Top Films for October

I don’t know how September has been and gone already but here we are at October, which means it’s once again time to look ahead at the releases coming to cinemas this month.

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Christopher Robin: Film Review

I was surprised when Christopher Robin was released so soon after the release of other Pooh film Goodbye Christopher Robin, which I loved. Thankfully they are very different pieces – Goodbye was a realistic biopic about author AA Milne, his Winnie-the-Pooh creation and his relationship with his son Christopher, whereas the Disney version is pure fantasy which isn’t as effective.

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Top Films for August

Today is the first of August – which means it’s time to look forward to the releases coming to UK cinemas this month. Here are my movie recommendations for the next few weeks:

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Beauty and the Beast: Film Review

The live-action retelling of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast was under serious pressure to be good because the original meant a lot to my family growing up. Sure, we liked The Jungle Book and Cinderella but Beauty and the Beast is the first of the live-action reboots that I desperately wanted/needed to be good – and I thankfully wasn’t let down.

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T2 Trainspotting: Film Review

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I’m happy to put my hands up and say that I’ve never been a fan of the original Trainspotting. I watched it for the first time about three years ago and I didn’t understand the fuss because it was so dirty, gross and not enjoyable. So I wasn’t excited about the sequel from the announcement to the promo so imagine my surprise when it surpassed all my expectations – it is honestly better than the original.

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Jane Got a Gun: Film Review

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Jane Got a Gun had a seriously troubled production and that has overshadowed the movie somewhat. Natalie Portman has been attached since 2012 and the movie has been ready for release since 2014 and after a series of delays it has finally arrived. When something has taken that long you expect it to be incredible, but this is just alright so I’m disappointed.

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Son of a Gun: Film Review

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From the trailer, Son of a Gun looks just like your average gangster fare and while this isn’t going to break any boundaries and it doesn’t explore new territory, it is elevated from average to great simply from the performance by Ewan McGregor, who rarely gets the opportunity to play a baddie.

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August: Osage County Film Review

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I was not immediately drawn to this but the Oscars buzz surrounding it made me have a look and I can understand why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have nominated. Their performances are amazing and it is a very high quality film but that does not make it enjoyable.

Meryl stars as Violet, the matriarch of the Weston household, who calls on her daughters when their father goes missing and she has nobody to look after her while she is suffering from mouth cancer and self-medicating with a lot of prescription pills. Barbara (Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis) head back to their old house in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma and the tensions within the family are evident straight away – which makes for an interesting few days.

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There are some films you watch because you want to be entertained and laugh and enjoy it – this does not come under that category. It is very bleak and looks at the harsh realities of a family who have grown apart and no longer know how to deal with each other. They are mean, bitter, spiteful and shield a lot of deep secrets. It markets itself as a black comedy but found it funny very rarely. This is just a drama if you ask me.

The dialogue is amazing and it is very well written, you cannot deny that. It can be witty and funny one moment then hurtful and scathing the next. The cast is incredible – Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Dylan Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin also star. It is an ensemble piece yet Violet stands out due to her pill-popping cancer-riddled condition and her feud with Barbara takes centre stage.

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It is a very real, raw look at the interactions between family who have been harbouring unresolved issues which have festered and caused resentments. The characterisations are very good but you will still be shocked at how they speak to one another. It really makes you appreciate how uncomplicated or loving your own family is because these guys are one f**ked-up bunch. They hate themselves, they hate each other and there is just resentment and bitterness in every direction. Like I said, the quality of cast and dialogue is so, so high but the enjoyment factor is not there at all.

Top Film Picks for January

NAOMI WATTS and TOM HOLLAND star in THE IMPOSSIBLE

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I just know that I am going to cry. This film tells a personal account of a Spanish family (although portrayed as English here) and their struggle to get reunited following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Naomi Watts and one son must find Ewan McGregor and their other sons and like the title suggests, it is an impossible task. You know it will have a positive ending but the images of the tsunami will be heartbreaking. Released: 1st

 

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Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin star in this gangster movie as two LAPD detectives who are fighting to keep LA free from gangsters during the 1940s and 50s. They have a tough job on their hands when they try to take on Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his gang. I like these kind of movies but I’m most attracted to this because I can’t wait to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone co-star together again (after Crazy, Stupid, Love). The original release for this was set for last September but was pushed back after the Colorado cinema shooting. Released: 10th

 

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Les Misérables

I cannot wait to see this musical! The story follows Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a former prisoner who becomes mayor of a town in France. The police inspector, Javert (Russell Crowe) who released Valjean on parole eight years ago, decides he wants him imprisoned again. On a side note, Jean has agreed to take care of Cosette, the daughter of an impoverished factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway).  There is an amazing ensemble cast including Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Released: 11th

 

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Django Unchained

This is a Western from Quentin Tarantino- so I’m already sold. The cast is pretty sweet too. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a freed slave who treks across the country with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to free his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a mean plantation owner. I know that the violence will be mega, the dialogue will be smart and the acting will be kick-ass. I can’t wait. Released: 18th

 

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Movie 43

It is hard to describe this movie because it is so random. It has SO many famous faces in it that I want to see it, but in terms of plot, I have no idea. Basically, it is a ton of interlinking comedy stories but I have a feeling it will be an eclectic mix of scenes that have been bumped together. While I’m dubious about how the movie will fit as a whole, I want to see this because there are SO MANY PEOPLE in it. So you can understand what I mean, I have posted the trailer below. Released: 25th