Top Films for January 2017

Welcome to a new year, and more importantly, a new month for films! Unfortunately for us in the UK, this is the time when all the Oscar-bait movies the US had aaages ago are finally released, but at least we can finally see what the hype is all about – and you are in for some treats!

I have seen most of these already so click on the title to go through to the review. Here they are:

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is such a beautiful, emotional movie. Lewis MacDougall plays Conor, a young boy whose mother (Felicity Jones) is dying. An imaginary tree character (voiced by Liam Neeson) comes alive at night to tell him stories to help him deal with his grief. Tissues are required! Released: 1st January


This will not appeal to the masses and Martin Scorsese‘s recent effort is definitely a gruelling slog of a movie but it is worth it for the powerful story and for the terrific performance given by Andrew Garfield. Released: 1st January


La La Land

Well this is a no-brainer. I love a musical, I love Emma Stone and I love Ryan Gosling. I gave this a five-star review back in October and I have already seen it twice. I’m also tempted to go to the cinema again! The musical, which is set in the modern day but feels like a old Hollywood picture, is all about them falling in love and chasing their dreams. Released: 13th January

Live By Night

This is the only one on this list I haven’t seen and I’m keen to check it out. Ben Affleck has written and directed it and he also stars as the son of a Boston police captain who eventually transforms into a notorious gangster. There’s also an impressive cast such as Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, and Sienna Miller. Released: 13th January


Another one which requires tissues. I saw this at the London Film Festival in October and I desperately want to see it again. It is beautiful and totally heartbreaking. Indian boy Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets stuck on a train and ends up miles away from home and his family. He is adopted by Australians (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and when he grows up (now Dev Patel), he searches for his biological family using Google Earth. Released: 20th January

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams have been receiving a lot of awards recognition thanks to their performances in this heartbreaking drama. It will not appeal to all because it is slow and pretty depressing but the story is worth sticking with and their performances must be seen. Affleck plays a grieving man who is made the guardian of his late brother’s teenage son. Released: 13th January


Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Garfield is on a roll with this and Silence. Seriously, he is killing it right now. In this Mel Gibson-directed war movie, he plays Desmond Doss, who saved 75 lives during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII without using a gun. The film is violent, bloody and moving. I want to see it again! Released: 27th January


Natalie Portman is also a big contender for an prize this award season thanks to her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in this biopic, which focuses on an interview she gave shortly after her husband John F. Kennedy was assassinated and flashes back to her days as First Lady and the days between his death and her moving out of the White House. Fascinating stuff and her performance is terrific. Released: 20th January

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