Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura
Harrowing disaster movie, told through the eyes of Watts & McGregor's holidaying family, and made all the more powerful in being based on recent real-life events: the devastating Thailand tsunami of Boxing Day 2004.
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin
Gritty, 40s-set cops & mobsters movie - based on a seven-part series in the LA Times - in which Brolin and Gosling assemble a no-nonsense force (or 'Squad', if you will) to take down Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a 'Gangster'.
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley
On the brink of university, golden-boy South Dublin athlete Richard Karlsen has a summer (and a life) of endless opportunity ahead. Until one night, when Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.
Former slave Foxx and German bounty hunter Christoph Waltz forge an unlikely alliance against a DiCaprio's tyrannical plantation owner. Tarantino goes Wild Wild West, minus the weird tech and a good deal harder.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, John Hawkes
Spielberg's long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln sees Day-Lewis as the top-hatted President (and in BAFTA-nominated form once again), battling personal demons and political rivals during the US Civil War of 1861-65.
Directed by: Craig Viveiros Starring: Tim Roth, Talulah Riley and Kierston Wareing
When 19-year-old Adam (Jack O'Connell) agrees to do a day's driving for his mum's gangster boyfriend (Peter Mullan), it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy (Roth).
Directed by: Len Wiseman Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston
Although we regard fondly the original 1990/Arnie version of this Philip K Dick story, it's not aging well. So here's the updated action-sci-fi-spy malarkey, co-starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Mr Kate Beckinsale.
Directed by: Rian Johnson Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self.
Directed by: Tony Kaye Starring: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden
No-one likes a substitute teacher, do they? And world-weary Brody doesn’t much care for the classes he briefly presides over either. Until now… American History X director Kaye schools a grade-A cast that includes James Caan and Lucy Liu.
Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins
Fairly faithful blow-by-blow (suck-by-suck?) remake of Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In, starring Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Moretz (Kick-Ass) as – respectively – a young, bullied boy and his creepy girl neighbour..
Created by: Ronald D Moore Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff
Epic refit of the late 70s Glen A Larson sci-fi series sees some of the characters switch gender, some of robotic Cylon enemies now looking very human, and all of the writing, acting and production values absolutely first class.
Created by: Jane Espenson, D Brent Mote Starring: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek
After saving the President's life, two Secret Service agents are transferred to Warehouse 13, a massive, top-secret storage facility housing every mysterious relic and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the US government.
Directed by: Doug Liman Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison
Taut political thriller based on the memoirs of CIA Agent Valerie Plame, whose identity is leaked in apparent retaliation to her husband's New York Times article attacking the Bush administration’s WMD evidence.
Directed by: Yimou Zhang Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang
In Nanking, 1937, the only haven from the siege of the Japanese Imperial Army is within this walls of a western church, where American John Miller (Bale) joins a small group trying to survive. And then deciding to fight back.
Directed by: F. Gary Gray Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
A day-in-the-life comedy and an ever-popular LOVEFiLM Instant title, with the stoic Cube and hyperactive Tucker hanging out and waxing philosophical on family, friendship, violence, young love, bathroom emergencies and nosy neighbours.