5 Films To Look Forward To In 2015

As 2014 begins to draw to a close, here’s 5 upcoming films that’ll give you something to look forward during the cold winter months.

1. Whiplash

Release date: 16th January 2015
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

A promising young drummer (Teller) enrolls at a prestigious music academy and, in the pursuit of greatness, is taken under the wing of an unorthodox and abusive mentor (Simmons). Winner of the 2014 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Whiplash has already been receiving top notch reviews and is sure to garner plenty of nominations this awards season.

2. Foxcatcher

Release date: 9th January 2015
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

Bennett Miller (director of Moneyball and Capote) returns to our screens in January with the biographical drama Foxcatcher. The film explores the tragic relationship between Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Tatum) and his sponsor; the wealthy but mentally unstable John du Pont (an almost unrecognisable Carell). Tired of living in the shadow of his brother Dave (Ruffalo), Schultz is led on a quest to perfection by du Pont, who will stop at nothing to make sure he achieves victory.

3. Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Release date: 2nd Jan 2015
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton

Acclaimed director of films including Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s latest project is already surrounded by Oscars buzz. Keaton plays a washed up actor once famed for starring in the lead role of a superhero franchise called Birdman. Hoping to revive his career and shed the image of an aged, flailing Birdman, he embarks on a project to write, produce and star in a Broadway play.

4. While We’re Young

Release Date: TBAdownload
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver

Sadly there’s no trailer available yet, but Baumbach’s (Greenberg, Frances Ha) most recent feature has been applauded for its witty and revealing portrait of New York artists since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. A middle aged documentarian (Stiller) and his wife find that their uptight lifestyle is upended when they befriend a young hipster couple (Seyfriend and Driver).

5. Still Alice

Release date: 6th March 2015
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Moore stars as Alice, a happily married English Language professor with three grown-up children. After a lifetime of defining herself in terms of her intellect, Alice’s world comes crashing down when she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Although it’s a few months before Still Alice will hit UK cinema screens, the fact that Moore’s performance is already generating such a buzz suggests it’ll be well worth the wait.

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