We of the geek persuasion are being absolutely spoiled next year with cinematic treats including; Jurassic World, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man, Terminator: Genisys, Bond 24, The Minions, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Fantastic Four, Pixels.....and did someone mention something about Star Wars?
So over the next couple of weeks let's look ahead to the movies we can't wait to see at the multiplex in 2015, starting today with January's offerings...
Kingsman: The Secret Service
If you've read the Mark Miller and Matthew Vaughn comic 'The Secret Service' then you'll know what's in store, and you'll know that it's a whole load of awesome.
Kingsman: The Secret Service sees Colin Firth take on his first action role, playing Uncle Jack, a kind of James Bond secret service agent. The movie tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, and newcomer Taron Egerton as Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin. Plus, if the rumour mill is correct, there are one or two fun cameos included, which we won't spoil here. The trailer is a lot of fun too...
Kingsmen: The Secret Service arrives in UK cinemas on January 29th (our American friends have to wait until 13th February).
Finally arriving in the UK on January 1st is Birdman. Michael Keaton is still, in my book, the best Batman there has been, so this project is one I've been eagerly awaiting as it sees him back in the superhero business...of sorts.
Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero, who struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
There's been an amazing buzz around this movie since it opened the Venice Film Festival back in August, receiving almost unanimous praise.
Into The Woods
Disney latest live action movie opens in the US on Christmas Day, but Blighty cinema goers will be venturing Into The Woods from January 9th.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Ex_Machina is an intense psychological thriller which stars two of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Gleeson plays Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (played by Alicia Vikander).
It comes from Alex Garland, he who gave us 28 Days Later and Sunshine. It looks like top-notch high-brow sci-fi, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of that...
Ex_Machina arrives in UK cinemas on January 23rd (and April 10th in the US).
Big Hero 6
It's already been out in the US for nearly a month but we won't be seeing Disney's Big Hero 6 until January 30th. It's the first animated Marvel film to be released theatrically via Walt Disney Animation Studios, although it's not sharing the same cinematic universe as the live action movies, for obvious reasons.
Big Hero 6 tells the story of a brilliant robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city...
Also released in January and on our radar...
Woman In Black: The Angel of Death (January 1st) - It's the sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe starring horror from 2012. No ex-Mr Potter this time, but it looks suitably creepy enough.
Taken 3 (January 8th) - Liam Neeson swears it's the last one, but I'm sure he said that last time!
Foxcatcher (January 9th) - Steve Carell playing against type in this true story about Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum). This one is being touted as potential Oscar fodder.
Mortdecai (January 23rd) - It has Jeff Goldblum in. I have nothing else to say about it.
So which of these movies are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below, and come back tomorrow for our February / March 2015 preview.