Top Films for January

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The top ten movies to see this month are:

Birdman

Michael Keaton stars as Riggan, a washed-up actor who quit a popular action hero franchise and is now trying to prove himself as a legitimate talent by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play. This comedy has a unique filming style so it looks like it was all shot in one take. Great support cast including Edward Norton and Emma Stone who need awards for their roles! I have already seen and you can check my review here. Released: 1st January

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne deserves an award for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in this biopic, which depicts his relationship and 25-year marriage with fellow Cambridge University student Jane as they both learn to come to terms with his physical deterioration due to motor neurone disease (MND, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). It is so emotional. I cried throughout. Check out my review here. Released 1st January

 

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Foxcatcher

Steve Carell stars as John Du Pont, a billionaire who becomes the new sponsor for professional wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). Schultz relocates to his Pennsylvania estate to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics but their relationship becomes increasingly fraught and tense when Mark’s brother and superior wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) moves to the estate to coach him and it all culminates one tragic event. Serious awards potential. Released 9th January

Into the Woods

Who doesn’t love a fairytale musical?! Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine have transformed into our best-loved fairytale characters but their stories are quite as cheerful as we thought this time around. This has an alternative take on their stories as the Baker (James Corden) and the Baker’s wife (Emily Blunt) visit them all to help their quest to end a curse. Released: 9th January

 

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American Sniper

Bradley Cooper stars as the real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in this dramatisation of his life. We follow Kyle’s tours in Iraq and his struggle to return to normality afterwards. The trailer makes this look super intense. Check out Cooper’s physical transformation. Released: 16th January

Whiplash

This has been winning rave reviews during the film festivals circuit so I have been raring to see this for a very long time. Miles Teller is a jazz drummer student and J.K. Simmons is his tutor who bullies, demeans and belittles him to get results in this tense drama. I can’t wait to see the power play. Released: 16th January

 

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Wild 

Reese Witherspoon proves that she can do more than rom-coms in this drama about a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles alone to “discover herself” and get over her divorce, her mother’s death and years of reckless behaviour. She has won plaudits for it, so of course I must see it. Released: 16th January

Ex_Machina

Domhnall Gleeson plays a coder who heads to a remote location to help inventor Oscar Isaac test the artificial intelligence capabilities of robot Ava (played by Alicia Vikander). I bought a ticket to a BFI advance preview and it is fantastic. It is so intense and you don’t know who is playing whom until the very end. A review will be up shortly. Released: 23rd January

 

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A Most Violent Year

Oscar Isaac is a businessman in 1980s New York trying to expand his empire in the right way but he faces obstacles which tempt him to resort to questionable tactics, including his ballsy wife (Jessica Chastain) who encourages him to be bad. I love these leads. Released: 23rd January

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Colin Firth stars a veteran secret agent who takes a young protégé under his wing and introduces him to the world of the Kingsman Secret Service. This action adventure looks hilarious. Released: 29th January

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