New year, new films to catch at the cinema. But which film should you go see? Here are five flics that’ll be worth shovelling snow off the path for.
Birdman (2nd January)
In a case of art imitating life perhaps, Michael Keaton stars as Riggan, a washed-up actor famous for playing a superhero named Birdman. Aware his acting career is over, Riggan tries his hand at directing on Broadway. But things don’t quite go to plan. Birdman has received much praise in the US, hailed as Keaton’s big comeback. Although we all loved him as Ken in Toy Story 3, he hasn’t had a leading role in five years. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone bring are the comic sidekicks.
Mortdecai (23rd January)
Johnny Depp leads an all-star cast featuring Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany and Jeff Goldblum in a comedy heist to uncover Nazi gold. Depp plays art dealer and self-styled ‘part-time rogue’ Charles Mortdecai. He appears to have based Mortdecai on the 13th Duke of Wybourne from The Fast Show. (Depp is a famous fan.) Expect questionable English accents.
Fifty Shades of Grey (14th February)
Love it or loathe it, the most talked about book of recent years, Fifty Shades of Grey, exposes its film equivalent on Valentine’s Day. Starring Jamie Dornan as the domineering billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson as the subordinate student Anastasia Steele, it promises to leave you all flush faced and swooning this winter. With music by Danny Elfman.
In the Heart of the Sea (13th March)
Ron Howard directs this big-budget story of sailors in peril. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, In the Heart of the Sea follows the true story of the ship sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. This event inspired Herman Melville to pen Moby Dick. Expect amazing special effects and high drama.
Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) (27th March)
An Argentine film directed by Damian Szifron and produced by Pedro Almodovar, Wild Tales is split into six stories. It’s almost like several short films contained in one entire black comedy picture. Featuring themes of love, betrayal and violence, Wild Tales has achieved critical and commercial acclaim in South America.
If these films don’t float your boat, there’s always the new SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (20th March).
A guest blog by Louisa McMillan.