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Winter 2015’s 20 Most Exciting Films

As the Summer of movies comes to an end, it’s time to take a wide-eyed look forward at the next few months of cinema, which will see the release of the some of the decade’s most promising films. Are you excited? You can bet WE are!


 

pan-movie-poster-hugh-jackman20. PAN

MVPs: Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, director Joe Wright

Best Case Scenario: Pan is as thrilling a swashbuckling adventure as we could hope for this decade, with Wright’s classical sensibility giving the proceedings as unexpected class”.


joy-jennifer-lawrence-david-o-russell19. JOY

MVPs: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell

Best Case Scenario: Joy sees Oscar-winning star Lawrence finally live up to her reputation in an abrasive and deeply moving character study, with one of the finest portrayal of an independent woman shown on film in recent memory.”


creed-2015-stallone-jordan18. CREED

MVPs: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, director Ryan Coogler

Best Case Scenario: “Sly meets his match in the terrific young Jordan, in whose hands this ageing franchise should see new life.”


1280x720-lET17. A WALK IN THE WOODS

MVPS: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman

Best Case Scenario: “Though unremarkable in its direction, A Walk in the Woods‘ legendary lead pairing bring such magic to the proceedings, it’s impossible not to love the film.”


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16. ROOM

MVPS: Brie Larson, writer Emma Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson

Best Case Scenario: “The reliably talented Abrahamson delivers another entertaining, thought-provoking drama with a stunning performance from Larson added to the mix.”


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15. THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

MVPS: Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood

Best Case Scenario: “As bonkers as it sounds, The Last Witch Hunter allows Diesel to be as silly as his set of talents allows and requires, with a delightful fantasy romp the end product.”


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14. STONEWALL

MVPS: Jeremy Irvine, Joey King, Director Roland Emmerich

Best Case Scenario: “The moments of intense humanity in Emmerich’s big-budget work are extended to feature-length, the result being a moving and inspirational portrayal of the historical gay rights movement that transcends all the clichés of a “true story” film. Joey King is phenomenal”


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13. THE GOOD DINOSAUR

MVPS: Pixar. Enough said.

Best Case Scenario: “If you thought Inside Out was the best Pixar had to offer in 2015, prepare to be blown away by this heartbreaking adventure.”


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12. SNOWDEN

MVPS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, director Oliver Stone

Best Case Scenario: “Stone is back on form with a pulse-pounding portrayal of corruption and honesty that rivals Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty in its intensity. Nicolas Cage is a standout.”


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11. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2

MVPS: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, screenwriter Danny Strong

Best Case Scenario: “The most political teen franchise we may ever see comes to a thrilling end.”


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10. THE WALK

MVPS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, director Robert Zemeckis

Best Case Scenario: “Zemeckis delivers yet another masterful drama, with Gordon-Levitt producing the best French accent ever heard in American cinema. See this in IMAX.”


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9. SPOTLIGHT

MVPS: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Liev Shreiber, director Tom McCarthy

Best Case Scenario: “The stellar ensemble give the otherwise unexceptional script an edge, and McCarthy’s subtle direction allows the story to be told entertainingly and admirably well.”


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8. BRIDGE OF SPIES

MVPS: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, director Steven Spielberg, writers Joel and Ethan Coen, composer Thomas Newman

Best Case Scenario: “Another Best Actor win is very much on the cards for Hanks in this beautifully-shot, fast-paced Cold War thriller. Welcome back to dramatic cinema, Mr. Spielberg.”


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7. SPECTRE

MVPS: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, director Sam Mendes, cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, composer Thomas Newman

Best Case Scenario: “Building upon 2012’s gripping Skyfall, this is another grand improvement on the newly fresh Bond brand. The images are as beautiful as the men and women, and the action is magnificent.”


 

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6. THE MARTIAN

MVPS: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor, director Ridley Scott, screenwriter Drew Goddard

Best Case Scenario: “Not half as much like Interstellar as one would have expected, Scott’s film compensates in humour and charm for what it lacks in that film’s profundity and sense of timelessness. Science has never been so beautiful.”


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5. CRIMSON PEAK

MVPS: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, director Guillermo del Toro

Best Case Scenario: “Del Toro’s latest gothic beauty is even more haunting and stunning a filmic artwork than his masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth. Wasikowska is astonishing.”


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4. THE HATEFUL EIGHT

MVPS: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Damien Bichir, Channing Tatum, director Quentin Tarantino, composer Ennio Morricone

Best Case Scenario: The Hateful Eight is so tough yet so graceful, so beautiful yet ugly, it makes Tarantino’s previous work look like The Smurfs. Morricone’s score accompanies the magnificence to extraordinary effect.”


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3. THE REVENANT

MVPS: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Case Scenario: “It is now clear that Iñárritu and Lubezki are the strongest duo in modern filmmaking. The Revenant is incredible.”


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2. STEVE JOBS

MVPS: Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

Best Case Scenario: “Sorkin brings his finest, fastest writing to the big screen at last. This is better than the best of The West Wing. This is the finest American biopic of our times.”


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1. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

MVPS: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’O, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, composer John Williams

Best Case Scenario: “May time and space stand still for what Abrams has achieved. A film better than Star Wars. A film better than The Empire Strikes Back. A film greater than any film previously seen. Storytelling, performing and staging are irrelevant. The Force Awakens is life itself.”



 

Which of these movies are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lucien writes on film, television and politics at LuwdMedia.com and co-hosts the podcasts Above All Else and The 99%.

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