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There are a surprising number of interesting films scheduled to come out this Spring. No longer the period between blockbuster season and Oscar season where little of note comes out, the next three months are stacked. From an Australian director’s take on Shakespeare, to Rocky as you’ve never seen him before, and a new film from the crazy mind of Malick, there’s plenty to look forward to. Our picks for 12 films to watch this Spring are after the jump.

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People Places Things – Sept 10

People Places Things is an indie comedy starring New Zealander Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, What We Do In The Shadows) as a graphic novelist and a professor whose life is turned upside down when he discovers his partner and mother of his 5 year-old twins is cheating on him. Written and directed by Jim Strouse (The Winning Season), it looks sweet, charming, and fun. [Sam]

 

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Everest – Sept 17

A climbing exhibition on Mt Everest turns to disaster when a massive snow storm hits. Watch this trailer. Did your heart skip a beat? Mine sure did. There is an absolutely amazing cast in this film – Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Josh Broling, Elizabeth Debicki, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and more. Everest will open the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 2nd, and will open in Australian cinemas only 2 weeks later. [Sam]

 

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Sicario – Sept 24

The latest film from master filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) premiered at Cannes this year to largely positive applause. We’re pretty much on board with everything from Villeneuve, but this looks incredibly gripping. An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro co-star, and Roger Deakins is there to make sure this looks wonderful. [Andy]

 

Also out in September: American UltraMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, Straight Outta Compton, A Walk in the Woods, The Duke of Burgundy, Life, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails, Pixels, Cut Snake, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Visit, The Martian

 

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Macbeth – Oct 1

A Shakespeare adaptation from the director of Snowtown starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. What’s not to love about this? Justin Kurzel’s dark and savage re-invention received some rave reviews at Cannes but is looking likely to be pretty divisive. Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Elizabeth Debicki (a scene-stealer in The Man From U.N.C.L.E) and Paddy Considine also star. [Andy]

 

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Legend – Oct 8

Double the Tom Hardy. Sold! Need I say more? Legend stars Tom Hardy playing both of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. The footage in the trailer of Hardy’s two performances is very impressive. The mannerisms, body language, the voice – same actor, two very distinct characters. There is obviously some very clever editing and CGI inLegend, with the trailer showing the brothers interacting with each other, and at one stage, engaging in a physical fight. I am totally on board for this. [Sam]

 

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Crimson Peak – Oct 15

Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is back working in the fantasy-horror realm that launched his career. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. The cast is hot – Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska. [Andy]

 

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The Lobster – Oct 22 

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. The electric cast is led by Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, but the top drawcard here is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, directing his first English-language feature. His film Dogtooth was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar back in 2009. [Andy]

 

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The Dressmaker – Oct 29

An Australian film starring Kate Winslet, which is directed, written, produced, and edited by women. All the ladies! This film looks absolutely gorgeous and so very Australian – I am excited. Adapted from the popular novel of the same name, the film is about a dressmaker who returns to a small Australian town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother. [Sam]

 

Also out in October: Masterminds, Sleeping with Other People, Black Mass, Miss You Already, The Walk, Bridges of Spies, Burnt, 99 Holmes, Mistress America

 

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By The Sea – Nov 12

Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, By the Sea is a romantic drama set in 1970s France about a couple that travel to a small seaside town in hope of saving their marriage. Starring real-life couple Jolie and Pitt and filmed in beautiful Malta, this film looks to be brimming with sexual tension and sultry looks. How amazing does Jolie look? [Sam]

 

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Spectre – Nov 12 

New Bond. Daniel Craig is back for the fourth time as 007, teaming up with Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Team Skyfall (screenwriter John Logan, DP Roger Deakins) are joined by a new Bond Girl, Lea Seydoux, and an intimidating villain, Christoph Waltz. [Andy]

 

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Knight of Cups – Nov 12

I’ve been salivating over this trailer since it was released around the time of the Berlin Film Festival. Since then, the film has remained unseen. It has failed to show up at any other festivals and has a 2016 US release date. Imagine my surprise when the film appeared online with a November 12, 2015 Australia release date. It’s listed in the ‘coming soon’ section on Palace Cinemas’ website. Could it be true? I want to see this. I really, really do. The music, the fluid cinematography, the grand life questions that Malick likes to ask…Yes, give it to me. [Sam]

 

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Creed – Nov 26 

If the trailer for Creed – have you seen it, it is a rare excellent trailer – is any indication this potentially unnecessary Rocky spin-off could be very good indeed. Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan team up again for this inspirational underdog drama about Adonis Creed (Jordan), the son of former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. The twist is well-disguised in the trailer but Balboa begins to serve as Adonis’ trainer and mentor. [Andy]

 

Also out in November: Rock The Kasbah, He Named Me Malala, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The Program, Man Up, Freeheld

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