I decided that this week I would write a guide to the films I am most looking forward to watching that will be released this year. Now, of course these are all down to personal preference, some based on books I have read and can’t wait to see on the big screen, or just tailored to my tastes (for example I can’t watch a horror film for any longer than five minute.) I hope it gives you some hint as to what we can expect from this year and maybe persuade you to see something you perhaps wouldn’t have chosen yourself.
Some of you may have seen my trailer parks for this film. Originally I would not have battered an eyelid about it but after I researched it I realised I would have missed out on a lot.
The Monuments Men is based on true events during the Second World War. A platoon of museum directors, curators and art historians are given the mission to go into Germany under the nose of Hitler to rescue artwork requisitioned by the Nazis, artwork critical to remember and represent the history of the world and more specifically Jewish heritage.
Staring big names such as George Clooney and Matt Damon and based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, this film is set to be a big one.
The Monuments Men will be released in cinemas in the UK on February the 7th.
Now this one is a personal favourite of mine. Set for release on February the 14th, Vampire Academy is based on the first book of a series by Richelle Meade. As you can tell, the film of the vampire/fantasy genre, however fear not, the books and hopefully the films should be an improvement on twilight (again my personal opinion.)
The film follows Vasilisa Dragomir, a Moroi vampire, and Rose Hathaway, her Dhampir best friend. (sidenote, Moroi’s, compared to Strigoi, are the good vampires, they don’t kill people. Dhampirs are kick-ass protectors of vampires. Their heritage started by vampires having kids with humans and now are mostly produced by Dhampir/vampire relationships.) They attend the Vampire Academy, a school that teaches Dhampirs how to protect Moroi against Strigoi and teaches both Dhampirs and Moroi the basics of life, as any school does. Rose makes it her duty to protect Lissa, especially when both of their lives are put in danger.
A film for all of you Avengers/Captain America fans. On April the 4th Marvel Studios brings to you the sequel to the first Captain America film.
After the battle of New York, Steve Rodgers, aka Captain America, is living in Washington DC. His life adjusting to the modern world is quiet until a SHIELD comrade comes under attack and Captain America joins forces with The Black Widow to get to the bottom of the villainous scheme. With the introduction of Falcon and a new enemy, the Winter Soldier, Rodgers and his allies have a formidable task ahead of them, and this film promises to be a thrilling sequel to the first film.
As a major Disney fan, I’m pretty much bouncing off the walls with excitement for this film. Allowing us to dive into the life of the villain, to find out about their past and to see it all from their point of view, there is something fascinating about it. Plus, Maleficent is one of the greatest Disney villains of all time (see my article on my top five) so there’s no doubt it will be a great film.
Maleficent was once a kind and caring girl, until one day an army invaded her land. She rises to save the land and to be its protector, however she suffers a horrific betrayal that turns her heart to stone and leads her to go on a revenge rampage, challenging the invading king’s successor to an epic battle and as a result placing a curse on his newborn Aurora.
The sequel to one of my most favourite animated films of all time, follows Hiccup and his dragon Toothless five years on from the first film. On one of their adventures through the sky, they find a secret ice cave home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the Dragon Rider. The lovable duo find themselves in the middle of a battle for peace once again.
With Hiccup voiced by Jay Baruchel and his Astrid by America Ferrera, there’s a growing sense of excitement for a film that we hope is just as good, if not better than, the first film (if that is at all possible.)
It’s set for release on June the 13th.
The first film of two based on the third book of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, we see the return of my favourite trio, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson and Liam Hemsworth, as they feature in the second from last film. After an escape from the arena and finding out that District 12 has been destroyed, Katniss travels to District 13, a district that everyone in Panem was told had been destroyed. With the knowledge that Peeta had not been successfully rescued and instead was taken to the Capitol, Katniss and those at District 13 plan to wage a war against the Capitol and President Snow, and everything she knows and loves hangs in the balance.
Unfortunately we have had no official trailer as of yet, however you can bet that we will have coverage of all of the latest news as we find out more about this penultimate film.