No Repeat Guarantee: 10 original films to watch this year

Forget The Avengers, Bond and Star Wars – here are 10 slightly lower profile but still awesome films you need to see.

April 7, 2015

We all know about 2015's big blockbusters. The likes of Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and new Bond film Spectre are just a few of the big-budget productions that are likely to smash box office records. But what about the films that aren't top of the bill, yet are still great?

Often the best movie experiences are from those films you wouldn't expect to be good either due to small budgets, lack of big-name stars, the tricky jump from TV to the big screen, or (in the case of one of the picks in this list) a quite frankly bizarre plot line! Here are 10 films you need to check out this year:

Ex Machina
A young coder at the world's largest internet company wins a competition to spend a week at the private retreat of the reclusive and mysterious CEO of the company. On arrival he learns that he must participate in a bizarre experiment involving the world's first true artificial intelligence: an intriguingly beautiful female robot. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, who is also set to play a large role in the upcoming Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens film, and the stunning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, the film looks like it'll be an interesting addition to the already raging debate surrounding AI.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays one-time champion boxer Billy Hope, a man who has it all - fame, money and a loving family. But when tragedy strikes him and his family, his whole world is torn apart. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Rachel McAdams and including cameo roles for music stars Rita Ora and 50 Cent, this promises to be much more than just a formulaic sports drama. Roommate Wanted
Ambitious student Janie moves in with gorgeous socialite Dee. As Janie gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Dee quickly becomes to roommate from hell as she desperately tries to destroy Janie's life. Starring Alexa Vega and Spencer Grammer, it's the ultimate trashy, low-budget cat fight film. You'll struggle to find it in UAE cinemas, but pick up a copy on DVD if you fancy a laugh this summer. Entourage
Picking up where the popular series left off, Entourage adds a host of star names to its familiar cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Calvin Harris, Jessica Alba, Tom Brady, Emily Ratajkowski and the woman who appears to be everywhere at the moment, Ronda Rousey. The film tells the story of how Ari (Jeremy Piven) bankrolls the directorial debut of Vince (Adrian Grenier) to the tune of $100 million, but when the film goes over budget hilarity quickly ensues. Maggie
A bearded Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a devoted father who stands by the side of his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin), despite her being infected with a deadly virus that is turning her into a zombie. Set to be released at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, followed by a limited theatrical release May 8, we hope this one makes it way into UAE cinemas. Masterminds
Based on a true story, Masterminds is a comic recreation of the Loomis Fargo robbery that saw more than $17 million go missing from the US bank in 1997. A comedy heavyweight line-up including Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson should ensure this lighthearted heist film has more than a few moments of laughter. Kidnapping Mr Heineken
Kidnapping Mr Heineken tells the true story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken. Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Jemima West and the masterful Anthony Hopkins star in this beer-fuelled tale of kidnap and betrayal. Saint Laurent
Bertrand Bonello directs this stylish portrayal of the raucous life of famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent, who is played brilliantly by Gaspard Ulliel. After debuting at Cannes last year, the film has been nominated for clutch of awards and is well worth seeking out on DVD or online. Self/Less
Would you take a life to live forever? This is the question asked in Self/Less, a sci-fi film that revolves around a dying man's consciousness being transferred into another man's body. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode, and given a healthy dose of glamour by the beautiful Natalie Martinez, this is very much one to look out for in cinemas this summer. Sunshine Superman
Sunshine Superman is a documentary exploring the incredible life and accomplishments of Carl Boenish, one of the pioneers of base jumping. Directed by Marah Strauch, the film includes jaw-dropping real-life footage of some of Boenish and his friends' most stunning jumps.