Now that the Oscars have been put to bed, these are the films blinking wildly on our radar
DIOR & I
Eight weeks. That's how long designer Raf Simons has to whip together a headline-grabbing debut couture collection as the new artistic director of Dior. Chump change when compared to the luxurious four to six months afforded other designers. That's what you get when thrust last minute into a vacancy left behind by John Galliano (the former Dior head infamously let go after hurling racial slurs in a Paris bar). This is Simons as you've never seen him – freaked out, on the deadline of deadlines and avoiding the neck-tickling breath of chief executives Sidney Toledano and Bernard Arnault – as he attempts to plant a flag in fashion's history.
Out in cinemas Friday 27 March
IK BEN ALICE
Are you over the age of 65 and feeling alone? Fancy living out your sunset years with nothing but a creepy four-foot robo companion for company? You're in luck. For several lonely Dutch seniors, Alice is just the AI friend they crave. She may appear like an animatronic gaff from Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, but her purpose trumps her rubber façade: to gather data and provide healthcare for her patients. Alice is already making headlines in The Netherlands for her healthcare possibilities and charming quirks, and Sander Barger's doc shows you what happens when you forget to visit grandma.
CATCH ME DADDY
Bolting from her strict Pakistani family with her white boyfriend turns into a night of running for her life when Laila finds herself being chased by her own brother and his gang of thugs. Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, a street cast actress with no previous experience has already nabbed the British Independent Film Award for "Most Promising Newcomer" for her desperate turn as Laila. Featuring a memorable dance sequence to Patti Smith (which came together with the help of none other than FKA Twigs), Catch Me Daddy shows how the ones closest to you can be the ones you should fear the most.
Out in cinemas Friday 27 February; read our interview with director Daniel Wolfe here
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Caught up in a love triangle more dizzying than a game of Pong, Bathsheba Everdeen (Carey Mulligan) manages to romantically wedge herself between three different but equally suitable men. Here's hoping fourth time's a charm for this Thomas Hardy adaptation, which has hit the screen thrice before Dogme 95 founder Thomas Vinterberg got his hands on it. After the commercial failure of the 1967 version, Carey Mulligan is hoping she'll fare better than Julie Christie before her, breathing new life into the iconic love story.
Out in cinemas Friday 1 May
Already being hailed as the next Lena Dunham by critics (comparisons she's quickly grown weary of), writer-director-actor Desiree Akhavan brings us a rom-com for a new generation of confused 20-somethings just trying to figure it all out. Shirin (played by Ahkavan) is a bisexual, Persian-American Brooklynite struggling to balance the expectations of her traditional Persian family and a break up with her ex-girlfriend all while trying not to humiliate herself. Rife with social and sexual disasters, Appropriate Behaviour adds some much needed fire to the recent slew of female-centric comedy initiated by Bridesmaids, Girls and Broad City.
Out in cinemas Friday 6 March
With thick glasses, a stutter and a creepy glare to boot, Cut Bank's Derby calls to mind Milton from Office Space had he taken an entirely different path and ended up a murderous, frightening creep instead. Liam Hemsworth, perhaps taking a cue from his ex-girlfriend Miley, is looking to shed his Nicholas Sparks rep and get serious. Dwayne (Liam Hemsworth) and his girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer) witness a murder in Cut Bank, but their attempts to leave the small town prove a lot harder than first anticipated. Co-starring John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton, this crime thriller with its rural setting and memorable villain conjures up images of the best of the Coens Brothers.
WHILE WE'RE YOUNG
Noah Baumbach is back with his signature mix of sharp dialogue and intellectual wallowing. Reuiniting with his Greenberg star Ben Stiller, While We're Young tells the story of Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), a confidently aloof couple that cause Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) to reasses both their marriage and careers with results that include balls being thrown at Ben Stiller's head and a good amount of hallucinogens.
Out in cinemas Friday 3 April
What would you do if a group of gangsters broke into your home and slaughtered your puppy? Travel the country, relentlessly mudering anyone and everyone who maybe was or was not responsible – at least in case of John Wick. Forced to revisit the violent underground he had once left behind, ex-hitman John Wick (Reeves) looks to wreak havoc on those responsible for killing Daisy, the last gift his wife gave him before she died. With visuals that look like a cross between Drive and Sin City, chroeography inspired by Hong Kong action cinema, this is Keanu Reeves back in full throttle action mode.
Out in cinemas Friday 10 April
Ryan Gosling's divisive directorial debut follows Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mum forced into a mysterious, cult underworld to keep her house from foreclosure in the Detroit-like town of Lost River. Her son Bones (Iain De Caestecker) and neighbour Rat (Saiorse Ronan) busy themselves with an urban legend about a secret underwater city. With shots of burning houses and submerged street lamps faintly glowing, Lost River is a visual sponge, soaking up Lynchian surrealism and the neo-noir style of his own well-adored cult hit Drive.
Out in cinemas Friday 24 April
Bringing a new meaning to the phrase 'foreign cinema', The Tribe has no subtitles and is completely in sign language. This Ukrainian drama focuses on the story of a deaf teenager, his struggles at a new boarding school and his subsequent involvement in a system of organised crime. With its stark gritty settings, a one of a kind story with a painfully vulnerable protagonist at the center, The Tribe sticks its hand up for groundbreaking cinema of the most exciting kind.
Out in cinemas Friday 15 May
After a relatively quiet few years bogged by flops and the odd complete disaster (read: Vanishing on 7th Street), Hayden Christensen is back on form in this gun-filled romp that's less Bonnie & Clyde than it is The Expendables. Based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery starring Steve McQueen, American Heist stars Adrien Brody and Christensen as brothers on one final bank job. Frankie (Brody) and James (Christensen) are forced to revisit the life they thought they had left behind with bloody results while sporting bandana masks akin to those worn by models in the Marc by Marc Jacobs AW14 collection.