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2015's must see movies

15 films we just can't wait to see on the big screen...

James Bond: Spectre

A new Bond, a new Star Wars, a new Terminator and a lot of rampaging Jurassic Park dinosaurs – 2015 is shaping up to be a humdinger of a year. Here are the 15 films we just can't wait to see on the big screen... What is it? James Bond is back! For the 24th time (not counting the unofficial ones)! This adventure picks up where Skyfall left off, with M dead and Bond still wrestling with encroaching middle age and rampaging anger-management issues. Expect angst and action in roughly equal measure. Who's involved? The Skyfall team reunites, including director Sam Mendes, writer John Logan and star Daniel Craig. We expect to see Ben Whishaw back as Q and Ralph Fiennes as slippery MI6 operative Gareth Mallory, who, for better or worse, has stepped into M's sensible heels. When can I see it? Spectre is due to open on November 6, next year.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

What is it? The first sequel to the most successful movie trilogy of all time and the first in a new sequence of Star Wars films. Plot details of The Force Awakens are still sketchy but we do know it involves Luke Skywalker and Han Solo coming out of retirement to tackle a new threat from the Dark Side of the Force. The title, too, is still under wraps. Who's involved? Star Trek rebooter JJ Abrams directs, with a sprawling cast including original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford alongside newcomers Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Adam Driver and John Boyega from Attack the Block. When can I see it? Star Wars Episode VII is expected to open on December 18, still an agonising year away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OMOVFvcNfvE

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Mad Max: Fury Road

What is it? Twenty years on from the last installment, Beyond Thunderdome, we catch up with Australia's roughest, toughest apocalyptic outlaw as he roams the wasteland in his souped-up roadster looking for trouble. We assume he finds it or this'll be quite a short movie. Who's involved? There's a new Max in the form of muscular Brit Tom Hardy, though rumours persist that Mel Gibson is to have some kind of walk-on. Original director George Miller has spent the better part of a decade putting this together. Let's hope it's worth the wait. When can I see it? Mad Max: Fury Road is expected to open on May 15.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YWNWi-ZWL3c

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Terminator Genisys

What is it? Winner of the year's silliest title award, Genisys aims to repair the damage done by 2009's lumpen Terminator Salvation by getting back to basics: killer robots, massive explosions and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leather jacket. Who's involved? The aforementioned Austrian Oak as the ageing robot assassin, plus the Khaleesi herself, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, as Sarah Connor (hang on, didn't she die?). Alan Taylor, director of the recent Thor sequel, barks the orders. When can I see it? Terminator: Genisys is expected to open on July 2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62E4FJTwSuc

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

What is it? You have to ask? Assorted guys and gals in tights, metal suits and ripped hulk-shorts bond together to fight evil in the form of self-aware, human-hating artificial intelligence Ultron. Humans aren't that bad. Who's involved? Round up the usual suspects! Writer-director Joss Whedon is back, as are (deep breath) Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson and Mark Ruffalo. When can I see it? Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to open on April 23.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tmeOjFno6Do

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Inside Out

What is it? We missed out on a Pixar film in 2014, but in 2015 we are getting the most ambitious Pixar film to date, which goes into a little girl's mind to follow five of her personified emotions − Joy, Disgust, Anger, Sadness and Fear. Get ready for this emotion picture. Who's involved? Pete Docter, director of two of Pixar's best films Up and Monster's Inc. takes on the ambitious psychological animation. Voices include Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. When can I see it? Inside Out is expected to open on May 14.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OwxnpcV_Guw

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Jurassic World

What is it? See if you can guess. Yes, two decades on from the original Jurassic Park we're going back to the island of Isla Nublar, now the site of a functioning and successful dinosaur attraction. But not for long… Who's involved? Steven Spielberg has bigger things on his mind than dinosaurs, so it's fallen unexpectedly to newcomer Colin Trevorrow, director of cheerful-if-unspectacular time travel indie Safety Not Guaranteed, to take the reins. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard appear, but the dinos are the real stars. When can I see it? Jurassic World is expected to open on June 6.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RFinNxS5KN4

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Fifty Shades of Grey

What is it? Unless you've been strapped to the wall in someone's sex dungeon for the past three years, you'll know that this is adapted from the wildly popular series of kinky novels about a young couple who push the boundaries of erotic possibility. We think. Who's involved? British artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson is in the director's chair, with newcomers Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (no relation) playing the two leads. When can I see it? Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to open on February 12.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6FDTMRK7-24

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Birdman

This darkly comic drama about a gone-to-seed action star attempting to revive his career by putting on a Broadway show has received rave write-ups at festivals – including a five-star review from Time Out. Who's involved? Michael Keaton heads up an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, with Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu in the chair. When can I see it? Birdman is expected to open on January 22. So not long to wait!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0PdLmZG_6ZE

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

What is it? The final installment in the Hunger Games series (unless they pull a Star Wars and start bombarding us with sequels and/or prequels). The stage is set for the final battle between Capitol forces and the scrappy rebels led by Katniss Everdeen. Peettaaa!!! Who's involved? The original cast – Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and assorted non-threatening boys – all return, plus the film marks the final screen appearance for the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence stays on to see the series out. When can I see it? The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is expected to open on November 20.

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