With a whole host of new films being released this winter we thought we’d give you the lowdown on some of the hottest new releases with our brand new Mid-Week Movie Round-Up. This week we simultaneously get ready for Halloween and Christmas while Bradley Cooper and Hilary Swank take on some serious roles.
1. A Merry Friggin Christmas
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Starring: Robin Williams and Lauren Graham
This is a movie that probably wouldn’t be getting as much attention if not for the tragic circumstances that surround it’s main star. It’s wonderful to see the outpouring of love and admiration for Robin Williams continue and it’s exciting to know that this isn’t the last new release we’ll see starring the man. ‘A Merry Friggin Christmas’ centers around Williams’ character who reconnects with his estranged family on a road trip to collect a forgotten Christmas gift for his son. No matter what the project, Williams was always a force of charm and natural comedic ability so we’re looking forward to seeing him light up the silver screen once again.
2. American Sniper
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Kyle Gallner
Veteran director Clint Eastwood’s second film of 2014 is quite a departure from the first – the big screen adaptation of Tony Award winning musical ‘Jersey Boys’. ‘American Sniper’ stars Bradley Cooper as US Navy S.E.A.L, the titular sniper, who recounts his military career which included 150 confirmed kills. In case you were wondering, yes this movie is the reason Cooper has been looking so bulked up lately. It remains to be seen how ‘American Sniper’ will fare with the Academy but with Eastwood’s pedigree and two time nominee Cooper, it’s definitely getting some buzz right now.
3. You’re Not You
Director: George C. Wolfe
Starring: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel
Another movie starring an Academy favourite. Two time Best Actress winner Hilary Swank takes on the role of Kate, a classical pianist who is diagnosed with ALS or MND as it’s also known. ALS has been at the forefront of the public consciousness this summer thanks to that mammoth fundraising and awareness campaign that was the Ice Bucket Challenge. The movie follows the fastidious and careful Kate who’s paired with Bec, a slightly wild college student and their friendship that undoubtedly ensues. It seems to have some shades of the fantastic French movie The Intouchables (2011) so it’ll be interesting to see if this movie suffers from comparisons to such a well regarded success story or if it will be able to stand on its own.
Side note: Watch out for Bec who’s played by the fantastic Emmy Rossum. She’s been a tour de force in the US version of Shamless and I’m delighted to see her getting more exposure. Fergie’s husband also stars.
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Heather Graham
The latest in Daniel Radcliffe’s attempts to shed the persona of a certain bespectaled boy wizard takes the form of Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2010 novel ‘Horns’. This may not be of the same Academy Award pedigree of the other movies but Hill, who was born Joe Hillstrom King and is related to THAT master of horror, has a very interesting pedigree of his own. This tale of murder, revenge and mysteriously sprouting impressive devil horns seems set to be perfect viewing for the Halloween season. It’s certainly higher up on my must watch list than ‘The Conjouring’s’ demonic doll spin-off ‘Anabell’.