September gave audiences a long, long list of films to get through and enjoy but it’s certainly slowed down for this month with only a solemn few to keep cinephiles heading to the big screens.
The Girl on the Train (05/10)
Directed By: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow
Plot: A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shock waves throughout her life.
Why You Should See it: Based on the best-selling book and starring the immensely talented Blunt who finally again has a role to sink her dramatic teeth into, after her amazing performance in Sicario, which realistically is reason enough to see this film. Then you look at the cast list and realise that it’s an even more interesting mix of people; brought to us by the same director who gave us The Help and Get on Up.
War On Everyone (07/10)
Directed By: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Stephanie Sigman, Malcolm Barrett, Caleb Landry Jones
Plot: Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
Why You Should See it: Comedy this year has been at an all time low, there’s barely been enough laughs in 3 films to make one decent humorous film so hopefully this one could do a little better. From what you can see in the various trailers in clips it does look to be fairly ridiculous and simple bad behaviour comedy but again this could be exactly what’s needed to turn this around and take it back to basics, especially with the help of leads Skarsgård and Peña.
I, Daniel Blake (21/10)
Directed By: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Natalie Ann Jamieson, Micky McGregor, Colin Coombs
Plot: When an ill carpenter finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother who needs the same thing. Together, the duo discovers that negotiating through the red tape is a challenge.
Why You Should See it: Palme D’Or winner at this years Cannes Film Festival this one looks to be hauntingly relevant to life today and primed to connect with audiences and hit your sympathy with a sledgehammer. Even the trailer will pull at your heartstrings and pain for the struggles suffered by many today in the UK.
Queen of Katwe (21/10)
Directed By: Mira Nair
Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze
Plot: Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.
Why You Should See it: Personally this is one I’m really looking forward to, a true story about one immensely inspirational young woman with a performance from a young actress that should be something to really enjoy. This is not your average Disney film and that’s the next reason to see it, it should have all the emotion and motivation but outside of the cliched conventional environment, although there’s definitely no way to promise no cliches at all, it is still Disney after all.
Doctor Strange (25/10)
Directed By: Scott Derickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker, Benjamin Bratt
Plot: A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.
Why You Should See it: Yes, another Marvel film to add to the never-ending list that is the money making machine so is it really still worth forking out your money over? Well there’s no definitive answer to give but the mind-bending visuals, striking star and much more interesting story that manages to stray slightly from the usual good guy vs bad guy story, could give us something more worthy of watching. Another difference being that this Marvel film has managed to keep itself under 2 hours for running time which is unusual, the film has had its controversies but hopefully it can just simply add something new and fun to the franchise.
07/10 – 7 Chinese Brothers, Blood Father, My Scientology Movie, Supersonic, The Greasy Strangler, The Guv’nor
14/10 – Kate Plays Christine, Inferno, Storks
21/10 – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija 2: Origin of Evil, Ozzy, Phantom Boy, Sonita, Trolls
28/10 – After Love, Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, Burn Burn Burn, Ethel & Ernest, Into the Inferno, Keeping up with the Joneses, Let’s Be Evil, Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World, Starfish, The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, Train to Busan