Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opens Dec 17 2015 Dir JJ Abrams 2015 (US) If you care about ‘Star Wars’ you’ll already have the skinny on ‘The Force Awakens’: You’ll know that ‘Star Trek’ rebooter JJ Abrams is directing, that the diverse, wellchosen cast includes Peckham’s own John Boyega, newcomer Daisy Ridley, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac and of course the original three icons, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford (plus sidekicks Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2). You‘ll know that the plot is being kept strictly under wraps, but that it revolves around a new resistance to galactic troublemakers The First Order. You’ll know that you’re insanely excited, and praying that Abrams gets it right. Bring the kids and introduce them to the world you grew up watching.
The Good Dinosaur Opens Nov 26 2015 Dir Peter Sohn 2015 (US) You wait two years for a new Pixar movie, then two come along at once. Hot-ish on the heels of this summer’s ‘Inside Out’ comes this more traditional family-friendly affair set in an alternate reality populated by intelligent dinosaurs (the meteorite that killed them off never hit us, you see). The story follows an Apatosaurus named Arlo who, with shades of ‘The Lion King’, loses his Dad in a sudden accident and wanders off into the wilderness, only to make friends with a human boy. Director Peter Sohn’s only credit thus far is on likeable short ‘Partly Cloudy’, but with a script co-written by Pixar stalwart Bob Peterson, we reckon this one could be a lot of fun.