Release date: 22 January 2016 Certification:15 Running time: 130 min Director: Adam McKay Starring:Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt.
The 2008 financial crisis. A huge economic crash from which America, and much of the rest of the world, has still not recovered. In hindsight you wonder why nobody saw it coming; the proliferation of irresponsible money lending was bound to have dire consequences sooner rather than later. What we’ve learned is that the banks more or less saw what was in store, but knew the government would bail them out. However they weren’t the only ones to see it coming, and it was this group outsiders who pulled off one of the riskiest gambles in history.
Release date: 15 January 2015 Certification: 12A Running time: 133 min Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad.
With Sylvester Stalllone still headlining the same sort of action-fare he’s done for the past thirty-odd years, it’s easy to forget that the man is pushing seventy. Sure, at times he resembles an inflatable meat suit, but he’s always fiercely fought the ageing process. It’s also easy to forget that Stallone can, when the mood takes him, pull off a genuinely heart-felt performance. Creed could so easily have been the same old story; the fact that it’s a genuine joy to watch comes as a welcome surprise.
Release date: 15 January 2016 Certification: 15 Running time: 156 min Director:Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson
The silence in the woods is suddenly punctured by a guttural roar and the thunderous pounding of paws on rock. Before he knows it Hugh Glass – scout guide for a fur trapping expedition pursued by the enraged Arikara tribe – is being brutally mauled by a protective mama bear in the snowy hills of Montana. Forced to go on ahead without Glass, the hunting party leave him in the care of his Pawnee son Hawk, gentle youngster Jim Bridger and the volatile and avaricious fur trader John Fitzgerald. When Fitzgerald grows tired of waiting for Glass to die he murders his son and leaves him buried alive in a shallow grave under the pretence that a raiding party is impending. Haunted by the death of his wife and son, Glass drags himself from his grave and embarks on his quest for revenge. After last year’s Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu has once again garned plenty of Oscar attention for this bleak and relentless revenge Western.
Release date:25 November 2015 Certification: 15 Running time: 122 min Director: Scott Cooper Starring:Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard
After over a decade of playing drunken pirates and mad-hatters, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Johnny Depp is capable of playing a real person. Donning a bald cap and contact lenses which change his eye colour to an impossibly piercing blue, there is still an element of dress up in his latest role as notorious Boston mob boss James Whitey Bulger. Fortunately that doesn’t keep him from delivering his most terrifyingly human performance in many a year.
Release Date: 19 November 2015 Certification:12A Running Time:137 min Director: Francis Lawrence Starring:Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore
Katniss Everdeen is back to close out The Hunger Games trilogy with this, the fourth film in the series. Obviously inspired by Harry Potter and the Two Part Finale, Mockingjay has been split into two movies. Presumably this is in order to honour every single last detail of the story and absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the studio can get away with making punters pay twice to watch the series conclusion. At least when Douglas Adams claimed that TheHitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was a trilogy of five books he was making a joke.