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2015 preview: Films

There are so many films that I’m already looking forward to in 2015 but I have managed to narrow the list down to just ten.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie: you might think ‘oh, good grief!’ But I always enjoy a bit of Charlie Brown and the gang. The trailer looks a lot of fun and the use of computer animation isn’t distracting at all.

The Minions Movie: Minions make me giggle. That’s all.

Jurassic World: I still remember sitting in the cinema watching the opening five minutes of Jurassic Park and thinking ‘oh this is going to be good!’. Unfortunately the two sequels never quite lived up to the first. Can this new film, directed by Colin Treverrow, take us back to the magic and wonder of the first?

Birdman: a but of a cheat this one as I’ve already seen it – but it’s not out in the UK until 2015! Michael Keaton is on top form as the former superhero actor trying to kickstart his career by starring in, and directing, a Broadway play. The supporting cast are also excellent – particularly Emma Stone as is daughter. But my favourite thing about Birdman is the craft that’s gone into making the film – the idea of just a single shot through the whole film, I think it’s incredibly clever!

Whiplash: I’m calling it now, you won’t see a better onscreen villain in 2015 than JK Simmons’ horrific music teacher. He’s brutal! Miles Teller holds his own but it’s Simmons who has the showier role and he absolutely runs with it. An Oscar is surely in the bag. Whilst there are plot points in the film that I could see coming the ending was fantastic. It’s a great movie.

Selma: British actor David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King in the drama which focuses on his campaign for civil rights and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Oprah Winfrey is among the supporting cast.

Spectre: Bond is back! But no Judi Dench this time. Can director Sam Mendes emulate the phenomenal success of Skyfall? I’ve never been a huge fan of 007 but I am looking forward to the new film. Plus, who’s going to perform the theme song?

Tomorrowland: George Clooney leads the cast of this scifi mystery about a former boy-genius and a gifted teenager who set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic location caught between time and space. The cast also includes Hugh Laurie and young actress Britt Robinson. It’s directed by Brad Bird who made the last Mission: Impossible movie as well as Pixar’s The Incredibles so I think it should be in safe hands.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America (and the others) back on screen together. I just can’t wait! Director Joss Whedon’s brought the whole gang back (we might even get to see Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki). Avengers Assemble set the bar so high, can they reach those heights again? Or even top them? We’ll find out in April.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: did you really think I wouldn’t include this in my list of must-see films? Of course it tops the list! The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Star Wars, it is the franchise that I have loved for over 30 years. And it’s back. And I can not wait until December!!

So that’s my top 10 must-see movies for 2015. Close but no cigar mentions for Love is Strange, Blackhat, Cinderella, Frankenstein, The Lady in the Van and Absolutely Anything.

What are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments section below!

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New Heart of the Sea trailer

Ron Howard’s delivered an early Christmas present with the release of the new trailer for his sea-faring epic In The Heart of the Sea.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth as the first mate of The Essex, a New England whaling ship that was assaulted by something no-one would believe.

The cast also includes Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw.

It’s released in the UK on March 13.

Here’s the trailer: http://youtu.be/jSGcocTLMlk

Return to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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A brand new poster and trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have been released.

You can see the poster above and I’ve also got my hands on the picture below.

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The film stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Richard Gere and David Strathairn.

It’s released in the UK on February 26.

Here’s the brand new trailer: http://youtu.be/IQiwpTp5mQ4

Trailer time

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Two big new trailers this week.

First, it’s the official trailer for Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet.

It’s due in UK cinemas on March 20.

San Andreas stars Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Paul Giamatti and Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife.

It’s a disaster flick about a search and rescue helicopter pilot who has to make his way from LA to San Francisco to rescue his daughter after a huge earthquake.

The film’s due to be released in May.

The Force Awakens character names revealed

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Are you one of the 47 million people who have watched the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Well now some of the names of the characters unveiled in the trailer have been revealed.

First of all the little droid seen rolling through shot is called BB-8.

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The X-Wing pilot played by Oscar Issac is Poe Dameron. John Boeyga is Finn and Daisy Ridley is Rey. Finally the mysterious figure with the light sabre that sent the Internet into meltdown is Kylo Ren – but we still don’t know who’s playing him/her.

I find it intriguing that we’re not being told Finn or Rey’s surnames…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies clip

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally arrives in cinemas on Friday.

I’ve seen it and it pains me to say it, but I think it’s the weakest of all the Middle-earth films.

The first hour drags until it gets to the battle and then you see why Peter Jackson is an absolute master at action sequences.

And I admit, I spent the final 20 minutes in tears – Martin Freeman, who isn’t on screen that much, is fantastic!

Here’s a clip of Freeman’s Bilbo getting all feisty with Gandalf

Meet The Browns

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Hands up, who else is excited to see Paddington?

The reviews have started trickling out and mostly they appear to be very positive.

I really can’t wait to see it now – it feels like I’ve been talking about for ages.

To whet all our appetites here’s a brand new clip of Paddington meeting the Brown family for the first time. Watch out for the lovely Lost And Found moment.

http://youtu.be/sCgnuhb45ik?list=UUFSILgKCKo35QYGz8Kob51g

New Peanuts trailer

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Have you seen the trailer for the new Peanuts Movie?

http://youtu.be/-XmV3zGifOE

I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and I’m really looking forward to seeing them on the big screen next year.

I was a bit worried about the use of 3D and CGI but I think the computer animation looks great so far – I just hope it remains at such a high level for the final film.

Now we just have to wait another 12 months to see it.

The Hobbit – final trailer

So here we are then, the final trailer for the final Hobbit film has been released. This is the last time we’ll ever see a trailer for one of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films and it makes me very sad.

I absolutely loved Lord of the Rings and always name the trilogy as my favourite film. I’ve enjoyed The Hobbit but it’s never real,y lived up to my expectations. I hope The Battle of the Five Armies gives the series a fitting send-off and actually the trailer looks pretty epic.

i both look forward to and dread seeing the final film – it really will be the end of a chapter for me, I started writing about LotR before Fellowship was even released and 14 years later it’s time to say goodbye…

http://youtu.be/Y6Fv5StfAxA