Tuesday, January 06, 2015

20th Century Fox welcomes 2015 with unforgettable and highly-entertaining movies poised to set new box-office records.

Ben Stiller and his magical friends are back in the third and final instalment of “Night at the Museum” franchise, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The adventure begins when Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the iconic historical heroes, seems to be out of control — fighting, brandishing guns and causing chaos at the Museum of Natural History, where Larry runs the extraordinary ‘Night Program’ and must find a way to keep the magic alive.

Taken 3 will prove that Brian Mills is up to the task and better than anyone there will ever be in protecting his family with his particular set of skills as ex-covert agent in this third installment of the hugely successful action franchise. In the movie, the game has changed and the stakes at its highest, Mills is a fugitive on the run, after being framed for a murder and is hell-bent to uncover the group behind the killing.

Michael Keaton puts on his winning cape in the highly-acclaimed Birdman (or “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”) along with an ensemble of an impressive cast including Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone. Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a washed up actor who refused an offer to play the fourth time to reprise his role in the highly successful “Birdman” movies. Instead, he tries to reinvent himself by writing and directing a stage play that would push him further as an actor.

Academy-Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in Wild, an adaptation of the biographical book (of the same title) by Cheryl Strayed that reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book likewise was the first featured reading material in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who decided to take on a journey to self-discovery by trekking a 1,100 mile lone hike to put her life back together again.

Taking the audience into the depths of thrills in the espionage game, Kingsman: The Secret Service introduces a team of newly-trained spy recruits who battle a twisted genius. The movie is based on the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Taron Egerton.

In Spy, the world’s most covert of spies have been injured and exposed. The only remaining choice to save the world is an unassuming unsung desk analyst within the undercover organization. Directed by Paul Feig, Spy stars Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney and Rose Byrne.

A supernatural team in B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) comes to the rescue to protect humans from evil hauntings. When newbie agents Jackson Moss and his odd-ball partner Watts uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O., they must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate.

Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tim Wilkinson work hard to play hard in Unfinished Business, — where the three travel to Europe for the deal of their lives and keep on getting tangled in a series of unfortunate hilarious events that will make or break their budding business venture.

2012’s box-office surprise hit “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s” sequel Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about to charm the second time around where Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel reprise their roles. Joining the sequel is Richard Gere where we see the famed hotel is now expanding into a chain.

Four-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez lend vocal star power in DreamWorks Animation’s delightful family film Home. Parsons star as the voice of a purple alien called Oh and meets Tip (Rihanna) on his attempt to hide from the rest of his species. Both on the run, Oh and Tip embark on a thrilling road trip to save the earth.

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, The Longest Ride tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. In his first major leading role, Scott Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same title, Far From the Madding Crowd stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene — an independent, beautiful and single-minded woman who attracts three distinct suitors. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explore the nature of relationships and love in the midst of hardships.

The most horrifying horror movie of the 80’s is back for another haunting in the reimagining and contemporizing of Poltergeist in 3D. Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan team up to bring the horror classic about a family whose home is invaded by very angry evil spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

The Fantastic Four reboot is the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The movie is about four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

At the heels of the highly successful adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars,” Green’s Paper Towns has also been adapted to film. Starring Nat Wolff, Paper Towns is about a geeky high school senior’s search for the most popular girl who disappeared on the eve of their graduation.

Hitman: Agent 47 is based on the top-selling and award-winning video game franchise “Agent 47.” The movie is an all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits — 47 — of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts.

The second book of “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, The Scorch Trials has also been adapted on the big screen following the successful release of the first movie and will continue where the first one left off. This time, after the Gladers have escaped the Maze, they now face a new set of games out in the world ravaged by flares and diseases.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in Victor Frankenstein. Based on Igor’s (hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein) perspective — of his dark origins, his redemptive friendship with young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein tells the story behind the legendary figure.

Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle — and flying ace — embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest in Peanuts Movie (3D).

Andy Weir’s phenomenal self-published book, The Martian also leaps from pages to screen. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig the movie is about an outer space adventure that follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people on Mars. He is left behind by his crewmates after a dust storm tears through the area and has to find a way to survive being stranded on the Red Planet.

Which movies are you most excited about this 2015?

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  1. Night At The Museum--one of the actors from my favourite TV series is there--Dan Stevens. Might consider watching The Second Best Marigold Hotel--The appearance Smith, Wilton and Dench is enough reason! :)