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Warm Bodies

DATE  February 8
DIRECTOR  Jonathan Levine
CAST  Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco

BASED ON  The book by Isaac Marion, bought by Summit back in 2009.

SYNOPSIS  R (Hoult) is a zombie, and hangs out with friend M (Corddry) at the airport where the zombies have congregated. On a raid on one of the few remaining bands of living humans, he eats a brain and develops a sudden love of Julie (Palmer) - which begins to reanimate first R and then the zombies around him. But first he'll have to survive the attentions of her father, resistance leader General Grigio (Malkovich).

WHAT TO EXPECT  This may have come from the studio that made Twilight, but don't be alarmed! It's not some self-important or serious affair; this looks like an undead romp of a romantic zombie comedy, with an emphasis on the comedy.
• Watch the trailer below

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet

DATE  October 25
DIRECTOR  Carlo Carlei
CAST  Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christian Cooke, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgard, Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Natascha McElhone

FUN FACT  Planned nude scenes were removed when Steinfeld was cast, since she's only 14 (close to the play's Juliet, who's only 13).

SYNOPSIS  An adaptation of the Shakespeare classic love story. Romeo (Booth) and Juliet (Steinfeld) are scions of warring families, and keep their burgeoning love affair a secret from everyone around them.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Shakespeare adapted by Julian Fellows? Expect a darn good script. Director Carlei is determined to go the Franco Zefferelli route with this traditionalist adaptation, rather than take the modernised Luhrman approach, so expect some fine Italian renaissance fashions on the screen.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

DATE  November 22
DIRECTOR  Francis Lawrence
CAST  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson

FUN FACT  Jennifer Lawrence recently assured us that, after watching herself in the first film, she won't be running with karate hands this time around, and won't have a "shmush face" on her chops either.

SYNOPSIS  After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss (J. Lawrence) is sent on a Victory Tour of the Districts, during which it's clear she's become a symbol of resistance to the regime of President Snow (Sutherland) and District 1. So come the next year's Games, he proclaims a 75th anniversary "Quarter Quell", to be celebrated with the return of previous victors from each District to the arena. That means that Katniss and one of her friends will have to compete again.

WHAT TO EXPECT  The second Hunger Games novel manages that surprisingly difficult sequel trick of doing a similar story again but better, raising the stakes and the scope of the story. On film, the trick will be to make it look and feel significantly different to the first story, while keeping the focus on Lawrence's magnetic performance as Katniss. Lawrence herself is wildly enthusiastic about the experience of working with Francis Lawrence here, and his painterly visual style should give the visuals a boost from last time. We're optimistic.

The Host

DATE  March 29
DIRECTOR  Andrew Niccol
CAST  Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook

BASED ON  The non-Twilight novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.

SYNOPSIS  Earth has been taken over by body-snatching aliens, with only a tiny human resistance left. When one of them, Melanie (Ronan), is implanted with an alien called Wanderer (Wanda for short) she somehow manages to maintain her identity and fight back, and the twin being heads back to join her resistance companions and tries to figure out a new way to live.

WHAT TO EXPECT  As with Twilight there's a love triangle (or maybe a square: three bodies, four souls. We're not sure of the maths there) and good-looking young people, but the body-snatchers angle is perhaps more interesting than sparkly vampires, and with Niccol in charge we're optimistic that this will be a romantic sci-fi rather than a sci-fi-ish romance.
• Watch the trailer on Apple

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

DATE  February 13
DIRECTOR  Richard LaGravenese
CAST  Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Thomas Mann, Eileen Atkins

BASED ON  The 2009 book of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The series continues with Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption.

SYNOPSIS  Ethan (Ehrenreich) has lived his whole life in a small Southern town. When a new girl, Lena (Englert), moves to town he finds himself drawn to her. Wouldn't you know it, she has a dark secret: she's a "caster", a magic user, and on her 16th birthday she'll have to choose whether to go "light" or "dark". Sheesh, anyone who's seen Star Wars knows the answer to that one.

WHAT TO EXPECT  It's another young adult supernatural romance adaptation, but the Southern setting and great supporting cast (It's Emma Thompson vs. Jeremy Irons! We have a thesp off!) might just give this one an edge.
• Watch the trailer below

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

DATE  August 23
DIRECTOR  Harald Zwart
CAST  Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys-Davies, Aidan Turner, Jared Harris, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West

FUN FACT  The young adult series by Cassandra Clare, with five books published so far, one more to come and prequels and a sequel series called The Infernal Devices also planned.

SYNOPSIS  Clary Fray (Collins) is a teenager living a fairly normal life until she sees some other youngsters apparently kill someone in a club. Turns out the victim was a demon, the gang are "Shadowhunters" and Clary's ability to see what they're doing marks her out as one of them, making her of particular interest to their leader, Jace (Campbell-Bower). When Clary's mother goes missing, secrets from her own past come to light.

WHAT TO EXPECT  The trailer didn't 100% convince us that this will avoid Twilight-dom, what with the chiselled teens and longing glances, but the books are stronger and more action-packed, and Clary should turn out significantly cooler than Bella. Zwart previously succeeded beyond everyone's expectations with The Karate Kid reboot, so let's hope he manages to bring us a great fantasy here and not just another teen romance.
• Watch the trailer below

One Direction - The Movie (3D)

One Direction - The Movie (3D)

DATE  August 23
DIRECTOR  Morgan Spurlock
CAST  Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson

SEE ALSO  3D concert movies for similar teen sensations Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers.

SYNOPSIS  A 3D concert movie for the X-Factor formed band.

WHAT TO EXPECT  Screaming girls everywhere. Improbable hairstyles. Four Horsemen of the apocalypse hot young pop stars.


Quick Poll   Which of these films are you looking forward to most?

Warm Bodies
Beautiful Creatures
The Host
Romeo And Juliet
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
One Direction - The Movie


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