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2005 For Cinema Lovers

Block some cinema time out in your diary as 2005 shapes up to be a bumper year in the filmic sense...             

Keep abreast of the whoppers, such as the very last Star Wars film, the next Harry Potter instalment and Spielberg and Cruise's War Of The Worlds, but don't miss the smaller fry either.

JANUARY 2005             

Alexander - Despite having some dire reviews after opening in the States, the A-list cast in Oliver Stone's epic will ensure that plenty of movie fans rock up to see Colin Farrell's golden locks, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson and Jared Leto in this historical action drama.

Team America

Team America

      

Meet The Fockers - This sequel to Meet The Parents sees the introduction of Greg (Gaylord) Focker's olds, played hilariously by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, also starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.      

Team America - The much-hyped puppet movie from the makers of South Park has caused mild controversy with the scenes of puppets getting filthy in the bedroom - worth a trip if you fancy a giggle.

The Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout

      

Ladder 49 - If you loved Backdraft back in the early 90s, then the chance is you'll love this new fireman drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta - also starring that face of 1990 Balthazar Getty.      

Closer - There's mumblings of Oscars for this all-star movie about love and romance between two couples, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

      

Ray - A Golden Globe nominated performance from Jamie Foxx as the legendary Ray Charles saw this film getting rave reviews at the London Film Festival.      

Vanity Fair - From Bend It Like Beckham director, Mira Nair, this movie will go down a treat with period drama fans, starring Reese Witherspoon, Rhys Ifans, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Broadbent and James Purefoy.

Closer

Closer

      

Million Dollar Baby - Another strong film in the Golden Globe nominations list, this Clint Eastwood drama stars Hilary Swank as a female boxer, alongside Clint himself and Morgan Freeman.      

Sideways - This comedy is another movie looking forward to the awards season, with seven Golden Globe nominations under its belt.      

Vera Drake - Imelda Staunton brings gravitas to this Mike Leigh drama about an abortionist clashing against the social mores of 1950s Britain.

Madagascar

Madagascar

      

FEBRUARY 2005      

Ocean's Twelve - The lovable bad boys return to do a spot of thieving in this brilliant sequel by Steven Soderbergh, with Catherine Zeta-Jones joining the A-list cast of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia.      

The Magic Roundabout - With high-profile voice overs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley and Ray Winstone, this feature film version of everyone's favourite trippy cartoon hits the cinema.

Ray

Ray

      

The Woodsman - It's not a comfortable watch, but the performance of Kevin Bacon as a paedophile is unnervingly sympathetic and will definitely be the subject of plenty of movie chat.      

MARCH 2005      

Robots - There's plenty of hype about this new animated adventure movie - voiced by the likes of Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, Robin Williams and Greg Kinnear.

Robots

Robots

      

Kinsey - Another popular choice for the Golden Globe nominations, the story of sexual research pioneer Alfred Kinsey, showcases the talent of Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.      

Miss Congeniality 2 - Sandra Bullock takes on the role of Agent Gracie Hart on her 2nd undercover FBI mission.      

APRIL 2005      

Sahara - Action adventure starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz - the movie that brought the couple together.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

      

Be Cool - John Travolta and Uma Thurman join forces again in this crime comedy - also starring Harvey Keitel, Vince Vaughn and Danny DeVito.      

The Interpreter - Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn star in this political thriller about an FBI agent who is assigned to protect an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Sahara

Sahara

  

MAY 2005      

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith - The last instalment of George Lucas' sci-fi adventure, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Samuel L Jackson.      

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Don't miss this sci-fi comedy starring Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, John Malkovich and Mos Def.      

Kingdon Of Heaven - Travel back to the 12th century crusades with Ridley Scott's epic, starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith

      

Mission: Impossible III - (TBC) Another tricky project for Tom Cruise - also starring Scarlett Johansson, Ving Rhames and Kenneth Branagh.      

JUNE 2005      

Mr And Mrs Smith - Perhaps better known for the (since denied) rumours of an affair between Brad and Angelina, this film tells the story of a bored married couple who discover that they are assassins hired to kill each other.

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

      

Batman Begins - The story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.      

JULY 2005      

War Of The Worlds - Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the novel by HG Wells, starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins and Dakota Fanning.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

      

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Everyone's favourite story is given the film treatment by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and with Freddie Highmore as Charlie.      

The Fantastic Four - Sci-fi adventure with Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba - telling the story of a group of astronauts who gain superpowers.  

Madagascar - A colourful family animation about a group of zoo animals stranded after a shipwreck - given voice by Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Wallace & Gromit

Wallace & Gromit

      

Cars - The last collaboration between Disney and Pixar sees an animated movie about a group of classic automobiles who set out on an adventure on Route 66, voiced by Owen Wilson and Paul Newman.      

AUGUST 2005      

Bewitched - Nicole Kidman gets a twitchy nose in this remake of the TV series - also starring Michael Caine, Will Ferrell and Jason Schwartzman.

King Kong

King Kong

      

Herby: Fully Loaded - It's been a while since the last Herbie outing, but the VW is back with Matt Dillon, Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton in tow.      

The Island - A sci-fi thriller about a man who goes on the run after discovering he's a harvested being who's been kept in a utopian facility, with a top cast of stars including Ewan McGregor, Sean Bean, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi.

The Woodsman

The Woodsman

      

SEPTEMBER 2005      

Cinerella Man - Russell Crowe stars as Jim Braddock who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round epic in 1935 - also starring Renee Zellweger in this Ron Howard movie.      

Elizabethtown - Orlando Bloom takes on the lead in this romantic comedy alongside Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin.      

Pride And Prejudice - Keira Knightley takes on the role of Elizabeth Bennett in this adaptation of Jane Austin's famous novel, with Judi Dench and Brenda Blethyn.      

The Legend Of Zorro - If you liked the first one, then the return of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in this sequel should prove a big hit for you.      

OCTOBER 2005      

Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Wererabbit - Wallace and his dog return to the big screen in this animated movie, with voice stars including Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.      

Aeon Flux - Sci-fi thriller starring Oscar-winning Charlize Theron as a mysterious and amoral secret agent, alongside British actor Jonny Lee Miller.      

The Corpse Bride - A Tim Burton directed animation starring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley and Richard E Grant.      

NOVEMBER 2005      

The New World - A Terrence Malick drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and the British in the 17th century, starring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale.      

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire - (TBC) The fourth book to be adapted onto the big screen sees Harry taking part in the Triwizard Tournament.      

DECEMBER 2005      

The Chronicles Of Narnia - The eagerly anticipated film version of CS Lewis' popular children's book The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, starring Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent and Brian Cox as the voice of Aslan.      

King Kong - Peter Jackson's next project after his Lord Of The Ring's trilogy sees him taking on the big gorilla, starring Naomi Watts, Andy Serkis, Adrien Brody and Jack Black.

 
Last Updated: 15:00 UK, Friday January 07, 2005