It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter,the weather’s getting colder – perfect cinema weather! With the summer blockbuster season officially over,it’s time to see what’ll be appearing on a big screen near you over the next few months. Here’s my list of films I’m definitely seeing over the winter period:
10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 – 25 October 2013
Following on from the unexpected 2009 hit, Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2 is set to be one of the biggest animation releases of the winter. In the original, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) invents a machine to turn water into food, but something goes wrong making it start to rain food (doesn’t sound bad at all!). Now, Flint works for his idol, Chester V, at The Live Corp Company but is forced to leave when he discovers his machine in churning out food-animal hybrids. It’s taken the US box office by storm, taking a whooping $35 million on its opening weekend, and no doubt will take over the UK box office too – it is being released during half term after all! Plus with multiple food inspired puns “There’s a leek in the boat!” and general silliness, it looks like great fun.
If you thought you could escape from Marvel for the rest of the year, you’re sadly mistaken! Our second trip into the Marvel universe takes us to Asgard alongside the red caped Norse God Thor. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are reunited as the estranged brothers, Thor and Loki, to work together to defeat the biggest ever threat to Asgard, Christopher Eccelston’s Malekith. Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster and is taken into the centre of Thor’s homeland – hopefully she won’t be able to hit him with her car quite so many times! It may not be Oscar worthy but it’s sure to be a hammer swingingly good romp.
8. Last Vegas – 8 November 2013
What sounds better than a comedy film starring a great cast and a bachelor party in Las Vegas? Don’t worry, I’m in no way talking about The Hangover, I’m talking about Last Vegas. Starring one of the coolest line ups I’ve seen in a while – Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman! – it’s the Hangover but much, much cooler! When Billy (Douglas) proposes to his thirty-something girlfriend, the four friends head to Las Vegas for one last blow out at his bachelor party in an attempt to relive their youth. If the trailer’s anything to go by, it’s going to one hell of a laugh!
7. Don Jon – 15 November 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been getting round a bit recently. Last year he starred in four films, as well as writing, directing AND starring in his latest flick Don Jon – this man definitely doesn’t do things by half! Jon Martello is dedicated to his family, friends, church and porn – nothing compares to the bliss he achieves in front of his computer leaving him lacking in intimacy. When he meets his potential true love (Scarlett Johansson) he works to find happiness and the intimacy he craves. It opened at the BFI Film Festival at the beginning of October and got rave reviews. Obviously this isn’t one for the kids, but definitely one to go and watch.
6. The Counsellor – 15 November 2013
Another one not for the kids! From Ridley Scott comes fast paced crime thriller The Counsellor. Starring Michael Fassbender as The Counselor, a lawyer who finds himself over his head when he gets caught up in a drug trafficking ring. Not much else is really known about the film at the moment, apart from the impressive supporting cast of Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem (with even more impressive hair!), Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. I may not have persuaded you so far, so check out the trailer, it looks pretty intense!
5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 21 November 2013
Now for something a bit more light hearted – well slightly! The sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire is the second book in the bestselling Hunger Games series, and second in the four part film series. The first film was a huge success, making the fan base even bigger than it was to begin with. Now, after winning an Oscar and generally being amazing, Jennifer Lawrence has become everyone’s favourite actress so it’s a welcome return for her on the big screen. After winning, or rather beating the system to win the Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embark on their “Victor’s Tour” through the now uneasy districts of Panem. While rebellion simmers under the surface, the Capitol remains in control with President Snow preparing the 75th Annual Hunger Games – The Quarter Quell.
4. Saving Mr Banks – 29 November 2013
Tom Hanks is all over our screens this winter, but instead of going for gritty Captain Philips, I’ve opted for the more light-hearted Saving Mr Banks to go and see. It’s been credited as “that Walt Disney biography” film, but that isn’t quite right. Saving Mr Banks chronicles the time it took for Disney to win over Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers, so he could bring her character to life on the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, this looks like it’s going to be one of the surprise hits of the winter. Critics have already been highly praising this film, saying that it’s one that’s bound to be up for some Oscar nods, but other than that it looks incredibly touching. A movie about the making of a movie, it’s bound to be great!
3. Frozen – 6 December 2013
Frozen may be the second animation on this list, but it’s probably the most anticiapted. Production started way back in 2002 and since then it’s been worked on then shelved numerous times, but finally it’s finished and is coming to our cinema screens just in time for Christmas. In an adaptation of the Snow Queen tale, the story sees fearless optimist Anna pairing up with mountain-man Kristoff working together (with the help from hilarious sidekicks, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman) to keep Anna’s sister Elsa from leaving the kingdom in an eternal winter. It’s a story that’s been told a hundred times before, but just keeps on going, this time with new songs and state-of-the-art animation!
2. American Hustle – 20 December 2013
The trailer for this one doesn’t make it look like the most exciting film in the world, so let me tell you what it’s all about. Irving Rosenfeld and his wife Sydney Prosser make up one of the best con-couples around, who are forced to work with FBI agent Richie DiMaso.
DiMaso pushes them into the dangerously enchanting world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia catching New Jersey political operator Carmine Polito between the con-artists and Feds. This film has the best array of young Hollywood actors around: Renner, Cooper, Bale, Adams and Lawrence, and looks to be a badass film. Surely it’s worth seeing just for the hairstyles alone, note the amazing perm-fro on Bradley Cooper and awful combover on Christian Bale – yes, that really is Christian Bale!
1. The Wolf of Wall Street – 17 January 2014
Is this the film that’s finally going to get Di Caprio that coveted Oscar? Quite possibly! Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, notorious Wall Street stockbroker, as he rises up to become stupidly wealthy man with money to burn – or rather spend on a rollerskating chimp and dwarf tossing – to his fall into crime, corruption and the Feds. The story sounds great, from the little I’ve read about Jordan Belfort he sounds like the biggest character going, a perfect role for Di Caprio. Not only is it a Di Caprio film, it’s a Scorsese/Di Caprio film so has OSCAR NOMINATIONS written all over it.