10 Essential Films For 2015

2015 has already got off to a good start, with Foxcatcher and Whiplash coming later this month (although I’m afraid I really didn’t like either Birdman or American Sniper).

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2015 has already got off to a good start, with Foxcatcher and Whiplash coming later this month (although I’m afraid I really didn’t like either Birdman or American Sniper).

But beyond those, there is a strong brace of films due to come in the next 12 months. Admittedly, I’ve only included films that currently have a trailer – which means, alas, I’ve not covered James Cooper’s documentary about The Who’s early managers,Lambert And Stamp, Jonathan Demme’s Ricki And The Flash, which stars Meryl Streep as an ageing rock star, or the Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck.

I’ve also steered clear of the very obvious films (with one critical exception…) so the focus is on what I hope will prove to be the main highlights of 2015: some strong UK and American indies, a terrific Iranian vampire drama and a weighty selection of promising rock documentaries. But as ever, do let me know if there’s anything coming up you’re looking forward to seeing…



The Duke Of Burgundy



Peter Strickland’s preview film, Berberian Sound Studio, reached No 4 in our Films Of The Year for 2012; we have high hopes for this erotic drama starring Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen…
OPENS JANUARY 20

Hyena



London-set crime thriller, written and directed by Gerard Johnson, brother of The The’s Matt – who provides the soundtrack…
OPENS MARCH 6

Blackhearts

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Music documentary, charting the international impact of Norwegian black metal, as far afield as Iran and Columbia…
OPENING DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

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Comedy, with Chris Rock stars as a stand-up, waylaid by an action movie franchise, trying to reconnect with his career…
OPENS MARCH 20

While We Were Young



Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach reteam for this first time since Greenberg in this comedy about a middle aged couple attempting to reinvigorate their relationship…
OPENS APRIL 3

A Girl Walks Home At Night



Enticingly described as “The first Iranian vampire Western”, this was one of my favourite films at last year’s London Film Festival…
OPENING DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

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