Indians love watching movies. Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood – we could watch them all day long. Sure, we love Bollywood movies the most – the good as well as bad ones – but Hollywood is definitely the second favorite, if not the first, for a lot of Indians. Yet, a number of Hollywood movies do not even release in theatres in India, making people download them illegally online (shame on you!). This year, we missed out on a number of great international releases, such as The Boss, Miracles from Heaven, Sausage Party, Kubo and the Two Strings, Snowden, and many more. But the year is not over, and we can still hope to catch these movies and more on the big screen. If the distributors are reading this, here’s our wish list:
THE BIRTH OF A NATION – released abroad on October 7
This film has been broadcast at almost every film festival and is a forerunner in the race for the Oscars. We can’t wait to go back to 19th century USA, live through the realities of that time, and witness the widespread racism faced by the people that inspired them to revolt.

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL – releasing abroad on October 21
What if you had to play a board game to save the life of a family member from a malicious spirit? This film is said to be the next biggest horror movie after The Conjuring 2 and Don’t Breathe. While Ouija was terrifying enough, its prequel promises to be even more chilling. We are shivering already!

BLEED FOR THIS – releasing abroad on November 18
A struggling boxer meets with an accident, bringing his boxing career to an end. But he does not give up, and fights his illness to fulfill his dreams. This movie is everything Sultan could not be. Besides, Miles Teller is always amazing to watch on screen.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – releasing abroad on November 18
A man’s brother dies, leaving him the custody of his son. This feels like the plot of a great romantic comedy, but the movie has been described as gut-wrenching by critics. What’s even better is that the lead role is played by none other than Casey Affleck, aapro Ben’s younger brother.

LA LA LAND – releasing abroad on December 16
It has been a while since Hollywood made a good musical, and this one looks exactly like the movie we’re hoping for. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles and if that is not enough to get us excited, the trailer is certainly winning our hearts.

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK – releasing abroad on November 11
Made by the director of Life of Pi, Ang Lee, this movie deals with wartime heroism. As a 19-year-old soldier and his squad are praised for their services after a war, we are taken back to Iraq, to re-visit the experiences of the young soldier.

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – releasing abroad on November 18
This is 2016’s teen drama to watch out for. It does not come across as your regular teen movie, but actually depicts the traumatic struggles of that age. And then there’s Woody Harrelson, who seems to bring a comedic element to the movie.

ARRIVAL – releasing abroad on November 11
Which Amy Adams-starrer of recent years has not been worth a watch? This film deals with alien invasion, and Adams plays a linguist, who can communicate with the aliens. Yet, unlike other sci-fi movies, this one is rather emotional, especially because of Adams’ compelling performance.

FENCES – releasing abroad on December 25
The film stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This is reason enough to stop what you’re doing, and start a petition to release this movie in theatres. It is based in the 1950s USA, where a former black baseball player is now collecting waste to provide for his family.

PVR, Big Cinemas, Sony, Cinemax: if you are reading this, please grant us our wishlist. We ask for so little!