2015 already looks like being a bumper year for 3D movies - we look at the biggest and best.
When the history of cinema in the 2010s comes to be written, 3D movies are certain to form an important chapter. Once dismissed as a gimmick, stereoscopic 3D has now firmly entered the mainstream.
It's becoming the norm for cinema tickets to come with a pair of polarized glasses, and increasingly, special versions of films are being made in IMAX 3D too. As this list shows, though, 3D movies still seem to be limited to two genres: action blockbusters and children's animations. Will 2016 be the year when period drama, European cinema and the indie scene discover the opportunities of stereo 3D, we wonder?
In the meantime, check out our list of this year's best 3D movies and let us know in the comments whether you plan to see them in 2D, 3D or IMAX 3D...
01. Avengers: Age of Ultron
With 2012's The Avengers making over $1.5 billion worldwide and becoming the third-highest-grossing film in history, a sequel was inevitable, and Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most eagerly awaited 3D movies of 2015.
The film will have an astonishing 3,000 visual effects shots, provided by seven to 12 visual effects companies. Obviously this includes Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, which opened a facility in London last year to work on the film, which will be released in both 3D and IMAX 3D.
Intriguingly, ILM has developed a new motion capture system for use on Age of Ultron called Muse, which can better capture the actor's performance and combine different takes. Can't wait to see what that looks like...
02. Poltergeist 2015
A remake of the 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist 2015 will be directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi. While we're generally against pointless remakes of relatively recent films, Sam Rockwell is always a good turn, and we have to admit that the trailer looks pretty darn cool. Plus at least the addition of stereoscopic 3D brings something new to the table.
03. Terminator Genisys
Will any of the Terminator sequels ever match up to the superlative Terminator 2, the 1991 sci-fi epic with early CGI effects that still put many modern movies to shame?
This, the fifth in the installment, will "reset" the plot and start off a whole new trilogy. Now free from governership duties, Arnie is back in the titular role, with Alan Taylor directing and Legacy Effects responsible for bringing the Terminator endoskeletons back on to the big screen. The trailer looks promising, and the use of Imax 3D should provide a suitably epic experience to the viewer.
But we have to be honest here: it was the above very unofficial teaser video, featuring a spoon and a tea cup, that really piqued our interest...
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