Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Screenwriter: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Penelope Skinner, Jack Thorne
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay, Anna Chancellor
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Set in the near-future UK, Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside.
Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund [George MacKay].
But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Chris McKay
Screenwriter: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
The LEGO Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens on 7 February, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.
He is then drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller [21 Jump Street, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs] also wrote the screenplay, from a story by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, based on LEGO construction toys.
It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before...
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: John Lee Hancock
Screenwriter: Kelly Marcel
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Two-time Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, PL Travers' Mary Poppins, he made them a promise - one that he didn't realiSe would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Disney comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.
But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on PL Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing movies in cinematic history...
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson, Tracey Fairaway
A divorced and single parent, Eva [Julia Louis Dreyfus] spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college.
She meets Albert [James Gandolfini], a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne [Catherine Keener], her new massage client.
Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much.
Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex.
Enough Said is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again...
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jershua Hess
Screenwriter: Jershua Hess, Shannon Hale
Starring: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, James Callis, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart
The movie is based on a novel by Shannon Hale [who also co-wrote the screenplay with Hess] and is officially described on the author's site as follows:
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen - or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows.
And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr Darcy of her own?...