Get On Up
Produced by Mick Jagger, this biopic is devoted to the life of prolific soul musician, James Brown. Known for his intense performances and dubbed the ‘Godfather Of Soul’, Brown’s character shines through in Chadwick Boseman’s depiction. However, the film does not just showcase Brown as an incredible performer, but also gives viewers an insight into a perhaps darker side of the musician’s personality. Switching between the Sixties and the Eighties, viewers are treated to some of Brown’s greatest hits. A must see for fans of the late star, or for anyone that wishes to immerse themselves in some soul.
No Good Deed
Fans of nail-biting tension will love this! Fresh from his performance as Nelson Mandela, Idris Elba stars as imprisoned, suspected serial killer, Colin Evans, who, when his parole is denied, escapes from prison and trick his way into young mother, Teri’s home. Initially charming and polite, it isn’t long until Evans shows his true psychotic colours, holding Teri and her children hostage in their own home. A gripping, tense must-see for thriller fans!
With a cast boasting Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as being nominated for multiple Cannes Film Festival awards, The Homesman is certainly not one to miss. Jones, also the film’s director, was keen in his Telegraph interview to stress that, although it may look like one, this is not a Western. Set on the wild frontiers of Nebraska (remember, not a Western . . .), Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) finds herself struggling to get by until the town requires a ‘Homesman’; someone to take three of the settler’s wives on a trek to a sanatorium in Iowa. Realising none of the men are fit to do the job, Mary takes on the role herself. The film shows its brilliance when Mary meets George Briggs (Jones) on her journey, which has been described by The Telegraph as a “sensational pairing”. Western fans will love The Homesman, as will film fans of any kind because, as aforementioned, it’s not a Western . . .
What We Do In The Shadows
The creators of “Flight Of The Conchords” bring this hilarious mockumentary to the silver screen this weekend. “What We Do In The Shadows” focuses on a household of vampires from different eras; 379 year old, Viago, 862 year old, Vlad who has a penchant for kinky torture and bad lad, Deacon who is just the tender age (in vampire terms, at least) of 183. The trio are keen to live in peace from the 21st Century, keeping their blood-sucking habits low profile, but this all changes when basement-buddy, Petyr turns human hipster, Nick into an immortal . . . Think “This Is Spinal Tap” with BITE!
My Old Lady
Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this warm and funny comedy. Mathias (played by Kline) is a thrice-divorced, alcoholic living in New York, who learns that, following the death of his estranged father, has inherited a Parisian apartment. However, upon arriving to claim his inheritance, he finds Mathilde Girard (Smith) and daughter, Chloe (Scott-Thomas) living there and learns that he can’t claim the property until the old lady has died, and that, in the meantime, he has to pay Mathilde a monthly fee! A stellar cast shine in this silver screen adaptation of Israel Horovitz’s play.
The Hunger Games Mockingjay (Part One)
Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in the first part of the third (and final) movie adaptation of the book franchise which has helped fill the Twilight shaped-hole in our lives. The hunger games are now over, and the revolution is set to begin; Plutarch Heavensbee (played by the late, Philip Seymour Hoffman) believes that Katniss can be the mockingjay or “poster child” of the revolution and can unite the rebels in overthrowing the tyrannical President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Julianne Moore and Liam Hemsworth also star in Francis Lawrence’s silver screen version of the international best-seller.
Playtime @ The GFT, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th November 2014
Jacques Tati’s 1967 film is considered his most daring work, and is being given an airing this week at The Glasgow Film Theatre. One of the most expensive French films at the time of release, the movie follows two people who repeatedly run into each other in Paris; young American tourist, Barbara and Monsieur Holt (played by Tati himself).
The Jungle Book @ The GFT, Saturday 22nd November 2014 @ 11.30 am
Disney’s wonderfully wild classic is scheduled to be screened this weekend at The GFT. Abandoned as a baby, Mowgli is raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, but after learning that Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger has returned to the jungle, the wolf tribe decide it is in Mowgli’s best interests to rejoin the human world and return to the “Man-Village”, accompanied by panther, Bagheera. Cue a cast of crazy, colourful characters and VERY catchy songs!
Charles Perrault’s classic tale of the girl who got to go the ball is scheduled for silver screen treatment next year and we got a glimpse of the trailer this week. “Cinderella” stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter and is due to be released in March.
The trailer for the sequel to “Pitch Perfect” was also unveiled this week. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel “Fat Amy” Wilson reprise their original roles in the follow up scheduled for release in May 2015.