Life of Crime
With a cast consisting of Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Mos Def and Isla Fisher – not to mention the funky, 70s inspired soundtrack, there is very little about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime that doesn’t sound appealing. Telling the story of a hostage situation gone wrong, comparisons to the Coen brother’s Fargo are fair, though think more flares and platform shoes, than parkers and snow boots.
A Most Wanted Man
In one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s very final performances, he teams up with creative filmmaker Anton Corbijn to bring John le Carré’s novel A Most Wanted Man to the big screen. Even when playing a role outside of his comfort zone – in this case, a German character – Hoffman steals every single scene he is in. So it’s worth seeing for that alone.
When it comes to uplifting, heartfelt cinema, few are able to provoke such wide, emotional responses as the Brits. Combining poignancy with comedy is something the nation excel at, with films such as The Full Monty, East is East and more recently, Philomena all epitomising that very fact. Now comes another in the form of Matthew Warchus’ Pride, which tells the inspiring tale of when the gay community came out in support of the miners during the strikes. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine and Dominic West, here’s one with real potential longevity.
Magic in the Moonlight
It’s at this point every year when the latest Woody Allen flick hits our screens, with his almost ritualistic Autumn release, just in time to warm our cockles as we settle in for the chillier months of the year. With Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine to live up to, comes Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. Having made a film every single year since 1981, it’s fair to say in that time he has been somewhat hit and miss – so here’s hoping this one falls in the former camp.
Maps to the Stars
While David Cronenberg continues to polarise the film community with his daring, innovative, and at times, downright absurd approach to filmmaking – his latest may just be one with a little more accessibility, as he presents a satirical look into the darker, more deranged side to Hollywood life. With Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and John Cusack starring – it’s a certain Julianne Moore who takes all the plaudits, with a performance that could well earn her an Oscar nomination.