What will you see in Irish cinemas this month? EX MACHINA Directed by: Alex GarlandStarring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia VikanderRelease Date: January 23rd 2015In the first of two films together this year – the second being STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Gleeson and Isaac team up on 28 DAYS LATER and DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut.The film follows a young computer programmer, who is drafted in by the CEO of the company he works for to take part in a mysterious experiment into the development of artificial intelligence. TAKEN 3 Directed by: Oliver MegatonStarring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Dougray ScottRelease Date: January 8th 2015Oliver Megaton – the action movie director with the most appropriate name ever – brings the TAKEN franchise to a violent end this month. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, and this time out, it’s not his daughter who is ‘taken’, but him; as he is accused of a murder he didn’t even witness, much less commit. INHERENT VICE Directed by: Paul Thomas AndersonStarring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya RudolphRelease Date: January 30th 2015Paul Thomas Anderson has gathered together the best cast of early 2015 for this tale of a drug fuelled LA detective, who finds himself investigating the disappearance of his former girlfriend. INHERENT VICE is based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name, and could well be Joaquin Phoenix’s FEAR AND LOATHING… MORTDECAI Directed by: David KoeppStarring: Johnny Depp, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul BettanyRelease Date: January 23rd 2015Johnny Depp reunites with Paul Bettany for a third time – after THE TOURIST and TRANSCENDENCE – in this action comedy flick, which is based on a series of comic thriller novels from the 1970s.Depp plays the title character, an art dealer who is enlisted to find a stolen painting. The trouble is that this painting is linked with a lost bank account that is reportedly filled with Nazi gold, so Mortdecai is surely not the only person looking for it. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Directed by: JC ChandorStarring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Alessandro Nivola, David OyelowoRelease Date: January 23rd 20151981 was one of the most violent years in New York City’s history. MARGIN CALL and ALL IS LOST director JC Chandor’s film focuses on the family of a young immigrant, attempting to make New York their home, during a turbulent and frightening time.