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7 crime movies we can’t wait to see

You’d be forgiven for thinking that most of the film chat you’ll hear over the next few months will be Star Wars related – but if you’re not into the whole lightsaber thing, never fear! Hollywood is obliging us with some cracking crime movies too.

We’ve had a look into Tinseltown’s crystal ball and found seven films that we just can’t wait to catch.

From Irish gangsters and drug cartels to surfing bank robbers, there’s plenty to look forward to here…

7 crime movies we can’t wait to see

It’s the big one everyone’s waiting for, isn’t it? Well, everyone who’s not a Star Wars geek, anyway. The return of James Bond and, perhaps more excitingly, the return of Blofeld. Christoph Waltz dons the collarless suit and – if the trailers are anything to go by (which they surely are…) – he looks impressively menacing in the role. Sam Smith’s disappointing and rather insipid theme song aside, there’s very little to suggest that we won’t be in for a ride every bit as exciting as Skyfall.

Release date: 26th October 2015

Out extremely soon, the new film from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve covers some of the ground glimpsed into by TV series like Breaking Bad and Narcos and movies like End of Watch. But Sicario focuses on the Mexican drug cartels and the authorities battling them with a much keener eye. With a cast boasting the likes of Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, this hard-edged thriller caused quite a stir on its festival rounds and looks to be one of the films of the year.

Release date: 8th October 2015

Dark Places
The last Gillian Flynn book to be adapted was, of course, the wildly successful Gone Girl. Her latest? An even darker tale of abuse, satanic cults and unreliable memories. Starring Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz and Tye Sheridan, Dark Places doesn’t have a UK cinema release date set as yet and rumour is that it may be heading straight for DVD. But plenty of treasures avoid the big screen – don’t always let it put you off. This could be one worth taking a chance on.

Release date: tbc

Secret In Their Eyes
Those of you who like to go off piste and read foreign crime novels might be familiar with a certain 2005 novel called La Pregunta De Sus Ojos (The Question in Their Eyes) by the Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri, or the 2009 film version which picked up an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. If not, this latest version, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts will come as a total fresh outing, then. We won’t even ruin the plot for you. Just go see it. You (hopefully) won’t regret it.

Release date: 4th March 2016

Point Break
We all remember the original Point Break, don’t we? Kathryn Bigelow (yep, the woman who went on to pick up thousands of Oscars for The Hurt Locker) directed the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze actioner that saw a gang of surfers robbing banks. Fun? Sure. Realistic? Not so much. This new version ‘stars’ Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez, so it’s hardly boasting the most glittering of casts, but we’re still excited to see how Johnny Utah looks in the cinema. And with Ray Winstone in the supporting cast, we’ve a sneaking suspicion that this will be a little touch of guilty fun.

Release date: 12th February 2016

Ethan Hawke investigates the case of a father (played by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s David Dencik) who admits to sexually abusing his teenage daughter (Emma Watson) but has no recollection of it. Doubt, suspicion, lies, smears, conspiracies and maybe a big ol’ plot twist have this film from Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar as a below-the-radar outing that sounds well worth checking out.

Release date: 9th October 2015

Black Mass
Fans of the New York gangster flick, rejoice! It’s been a while since a grimy Big Apple mob flick came our way, but finally we’ve got another one. With Johnny Depp starring, Black Mass may bring back memories of the modern-day mafia classic Donnie Brasco. But this time out we’re dealing with Irish not Italian criminals. Based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, the story of Jimmy ‘Whitey’ Bulger is a sprawling tale of crime and ‘ratting’ that twists and turns like a dragon’s tail.

Release date: 27th November 2015

Any other upcoming crime movies we’ve missed? Let us know…

Steve Charnock

Steve Charnock is a freelance writer who writes news stories, features, articles, reviews and lists. But *always* forgets to write his mum a birthday card.

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