IBTimes film critics Alfred Joyner and Ben Skipper take a look at the big movie releases this month.


The biggest film, literally, this month is Godzilla. The last remake was Roland Emerich's 1998 abomination, but with Gareth Edwards, who directed micro-budget movie Monsters, at the helm, there's a lot to be excited about.

The trailers have been hugely promising, and it also helps that as well as the monster, you've got Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, and new Avengers duo Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the other roles.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Also Out is X-Men: Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer returns to direct the fifth film in the X-Men franchise, though perhaps 7th if you consider the two Wolverine movies as well. This one combines the cast of the original trilogy, with that of first class.

Based on the popular comic book storyline, it will be great to see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence all in the same movie. Looks super star studded, hope too many actors don't spoil the cinematic broth as it were.

Edge of Tomorrow

Based on the Japanese manga All You Need is Kill, Tom Cruise stars in sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow. The premise is similar to that of 2011 movie Source Code in that Cruise's character keeps dying and dying again in a time loop, as he fights an alien race known as the Mimics.

The last Tom Cruise films, Oblivion and Jack Reacher, have faltered, so the Mission Impossible star will need this film to be a success to show he hasn't lost his A-list luster.

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is a dark revenge thriller from first time director Jeremy Saulnier that was successfully funded over kickstarter. Newcomer Macon Blair, who looks like a cross between Paul Giamatti and George Osborne, lends a real believability to his ordinary man who is out for revenge.


A comedy music film about an avant-garde rock band led by Michael Fassbender, except that we never see the star as he's always encased within a giant fake head.

Co-written by journalist Jon Ronson and inspired by the time he spent as keyboard player to Frank Sidebottom, a cult comedy and music performer from the north of England in the early 90s, it's a very funny film bursting with anarchic spirit.

The Wind Rises

From Studio Ghibli, the Japanese Disney which has created such hits as Princess Mononoke, Spirted Away and Ponyo, comes The Wind Rises, the supposed last film from studio founder Hayao Miyazaki.

Based on the inventor of famous Japanese fighter plane the Mitsubishi Zero, it should hopefully be a fitting send off to one of the leading lights in movie animation.