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Which Films are You Looking Forward to This Year?

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published May 18th 2014
Over the last five months we have already seen some great releases, including The Lego Movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah, and The Muppets Most Wanted, to name but a few. But there are still seven months to go, and the line-up looks pretty exciting. What films are you looking forward to this year?

malificent, disney
See a classic fairytale through the eyes of the villain.

I for one can't wait until the 30th May, when Malificent is released in the UK. The classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty was told by Disney in 1959 as a charming animation. The film received mixed reviews and did not perform well in the box office, although it is much loved in retrospect.

Disney is now re-telling the tale in live action, but with a twist: the story will be shown from the point of view of the villain. We all know that villains are usually the most interesting characters, so I am keen to see Angelina Jolie's interpretation. I've got to say that what first drew me in, however, was the amazing costume she wears, which looks just like the won Malificent wore in the original animation.

postman pat, odeon
Everyone's favourite postman hits the big screen.

If I were still five, then I would definitely be looking forward to Postman Pat: The Movie. Everyone's favourite postman, along with Jess, his black and white cat, will be making his long overdue appearance on the big screen from the 23rd May. Voiced by Stephen Mangan (and Ronan Keating for the singing scenes), the film will also star Rupert Grint as Josh and David Tennant as Wilf. My only disappointment is that it will be CGI instead of stop-motion.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, odeon

Although The X-Men is not my cup of tea, I expect X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was just released last week in the US, is on many people's list of things to see (when it comes to the UK on the 23rd May. I also predict a good turn out for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in September.

Due to be released on 8th August is another television favourite from many people's childhood: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From what I have seen of the trailer, it will be very funny, and the move to CGI/live action works very well.

The two films I am most looking forward to, however, couldn't be more different than chalk and cheese. First is Paddington, a family film which is based on the books by Michael Bond. Second is the final instalment of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit. Directed by Peter Jackson, it was deemed that the fairly short book needed to be a trilogy, and the third film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, will be out in December.
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Quite looking forward to The Hunger Games, Mockingjay
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