(UK, 2015) Dir: Asif Kapadia. Documentary about Amy Winehouse. "Amy is a powerful film. Like the lyrics of her songs, it’s the personal nature of this fly-on-the-wall documentary about singer Amy Winehouse that makes it so special," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Peyton Reed. Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale. "Refreshingly simple and loads of fun, Ant-Man maximizes on its point of difference of its smallest super-hero by coating it with lots of laughter and a likeable vibe," says Louise.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
(UK, 2015) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg. Stars Matthias Achoenaerts, Carey Mulligan. "With enigmatic Matthias Schoenaerts solid as the emotional anchor and Carey Mulligan impressive in her best role since An Education, The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg has woven the complex elements of love, desire, need and greed into a visual and engaging tale, filled with visual and emotional richness," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Pete Docter. Voices Diane Lane, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan. "Just like Toy Story changed the way we look at toys, this delightful animated charmer from Pixar brings a new perspective to our emotions... Unique, fresh and exhilarating, this is Pixar at its best," says Louise.
JURASSIC WORLD 3D
(US, 2015) Dir: Colin Trevorrow. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins. "I jumped out of my seat numerous times in this ripper of a 3D rollercoaster ride; it pushes the boundaries, stimulates, terrifies and is great fun," says Louise.
LOVE & MERCY
(US, 2015) Dir: Bill Pohlad. Stars Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti. "To describe it in musical terms, the film can switch from major to minor key in seconds," says Louise.
(Germany/Belgium, 2015) Dir: Sophie Barthes. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, "Cold Souls director Sophie Barthes has created a rich and involving film, coloured by hope and good intentions; shattered by the clouds of disillusionment," says Louise.
MAGIC MIKE XXL
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Andiee McDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Manganiello. "Sex continues to be the sizzle in this raunchy road movie that plays out like fun-filled foreplay and in which Channing Tatum has all the moves. It doesn’t matter that the plot is in short supply: this is all about fun and sensual pleasure as good-looking, sculpted bods with quivering abs deliver energetic, innovative and sensual routines," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. Voices Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan. "Wonderfully absurd, brilliantly inventive and totally adorable, the Minions is literally a laugh a minute… You don’t need a kid to see this film," says Louise
(US/UK, 2015) Dir: Bill Condon. Stars Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker. "Bill Condon, who directed Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters in 1999 (and won the Oscar for best screenplay), has created a film that plays as richly as one of Sherlock Holmes’ cases," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Jake Schreier. Stars Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Nat Wolff, Cara Buono, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams. Breaking through the comfort barrier is the thrust of this enjoyable coming of age film whose trajectory is a surprise, says Louise.
(Aus, 2015) Dir: Brendan Cowell. Stars Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimiriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin, Jack Thompson. "Based on Cowell’s stage play, the film is as high spirited as the subject matter, delving into the social pressures surrounding the drinking culture and its effects on life, love and family," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Tarsem Singh. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley. "Audacious and intriguing - but ultimately bogged down by its preposterousness, this grand-scale film with themes of immortality is in part body-swap, in part action thriller with a side-romance thrown in for good measure. The moral issues are the most interesting…," says Louise.
TED 2(US, 2015) Dir: Seth MacFarlane. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovani Ribisi, Morgan Freeman. "Seems like the bear is over-stuffed this time around, with a drawn out sequel that struggles to juggle the elements of buddy movie, romance, social justice, offensive comedy and a tribute to Hollywood musicals. It’s a pity because everybody loves a bear," says Louise.
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emelia Clarke, J.K. Simmons. "Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in the film, offering generous doses of self-deprecating humour... As for the plot, it’s a muddle; with a mix of some inspired grand scale ideas that mess with our heads, although there’s an aspect that is simply too clever for its own good," says Louise.
WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED
(Aus, 2015) Dir: Gillian Armstrong. Documentary with Darren Gilshenan, Deborah Kennedy. "With sheer artistry, Gillian Armstrong helms this rich, vibrant and fascinating film, about Orry-Kelly, a uniquely talented artist with many facets, steering us through the calm, turbulent and glistening waters of his life and times," says Louise.