It’s too easy these days to stay in and watch a film or box set online, instead of taking the opportunity to get out and visit a local cinema.
Watching a film on the big screen is much more memorable, and this year there are plenty of good ones to choose from. Take a scroll through this list and let us know which ones you’ll be gorging on popcorn in front of.
It’s already been released, but strong reviews suggest that Birdman going to be one of 2015’s best. The cast includes Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Michael Keaton – the ex-Batman reclaims the role of a masked vigilante, but this time he’s a washed up film star trying to redefine himself from his time as a superhero. (Release date: 1st January)
This one has me gripped from the trailer alone. A young jazz drummer thinks he’s about to become one of the greats when he gets into America’s top music school, but faces a serious test in the form of a borderline psychotic tutor. J.K. Simmons’ character is mercilessly cruel to anyone achieving less than perfection. (Release date: 16th January)
Any new film from Paul Thomas Anderson is worth watching at the cinema – he remains one of modern film’s most revered directors, especially since 2013’s The Master. That film’s star, Joaquin Phoenix, is present here as PI Doc Sportello, who is investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. (Release date: 30th January)
Fifty Shades of Grey
Not proud of this one, but we both have to admit that we’re intrigued. The UK’s fastest selling paperback (which also happens to prominently feature BDSM) is becoming a film, so naturally we want to see it. We doubt it will be very good, but it will definitely be one of the year’s most talked about. (Release date: 13th February)
A Hungarian film about an abandoned dog leading a canine army to rise up against the oppression of humans. The pack of pooches in this foreign indie flick appears to be comprised of real dogs. Angry ones. We sincerely hope this won’t put us off our dream of getting a pup of our own some day. (Release date: 27th February)
Chappie will be the third film from sci fi visionary Neil Blomkamp, whose previous titles District 9 and Elysium have already established him as a director with a unique eye for futuristic realism. This tale of an experimental emotion-capable robot being kidnapped by immoral gangsters looks likely to reinforce his identity as a modern auteur. (Release date: 6th March)
Dior and I
This documentary gives audiences a rare insight into the fashion house of Christian Dior. It will undoubtedly be intriguing to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the high pressure powerhouse designer, and fascinating to take a haute couture stroll through the iconic brand’s past. (Release date: 27th March)
This caught our attention mainly because it’s Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut (Amy likes him so much she got this colouring book for Christmas). The cast is decent, featuring Eva Mendes, Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith – yeah, Doctor Who. Tipped to be a fantasy neo-noir that features both gritty suburban realism and an underwater utopia. (Release date: 24th April)
You shouldn’t have to ask about this one. The long awaited sequel will feature dinosaurs, Chris Pratt and dinosaurs. Dinosaurs that have been genetically mixed up in the worst kind of way. Oh, and THAT theme tune. And dinosaurs. (Release date: 12th June)
One of my guilty pleasures during my year as a fresher at university was spending hungover days avoiding essays and watching Jeremy Piven shout obscenities at movie stars. He and the rest of the Entourage cast will reunite for one last decadent hoorah in this big screen spin-off of the HBO series. (Release date: 19th June)
Apart from Cars, pretty much everything Pixar puts out is universally appealing. Their last few outings have been sequels and prequels, but Inside Out is a whole new concept for the world’s best animation studio. This time the main characters are emotions – Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness – all living inside the head of a young girl. (Release date: 24th July)
Straight Outta Compton
Rappers usually make for interesting character studies – just look at 2009’s Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious. West Coast hip-hop legends NWA have one of the greatest stories of all. As such, we’re banking on this being a good ‘un. (Release date: 14th August)
Back To The Future director Robert Zemeckis has taken on the story of French high-wire daredevil Phillipe Petit, who famously tiptoed across a rope between the Twin Towers like it was no big thing. The 2008 documentary Man on Wire, also about Petit’s iconic walk, was excellent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play him in this biopic, but his stunt double should surely get the main credit. (Release date: 2nd October)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
It’s impressive how well Susanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy has been adapted so far. Part 1 of Mockingjay was gripping, despite the fact that most of it happened in a giant underground bunker. The second half of the book sees the destruction reach its peak, and so this final film will naturally be a gut-wrenching crescendo to the tale. (Release date: 20th November)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
I was as cynical as the rest of the space nerds about this… then the trailer came out, and I became a child again. Rolling R2 units, ethnic minority stormtroopers and yes, that oddly designed lightsaber in the picture. If any film was made to be seen at the cinema, it’s unarguably Star Wars. (Release date: 18th December)
Which films are you psyched to see this year? Drop us a comment or tweet us @Creative_Hacks.