Movies to watch for in 2015

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If you thought 2014 was a big year for cin­e­matic spec­ta­cle, you ain’t seen noth­ing yet. In Jan­uary it’s all about the Os­cars as the big-hit­ting Academy Awards con­tenders ar­rive.

It starts with gung-ho biopic Amer­i­can Sniper star­ring Bradley Cooper; fol­lowed by Michael Keaton’s come­back meta- film, Bird­man.

Also out are Still Alice, star­ring Ju­lianne Moore; An­gelina Jolie’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, Un­bro­ken, and Fox­catcher, which puts a fake nose on Steve Carell and tells a dark, true story about wrestling.

Two oth­ers with Os­car form – The Imi­ta­tion Game and Turner, both Bri­tish his­tor­i­cal biopics – are al­ready in the­atres.

My money’s on Keaton, the orig­i­nal big-screen Bat­man, get­ting the Os­car for his por­trayal of a down-on-his luck ac­tor try­ing to re­gain cred­i­bil­ity after his ca­reer sinks in the wake of play­ing a su­per­hero in a big-bud­get pro­duc­tion (talk about art im­i­tat­ing life.)

Later in the year we get Selma, a biopic about Martin Luther King Jr, and the Stephen Hawk­ing biopic The The­ory of Ev­ery­thing, both also Os­car pos­si­bles.

Fe­bru­ary goes from the sub­lime to the ridicu­lous, the sub­lime be­ing the an­i­mated de­light Sponge Bob: Out of Wa­ter, and the ridicu­lous be­ing naked-male-free sex film 50 Shades of Grey.

There’s also sci- fi won­der Jupiter As­cend­ing to look for, and P T An­der­son’s Thomas Pyn­chon adap­ta­tion, In­her­ent Vice.

Neil Blomkamp’s ro­bot ro­mance, Chap­pie, hits screens in March, fol­lowed by less eru­dite fare, as Kings­man: Se­cret Ser­vice and Di­ver­gent: In­sur­gent duke it out for who’s the tough­est young adult on the block.

There’s only one thing hap­pen­ing in April and that’s Avengers: Age of Ul­tron. Ex­pect your block to be busted and your corns to be popped right off as Earth’s Might­i­est He­roes as­sem­ble once more, this time to fight James Spader’s de­mented ro­bot over­lord.

In May the cin­ema gets a tuneup with Pitch Per­fect 2. There’s also the re­turn of an Aus­tralian legend with Mad Max: Fury Road.

One puz­zler com­ing is To­mor­row­land, Dis­ney’s ode to that part of the theme park. The sto­ry­line is so guarded I don’t even know what it’s about. It stars George Clooney and the ever-lovely Britt Robert­son as ad­ven­tur­ers.

June goes Juras­sic as Juras­sic World opens. I’m not sure there’s much point to this film, although we do see a flock of ve­loci­rap­tors run­ning with Chris Pratt on a mo­tor­bike.

June is also all about the re­boot, with Ter­mi­na­tor: Gen­y­sis lum­ber­ing into cin­e­mas.

And that’s just the first six months! Later in the year we’re sup­posed to get Peter Jack­son’s The Ad­ven­tures of Tin Tin: Pris­on­ers of the Sun; Ant Man, another Mar­vel out­ing; Magic Mike XXL; The Fan­tas­tic Four re­boot; Maze Run­ner: Scorch Tri­als; a new Peanuts movie; The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 2 fi­nale; Christ­mas night­mare Kram­pus; and fi­nally, the film we’ll all be wait­ing for, Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens.

So it looks like you won’t have to go out­side all year if you don’t want to.

Il­lus­tra­tion: KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON

Get in line: Film fans should get ready for some big hits this year.

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