We take a look at movies a nerdy audience might appreciate headed to cinemas in January 2015. It’s the beginning of a year that will be proliferated with super hero titles and the first of the new Star Wars films. What are you most excited for?
Birdman – 1st (UK) 7th (US)
Michael Keaton stars in a dark comedy receiving much critical acclaim. A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Taken 3 – 8th (UK) 9th (US)
The third instalment in a series that could be turning stale. Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
Spare Parts – 16th (US only)
No worldwide release for this one at present. Only viewers in the US will be able to catch Spare Parts that boasts Jamie Lee Curtis as a stand-out cast member. Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT.
Paddington – 16th (US)
From deepest, darkest Peru to the sprawling big city that is London this very British tale is brought up to date but manages to retain the charm that makes Paddington so loveable. British cinema goers were able to catch this one ahead of Christmas whilst US viewers must wait until mid January. Despite my scepticism this turned out to be a great family movie that captured the imaginations and attention of my kids. A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond.
Project Almanac – 30th (US)
The UK gets Project Almanac in mid February whilst the US will see it in theatres just about in January but trailers were previously released with the film title Welcome To Yesterday. Beware – Michael Bay Warning! – A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
Big Hero 6 – 30th (UK)
Receiving its release in the last quarter of 2014 in many parts of the world this Disney take on a Marvel title won’t hit UK screens until the end of January 2015. The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.