Taken from the Syston Town News monthly column – by Adam Ray Palmer
Jeez, we’re into single digit weeks until Christmas now – where has 2018 gone? We’ve had many-a-top films this annum, but now we are in the ‘luxury end’ of the year as I like to call it. This is when all the Oscar-baiting movies drop, and the chat shows are crammed full of film talent campaigning for those golden statuettes.
This month though, I don’t have too many hotly-tipped Academy Award potentials so… erm… what an awkward segue… we’ll wait until next month I guess!
Okay, okay – maybe this has a chance at the Oscars. Steve McQueen -- no not the strawberry brown-haired (yes that’s a new colour) Hollywood legend who looked about 45 years old at 25 but weirdly never really visually aged again -- where was I? Oh yes, McQueen (director) returns to the big screen after five years out. His last movie, 12 Years a Slave, was a big hit at award season and I think he will be hoping to re-live that again here.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, Widows centres on four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. They take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. The screenplay is penned by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn and stars an illustrious cast of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell. This is one for a date night…
In UK cinemas: 6th November 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The beasts are back! Yes, those ugly Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell chaps are gracing the big screen again – yuck. I jest, I jest… they aren’t gracing the screen, they’re ruining it! I’m kidding Potter fans! Put your wands down! The second instalment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series, set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, features more adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander as this time he battles Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) plan to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings. As bad things begin to muster, Albus ‘insert wise quote here’ Dumbledore arrives to help save the day with Newt. And who is playing the younger version of the bearded, haggard genius? That unpleasant-looking Jude Law… This film is packed with 4/10s isn’t it?
In UK cinemas: 16th November 2018
Three years ago, Creed was one of the best emotive action films of 2015. And now a trio of years along the line, all the cast are back for round two (yes mate, I did a boxing joke!). Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa (Sly Stallone), newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). The big man Dolph is back decades later as Creed 2 helps us to re-live Rocky 4. This is definitely worth a whirl, just for the chemistry between Michael and the consistently brilliant, Tessa Thompson. She stole the show for me three years ago, and she’s still a scene-stealer here too.
In UK cinemas: 30th November 2018
Yes, I am plugging one of the best movies of the year again. Yes, it is the finest film I saw at Venezia75. Yes, I implore you to see it. Luca Guadagino’s remake-come-reboot-come-standalone film (that’s as mad a description as the plot!) follows a world-renowned dance company that becomes engulfed in a tense and dark mystery as a young dancer, an artistic director and a grieving psychotherapist try to find the reasoning. “Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.” This is a must-see, tell me @CineroomTweets (Twitter) or @CineroomPosts (Facebook) your thoughts once you make it out the other end…
In UK cinemas: 16th November 2018