11 films to still get excited about
Fifth in the cannon of Terminator films, with Arnold Schwarzenegger appearing as present and his original 1984 self thanks to visual effects. Don’t worry that the time travel bits make zero sense, just go with it.
Released Jul 16th
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Big-screen update on the sixties television series will stay true to the original period and be set against the backdrop of the early 1960s period of the Cold War. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star as the titular men.
Released Aug 20th
Thriller in 3D, based on a real-life 1996 mountaineering incident in which eight climbers trying to conquer Mount Everest were caught in a sudden blizzard. Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright and Sam Worthington all put on their hiking boots in the cast.
Released Sep 17th
Jake Gyllenhaal follows up on his fantastic performance in 2014′s Nightcrawler by bulking up into frankly terrifying form to play a boxer at the top of his game whose life falls apart following a tragic incident. Though the ‘pulling yourself from rock bottom to achieve glory’ premise is an overused one in sporting movies of all ilks, the guarantee of another gritty, showstopping performance from Gyllenhall makes this worth the price of admission alone.
Johnny Depp stars in the true story of Boston gangster, Whitey Bulger, who turned FBI informant. The supporting cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller and Juno Temple.
Released Sep 17th
Ian McKellen plays the old-age Sherlock Holmes who recouts his life to a young buy and then comes out of retirement to take on one last mystery.
Released Aug 13th
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tiny Tom is back for the fifth installment of the money-spinning franchise, putting his (apparently never ageing) body through the mill again in, yep, you guessed it – ‘his most impossible mission yet’, a rogue organisation intent on eradicating IMF.
Sam Mendes directs Daniel Craig as James Bond once again with Léa Seydoux as the Bond girl, Christoph Waltz playing a baddie and the usual mix of guns, explosions and lots and lots of product placement.
Released Nov 5th
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
JJ Abrams reunites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in a continuation of the saga, set three decades after Return of the Jedi (1983). Parts were filmed in Abu Dhabi, although only in the desert, so don’t expect to see Chewbacca forlornly trying to hail a cab on the Corniche.
The modernised and updated big-screen outing for Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang is not going to be just a kid’s film. Trust us. It’s got The Who on the soundtrack and looks like a tale of ennui and angst.
Released Dec 24th