A new year, a new selection of films to see.
With awards season in full swing, these are January’s big hitters!
Two years after he wowed cinema audiences once again with The Wolf of Wall Street, legendary director Martin Scorsese is back. Throughout his career, his films have tackled themes of crime and religion, and his latest definitely lands in the latter. Silence stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.
It’s set to be a huge month for Andrew Garfield. As well as the aforementioned Silence, he stars in Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss. Directed by Mel Gibson, the plot follows the incredible true story of a World War II medic who refused to use or even carry weaponry during combat.
As we all know, the awards panels love a biopic and Jackie admittedly whiffs of Oscar bait. Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Academy Award back in 2010 for her performance in Black Swan, and is a shoe-in for a nomination at least this time around. Portraying First Lady Jackie Kennedy, the film will focus on her trauma and grief, following JFK’s assassination in 1963.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are far from strangers, having previously played lovers in both Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad. Their on-screen chemistry is poised to reach the next level in La La Land, a musical romance directed by Damien Chazelle. The film has done amazingly on the festival circuit and is a front-runner for awards success.
Twenty years have passed since Trainspotting, and now the boys are back! Danny Boyle returns to the director’s chair to tell the next chapter of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie’s story. T2 Trainspotting will be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel Porno, but will it live up to the iconic original?