Movies not to miss in the new year

Declan Burke provides a quick snapshot of new year movie releases.

The Interview

Celebrity TV reporters James Franco and Seth Rogen land an interview with Kim Jung-Un, only to discover the CIA want them assassinate the North Korean leader. Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-direct.


January 9

Multi-millionaire John Du Pont (Steve Carell) funds Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) in the run-up to the 1988 Olympic Games. A tragic tale based on real events. Bennett Miller directs.

American Sniper

January 16

US Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) tells his life story, which involves over 150 confirmed kills as a sniper. Based on Chris Kyle’s book and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Inherent Vice

January 30

Director Paul Thomas Anderson adapts Thomas Pynchon’s cult novel, as private eye ‘Doc’ Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Josh Brolin co-stars.

Big Hero 6

January 30

Disney animation featuring Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, who bonds with human boy Hiro (Ryan Potter) to save the city of San Fransokyo.

Jupiter Ascending

February 6

Sci-fi epic from Andy and Lana Wachowski about a young woman who must kill the Queen of the Universe to save her own life. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star.

Fifty Shades of Grey

February 13

Sam Taylor-Johnson adapts EL James’ best-selling erotic romance, in which young literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) encounters the ‘controlling’ billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).


February 20

Claire (Jennifer Aniston) begins a relationship with a widower who is experiencing disturbing hallucinations of his wife, who committed suicide. Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick co-star; Daniel Barnz directs.

Kill the Messenger

March 6

Jeremy Renner stars as journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s arming of Contra rebels in Nicaragua, and is subsequently subjected to a vicious smear campaign. Michael Cuesta directs.

In the Heart of the Sea

March 13

Set in 1820, Ron Howard’s movie tells the true story behind the events of Moby Dick, in which a whaling ship is attacked by a whale. Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson co-star.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

March 20

Children’s cult fave Spongebob (voiced by Tom Kenny) gets the big screen treatment, as he goes on a quest that takes him to the human world and finds him tangling with a pirate (Antonio Banderas).

Top Five

March 20

Comedian Andre (Chris Rock) tries to make it as a serious actor, aided and abetted by his reality-TV wife (Rosario Dawson). Rock writes and directs; Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg co-star.


March 27

A live-action version of the classic fairytale, as Cinderella (Lily James) captures the heart of Prince Charming (James Madden). Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham-Carter and Derek Jacobi co-star; Kenneth Branagh directs.

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