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11 Rocking Movies Heading Our Way

Grab your popcorn and prepare to have your brains rattled by these upcoming releases

The film world goes into overdrive in the run up to Xmas so to help you pick a path through the maelstrom we've hand-picked 11 movies we think will rock your world.

Dracula Untold

The world’s most famous bloodsucker has long been synonymous with heavy rock, so much so in fact that even Christopher Lee has released a pair of metal albums. Here, The Hobbit star Luke Evans plays Vlad Dracul (the Impaler), a nice chap, apparently, until his family is threatened by the Ottoman Empire — which prompts him to turn into the superhuman Dracula in a bid to kick their armoured asses. This is more akin to The Lord of the Rings than Nosferatu, delighting in big battles, and we don’t vouch for its quality. Out: Oct 3

The Babadook
A horror film that features a kids’ pop-up book as its main protagonist might not sound very scary but The Babadook had audiences at the Sundance Film Festival screaming and squirming in their seats. Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film is a fresh spin on the timeworn tale of a parent and their child living in an eerie old house. It plays as a deep psychological horror in the vein of Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant), but is also primed to deliver plenty of heart-pounding jolts. Out: Oct 24

The Book of Life 
Pan’s Labyrinth helmer Guillermo Del Toro produces this Mexican animation that delights in death, darkness and the life hereafter. It is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, who created the Emmy award-winning animated TV series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, and it focuses on a young man torn between his love for the guitar (acoustic, sadly) and his family’s hope that he’ll become a famous bullfighter. He ends up exploring three fantastical underworld realms where he must face his deepest fears. Out: Oct 24

Fury
Quite literally a heavy metal film, Fury sees Brad Pitt engage in armoured warfare during the latter stages of WWII. Written and directed by End of Watch helmer David Ayer, the film aims to debunk the miscast Hollywood vision of tank warfare as defined by movies like Battle of the Bulge and instead bids to demonstrate the true horror of life inside a war machine. Expect lots of mud, dead German soldiers and very large explosions. Out: Oct 24

Jimi All Is By My Side
OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as arguably the world’s most famous exponent of the distorted six-string in this Hendrix biopic written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). The film covers one year in the rock legend’s life, 1966-67, when he begins making his name as a guitarist at New York’s Cheetah Club. The film has earned strong reviews from more serious film critics who enjoy the loose, free-flowing structure and dialogue, which recalls work by the late great Robert Altman. Out: Oct 24

David Bowie Is Happening Now
It will only enjoy a limited release but Ziggy Stardust and Tin Machine fans (if the latter do exist) should get an enormous kick out of this documentary that was filmed during the closing night of the V&A Museum’s 2013 Bowie exhibition. It is directed by Hamish Hamilton — who has shot concert films for the likes of U2, the Stones, Eminem and Peter Gabriel — and features a clutch of talking heads, including the ubiquitous Jarvis Cocker, as it showcases the evolution of Bowie’s creative talent. Out: Oct 31

Interstellar

The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan returns with his latest sci-fi offering, which stars Hollywood flavour of the month Matthew McConaughey who plays an everyman with whom Nolan hopes we all empathise. Plot details are notoriously hard to come by but the basic narrative focuses on mankind’s need to move into space as our own planet runs out of food. It also features wormholes and some brain-boggling science. Like all Nolan’s films it should prove epic and beguiling. Out: Nov 7

Monsters: Dark Continent

Even though the original 2010 movie was put together primarily in the director’s bedroom, and was shot for a total cost of around £1.38, Monsters whipped up a frenzy of excitement among cinemagoers and launched filmmaker Gareth Edwards on the road to Godzilla glory. Edwards serves as executive producer this time round as the story picks up 10 years later with infected zones now rife around the world. Expect plenty of enormous octopus-type creatures. Out: Nov 28

St. Vincent

Lightening up proceedings is this bawdy comedy about a young boy who forms an unlikely friendship with a grouchy and potty-mouthed war veteran who lives next door. Cinematic icon Bill Murray takes the veteran role and though the reviews are mixed, most are united in their praise of Murray’s ornery and cranky performance. Everyone loves an aging rebel (unless it’s Vince Neil)! Out: Dec 5

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s rather thinly stretched Hobbit trilogy promises plenty of action as it builds towards the final battle between the goblins and the allied forces made up of the men of Lake-town, the elves of Mirkwood, and the dwarves and giant eagles from the Iron Hills and Misty Mountains. It should conclude with some serious tear jerking as the battle is the last to be fought by the trilogy’s heroic dwarf warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Out: Dec 12

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Sir Ridley Scott’s latest epic has nothing to do with the Californian thrashers, sadly. Instead, the Gladiator director turns to the Bible for a tale that casts Christian Bale as Moses, who must free the Hebrew slaves from ‘the heat and the rain’ and the ‘whips and the chains’ as he bids to deliver them to freedom. All sorts of problems stand in his way but Moses must help his kinfolk. After all, they are bonded by blood!   Out: Dec 26

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