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What you may need to know:

1. Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was imprisoned and brutally interrogated for 118 days while reporting for Newsweek on the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

2. Bahari’s interrogator would only identify himself as ‘Rosewater’, hence the title.

3. The film has been adapted from the bestseller memoir ‘Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity and Survival (2011)’ by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. Stewart is also making his directorial debut here.

4. The Daily Show has another connection to this story. This interview between Bahari and Jason Jones, the comedic foreign affairs correspondent for the Daily Show, was used as evidence of Bahari’s association with American spies by the Republican Guard.

5. It’s a young Che without the motorbike.

6. Iranian State TV have described the film as “an ultra-formulaic movie commissioned by his masters, a story of the American-Israeli sedition in 2009”, as “anti-Iranian propaganda” and says Stewart’s clearly being manipulated by the “Zionist lobby.”

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Not comedy central

Release Date: TBC


What you may need to know

1. It’s SpongeBob Squarepants in glorious 3D. SpongeBob and the gang leave the water to save the world from an evil pirate with a magic book.

2. This time they have the second greatest rock musician/actor in the world in Slash.

3. Newly single Antonio Banderas in the house.

4. Ten years have passed since we first became men.

5. They pushed the movie release forward a week so not to coincide with the release of 50 Shades of Grey (2015). There is only so much matinee space to go around.

6. The movie poster is a nod to the oft-parodied Coppertone Sunscreen ad from the 50s.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: we are all goofy goobers.

Release Date: February 2015

Nightcrawler Poster

What you may need to know:

1. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious career-driven journalist. He begins following the emergency services to crime scenes in the hope of being first to break a story. This goes so well that he starts staging his own.

2. Sounds vaguely similar to the TV presenter Wallace Souza, who was accused of ordering a series of murders to boost ratings for his reality crime show, Brazil’s answer to America’s Most Wanted.

3. So nothing to do with Marvel’s teleporting blue elf then.

4. Here’s hoping that the Network (1976) vibe isn’t misleading. The 24 hour news cycles’ unquenchable thirst for content is  begging for satire.

5. Gyllenhaal’s turn in last year’s Prisoners was immense.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Injury Lawyers 4 U: The Movie.

Release Date: October 17 (UK)

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What you may need to know:

1. Widowed Amelia’s (Essie Davis) son is convinced that there’s a monster lurking in their home. When a pop-up book called ‘The Babadook’ shows up on the doorstep, she start’s sensing a sinister presence all around her. DUN DUN DUUUUUUN!

2. The Babadook is the debut feature of writer/director Jennifer Kent.

3. The positive press and word-of-mouth for this has been insane since it premiered at Sundance back in January.

Rather than take the easy CGI route, Kent’s decision to stick with analogue effects has earned her comparisons with Wes Anderson and Terry Gilliam.

5. If the monster is half as creepy as the kid, then we’ll be sleeping with the lights on.

Broadsheet Prognosis: A creative shot in the arm for a genre languishing in “found footage” mire.

Release Date: October 24.

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Wolfcop Poster-1

What you may need to know:

1. Alcoholic small town cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) gets himself cursed. When the moon is full he transforms into… Wolfcop!

2. A sequel for this Canadian horror comedy has already been greenlit.

3. Look at that poster! JUST LOOK AT IT!!! Stellar work from TheDudeDesigns.com

4. If you’re of “a certain vintage,” then it’ll remind you of a time when video libraries were filled with cheese from companies like Embassy and Gorgon Video, and every movie had a cover like this.

5. The scene where Wolfcop kills three bank robbers in pig masks is worth the price of entry alone.

6, Broadsheet Prognosis: Deliciously rubbish, but then what were you expecting from a movie called WolfCop?

Release Date: September 12

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What you may need to know:

1. Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one morning to find horns growing from his forehead. As you do.

2. The horns have the inexplicable effect of causing complete strangers to share their deepest secrets and impulses. Like Ryan Tubridy.

3. This horror/comedy is based on the novel by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill. Some of you may remember him as Billy, the creepy kid in George A. Romero’s Creepshow (1987), written by his dad.

4. Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he’s not the greatest actor but we hear he rocked in The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway.

5. It can’t be easy growing up on screen – just ask Shia LaBeouf. He was originally down to play the lead but had some issues.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Harry Potter gets the horn.

Release Date: October 31.

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What you may need to know:

1. Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones embark upon a mission of mercy across the harsh wild west.

2. This is Jones’ second time as player/manager after he directed and starred in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005). His bleak and furrowed brow was also favourited by location scouts before settling on Georgia.

3. The film is based on a Glendon Swarthout novel. This is Swarthout’s seventh novel to be committed to film including  The Shootist (1976) and Where The Boys Are (1960).

4. It features mother and daughter Meryl Streep and Grace Gummer.

5. Paul Newman initially held the rights and tried to develop the film.

6. It’s a western with a feminist subtext.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: No Country For Old Women

Release Date: 21st November

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What you may need to know:

1. Denzel Washington takes on the Russian Mafia in this reboot of Edward Woodward’s sexagenarian vigilante from the 1980s.

2. The font size in Denz’s copy of “The Old Man and the Sea” @0:02 must be only massive. Could be double spaced though.

3. We looked at the teaser back in May. This one has some added badassery @2:09.

4. The last time Washington worked with director Antoine Fuqua, he bagged the Oscar for Training Day (2001).

5. Other 80s TV shows ripe with reboot potential include Jake and the Fatman with Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Depardieu, Mr. Merlin with Martin Sheen and Justin Bieber, or BJ and the Bear with Zac Efron. Andy Serkis would do the monkey in mo-cap, obvs.

6. If any of the above projects materialise in the next five to ten years, I’d like a producer’s credit.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: We’re quite Taken with this.

Release Date: November 26 (Ireland)

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What you may need to know:

1. Michael Keaton plays a down-at-heel actor, once famous for playing iconic superhero “Birdman,” but now struggling to reclaim the respect of his peers.

2. It’s been 25 years since Batman (1989) forever changed big studio attitudes to comic book movies. Expect much meta-referential in-jokery.

3. Keaton’s presence automatically improves any project by at least 25%.

4. Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first comedy, after the weighty (geddit?) 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006).

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) showed that Zach Galifianakis can do serious, but if it’s funny you’re after then Between Two Ferns is where it’s at.

6. There’s talk of this being presented as one continuous take a la Hitchcock’s Rope (1948). If anyone can pull that trick off, it’s Gravity’s (2013) Oscar-winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: We’re all over this.

Release Date: January  2,  2015 (UK)

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Mark writes on culture for WhyBother.ie


What you may need to know:

1. Wait… what?

2. Well, the worldwide box office for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) was a cool $136m on a budget of $10m, so this was a no-brainer.

3. Worst sequel title since I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006). Or ‘Great Expectations 2: Greater Expectations’.

4. Dev Patel really needs a new agent.

5. Google Richard Gere and the first result is still ‘Richard Gere Gerbil’. Once and for all… that never happened.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Smells like wee and sherry.

Release Date: February 27,  2015.

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Mark writes on culture on WhyBother.ie.