2015 is going to be a MASSIVE year in film. Multiple blockbuster franchises have new installments for release this year as well as some entries into other film genres. Here are the films I am most looking forward to this year and when they will grace our screens in NZ!
Unbroken (22nd January):
I’m a sucker for biopics, films based on true stories or anything remotely historical. This film is based on the true story of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini during the second World War. Includes plane crashes and prisoner of war camps.
Wild (29th January):
Also based on a true story (this will be the theme of this post it seems), this film is the story of a woman who hikes solo across America after life gives her lemons. Epic.
Selma (5th February):
A historical drama including Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights march and other moments from this eventful era. Also Oprah and an award winning song by John Legend and Common.
The Theory of Everything (5th February):
This biopic about Stephen Hawking is based on a book by his wife, Jane Hawking. Eddie Redmayne won a Golden Globe for his performance so I don’t think this is one to miss
Cinderella (26th March):
This most recent version of the retold (and then retold again) story of Cinderella boasts a predominantly British cast and director Kenneth Branagh. So naturally my expectations are extremely high.
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (2nd April)
More than anything I think this documentary about Hillsong United and the worship music powerhouse that is Hillsong will be fascinating. Stories behind the songs that I, along with hundreds of thousands of Christian teenagers and young adults across the world have grown up singing? I’m in.
Woman In Gold (2nd April):
I stumbled upon the trailer for this film a few weeks ago and immediately added it to my list. Another true story, but this time a legal one, Helen Mirren plays a Jewish refugee challenging the Austrian government to secure family paintings that were stolen during the second World War.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (23rd April):
This really needs no explanation. Marvel doesn’t seem to make bad films. All I can say is this is going to be beyond epic and I am so excited.
Pitch Perfect 2 (7th May):
I was THE biggest fan of the first Pitch Perfect movie so when this was announced it was a good day for me. Really good. Not only are these films hilarious (Rebel Wilson anybody?) but the music in them is incredible. Acapella at its finest. This film also features the kings of acapella Pentatonix, so expect plenty of aca-awesome vocal arrangements.
Inside Out (18th June):
When the trailer was released for this film it kind of went nuts. It was everywhere, and for good reason. When you think they have exhausted all the possibilities for animated childrens films that also keep adults entertained they come up with something incredible like this. Very very excited about this.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (19th November):
Loved the books, love the other films (a lot). Going to be very sad to see this franchise come to an end but also excited to see how they realise the end of this emotionally charged story.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (17th December):
New Star Wars!