With Christopher Nolan at the helm, and a stellar cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo and Wes Bentley, it’s fair to say that science fiction blockbuster Interstellar – of a group of explorers who surpass the limitations of human space travel, may just be a film that’s worth catching on the big screen. Just a shame there isn’t anybody famous on board, eh?
When Michael R. Roskam presented his debut feature and Oscar-nominated Bullhead, it was clear that a future in Hollywood beckoned for the talented Belgian filmmaker. So it comes as little surprise that his sophomore endeavour, The Drop, features an all-star cast, with an enigmatic Tom Hardy at the helm, joined by Noomi Rapace, the late James Gandolfini and Bullhead’s leading man himself, Matthias Schoenaerts. In this dark and disturbing tale of a robbery gone wrong, it appears that everything else about this production is something of a triumph.
The Imitation Game
You only need to look as far as The King’s Speech to see just how prosperous and victorious British period-dramas can be in world cinema, particularly in regards to the forthcoming awards season. Britain’s next best hope is Morten Tyldum’s incredible study of the life of Alan Turing makes for an emotional and gripping piece of cinema, offering the perfect blend between being an intimate character study, and a grandiose, ‘race against time’ thriller. Benedict Cumberbatch is the real star of this show however, turning in his finest performance to date.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The term ‘young adult’ is somewhat misrepresentative where the Hunger Games franchise is concerned, as while appearing on the surface like a series of films that would appeal to a younger demographic, these dark, deranged tales can appeal to anybody – and the next instalment, Mockingjay, is the first of a two-part conclusion that will see Jennifer Lawrence revisit the role of Katniss Everdeen, while there’s also a role for the wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman. Though it won’t have a definitive ending, it’s fascinating to watch as near the finale of this remarkable set of productions.
During the opening credits of a movie, there is nothing quite so prestigious than to have the Palme d’Or symbol flash up on the screen, to signify that you’re about to watch the film that took home the much coveted award at Cannes Film Festival. This year’s winner was Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, a gruelling yet remarkably compelling drama that surpasses the three hour mark. It’s not the easiest cinema experience, but is helped along by this talented filmmaker’s unique ability to write such flowing, sharp dialogue. Not to mention the stunning lead turn by Haluk Bilginer, who is better known to English audiences as Mehmet Osman in Eastenders. Seriously. There’s hope for Ian Beale yet.