ByJames Wood, writer at
Unabashed Transformers fan. Man crush on Tom Hardy. Avid fan of Tommy Wiseau's cult disasterpiece The Room.
James Wood

2015 has been a superb year. I've labelled it the year of the sequels, prequels and reboots. Mad Max Fury Road, Jurassic World, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Insidious 3, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the hits keep on coming and there are even more on the horizon. Here are 10 films worthy of grabbing that popcorn and plumping yourself in the cinema!

1. It's pretty much the talk of the town, for fans and even general moviegoers, Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens is going to be the hot ticket for the year. Directed by J.J. Abrams and boasting much of the original cast as well as a whole host of new stars, it looks like a whole lot of heart has been put into this upcoming outing, and that's more than enough to get excited.

2. The final film in the epic young adult franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is almost upon us. Katniss Everdeen leads a resistance against the Capitol and President Snow, and from the trailers, expect big speeches, valiant character entrances and a climactic final battle.

3. After the huge success of Skyfall, Director Sam Mendes himself has said Spectre is going to be "Skyfall x10". With reports stating that the opening will be the biggest, most extravagant opening of the entire Bond cannon, it's safe to say this could be the best Bond yet. With the likes of Christoph Waltz, Lea Sedoux, Monica Belucci and Dave Bautista in starring roles, Bond has never been bigger.

4. In 2013, Director Alfonso Cuaron took us into space for a terrifying adventure like no other with Gravity. The intensity, overwhelming realism, stunning visuals and 3D as well as top notch performances meant for one spectacular cinematic experience. In 2015, Director Baltasar Kormákur will take us to one of the highest peaks in the upcoming adventure Everest. The trailer is gripping and intense as it is, so one can only imagine how heart pumping this will be in IMAX 3D.

5. Now on his ninth film, Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western The Hateful Eight could be an early contender for some Oscar buzz. With a superb line up of stars and a promising trailer boasting Tarantino's talent for witty dialogue and eccentric characters, this will be one to watch, but will it top the masterful Django Unchained?

6. Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan. A mighty talented cast, as well as Ridley Scott in the Director's seat, The Martian looks like it could be the most ambitious and thrilling sci-fi of the year. The trailer was more exciting than the entirety of Interstellar.

7. Sicario sees FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) team up with Government Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) in the war against drug smuggling. Also starring Benicio Del Toro and directed by Denis Villeneuve, the guy who stirred unease and expert tension in Prisoners, Sicario looks like it could be real treat with complex characters and thought provoking themes, and not just a mindless shooter.

8. The first found footage film in 3D? This alone has me excited, to see how the conversion is implicated into a genre that is well known for shaky cam and messy unfocused shots. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the 6th addition to the highly successful franchise, and despite the critical ratings dwindling the box office intake has remained strong. Will this addition breathe new life into the franchise?

9. Bradley Cooper has been on a role the past few years. Starring in hits like American Hustle, American Sniper and Guardians Of The Galaxy, he's proved himself a likeable and immensely talented star. His next film Burnt sees him play a chef with particularly harsh methods in the kitchen, the trailer gives off heat and spice, I'm very excited to see his performance here.

10. Robert Zemeckis has directed some of the most influential and loved films over the years from Back To The Future to Castaway. The Walk is his next project with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing French high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his attempt to cross over the Twin Towers on a tightrope. Sounds daunting, right? Add 3D and IMAX and incredible cinematography and sharp sound design and I reckon there will be many cases of vertigo after this release!


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