The ten people making cinema hot this summer

Ready for a spanking season of studs with swords, scary villainesses and superb drama? Course you are. Here are the faces behind the season’s biggest new films

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  • Gareth Edwards takes on the mightiest monster of them all in ‘Godzilla’

    When we asked Andrew Garfield which summer blockbuster he was most looking forward to, he went off on one about ‘Godzilla’. ‘It looks like the greatest film ever made,’ he gushed. ‘Literally. I saw the trailer and I can’t stop thinking about it.’ (Read the full interview here)

    Reasons to be excited number one: the director is Gareth Edwards, the 38-year-old Brit behind the DIY alien-invasion pic ‘Monsters’ (watch it on Netflix). Number two: a blinding cast of proper actors, including Walter from ‘Breaking Bad’ plus a skyscraper-high super-dinosaur.

    Godzilla’ opens in UK cinemas on Thu May 15.

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  • Michael Fassbender hides inside a fibre-glass head in ‘Frank’

    Sorry Fass-fans. Your fave hearthrob wears a gigantic fake head for all 90 minutes of ‘Frank’. This brilliant oddball indie comedy is written by Jon Ronson and loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, the bonkers creation of Mancunian musician and comedian Chris Sievey. For something a little more popcorn-spilling, Fassbender will also be in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.

    Frank’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri May 9. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ opens in UK cinemas on Thu May 22.

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  • Angelina Jolie terrifies little kids in ‘Maleficent’

    Just how scary does Angelina Jolie look playing the evil ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairy Maleficent? So scary they had to cast her daughter Vivienne, then four, in the film, as she was the only child who wasn’t afraid of Jolie in costume. We’re hoping for a feminist spin in the film, which promises to give the untold story of Maleficent – the one who puts a curse on Sleeping Beauty in the 1959 Disney cartoon.

    Maleficent’ opens in UK cinemas on Wed May 28.

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  • Ken Loach says goodbye with ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

    Ken Loach, the hero of British film, who directed ‘Kes’ and ‘Looking for Eric’, is retiring. (Kind of. No more feature films, but he’ll still make docs). The 77-year-old’s last film is this Irish drama about a communist who returns home from New York in the 1930s to open a dance hall.

    Jimmy’s Hall’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri May 30.

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  • Jonah Hall gets sweary in ‘22 Jump Street’

    He may have trousered an Oscar nomination for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, but that doesn’t mean Jonah Hill is going all thespian on us. He’s back with Channing Tatum for the sequel to the surprisingly excellent big-screen adaptation of the daft ’80s TV show. This time around the undercover cops are headed for college. Expect fratboy humour and plenty of weapons discharged prematurely.

    22 Jump Street’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Jun 6.

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  • Toothless returns in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

    Adorable alert! Toothless is back with his pet Viking in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’. If you didn’t catch the first film, Toothless is a Night Fury – basically the cutest kitten-bat-lizard crossbreed species you’re ever likely to see on screen.

    How to Train Your Dragon 2’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Jul 4.

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  • Melissa McCarthy gets her freak on in ‘Tammy’

    We’re really hoping ‘Tammy’ will be 
this year’s ‘Bridesmaids’. Hollywood’s funniest woman, Melissa McCarthy, wrote the script and stars as a woman having a run of bad luck, and embarking on a road trip with her gran.

    Tammy’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Jul 4.

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  • Keira Knightley is a girl with a guitar in ‘Begin Again’

    Oh, Keira. We know you haven’t made a film for a while. But busking? Has it come to that? Only kidding. The actress is rocking hobo-chic to play a struggling singer dumped by her newly successful boyfriend in ‘Once’ director John Carney’s comedy. Did she get tips from Mr Knightley (Klaxon James Righton)? We foresee heart-on-sleeve sweetness.

    Begin Again’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Jul 11.

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  • Ellar Coltrane grows up in ‘Boyhood’

    After watching ‘Boyhood’ you’ll feel like
 you’ve known 18-year-old Ellar Coltrane his whole life. Director Richard Linklater cast him aged seven and has filmed him for a week every year since, adapting the plot of the film as Coltrane’s grown up. Linklater nailed the modern love story with the ‘Before Midnight’ trilogy and he’s done it again here, making the perfect film about childhood. This will leave you in a puddle on the floor.

    Boyhood’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Jul 11.

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  • Bradley Cooper blasts off in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    Bradley Cooper may have reinvented himself as an actor of depth, but there’s always room for a bit of family entertainment. Here he’s the voice of Rocket, a raccoon with anger issues, in Marvel’s new superhero mega-franchise. Cooper apparently based his character on Joe Pesci in ‘Goodfellas’. Is that funny to you? Funny how?

    Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens in UK cinemas on Fri Aug 1.

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Gareth Edwards takes on the mightiest monster of them all in ‘Godzilla’

When we asked Andrew Garfield which summer blockbuster he was most looking forward to, he went off on one about ‘Godzilla’. ‘It looks like the greatest film ever made,’ he gushed. ‘Literally. I saw the trailer and I can’t stop thinking about it.’ (Read the full interview here)

Reasons to be excited number one: the director is Gareth Edwards, the 38-year-old Brit behind the DIY alien-invasion pic ‘Monsters’ (watch it on Netflix). Number two: a blinding cast of proper actors, including Walter from ‘Breaking Bad’ plus a skyscraper-high super-dinosaur.

Godzilla’ opens in UK cinemas on Thu May 15.

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