Revolutionaries, robots, mutants... Monsters, aliens, in-betweeny human-aliens... From January to December and, umm, a little bit beyond... All the movies you'll be talking about in the final year of the noughties...
Che: The Argentine/The Guerrilla (Director: Steven Soderbergh, ETA: Jan/Feb)
What is it? Two-part biopic of revolutionary-cum-poster boy Che Guevara, starring Benicio Del Toro
Why we’re excited: Because this isn’t Ocean’s Fourteen, and because the last time Soderbergh strayed into such weighty territory he gave us Traffic. And the buzz around Del Toro is big – he picked up best actor at last year’s Cannes for the role.
Slumdog Millionaire (Director: Danny Boyle, ETA: 9th Jan)
What is it? Indian-set drama about a street kid called Jamal and his run on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Sort of.
Why we’re excited: Because it’s not really about that at all, it’s a whirlpool of flashbacks and heartache and slums, building into a dazzling emotional whole. And it's a major Brit hope at the Oscars.
The Wrestler (Director: Darren Aronofsky, ETA: 16th Jan)
What is it? Bitter fictional biopic about a ruined pro wrestler played by Mickey Rourke.
Why we’re excited: Following on from his turn as broken lug Marv in Sin City, Rourke probes deeper into his own self-destructed career in an authentically seedy take on what happens when the spotlights go off. Charged and raw.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Director: David Fincher, ETA: 6th Feb)
What is it? Adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short about a man born old, living his life in reverse.
Why we’re excited: Take your pick: Because we’d watch a Fincher remake of Carry On Columbus. Because Pitt is at his career peak. Because the last time the two paired up we got Fight Club. Because the story is a heartbreaking burrow into love, life, death and despair - and in the end, that’s all there is.