Notorious (Director: George Tillman, Jr. 13th February)
What is it? Glittering biopic of murdered rap superstar Notorious B.I.G.
Why we’re excited: Because it’s going for authenticity rather than pop-video excess. Or probably both. Sean Combs is listed as producer, and star Jamal Woolard – playing Biggie himself – raps under the name Gravy and was infamously shot outside New York ratio station Hot 97 before his live interview.
The International (Director: Tom Tykwer, ETA: 27th Feb)
What is it? Corporate thriller with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts investigating a multinational bank with ties to terrorism.
Why we’re excited: Because Owen is at his best in a suit with a girl, a gun and a moody stare. And because the mood is just right for an investigative thriller sticking it to the banker man.
Assassination Of A High School President (Director: Brett Simon, ETA: March)
What is it? Twisted conspiracy comedy set in a Catholic high School.
Why we’re excited: Because it sounds like a spiky mix of Rushmore and Brick, with school paper reporter Bobby Funke working the angles of a corrupt bureaucracy to reach its rotten core.
Surveillance (Director: Jennifer Lynch, ETA: 6th March)
What is it? Small-town police mystery with Bill Pullman and Julia Ormand as FBI agents investigating a series of murders.
Why we’re excited: Jennifer Lynch’s last film was the utterly crackers lady-in-a-box love story Boxing Helena, and even though this looks like a by-numbers rozzer procedural, you know there’ll be something sinister and... Lynchian going on underneath.