Action-packed film fun lined up for 2015

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Film fans are set for a fascinating 2015 with many movies that are already flagged up for awards.

Below are just a few of the ones I’m eagerly anticipating. Of course, release dates change as distributors attempt to grab the best weeks and try not to clash with other major releases.

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Michael Keaton in Birdman

We can be rather more certain what’s happening in the first few months, though, and for January Birdman is heralded as being a virtuoso performance for Michael Keaton.

He plays a washed-up actor looking to rediscover his former fame when he played a super hero.

Foxcatcher is also grabbing attention as an award-winner with an almost unrecognisable Steve Carell, plus Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in a story about brothers training for the 1988 Olympic Games.

Bradley Cooper is looking impressive in clips from American Sniper in which he plays the title role - a man vital on the battlefield who struggles with ordinary family life.

Add Ex Machina - a sci-fi story about artificial intelligence - and Big Hero 6 (in February) - a cartoon sci-fi story about artificial intelligence - and you have a pretty good start to the year.

Plus, of course director Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1960s cult classic The Man from U.N.C.L.E which I watched every week as a kid.

February also has Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, which looks good from the trailer - but I’ve been fooled before (eg Skyline).

I loved director Gareth Edwards’ Monsters back in 2010 and now we have Monsters: Dark Continent which is keeping to the same low-key but very powerful formula.

World Of Warcraft pops up in March - I’m not a fan of the game itself but I do enjoy the work of director Duncan Jones (Moon).

The second Avengers film (Age Of Ultron) pops up in April, hopefully building on the excellent first film.

And in June we have Jurassic World. My colleagues got very excited at the trailer for this. The film is set 22 years after the first one where dinosaurs are part of a theme park. But hold on, a new attraction turns out to be more interested in creating mayhem than fun.

The best part of the Despicable Me movies have their own film - Minions stars Sandra Bullock and John Hamm and it’s looking excellent already in the trailer.

Moving to July there’s the latest in the Marvel series of movies, Ant-Man, which slots into the ‘Universe’ of super heroes and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Heading towards the end of the year, we have the second in the excellent Maze Runner series in September - The Scorch Trials.

We also have the final Hunger Games film in November with the second part of Mockingjay which is guaranteed to be better than part one.

Then, in December, the most anticipated film for many years hits the big screen.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has already seen blogs, analysis and several column inches based on a very brief trailer.

Of course, many more movies will surface to grab our attention over the next 12 months.

Who knows, Scouts v Zombies or Hot Tub Time Machine 2 may grab our attention - or maybe not.