The Top Ten Films to See This Month

2015 - Early filmsWhilst winter here in England can be a magical, beautiful time of the year it’s also all too often cold, wet and frankly rather miserable. So, on those days when you want to escape from the weather and get lost in another world there are few better places to go than the cinema. And although we have to wait until later on in the year for the real onslaught of upcoming films to be released, I think you’ll find there are plenty of promising looking treats to check out this month. Here are my top ten picks…

American SniperAmerican Sniper

Clint Eastwood returns to the director’s chair in order to bring us this biopic of American sniper Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper plays takes center stage as the talented sniper who can’t leave the war behind him when he returns home to his family. American Sniper hits UK theaters on the 16th January.

Michael Keaton and Birdman is pretty much all that’s been talked about by our friends across the pond for the last few weeks or so. To say that this film about a washed up actor who once played a character called Birdman comes with an awful lot of praise and high expectations is to under-exaggerate, so lets hope it lives up to all the fantastic things we have been hearing. Birdman opened in the UK on the 1st of January.

Here we have a film which tells the true story of Mark Schultz and his trainer John du Pont. By all accounts this is one which absoloutley should not be missed with extraordinarily high acclaim being given to both Channing Tatum and Steve Carell who play Schultz and Du Pont respectively. The strong cast is supported by Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave. Foxcatcher hits UK cinemas this Friday (9th).
KingsmanKingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-AssX-Men: First Class and Layer Cake, world of spies with his latest film when a veteran agent (Colin Firth) takes on a promising but wayward student and pretty much gives him the whole OO7 treatment. My hope is that this is to spy films what Kick-Ass was to superhero movies. High hopes? Perhaps, but this does have the potential to be very good indeed… Kingsman opens in the UK on the 29th of January.
Inherent ViceInherent Vice

Everytime Paul Thomas Anderson releases a new film it’s going to be a must see on my film schedule. With Inherent Vice Anderson tackles the daunting task of adapting Thomas Pynchon’s work with this story of a drug-fueled detective who is given a tricky case concerning the whereabouts of a past girlfriend. Be sure to see Inherent Vice on the 30th of January.

The Man Who Saved the WorldThe Man Who Saved the World

This documentary takes a look at Stanislav Petrov who on the 26th September 1983 made a decision which may well have saved the world from nuclear disaster.  When the Soviet Union’s early warning system’s alarm sounded it was Stanislav’s job to report to superiors that the US had sent nuclear missiles toward them so that Russia could respond. Stanislav Petrov however didn’t report it believing that it was possibly an error, an extraordinarily hard decision which may well have saved us all from nuclear war. The Man Who Saved the World opens on the 23rd of January.
Most Violent YearA Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac star in this crime drama that’s written and directed by All is Lost‘s J.C.Chandor. The film presents us with the story of an immigrant who must fight to protect his family during N.Y.C’s toughest year. A Most Violent Year opens on the 23rd of January.
Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything

This biopic of Professor Stephen Hawking looks set to be nominated for a lot of awards as Eddie Redmayne impresses in the challenging role of the Professor himself. The film tells the story of Hawking’s life before his diagnosis, exploring the great love of his life, and then delves into his disease and how he dealt with everything life continued to throw at him. The Theory of Everything opened New Years Day in the UK.

I’ve been banging on about this one for a while now due to the terrific trailers it has put forth and the stellar reviews which it’s received. This story of a young drummer who is rigorously mentored by a uncompromising instructor looks set to be one of the most exciting releases this year. Whiplash is unleashed upon us on the 16th January.

I’m not the biggest fan of Reese Witherspoon but this tale of a woman who walks 1,100 miles in order to recover after a catastrophe may well provide her with interesting enough material to convince me that I’ve been wrong about her. Until I come around to Reese however the big draw to Wild is that the Dallas Buyers Club‘s director (Jean-Marc Vallée) is behind this one too. That’s more than enough to peak my interest for now. Wild arrives on our screens on the 16th of January.

So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Let me know in the comment box below!



  1. I really want to see Whiplash. It’s not everyday where there’s movies about drummers.

    1. Yeah it’s quite an unusual subject matter really, and by all accounts it should be very good too.

      1. Yeah, I’ve heard too many good things about the movie to where not watching it would make me look lazy and stupid. In reality, I’m only lazy.

        1. Haha, yeah after compiling a list like this I feel that I have to really get up off my backside and watch a fair few of them!

  2. Wild is a fantastic, uplifting film. Reese is aging and relying less of being cute. Foxcatcher is a giant dog turd, however.

    1. Well that sounds positive then, I will try hard to catch Wild then.
      Really? I had heard such good things… what’s so bad about it?

  3. I like this list. Early on I wasn’t sold on Inherent Vice, not the biggest fan of Joaquin Phoenix or Josh Brolin, but after the praise it’s been getting I’ll have to add it to my list. Good effort.

    1. Thanks! I happen to like both of them but it was going to make list regardless because of Paul Thomas Anderson. I think he is possibly the best director working today. Certainly in the top 5.

  4. The trailer for A Most Violent Year didn’t excite but all the positive word of mouth has gotten me intrigued. Whiplash is a must-see, great performances and loved the ending!

    1. Yeah I have to say that A Most Violent Year is the one I am least excited for on this list, but as you say the word of mouth is good and so I’m interested in seeing it should I get the chance.

      Excellent! I look forward to ti!

  5. Awesome list. I am really looking forward to Whiplash, A Most Violent Year and Foxcatcher. I’ve already seen Birdman and The Theory of Everything and they’re definitely recommendation worthy.

    1. Thanks Abbi! Glad you agree with me, and I really want to see those movies ASAP. Which did you prefer out of the two of them?

      1. They are so vastly different that it’s hard to compare but ultimately I’m going to say Birdman.

        1. Great! Work keeps me so busy that I am having to try and prioritise those which I absolutely have to see!

  6. I’m literally the only person I know not sipping the Foxcatcher koolaid, but it has some great performances! PLEASE see Whiplash and The Theory of Everything…both spectacular!

    1. Haha I will have to see it and find out whether I’m still on the koolaid or not then!
      I absolutely mean to, those and Inherent Vice are at the top of my list to see.

  7. Yes to ‘Whiplash,’ yes to ‘Wild’ (which was a big surprise for me as I also don’t like Witherspoon all that much), and ‘YES YES YES to ‘Foxcatcher!’ Very strong list man, and I can’t wait to see ‘A Most Violent Year,’ whenever we get that; and I think I’ll be taking some time tomorrow to see ‘Inherent Vice.’ Looking forward to that big time.

    1. Thanks, it’s great to hear you backing those choices. I just want to see all of them!
      You’ll have to let me know what you think of Vice, without spoilers of course!

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