The New Year has come with an exciting selection of new movie releases. It will be, indeed, a remarkable year for movie lovers that promises dinosaurs, lightsabers, acapella sing-offs and superheroes. What to watch in 2015? You will be spoiled for choice.

The Gambler (release date: 01/01/2015)

‘Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?’ If not for anything else, this movie is really worth watching because Ms Jessica Lange is so cool and is still going strong!

 

Taken 3 (release date: 09/01/2015)

‘Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.’ Is there anyone who doesn’t like Liam no matter what movie he is no?

 

Jupiter Ascending (release date: 06/02/2015)

‘In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.’ Although Mila Kunis is not everyone’s cup of tea as an actress she has been named one of the 100 hottest women of all time. So, for that, at least, it might be worth it to watch Jupiter Ascending with bonus action added.

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service (release date: 13/02/2015)

‘Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service 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.’ Colin Firth is in it; enough said.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey (release date: 13/02/2015)

‘When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him.

Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.’

Both the book and the film reviews have attracted criticism and most of it negative including the notion that women around the world should feel insulted and offended. We leave the final decision to you.

 

Focus (release date: 27/02/2015)

‘A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.’ Will Smith and Margot Robbie were forced to deny affair rumours after photos of them getting cosy were released in October. Apparently their chemistry on and off set is hot hot hot… or that was Mr Smith’s physique?

 

Cinderella (release date: 13/03/2015)

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil step sisters and an evil step mother out to Ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’

A classic fairy tale retold which makes for a nice relaxed family afternoon out. No, you shouldn’t tell your daughters that this will never be real life, yet – besides, we still have hopes.

 

In the Heart of the Sea (release date: 13/03/2015)

‘In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.  The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.  But that told only half the story.

“In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.’

Sounds like an incredible story starring the one and only Chris Hemsworth so yeah…mark your calendars.

 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (release date: 20/03/2015)

‘Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.’

 

Get Hard (release date: 27/03/2015)

‘When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.’ Will ferrell and good comedy go hand in hand and this one, we hope, will be no different. The trailer will generate a few laughs for sure.

 

While we’re Young (release date: 27/03/2015)

‘A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.’ Seems like a refreshing thought provoking and funny movie, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts which would be enjoyed better at home with popcorn and a glass of red rather than the cinema.

 

True Story (10/04/2015

‘The relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel’s name.’

 

The Age of Adaline (release date: 24/04/2015)

‘A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.’ Romantic drama, also including Harrison Ford which could be also better watched at the comfort of your soft and warm couch.

 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (release date: 01/05/2015)

‘When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.’ Other than the superhero packed action there is more to Avengers than the fight to save the world.

The men in your life will enjoy it, your teenage children will love it and you get to watch Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and  Robert Downey Jr., all in the same movie.

 

Pitch Perfect 2 (release date: 15/05/2015)

‘Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.’ Fat Amy and the rest of the group is back and it’s time for some girly singling fun. We have been looking forward to this movie because who didn’t absolutely love the first installment of Pitch Perfect? The girls are back, pitches!

 

Mad Max: Fury Road (release date: 15/05/2015)

‘An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order.

There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.’

The first film of the franchise in 30 years, Fury Road features actor Tom Hardy as Mad Max and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. Not to miss!

San Andreas (release date: 29/05/2015)

‘In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.’ Dwayne Johnson gets to be the hero again in this ‘disaster’ movie which doesn’t excite us that much but promises some muscles and a lot  of action. That will definitely make for a nice fun packed family night out.

 

Insidious: Chapter 3 (release date: 05/06/2015)

‘A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.’

Wanna kickstart your summer with some nice horror? This is the movie for you – a prequel to the first two Insidious movies. It features a brand new family, although some of the old characters are in it too and it’s the directorial debut of Leigh Whannell since James Wan who directed the previous two was unable to return.

 

Jurassic World (release date: 12/06/2015)

‘Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.’

Unfortunately, Jeff Goldblum will not be in this movie but Chris Pratt is and that is just as good. We will definitely be watching this dinosaur filled movie in 3D!

One thing is for certain, whether you are into hunks, or gore, or the art of cinematography, the first half of 2015 is already shaping up to hold more heroes, demi Gods and singing primadonnas than you can safely handle. We will take a look at the second half of the year later on.
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