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BIG SCREEN IN 2015

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By Daniel Lammin
28th December 2014
This past year was a ripper for films of all genres and nationalities, but 2015 is promising to up the ante. Coming up with a list of the 10 most anticipated films of the next year is almost impossible, and so many films had to be left off that I'm beside myself with excitement to see, but here's my attempt to come up with the top films to be excited about in 2015.

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JURASSIC WORLD
The last trip to the island in 2001 wasn’t so great and the teaser trailer for this one wasn’t that crash hot, but the talent involved and the obvious care being taken with this fourth instalment in the franchise suggests that ‘Jurassic World’ might be worth getting excited about. Details are scarce, but the mix of new and beloved dinosaurs, a fresh voice in director Colin Trevorrow, and Chris Pratt on a motorbike is all we need to know for now.
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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Look, I’m not a big fan of Joss Whedon or the first 'Avengers' film, but I can’t ignore the fact that everyone else is beyond excited about ‘Age of Ultron’, and even I have to admit, that first trailer looks pretty good. It helps that they have an actual villain this time, and that villain is James Spader as a psychotic robot. Marvel did pretty well in 2014, let’s hope their one (enormous) film in 2015 doesn’t drop the ball.
MACBETH
Two of the finest actors in the world, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, working with the team behind the Aussie masterpiece ‘Snowtown’ including director Justin Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (who shot ‘True Detective’), take on arguably Shakespeare’s greatest and darkest play. Do I really need to say anymore? We’ve seen only two images from this film, and that’s enough to send anticipation into fever pitch.
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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
I wasn’t going to include this, and then that recent trailer dropped and I realised I’d be crazy not to. If the footage is anything to go by, director George Miller has lost his mind in the best possible way, concocting images of a hallucinatory post-apocalyptic nightmare infused with Wagnerian wrath, led by the formidable Tom Hardy in the title role. I know very little about the Mad Max franchise and I still can’t wait to see this.
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INSIDE OUT
Pixar have two films out in 2015, but we know very little about ‘The Good Dinosaur’, and the idea behind ‘Inside Out’ sounds absolutely wonderful. The film explores the emotions of a young girl (a female protagonist, yes!), here brought to life as individuals in charge of different areas of her emotional scope. Everything released so far suggests this might be a long-awaited return to form for the great animation studio.
HOLDING THE MAN
There aren’t any guarantees that this will even come out in 2015, but this long-awaited adaptation of the beloved Australian autobiography is one of the most highly anticipated Aussie films ever made. Director Neil Armfield and actors Ryan Corr and Craig Stott take on the story of Tim Conigrave and his sixteen-year relationship with his partner John, a story covering Australia in the 80s and the AIDS crisis, both incredibly joyous and utterly devastating. The only thing more terrifying than if they get it wrong is if they get it right.
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TOMORROWLAND
Disney dominates both 2015 and the films on this list, but ‘Tomorrowland’ might be their most mysterious project. A collaboration between director Brad Bird (‘The Incredibles’) and writer Damon Lindelof (‘Lost’), it takes its inspiration from ideas and artefacts from the early days of Walt Disney and features George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Judy Greer. All we have to go on is an intriguing teaser trailer, but the strength of the minds behind it makes ‘Tomorrowland’ of instant interest.
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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
Director Ron Howard and actor Chris Hemsworth collaborate again, this time taking on the historical events that inspired Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’. There hasn’t been a great ocean epic since ‘Master and Commander’, and the haunting trailer and poster suggest this might be just as good - a visceral, terrifying and emotional journey into the heart of darkness and man pitted against nature, both the unforgiving sea and a monstrous creature within it.
JAMES BOND 007: SPECTRE
This beloved franchise jumped back onto our radar recently with the announcement of its title and its preposterously fantastic cast. Director Sam Mendes returns after the glorious success of ‘Skyfall’, adding Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Moriarty himself Andrew Scott to the cast. We don’t know much else, but who cares: Daniel Craig is returning as James Bond, and that’s all that matters.
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Let’s be honest, though; this list of anticipated films doesn’t really matter. In the end, 2015 belongs to one film. We might all have our own list of films we’re looking forward to, but none of them come close to the level of anticipation for this one. Two years ago we didn’t know it was coming, and now, with a year left to go, we can hardly wait.

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