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poster

What you may need to know:

1. Historical thriller about pioneering British computer scientist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a key figure in cracking the Nazis’ Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II.

2. To show their gratitude, the British Government prosecuted Turing for homosexuality in 1952. He elected to undergo chemical castration in order to avoid a custodial sentence and died in 1954. You’re welcome.

3. Looks like Cumberbatch’s Turing has all the natural charm and charisma of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.

4. Mark Strong is consistently better than the material he’s given.

5. Allen Leech takes a well-deserved break from pig-fretting on Downton Abbey.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Cracking.

Release Date: November 14

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whiplash

What you may need to know:

1. A talented young jazz drummer secures a place in one of the country’s top music schools where he is placed under the tutelage of a fearsome jazz music teacher.

2. The title is a nod to Hank Levy’s jazz classic ‘Whiplash‘.

3. It’s unnerving to see J.K. Simmons play such a role. He’s usually so nice!

4. The film has been doing the festival rounds garnering high praise along the way. It picked up the top audience and grand jury awards at Sundance.

5. Writer and director Damien Chazelle took 15  pages from his original screenplay and adapted it into a short film starring Johnny Simmons in the role of the drummer and J. K. Simmons in the role of the teacher. The 18-minute short of the same name ultimately attracted investors to sign on and produce the complete version of the script.

6. To prepare for the role Miles Teller had to stop working out or even going outside so that he would be “pale and doughy”. Teller described it as being “by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done”. Mmmf.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: We’re snared.

Release Date: January 16, 2015

Gold

What you may need to know:

1. Comedy about Ray (David Wilmot), an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter (Maisie Williams) and ex-wife (Kerry Condon) but finds that his place has been taken by PE teacher and life coach Frank (James Nesbitt).

2. “You’re indestructible…” Great, now I can’t get Spandau Ballet out of my head.

3. Writer/director Niall Heery won the IFTA for Breakthrough Talent for his debut, Small Engine Repair (2006).

4. Who’d have thought that one well-placed moustache could turn James Nesbitt into George Clooney?

5. Nice little trailer with some obvious nods to Alexander Payne. If Heery keeps the comedy subtle, it may be very good indeed.

6. “Always believe in your soul…” Dammit.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Could be a winner.

Release Date: October 10

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listenup

What you may need to know:

1. Philip is a self-absorbed writer awaiting the release of his second novel which he is convinced will be a hit. Bored with both his daily routine and his girlfriend, a meeting with his literary idol offers him a chance to escape the city for a while. Much comedic navel-gazing ensues.

2. The film has been doing the film festival rounds since Sundance in January. It’s going to the London Film Festival on October 9 before going on limited release in the US after securing a distributor back in June.

3. This is director Alex Ross Perry’s third feature and it focuses on middle aged regret, among other themes. Perry has just turned 30. Mmmmf.

4. Perry’s meandering film narrative, where the character focus changes for large periods of time, was inspired by William Gaddis’ novel The Recognitions.

5. Perry’s previous film The Colour Wheel (2011) was theindiewire.com’s best undistributed film of 2011. Being undistributed is the new beard.

6. Jason Schwartzman was previously the drummer with the band Phantom Planet. Phantom Planet was responsible for some horrendous dancing on an episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch as well as the the ear assault that is ‘California’, the theme tune to teen-drama ‘The O.C.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Rushmore is middle aged.

Release Date: TBC

hunger

What you may need to know:

1. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 after shattering the Games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

2. Going by the source novel, Mockingjay Pt. 1 will be more touchy feely than shooty stabby.

3. Remember when Hollywood just made trilogies? Good times.

4. The Hunger Games>The Maze Runner>Divergent> Twilight. Everything beats Twilight.

5. Donald Sutherland is a classy actor, right? But just remember that he made Ray Winstone look good in Fool’s Gold (2008).

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Depends entirely on whether “third quarter quell” or “the reaping” means anything to you.

Release Date: November 21

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violentyear

What you may need to know:

1. It’s an action drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family whose business keeps running into corruption and violence.

2. 1981 was the most violent year in New York City history with 637,451 reported felonies that year. 19,475 1,832 of those were murders.

3. Oscar Isaac replaced Javier Bardem in the lead after Bardem and the film’s director J.C Chandor fell out over the “direction of the script”. The film was also still without finance at that point.

4. This is Chandor’s own script and he really impressed with his two previous productions, Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). “Elegant and handsome” Jeremy Irons is a most impressive bastard in Margin Call.

5. Co-star Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac were classmates in Julliard, the School for Performing arts in New York.

6. The film sneaks in just ahead of the Oscars deadline which is midnight on December 31. Aye Aye!

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Escape from…Escape From New York (1981)

Release Date: New Years Eve

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What you may need to know:

1. Director Tim Burton’s biopic of the artist Margaret Keane (played by Amy Adams). Keane’s paintings of doe-eyed children were hugely popular but her husband, Walter (Christoph Waltz) took sole credit for her work.

2. What’s this? No Johnny Depp? No Helena Bonham Carter? That should keep the Burton naysayers quiet for a while.

3. With a 30-year career based on expressionistic weirdness, how does Burton keep his audience on their toes? He goes full-on normal, that’s how.

4. Burton hasn’t used a non-fictive biographical source since Ed Wood (1994). That was a good one.

5. He seems to have lost his mojo ever since Planet of the Apes (2001). Hopefully Big Eyes will mark a return to form.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Weirdly normal.

Release Date: December 26 (UK)

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unnamed

What you may need to know:

1. John Wick is a retired assassin with a short fuse who just wants the quiet life. When a gang of Russian thugs steal his car and kill his puppy he comes out of retirement to exact revenge.

2. Megapump trailer.

3. “People keep asking if I’m back. Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.”

4. That Sonics track needs a rest.

5. Alfie Allen is getting typecast as someone the audience wants to get punched. Hard. In the face.

6. Evil Willem Dafoe (1984) is always better then good Willem Dafoe (1986).

7. Director Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves’ stunt double throughout the Matrix Trilogy. The student has become the master.

8. Broadsheet Prognosis: Won’t hold a candle to Taken.

Release Date: TBC

poster

What you may need to know:

1. Venerable veteran Mike Leigh directs Timothy Spall in this biopic of Victorian artist JMW Turner, one of the forerunners of modern abstract art.

2. We liked his early landscapes better. #Hipster.

3. Mr Turner received glowing feedback from critics after its premiere at Cannes, where Spall took home the Best Actor award.

4. Spall is something of a Leigh regular, having also appeared in Life is Sweet (1990), Secrets and Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999) and All or Nothing (2002).

5. You can’t really go wrong with Leigh. Naked (1993) is a personal favourite, but Meantime (1984), Leigh’s portrait of life under Thatcher in the 1980s is well worth seeking out.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Painting is cool.

Release Date:  October 31

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rudderless

What you may need to know:

1. A father discovers his deceased son’s secret musical talents and with the help of a fellow music enthusiast bring this talent to life.

2. This is William H Macy‘s directorial debut. We will always have Jerry Lundegaard from the big screen Fargo (1996).

3. It also stars Justin Beiber’s on off girlfriend Selena Gomez.

4. The soundtrack is all original songs by Simon Steadman (formerly of Steadman) and ex Tears for Fears producer Charlton Pettus, otherwise known as indie duo SolidState.

5. Broadsheet Prognosis: Rudderless in some safe seas.

Release Date: TBC

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