 2015. If all goes well with Rogue One, Star wars will be ruling two Years in a row. Whatever The matter, Rogue One is certain to enter the $1 Billion mark without much a do and with the Christmas window once again occupied for it the hunger for Star Wars will persist. Rogue One will take us to the era of of the original trilogy. Directed by Gareth Edwards of the Godzilla fame, we expect some killer stuff here.


Assassin’s Creed – December 21

Assassin’s Creed (marketed as Assassin’s Creed: The Movie) is an upcoming action-adventure film based on the award-winning series of the same name. It is produced by and stars Michael Fassbender as Aguilar, a 15th century Spanish Assassin, and his present day descendant Callum Lynch. Directed by Justin Kurzel and produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Frank Marshall, the film will be distributed by 20th Century Fox for a planned 21 December 2016 release date



Author: Editor

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